NCBDDD Partner Alert 5/18


It’s National Physical Fitness and Sports Month!

sports monthLet’s make sure children of all abilities can play and stay active.

Children and adolescents ages 6 years and older are recommended to perform at least one hour of physical activity each day. Nevertheless, many children and adolescents are not getting this suggested amount of daily physical activity. Unfortunately, the situation is worse for youth with a disability. In fact, compared to youth without disability, youth with a disability have a 35 percent higher prevalence of overweight and obesity with an increased risk of secondary conditions associated with being overweight.

Check out our “Activity for All Children” feature on the CDC website to learn about a new collaboration between CDC’s funded partner, the National Center on Health Physical Activity and Disability (NCHPAD), and Girls on the Run, an after-school running program that provides opportunities for youth to get the recommended amount of physical activity. Together they are making the program more inclusive of young girls with disabilities.

Spread the word!

Share this feature in social media and let other programs know they can also be disability inclusive.

These suggested social media messages are just examples – feel free to use them as they are or adapt to make them your own.

It’s National Physical Fitness and Sports Month! Let’s make sure children of all abilities can play and stay active after school. (Activity for All Children) #CDCDisability #MoveInMay

Children of all abilities need at least one hour of physical activity each day for good health. See how after school programs can help. (Activity for All Children) #CDCDisability #MoveInMay

New U.S. Zika Pregnancy and Infant Registry Communication Tools

zika toolsWe recently added new, innovative communication tools to our Zika and Pregnancy website. These tools encourage healthcare providers to securely send medical information to their local health department about infants born to mothers who had Zika virus infection during pregnancy. It is important to monitor the health of these children until their second birthday. Some of these new materials include

  The U.S. Zika Pregnancy and Infant Registry (USZPIR) Fact Sheet: A fact sheet describing when, why, and how healthcare providers should share medical information about children born to mothers who had Zika during pregnancy with their local health department.

•  USZPIR GIFs & Infographic: Animated and static images showing how CDC, health departments, and healthcare providers can work together to track Zika virus infection to protect mothers and babies.

Other new features to our website include new social media messaging and graphics pages. In addition, we have several new resources in Spanish, including our road maps for mothers caring for children with congenital Zika virus infection and testing algorithms for clinicians on our Fact Sheet page.

Children with Heart Problems May Miss More School

children with heart problems.jpgChildren with special healthcare needs (CSHCN) who have heart problems such as congenital heart disease (CHD) encounter unique challenges.

A recent CDC study in Congenital Heart Disease found that parents of CSHCN who have heart problems commonly report that their children’s condition prevents them from doing things other children do.

• Parents reported that these children experience more difficulty with learning, concentration, communication, self-care, and fine and gross motor skills than CSHCN who don’t have heart problems.
• These children also missed more days of school and participated less in extracurricular activities than CSHCN who don’t have heart problems.
Children with special healthcare needs who have heart problems such as CHD should see a healthcare provider regularly so families can get the services and support they need.

Read the full article at For more information, visit

Are Women Getting Enough Folic Acid?

folicacid.jpgAdding folic acid to enriched cereal grains in the United States has prevented about 1,300 neural tube defects every year since 1998, but about 3,000 neural tube defects still occur. While some neural tube defects are caused by reasons other than insufficient folic acid intake, not getting enough folic acid is one reason why some neural tube defects still occur.

Research shows that some women are not consuming enough folic acid to lower the risk of a neural tube defect. A study from the CDC found that for women who currently only get folic acid from enriched cereal grain products, consuming additional sources of folic acid could prevent up to 700 more neural tube defects per year.

The results from this study show that getting 400 mcg of folic acid every day can lower the risk of having a pregnancy affected by a neural tube defect.

You can read the full scientific article here and the key findings here.

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