Hawaii Mulls Exempting Breastfeeding Mothers From Jury Duty
BY MARINA STARLEAF RIKER-Associated Press April 8, 2016
HMHB Hawaii was recently featured in an article on several media sites on the supporting of Hawaii's bill to allow breastfeeding mothers to be exempt from jury duty. Our goal as an organization is to support breastfeeding moms with this bill, as it is critical to maintain a regular feeding/pumping schedule to ensure milk supply, which is extremely difficult (if not impossible) during a jury trial. To read the featured article, click on the several media links listed below:
Our executive director Lisa chatted with KITV4 morning news about the benefits of Text4Baby and the new MyText4Baby app, our 'Becoming A Mother' workshop series, as well as our fundraiser 'Healthy Babies Rock' that we will be hosting Friday August 7, 2015 at the Still Moving Center.
HMHB KITV 6pm News 8/03/15
KITV4 news features the benefits of Text4Baby and the new MyText4Baby app, our 'Becoming A Mother' workshop series, as well as our fundraiser 'Healthy Babies Rock' that we will be hosting Friday August 7, 2015 at the Still Moving Center.
You are invited to: Healthy Babies Rock!
It's time to dress up and get down! Healthy Babies Rock benefits programs and services provided by Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Coalition of Hawaii.
Where: Still & Moving Center, 1024 Queen St., Honolulu, HI 96814
When: Friday, August 7, 6-8pm
What: Featuring food stations, live music from Streetlight Cadence, aerial dance performances, face painting and photo booth, arts & crafts, and more!
Cost: $40/ticket, children are free. (All ages are welcome)
Tickets: Available online, at Still & Moving Center, or by phone: 737-5805
Please help us spread the word and mahalo for your support!
Star-Advertiser June 17, 2015: School board makes sex education mandatory
By Nanea Kalani, Reporter, Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Sexual health education will now be mandatory for Hawaii public school students, under a revised sex education policy approved Tuesday by the Board of Education that expands a long-standing abstinence-based policy to include lessons on contraception, disease prevention and skills to help students make "healthy decisions" about sexuality and relationships.
The revised policy requires that students receive sexual health education that is age-appropriate and medically accurate. It leaves it up to the Department of Education to vet curricula and adds a provision for parents to have their children not receive the instruction.
The old board policy, which was last updated in 1995, had said that the DOE "shall instruct students that abstention from sexual intercourse is the surest and most responsible way to prevent unintended pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases."
Schools had been selecting from among seven approved sex education curricula to be taught in intermediate and high schools.
The revised policy requires schools to provide sexual health education that:
» Includes education on abstinence, contraception and methods of infection prevention to prevent unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections.
» Helps students develop relationships and communication skills to form healthy relationships.
» Helps students develop skills in critical thinking, problem solving, decision making and stress management to make healthy decisions about sexuality and relationships.
» Encourages students to communicate with their parents, guardians and/or other trusted adults about sexuality.
» Informs students of available community resources.
The former policy did not have an opt-out provision. However, the Department of Education last summer implemented its own policy to make sex ed optional and require parents to opt their children in to participate amid complaints about the controversial Pono Choices curriculum — a pilot sex education program for middle-schoolers that many parents found too graphic. The new policy would supercede the department's rules.
The updated BOE policy also includes a requirement that a description of whatever approved sex education curriculum a school selects be made available to parents and posted on the school's website before instruction can start. The revision is part of a monthslong effort by the BOE to update and revise dozens of its policies. Work on the expanded sex education policy proved divisive, with some parents arguing that the changes will expose their children to unwanted and inappropriate lessons, and others arguing that abstinence-based programs are outdated and ineffective.
State Rep. Bob McDermott, a leader in the charge against Pono Choices and Hawaii's same-sex marriage law, testified that he favored keeping the abstinence-based policy, and criticized so-called "comprehensive sex education" because "it doesn't disclose the risks of anomalous behavior," citing, for example, the risks associated with anal and oral sex.
Lisa Kimura, executive director of Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Hawaii, which provides support services for pregnant women, said many of the young moms she works with say they don't have access to contraception and lack the education to know how it can help them prevent pregnancy.
"I hear from women every single week who are having their second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth — and actually last week, seventh — child, many of them from situations where they have not received any type of education for their reproductive health," she testified in support of the policy.
Consolidated Theaters Keiki Film Hui radio promo
Through July 30, 2015, participating Consolidated Theatres will be showing family favorites every Wednesday and Thursday at 10 a.m. for just $1.00 as part of their Keiki Film Hui to benefit Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Coalition of Hawaii! Contact Consolidated Theatres to get your seats! Participating theatres include Kapolei, Koko Marina, Mililani, Pearlridge and Ward. There, you can also make donations that will directly support our work in the Islands. Thank you for giving!
HMHB Hawaii featured in Maui Family Magazine Summer 2015 issue
A big mahalo to Maui Family Magazine for featuring our article about the importance of talking to your baby in the Summer 2015 issue. Babies whose parents talk, sing and read to them have larger vocabularies, and enter school ready to succeed. Need ideas to get started? Contact our MothersCare Line or visit our online directory here to find classes or a play group near you!
Baby Food Recall
Beech Nut is recalling 4-oz. glass jars containing Stage 2 Beech-Nut Classics sweet potato and chicken baby food due to possible contamination with small pieces of glass. The recall was announced by the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) at the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). Consumers with questions about the recall can contact the Beech-Nut Consumer Hotline at (866) 674-4446. Media with questions about the recall can contact Jodi Breuer, Director of Marketing, at (518) 839-0183. For more information from USDA, click here.
Recalls for the month of April, 2015
We are committed to keeping you informed about recalls of products which can put your child at risk. Here is an overview of recalls for the month of April, 2015 that you should be aware of:
Listeria in ice cream and hummus leads to recalls: 30,000 cases of Sabra hummus and involving 25 Blue Bell Creameries products in more than 20 states.
April 15, 2015 CPSC: Husky Securelock is voluntarily recalling its Vertical Bike Hooks as they can unexpectedly detach, allowing the bike to fall which poses a risk of injury to bystanders. Sold exclusively at Home Depot. Units: 120,000 in the US and Canada.
April 15, 2015 CPSC: Cycle Gear is voluntarily recalling its Wheelies Semi Truck and motorcycle toys because of excessive levels of lead, which are in violation of the federal standard for lead content. Units: 155
April 14, 2015 CPSC: Yamaha is voluntarily recalling its Viking VI vehicle because of a crash hazard when rear wheels loosen. Units: 3,500
April 14, 2015 CPSC: San Pedro Manufacturing is voluntarily recalling its Renovated Mattresses because of failure to meet mandatory federal open flame standards, posing a fire hazard. Units: 4,800.
April 8, 2015 CPSC: Smooth Industries is voluntarily recalling its children’s pajamas because of failure to meet federal flammability standards, posing a risk of burn injury to children. Units: 7,600.
April 8, 2015 CPSC: Dimension Industries is voluntarily recalling its outdoor Hampton Bay-branded Niles Park Collection patio set because the patio sets rocking chairs can break during normal use, posing a fall hazard. Product sold exclusively at Home Depot. Units: 25,000.
April 1, 2015 CPSC: Stokke is voluntarily recalling its Trailz Strollers because of a fall hazard to the infant as the strollers handle can break while in use. Units: 400.
The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has announced the recall of Stokke Trailz Strollers due to a potential fall hazard. The stroller handle can break while in use, posing a fall hazard to infants. This recall involves Stokke Trailz strollers with the chassis and seat sold between November 2014 and December 2014. To review the CPSC recall notice, click the link here
HMHB Hawaii featured on national CDC website
We are so honored to be featured on the national CDC website, describing our recent safe sleep efforts in Hawaii. Our goal is to reduce sleep-related deaths by letting parents know how to reduce risks and how to help babies sleep safely.
Hawai‘i Working Families Push President to Address Paid Leave in State of the Union
A big mahalo to MauiNow.com for the write-up on our organization's involvment to address paid sick days and paid family leave policies for working families in Hawai‘i. Hawai‘i’s Paid Family Leave coalition will hold an advocacy and educational event at the Hawai‘i State Capitol on Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015, from 9 a.m. to noon to raise awareness of the importance of family-friendly workplace policies to the local workforce. Click below to view the article.