For Immediate Release

Contact: Andrea E. Garcia:
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C: (707) 704-6101

Solano County Celebrates Breastfeeding Families

(Solano County, CA – July 27, 2016) – Solano County is celebrating breastfeeding mothers and their families during World Breastfeeding Week. This year’s theme is linking breastfeeding to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals to end poverty, promote prosperity and well-being for all and protect the planet. Local mothers are invited to bring their families to a fun event to be recognized for their efforts in creating healthy infants, families and communities.

The Solano County WIC Program, Solano County Breastfeeding Coalition, A More Excellent Way Program and Touro University California have collaborated to host a community health fair. During this event families will be able to participate in various activities that focus on nutrition, health and well-being, the environment and sustainability.

“Breastfeeding plays a role in our local community in many ways,” says Alyssa Perry, IBCLC, Lactation Consultant for the Solano County WIC Program. She goes on to say “breastmilk provides optimal nutrition to infants, reduces waste and water usage and promotes lasting health and well-being. It really is the complete package.”  The goal of this year’s theme is to show our community how breastfeeding relates to 5 major areas of development: 1. Nutrition and Food Security, 2. Health and Well-Being, 3. Productive Work Force, 4. Environment and Safety, 5. Lasting Health. At the health fair families will be able to receive free fresh produce and healthy snack ideas, get a health screen, learn about eco-friendly cleaning products and get information regarding employment and breastfeeding.

“Breastfeeding is both a personal choice and a public health issue” states Perry. “We’d like to have an opportunity to allow moms see how their choice positively impacts our community in lasting ways and honor them for their decision to breastfeed.” She continues, “we hope to have many of our breastfeeding moms and their families join us for a fun and healthy afternoon.”

The community health fair will be held Sunday, August 7th, 2016 from 1-4:30pm at the J.F.K. Public Library located at 505 Santa Clara St. Vallejo, CA 94590.

For additional information on how to support breastfeeding in our community, go to our County Website at www.solanocounty.com/breastfeeding

For additional information on the community health fair event, contact Alyssa Perry at 707-784-2137 or email at aaperry@solanocounty.com

About the Touro College and University System:

Touro University California is a Jewish nonprofit, independent graduate institution of higher learning founded in 1997 on three Judaic values: social justice, the pursuit of knowledge and service to humanity. The university, home to 1,400 students, has professional programs in osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, physician assistant studies, public health, nursing, and education. Faculty, staff and students have a powerful commitment to academic excellence, evidence-based professional practice, inter-professional collaboration, and active engagement with a global community. To learn more, visit www.tu.edu or call 707-638-5200.