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Commissioners proclaim Thursday as FASDA Day

September 9, 2010
On the ninth day of the ninth month, Forest-Warren Human Services officials hope to draw attention to the tragic effects of alcohol on an unborn child. Sept. 9, 2010 was proclaimed Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Awareness Day in Warren County by the county commissioners on Wednesday. “On behalf of the citizens of Warren County, we are pleased to join with Forest-Warren Human Services and Beacon Light Behavioral Health Systems in celebrating September 9, 2010 as Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Awareness Day,” Commissioner Chairman John Eggleston said. “...Our children represent our brightest hope for the future and deserve a healthy beginning and the chance to realize their greatest potential and it is our responsibility to care for, nurture, and protect them.” According to the Pennsylvania Department of Health, fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD), is an umbrella term that describes the nation’s leading category of preventable birth defects and developmental disabilities that include: fetal alcohol syndrome; partial fetal alcohol syndrome; alcohol-related neurodevelopment disorder; and alcohol-related birth defects. “We can report that in Warren County there were zero fetal alcohol births in 2009,” said Mary Kushner, director of Forest-Warren Human Services. The Department of Health reports that the effects of FASD can include growth deficits; mental retardation; heart, lung and kidney defects; specific facial characteristics; hyperactivity and behavior problems; attention and memory problems; and learning disabilities. “Although it is 100 percent preventable, FASD still affects one out of every 100 births nationwide,” said state acting Health Deputy Secretary for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Janice Kopelman. “Women must remember that it is very important to avoid drinking any alcohol if they are pregnant or planning to become pregnant.”

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Left to right, Warren County Commissioners John Bortz, John Eggleston and Terry Hawk sign a document proclaiming Sept. 9 as Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Awareness Day in Warren County.



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