Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Awareness Day – Friday, September 9th

September 9th is International Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) Awareness Day.  This worldwide movement is to raise awareness about the largest known, and entirely preventable, cause of mental retardation and developmental disabilities – fetal alcohol exposure during pregnancy.  FAS Awareness Day begins in many nations with bell-ringing at 9:09 a.m. local time.

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Awareness DayOn Hawaii Island, the Children’s Research Triangle will be hosting an event at the West Hawaii Civic Center in Kailua-Kona in conjunction with the Mayor’s office.  County of Hawaii Mayor Billy Kenoi will provide the introduction for the morning, followed by speakers and informational tables by local support agencies.  Refreshments will also be served.

Flags will be on display, representing more then 1,000 positive screens to date. The Hawaii CRT team has been working with local healthcare providers to screen pregnant women to identify alcohol use during pregnancy.  A positive screen is a mother who admits to using substances during their pregnancy.

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Awareness Day

Elsewhere on the Island, providers will support the day with posters in their offices.  Banners, posters and flyers will also be displayed in visible areas around the various communities, with informational tables in Kamuela, Kohala, Waikoloa, Honokaa and Hilo. Groups are urged to join in with bell-ringing, a coffee break, planned activity or simply talking story about this important issue for our Island families

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