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A state House bill would require preschools and day care centers to test for lead in drinking water and take action if lead levels are too high. Kids with lead poisoning can have trouble learning, behavioral issues, and poor kidney function. It’s especially harmful to children under the age of 6.

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The Indiana State Department of Health and IUPUI will begin the third phase of its COVID-19 tracking study on Sept. 29. This round of the study is set to include children as participants for the first time.

Whitmer Extends Mask Requirement To Day Care Centers, Camps

Aug 6, 2020

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has extended her mask requirement to include many children who attend day care and camps, saying the step is necessary to ensure the facilities remain open during the pandemic. Previously, day care centers and camps were exempt from her order to wear a face covering inside enclosed public spaces and crowded outdoor places. The new directive applies to children ages 2 and up when they're on a school bus and those ages 4 and older when they're in indoor hallways and common areas.

Safe Space Radio

Monday, July 27, 2020 at 9 PM

Many white parents have never learned how to talk about race and racism with their kids. Their silence perpetuates racism—but it can be hard to know how to start. This hour-long program from Safe Space Radio is about talking to white kids about race and racism: how white parents, families, and teachers can learn to show up for racial justice in a way that will make a difference for generations to come. The show explores a wide variety of approaches with kids of all ages.

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Indiana’s Commission on Improving the Status of Children will adopt an equity guide in the coming weeks that will help steer its decision-making.

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The Indiana State Department of Health reported 14 additional confirmed deaths on Monday, bringing the state’s total to 1,621. The state announced more than 28,000 total confirmed cases, with nearly 184,000 Hoosiers tested.

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Indiana has its first confirmed case of a new condition known as multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children.

Two Children Die From The Flu In Michigan

Jan 10, 2020
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The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has confirmed that two children have died in the state as a result of the 2019-2020 flu season. 

Indiana's Childhood Obesity Rate Poor Yet Steady

Oct 12, 2019
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Indiana is among the worst states in the country for childhood obesity, according to newly released data from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. However, experts say the situation is stabilizing. 

Indiana ranks 13th in the country for obesity rates among children ages 10 to 17. This means about 1 in 6 Hoosier children in this age range are obese. But Monica Hobbs Vinluan, with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, says there is good news for Indiana. 

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A large coalition — made up of doctors, legal experts, advocacy groups, and others — is petitioning the state to lower its threshold for when public health agencies should address elevated blood lead levels in children.

Right now Indiana’s required threshold for many services is 10 micrograms per deciliter, twice as high as what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends. 

Obesity Rates Down For Children On WIC

Jun 26, 2019
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Obesity rates among preschool age children who receive federal food assistance are down according to a new analysis and Indiana’s numbers follow the trend.

Nearly half of all babies born in Indiana receive services through the Women, Infant and Children, or WIC program. 

In a four-year period, Indiana’s obesity rate for 2-4 year olds in the program dropped from 15.1 percent in 2010 to 14.3 in 2014. 

The state has responded to a lawsuit that seeks to require Indiana to provide lawyers for young people involved in cases where children have been removed from their homes.  The state says more attorneys are not the answer.

Krista Tippett discusses how vital rough & tumble play is vital to positive character development with Dr. Scott Brown.