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Healthy Kids Delaware Network Celebrates First Anniversary

Thursday, Dec 22, 2011

Delaware Valley
Healthy Kids Delaware Celebrates First Anniversary

Heathly Kids Delaware network members John Ryan and Sarah Noonan, right, recognize Co-chairs Christine Smith and Ashia Cale for their leadership.

Earlier this month the Healthy Kids Delaware (HKD) network celebrated its one-year anniversary. Joined by New Castle County Executive Paul Clark, Wilmington City Mayor James Baker and Wilmington City Councilman Penrose Hollins, the network of over 40 organizations came together to mark this milestone and accomplishments over the year.

The Healthy Kids Delaware network has been working to address health and wellness needs of children throughout New Castle County. Speaking of the value of the network, Westside Family Healthcare's Deputy Director Sarah Noonan noted, "Westside is thrilled to be a member of HKD. We have greatly benefited from the network and relationships formed. Our involvement has broken down the silos in helping us work more collaboratively and effectively with other groups to improve health in our community."

"Our vision is to have healthy communities where our children thrive," remarked Donna Snyder-White of Nemours Health & Prevention Services. "We all know that it takes a village to keep children healthy and well and Healthy Kids Delaware is part of a statewide village of community groups, businesses and individuals who have collectively come together to leverage our resources with the goal of improving the health of kids."

New Castle County Executive Paul Clark announced his new Live Healthy New Castle County plan to strengthen NCC's efforts to create an environment that promotes good health. In addition, New Castle County Councilman Penrose Hollins presented the network with a resolution adopted by New Castle County Council in honor of the first year celebration.

Learn more about Healthy Kids Delaware.


About Nemours

Nemours is an internationally recognized children's health system that owns and operates the two free-standing children’s hospitals: the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Del., and Nemours Children's Hospital in Orlando, Fla., along with outpatient facilities in five states, delivering pediatric primary, specialty and urgent care. Nemours also powers the world’s most-visited website for information on the health of children and teens,, and offers on-demand, online video patient visits through Nemours CareConnect. Nemours is a program dedicated to preventing reading failure in young children, grounded in Nemours’ understanding that child health and learning are inextricably linked, and that reading level is a strong predictor of adult health.

Established as The Nemours Foundation through the legacy and philanthropy of Alfred I. duPont, Nemours provides pediatric clinical care, research, education, advocacy and prevention programs to families in the communities it serves.