BUFFALO, N.Y., July 23, 2015 - Family fun walks, children's activities, games, education, community resource tables and prizes are all part of the annual Breastfeeding Walks & Healthy Baby Festivals hosted by Catholic Charities Women, Infants and Children (WIC) nutrition program. The events will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, July 31 in Delaware Park in Buffalo and on Wednesday, Aug. 5 in Hyde Park in Niagara Falls.
The Buffalo walk and festival will be at the Colvin Avenue and Amherst Street entrance of Delaware Park, and the Niagara Falls event will be held in Hyde Park near the splash pad at Hyde Park Boulevard and Pine Avenue.
All are invited to attend, especially families, caregivers and anyone in support of a healthy start for babies or who would like to learn more about breastfeeding.
Catholic Charities WIC serves all of Erie and Niagara counties and is hosting the free event to raise awareness of the benefits and significance of breastfeeding, and in celebration of World Breastfeeding Week (Aug. 1-7). The walk and festival is also designed to create community support to friends, family and others who are or may be considering breastfeeding, or who have breastfed.
The family fun walks begin at 11:15 a.m., along with informational educational displays and resources, entertainment, prizes and giveaways. Sesame Street's Elmo and the movie Frozen's Olaf will be at both events; the Buffalo Zoomobile will be at the Niagara Falls event.
Families are encouraged to pack a picnic lunch for after the walk.
"Attendees of our popular walk and festival have the opportunity to learn about ways to stay healthy through pregnancy, how to decrease the chance of preterm birth, and the importance of breastfeeding for the long-term health of both the baby and mother," said Katie Constantino, Catholic Charities WIC breastfeeding coordinator. "It also is fun for the kids and offers families the chance to meet one another and have an enjoyable morning out!"
No registration is required and questions can be directed to (716) 218-1484 ext. 2411.
The event is funded through a community award from the March of Dimes.
WIC offers breastfeeding support, education and counseling from International Board Certified Lactation Consultants to address more complicated breastfeeding issues, and free beast pumps for eligible participants. Mothers will also be provided a peer counselor to call if they have any questions or concerns.
WIC is a federal nutrition program which provides food, participant-centered nutrition education and referrals for eligible pregnant women, breastfeeding women, and infants and children under the age of five. Catholic Charities WIC program served more than 26,000 participants in 2014 in Erie and Niagara counties.
For more information about WIC, go to ccwny.org/wic, or for information on any other Catholic Charities service, go to ccwny.org.
Catholic Charities served more than 142,000 people in need in Western New York in 2014. For 92 years, Catholic Charities has been making a difference for people of every faith and ethnicity in Western New York. Catholic Charities empowers children, families and seniors to achieve meaningful, healthy and productive lives. In all situations, Catholic Charities delivers support to meet immediate needs, and then assesses clients for other needs to ensure long-term success. It is the most comprehensive human service provider serving Western New York. Catholic Charities is an excellent steward of the contributions it receives. For five years, Catholic Charities attained the highest-possible rating (four stars) from Charity Navigator for transparency and sound fiscal management. Catholic Charities also receives the highest ratings from the Council on Accreditation for quality service.
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