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In recognition of National Infant Mortality Awareness Month in September, Palmetto Healthy Start will host its second Infant Mortality Awareness Walk, “Small Steps to a Healthy Start,” from 8-10:30 a.m., on Saturday, Sept. 7, at Riverfront Park, 312 Laurel St. All proceeds from the 5K walk will support Palmetto Healthy Start’s initiative to promote safe sleep, reducing the rate of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Those interested in participating must register by Monday, Sept. 2. Registration costs $12 and includes a free hat.
“Our efforts will help fund initiatives that help moms have healthy, full-term pregnancies,” said Lyntavia Archie, Palmetto Healthy Start Community Advocate. “It’s important to do everything we can to improve the health outcomes for this vulnerable population.”
Palmetto Healthy Start is a member of the National Healthy Start Initiative and is operated through a federally funded grant received by Palmetto Health. Its mission is to reduce infant mortality, the number of low birth-weight babies and other health disparities in Richland, Fairfield, Lexington, and Sumter counties through education and outreach.
Palmetto Health also invites parents who have experienced pregnancy loss or early infant loss to attend the support group “Wee Remember.” The group meets 6:30-8 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month in Palmetto Health Baptist’s Pastoral Counseling Seminar Room.
For more information or to register for the Infant Mortality Awareness Walk, call 803-296-CARE (2273) or visit PalmettoHealth.org/HealthyStart.