The Have A Healthy Baby (HHB) program, through education, addresses risk factors that can be changed by educating the mom-to-be, such as gaining the proper amount of weight, eating properly and avoiding both smoking and second hand smoke. All of this ultimately helps reduce health care costs by changing behaviors.
Trained paraprofessionals who work with the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) and a Program Educator (hired to go into Marion County schools) utilize a hands-on , interactive nutrition and life-style curriculum, Have a Healthy Baby ,to educate at risk pregnant women and teens. Lesson topics include: good nutrition, proper weight gain, food safety, the importance of early and regular prenatal care, the dangers of smoking, drugs, and alcohol, and the importance of being physically active.
The lessons were developed and pilot tested to address the special needs of this unique audience. The lessons are fun, free and are taught in schools, homes, clinics or WIC offices.