Douglasville, Georgia (PressExposure) June 25, 2009 -- FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Operating since 2009, Kids Be Aware is a non-profit organization that provides a spectrum of learning opportunities and services to children ages 5 to 12. First started as a school project in 2007 and then a practicum experience in 2008, Kids Be Aware now continues its focus to raise awareness in children about such infectious and chronic diseases as TB, HIV, obesity, asthma, diabetes, Salmonellosis, hepatitis etc...
While health education is a component of city schools, it lacks tangible resources readily available to reinforce the knowledge of infectious and chronic diseases.
Created to meet the needs of children ages 5 to 12 in schools and in the community, Kids Be Aware makes it a mission to educate children about diseases to build knowledge with regard to disease prevention, health promotion and to promote healthy relationships while teaching healthy behaviors.
Kids-Be-Aware creates and produces mini-books for children ages 5-12 to expose them to stories of their peers who are infected (or has a family member or friend infected) with a particular infectious or chronic disease.
Kids Be Aware also organizes seminars and empowerment programs exposing children to a range of information needed to adopt healthy behaviors and to expose them to health matters and science.
The books, seminars and programs are tools to educate about the essential details of a variety of diseases that infect the health of children or those around them and also provide the following:
- A healthy environment for children to learn and play while addressing health issues. - Gain an understanding of children's knowledge and feelings about specific diseases (I.E: what children know about certain diseases and how they view them) - Increase healthy behavior and disease awareness in school settings, at home and in the community. - Improve parental and family involvement to reduce unhealthy behaviors in children and among their peers. - Foster parental leadership in adopting healthy behavior by teaching parents to share responsibility when engaging in unhealthy eating and attitudes.
Participating children have an opportunity to form lifelong healthy relationship with peers and parents to provide health guidance and emotional support in adopting healthy behaviors. Children will learn positive health skills and have an opportunity to help other children their age. As a result, children will demonstrate improve health attitudes, opinion and healthy behaviors at home, in school and in the community.
Children will demonstrate a positive understanding of infectious and chronic diseases. The program promotes the perception that unhealthy behaviors interfere with a healthy lifestyle in adulthood. The program hopes to improve family collaboration and to develop positive and healthy parenting. Thus reduce the amount of children and peers that engage in unhealthy behaviors and attitudes.