Health Unit Raises Awareness About Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

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Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

As International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Awareness Day approaches, the Middlesex-London Health Unit, along with the Southwest Aboriginal Health Access Centre and the Children's Aid Society are hosting several events to increase understanding of this devastating disorder.

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FASD occurs in children whose mothers consumed alcohol during pregnancy. The Health Unit and its partners will host several events this week to inform women, their partners, families, friends and the community as a whole that it is best to have an alcohol-free pregnancy. Simply put, there is no safe time to drink during pregnancy, nor is there a safe amount or a safe type of alcohol to consume when a woman is expecting.

On Thursday, September 6th, there will be a free demonstration and taste testing of alcohol-free mocktails at Barney's patio at 671 Richmond Street. The event goes from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. and participants can win a Hamilton Beach blender or other prizes. Mocktail recipes are available on the Health Unit's website: www.healthunit.com.

On Sunday, September 9th, the Mocktail event moves to the East Stage, next to the Special Events Building at Western Fair. A Registered Dietitian will be on-hand to lead how-to demonstrations and offer free mocktail samples between 1:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. There will be giveaways and a chance to win a Hamilton Beach blender.

To close International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Awareness Day, a candlelight vigil will be held in Victoria Park at 9:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 9th. This will be an excellent opportunity for the entire community and in particular anyone who has ever been affected by FASD, to show that each child deserves an alcohol-free start to life.

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