Bloomberg School of Public Health Officially Kicks Off National Children's Study in Montgomery County
On Saturday, March 26, almost 200 County residents attended the kick off of the National Children's Study in Montgomery County. The kick off event, which was free, took place at Rio sport&health Club in Gaithersburg, and included a bounce house, reading area, tumbling mats, giveaways, arts and crafts, and book raffles for kids and adults. The morning concluded with a pregnancy yoga class and kids' sports class.
Montgomery County Executive Isiah "Ike" Leggett attended the opening and issued a proclamation declaring March 26 Montgomery County Children's Health Day. Also on hand to say a few words were Captain Steven Hirschfeld of the Commissioned Corps of the United States Public Health Service, who is the Acting Director of the National Children's Study, and Laura Caulfield, a professor in the JHU Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Principal Investigator for the Study's Montgomery County Study Center.
The National Children's Study is a groundbreaking study, designed to look at how the environment might affect a child's health and development. The study will examine childhood health problems like asthma, autism, obesity and diabetes.