2-14-12: Healthy Mother, Healthy Baby

February 14, 2012 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

Photo: Flickr/D. Sharon Pruitt

The Baltimore City Health Department says the city has a public health crisis on its hands. The city’s infant mortality rate is nearly twice the national average.

The department, partnering with the Family League of Baltimore City, has launched a campaign called “B’more for Healthy Babies” that’s hoping to improve family health. One challenge is that 40 percent of women of child-bearing age in Baltimore are obese, and obesity leads to problems for moms and for children.

Today, Baltimore City Health Commissioner Oxiris Barbot tells us about a free weight-loss program for Baltimore mothers called “B’more Fit for Healthy Babies.” Also joining us is Tyneesha Ross, a mother of two who is participating in the program.

B’more Fit for Healthy Babies is a free weight-loss program for eligible Baltimore mothers, funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Leonard and Helen R. Stulman Charitable Foundation.

There are sites in Upton, Park Heights, and one in Patterson Park for Spanish-speaking mothers. Eligible participants must live within those neighborhoods, be between the ages of 18 and 44, and have a body mass index of 25 or higher. If you’d like to participate, you can call 410-396-9441 or visit healthybabiesbaltimore.com.

Web extras:

Dr. Oxiris Barbot on how marketing like the Utz “the way to this city’s heart is through its stomach” billboard and Dunkin’ Donuts’ heart-shaped donuts highlight the link between mental health and physical health:Tyneesha talks about some more of her weight-loss strategies:Dr. Barbot on how the Health Department is measuring success of the program, and what happens when its grant runs outDr. Barbot tells Sheilah who is eligible for the program:

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