<strong>LOGAN—</strong>A time will come when data from Cache County’s involvement in a current National Children’s Study will be made available to the community. Until then, because this national study is in its early stages, an event this weekend will present information designed to help families build better relationships.
The “Celebrating Parenthood: Building Strong and Healthy Relationships” workshop will run Saturday, 9:30-noon, at the Logan Regional Hospital Women’s Center. All classes are free.
Amy Anderson is the community liaison for the National Children’s Study in Cache County, which is a long-term project. This national study is presenting Saturday’s classes.
“We are one of 40 locations around the United States looking at how environment and genetics affect the health and development of children,” Anderson said. “We have been enrolling women between the ages of 18 and 49 since December, 2010. These children will be part of this study from before they are born until they turn 21.
“We’re looking at every factor that touches a child’s life, where they live, learn and play.”
Anderson said they are no longer currently enrolling new women into the study, since they reached their first enrollment milestone in March.
“Right now we’re working with this first group of moms and children – we have enrolled 800 mothers – and we hope to enroll more into the study in the next year to 18 months.”
Anderson said those attending Saturday’s classes can learn to create lasting and healthy bonds that support a child’s development.
“At 9:30, our keynote speaker is Laura Lyons, a certified Gottman Educator, talking about how to manage change in a couple’s relationship when a new baby comes into the family,” Anderson said.
“We will have two breakout sessions at 10:30. One is with Dr. Brad Goates speaking about building a relationship with your child’s doctor and the other with Aziele Jensen titled “Touchpoints: Strengthening Relationships.”
Two more breakout sessions at 11:15 will feature Dr. Vonda Jump and Sandy Ballard. There will be a light lunch for those who register.