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Happy New Year 2017

Happy New Year!
Not long ago we threw confetti, cheered and were full of hope and promise at the start of a new year. Perhaps you made goals to serve more families, have better outcomes, or embrace a healthier lifestyle. One of my goals this year is to better serve the Circle of Parents groups through providing more relevant training and outgoing technical support.

How are you doing on YOUR goals? Well, Forbes recommends 6 ways for us all to achieve any goal.

Look at it. A goal that you can actually see is massively more powerful than a goal you write down on a checklist.
Tell People. Making yourself accountable to your friends and family is one of the best ways to reach your goals. 

Break it up. Many people abandon goals because they’re just too big. Change your game plan. Break it up into bite-sized chunks.
Set a date. One of the best ways to knock out a goal is to put it on your calendar. If you put a stake in the ground and impose a date on yourself, you’re much more likely to reach it.
Be realistic. Simple but true…you’re more likely to reach goals that you realistically set for yourself.
Commit to yourself. Commit to yourself and then re-commit yourself each time you fall (because that definitely happens along the way).
My goal for 2017 is to offer more ongoing support to our over 50 statewide groups by offering more training and technical support. To help me achieve this goal I sent out training needs assessment surveys for all the groups to complete. Those groups who returned the surveys were entered into a raffle for a special prize. Congratulations to the winners; Jacksonville Children’s Commission, Healthy Families Florida and Miramar United Methodist Program. Each winner received a $25 gift card. Thank you to all who participated in the drawing.




Pinwheels for Prevention logoChild Abuse Prevention Month

The 2017 Child Abuse Prevention Month is rapidly approaching! 

Each April, Prevent Child Abuse Florida, the Ounce of Prevention Fund of Florida and the Florida Department of Children and Families combine efforts to recognize Child Abuse Prevention Month and promote the Pinwheels for Prevention public awareness campaign.The Pinwheels for Prevention campaign is part of a national movement focusing on community activities and public policies that prioritize healthy child development.

This month-long campaign will kick off with a press conference at the Governor’s Mansion on Tuesday, April 4, and hosted by First Lady Ann Scott. Speakers will include Secretary Mike Carrol of the Florida Department of Children and Families and State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health Dr. Celeste Philip.

Don't forget to tag Prevent Child Abuse Florida when you post your event photos to Facebook.

For more information, please contact Nydia Ntouda at (850) 921-4494 ext. 107 or




Please welcome our newest Circle of Parents groups;
Healthy Families Pasco/Hernando Brooksville office


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