Carver Co. Public Health to host healthy families event

Women, partners, friends, and families interested in learning more about healthy pregnancies, babies and families are invited to a Community Baby Shower hosted by Carver County Public Health. The free event will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 27, at the Chaska Community Center, 1661 Park Ridge Drive in Chaska.

Offered for the first time in Carver County, the Community Baby Shower promises to be a fun and informational event open to the public. It will feature presentations and a resource fair with fun activities including chair massages, pregnancy belly painting, story time and face painting for children, and prizes offered throughout the day. The first 200 women or families will receive a SWAG (stuff we all get) bag full of goodies for moms-to-be. All guests will receive complementary light refreshments and alcohol-free “mocktails” to reinforce the importance of zero alcohol for nine months.

The event is partially funded by the Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (MOFAS) and Tanya Weinmeyer will give the keynote address on her experiences raising a child with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder at 10:30 a.m. in the Chaska Community Center Theater. There will be a prize drawing for a Graco Pack-N-Play immediately following the keynote address; all those present will be eligible to win! There will also be presentations throughout the day on breastfeeding, prenatal, infant and child nutrition, infant and child safety, and positive parenting.

As many as 8,500 Minnesotan babies are born every year with brain damage caused by prenatal alcohol exposure. The lifetime cost for an individual with fetal alcohol syndrome is $2.9 million, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The mission of MOFAS is to eliminate disability caused by alcohol consumption during pregnancy and to improve the life for those living with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders throughout Minnesota. Carver County Public Health reinforces the MOFAS message of the importance of having an alcohol-free pregnancy in its work with women planning a pregnancy, pregnant women, and families. Those attending the Community Baby Shower will have the opportunity to receive information on a variety of Public Health programs, and information from participating community partners. For more information, call Carver County Public Health at 952-361-1329 or visit www.CarverBabyShower.com.

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