Enriched Parenting is a nonprofit organization particularly focused on providing resources for parents on ways to best promote their children’s lifelong physical and emotional wellbeing. Parenting decisions start as early as conception, therefore they seek to support a parent’s educational effort in areas including pregnancy, nutrition, birth, and medical decisions for general health and wellness. EP’s objective is to host events throughout the year in an effort to raise awareness toward this education-based initiative.

The prevalence of chronic illness in our children has increased dramatically, and continues to rise. Affecting more than 40% of U.S. children in some way, it is erroneously becoming accepted as inevitable and unavoidable.

Studies indicate that currently 1 in 6 children have a developmental disorder, including attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and the autism spectrum disorders. Autism affects 1 in 68 children, and rates are increasing every year. One in 10 children suffer with asthma, with annual expansion.

Food allergies surged 18% between 1997 and 2007 and continue to broaden: a level higher among U.S. children than anywhere else in the world. Diabetes is a major emerging health problem among children creating an increased risk of heart and blood-vessel disease, stroke, and diabetes-related complications at an early age. Obesity affects 17% or 12.7 million children and is at an all-time high. Most overweight children maintain their obesity as adults, leading to weight-related complications such as diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, stroke, some cancers, arthritis, and sleep-disordered breathing.

EP’s mission is to help parents and caregivers turn the tide of childhood epidemics by addressing environmental and nutritional factors. Prevention is key to making a difference in children’s health. With this in mind, it is critical that as parents we become more aware of the preventive and treatment factors to help promote a better lifestyle for our children’s health.

Please join EP’s upcoming event this Thursday, June 16, 8:00 p.m. featuring world-renowned pediatrician and lecturer Lawrence B. Palevsky, M.D. Your presence is valued and you will be warmly welcomed. Dr. Palevsky will be speaking on the topic, “Childhood Chronic Illness: Prevention and Treatment.” The experts at EP look forward to meeting you, and sincerely hope you will join them in making a happy, healthy lifestyle a reality for our current and future generations.

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