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Newsletter May – June 2017: Community Events

East County Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Symposium
On Saturday, March 18th, First 5 San Diego joined the County of San Diego, Health and Human Services Agency at the Annual Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Symposium at Meridian Baptist Church in East County. Families received relevant, targeted resources and services supporting kinship families. Lunch, on-site childcare, and Spanish interpretation were also provided at the event.

U.S. Marine Corps EGGstravaganza Family Resource Fair
April was egg hunting season as well as the Month of Military Child. First 5 San Diego joined the U.S. Marine Corps in Camp Pendleton on April 13th for the EGGstravaganza Family Resource Fair. More than 50 military children and families joined the event and had fun looking for Easter eggs, winning prizes, and had their pictures taken with the “bunnies”!


Day of the Child
On Saturday, April 22nd, the Chula Vista Community Collaborative, in collaboration with other community-based organizations and business sponsors, hosted the 17th Annual Day of the Child Community FUN Fair. The event’s theme was “Children’s Opportunities, Our Responsibilities.”

The free family event provided resources to keep children safe, healthy and well-informed of services in the community; it also introduced kids and families to healthy and interactive activities. The event focused on providing a safer and healthier environment for young people by promoting family/community togetherness. There were fun activities such as entertainment, face painting, performers, dance contests, puppets, magic show, story time, games and much more. The fair had over 100 informational and interactive booths that reached out and served over 4,000 children and families.

First 5 San Diego sponsored the event, along with other community organizations such as San Ysidro Health Center, Goya Foods, South Bay Community Services, Radio Latina 104.5FM, UC San Diego Health Systems, San Diego Gas & Electric, Family Health Centers of San Diego, and California Department of Public Health.


March of Dimes, March for Babies
On April 22nd and 29th, First 5 San Diego joined March of Dimes, March for Babies at Oceanside and Balboa Park. Hundreds of San Diegans came together to celebrate babies and raise funds to support programs and fund research.

The mission of the March of Dimes is to improve health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. For over 77 years, the San Diego community has joined together to walk to ensure moms have full-term pregnancies and babies are born healthy. First 5 San Diego is proud to be both a sponsor and participant of the event.


Parenting Expo
First 5 San Diego joined the County of San Diego Child Abuse Prevention Coordinating Council (CAPCC) on April 29th at the 3rd Annual Parenting Expo. The free event provided parents and caregivers with tools and resources on raising healthy, safe, and thriving children and families; it also encouraged and facilitated community supports to prevent and address child abuse, and strengthen families.


Upcoming Community Events

Event Date Time Location Produced By What is the event?
9th Biennial Childhood Obesity Conference May 30 – June 2, 2017   Manchester Grand Hyatt Hosted by:
The California Department of Public Health, California Department of Education, Nutrition Policy Institute UC Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, The California Endowment, and Kaiser Permanente.
The 9th biennial Childhood Obesity Conference is the nation’s largest, most influential collaboration of professionals dedicated to combating pediatric obesity/overweight.

This year’s conference theme is, "Good Health for All: Addressing Equity where we Live, Learn, Work, and Play”. This theme invites conference participants to discuss issues of health equity, and work together towards creating equitable outcomes so that all children can attain their highest level of physical and mental health.
Register here.


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