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The U.S. Surgeon General Discusses Top Questions From Moms About the MMR Vaccine

February 27, 2015
We all want our children to be safe and healthy. Measles is a serious and highly contagious disease, but, fortunately, we can prevent it with immunizations. The measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine is safe and the best way to protect your child against measles and other diseases. I understand that some parents are concerned about vaccines. The evidence about the vaccine’s safety and benefits is strong and consistent. There is a lot of inaccurate information circulating about the measles vaccine, so let’s make sure we separate the facts from the myths. If you have any concerns or...
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Taking to the Hill to Defend Medicaid

February 27, 2015
On Tuesday MomsRising volunteers and their kids met with Senators on Capitol Hill to discuss Medicaid and deliver YOUR stories!
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Updating the Dietary Guidelines for Americans

February 26, 2015
The Dietary Guidelines for Americans provide important recommendations on diet, nutrition and health, and serve as the foundation for federal food-assistance programs like SNAP (food stamps), WIC and school meals. The USDA and Department of Health and Human Services are expected to release updated guidelines by the end of this year; they were last updated in 2010. As part of the process, an Advisory Committee (DGAC) has just released a scientific report, which provides advice for the final policy report on essential nutrients, the importance of physical activity, sustainability, the food...
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Great news! Seattle expands access to paid parental leave

February 24, 2015
GREAT news from Seattle! Sending a round of applause & thank you to the Seattle City Council, especially Councilwoman Jean Godden for leading the charge that just expanded access to paid parental leave to all City of Seattle employees.
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The Healthy Families Act: Paid Leave Americans Need and Deserve

February 20, 2015
Before getting into teaching, Shalonda Ravenell never considered the issue of paid time off or maternity leave. “As a teacher, the job that you do, you don’t get paid what you’re worth, so you would think that there’s sick leave somewhere for you when you have babies,” said Shalonda, a married mother of two and a business education teacher at a public high school in Florida. “But you don’t get six weeks’ worth of pay [for maternity leave] if you don’t have that time saved up,” she told me. Shalonda isn’t alone. With no federal right to paid sick leave, maternity leave, or paternity leave in...
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Calling All Children's Health Supporters! (Simple ways you can show your support for CHIP)

February 19, 2015
MomsRising, Young Invincibles, and First Focus are working together to mobilize a groundswell of grassroots support for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Funding for this critical program is set to expire later this year unless Congress takes action, so it’s crucial that they hear from children’s health supporters across the country. This is why we’ve made it super easy to show your support for CHIP in a number of different ways! Take action on one or all of these options to raise your voice for children’s health. Sign our petition! Petitions are a great way to give lawmakers a...
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Learn & Spread the Word About the School Breakfast Program

February 19, 2015
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But not enough kids that are eligible are taking advantage of the School Breakfast Program. Learn why...and spread the word!
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When Less is More: Every Mom Deserves a Healthy Childbirth, Every Baby a Healthy Start

February 18, 2015
The road to a safe and healthy birth in our over-medicalized maternal care system can be like a drive through a foreign city without a map. Confronted with countless options for medical tests, treatments and other, often unnecessary, interventions, pregnant women may wonder which way to turn. Pathway to a Healthy Birth is a new guide to help women find their way.
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