TAVARES — The Young Families Health Initiative Committee of Lake County is coordinating three events for first-time parents as part of the 24th Annual Baby Fair. The Fair’s theme this year is “An Event for First Time Parents,” and will provide education and resources for parents before and after the birth of their first child.
The events are open to women who currently are pregnant, and first-time parents looking for information, education and presentations on healthy lifestyles, child safety, early learning and positive parenting.
All events are free and preregistration is not required. Sign-in for all programs is 5:15 to 5:45 p.m. and the programs begin at 6 p.m. They will take place:
• Thursday, April 11, at Minneola City Hall, 800 N. U.S. Highway 27, Minneola.
• Tuesday, April 16, at the Leesburg Community Center, 109 E. Dixie Ave., Leesburg.
• Thursday, April 25, at First Baptist Church of Eustis, 3551 E. Orange Ave., Eustis.
“The events are a wonderful example of many organizations working together to provide new parents with the means to raise a healthy child,” said Julie England, family and consumer sciences extension agent with the UF/Lake County Extension. “We invite organizations to help celebrate these events through a gift or scholarship. Individuals also can get involved by volunteering to help coordinate the events, and also by donating baby items such as diapers and wipes that will assist local families.”
Sponsors for the program include Florida Hospital Waterman, the Central Florida Health Alliance/Leesburg Regional Medical Center, South Lake Hospital and Kiwanis Clubs of Lake County. Nonprofit community partners include the UF/IFAS Lake County Extension, the Lake County Library System, the Lake County Health Department, Healthy Families and Early Learning Coalition."
The mission of the Young Families Health Initiative is to have a positive effect on the lives of Lake County families through prenatal and postnatal education. For more information, contact Jamie Hanja, the event chairperson, at 352-255-6099.