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National Conference for America's Children
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In October, we attended the National Conference for America's Children (NCFAC) which was held at the Hilton Netherland Plaza in historic downtown Cincinnati, Ohio. The four-day conference was sponsored by Prevent Child Abuse America and Healthy Families America and is the largest meeting in the country focusing on family support services, home visiting, and primary prevention strategies to ensure that all children have positive childhoods. The NCFAC featured more than 80 workshops and panels designed to equip the modern family-serving professional, parent or educator with the tools and resources necessary to make a difference for the families and children they serve. All the workshops were evidence-based and informed by the latest research in their respective fields.

The Circle of Parents (CoP) national office sponsored an exhibition table at the conference to raise awareness about CoP and the benefits of its model for prospective members. The conference also provided a great opportunity to meet current CoP members from all over the country.


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November is National Diabetes Awareness month. Here is a message from the American Diabetes Association on preventing Diabetes among children. 

Reducing Obesity and Preventing Diabetes in Schools
The need for schools to take a leading role in the promotion of healthy living has been increasingly important given the overall decline in physical fitness, the rise of obesity among our nation's youth and the rising number of pediatric patients who are being diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes.

Our Overweight and Obesity Legislative Task Force found that schools should serve as models of healthy behavior by promoting good nutritional habits and physical activity.We encourage all state legislators to support the Overweight and Obesity Legislative Task Force recommendations, which include improving school nutrition programs, eliminating vending machines, increasing physical fitness opportunities, and developing appropriate screening programs.

Everyday Choices for a Healthier Life
We have joined the American Cancer Society (ACS) and the American Heart Association (AHA) to encourage the prevention and early detection of diabetes, cancer, heart disease and stroke. 

The goal of "Everyday Choices for a Healthier Life" is to stimulate improvements in disease prevention and early detection by increasing public awareness about healthy lifestyles, increasing the focus on prevention among healthcare providers and supporting legislation to increase funding for and access to prevention programs and research.

Collectively, diabetes, cancer, heart disease and stroke account for nearly two out of every three deaths in America today.  Lifestyle factors - such as obesity, poor nutrition, smoking and lack of physical activity - have a significant impact on the prevention of these chronic illnesses.

ADA, ACS, and AHA are working together to raise awareness among policymakers of the staggering human and financial costs of these chronic diseases. Subsequently, our organizations continue to fight for legislation that increases funding and research for prevention and early detection.

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Place your order of pinwheels before December 22 and receive a yard sign at no additional cost. You can also add an "I support Prevent Child Abuse Florida" Teddy bear for $5 or a box of 6 for $25. Place your orders here:
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Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays!   
Circle of Parents would like to THANK YOU for your passion and dedication in 2016 to help fulfill our mission of preventing child abuse and neglect by strengthening families through mutual self-help parent support groups. While we celebrate this joyful and festive holiday season, please remember that the season can also be a trigger for sadness in some individuals. Tips such as taking care of your mind and body each day and having a plan to deal with potentially stressful events or people can be helpful during this time of year. Also, don't be afraid to lean on your support systems or seek professional help if needed.
Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!



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Please welcome our newest Circle of Parents groups;
Seminole County Head Start,
Boystown of North Florida/ Artstown and Go Foster!