#52 Days To FASDay – Get the Current Research


Stay on top of current statistics and research! 

Provide media interviews and reporters with the newest data.

Thank you for being a part of our Million Mind March to Build Better Baby Brains. The following letter was received by Better Endings New Beginnings – July 19, 2012 – We are offering you an early view today of the report. We appreciate everyone’s efforts. 

Dear Partners,
We would like to share with you findings that were published today in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). The report*, Alcohol use and binge drinking among women of childbearing age – United States, 2006-2010, describes findings from CDC’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) examining any alcohol use and binge drinking among pregnant and nonpregnant women of childbearing age (18-44 years) in the U.S. from 2006 to 2010. The main findings from these data analyses are:
·         7.6% of pregnant women (or 1 in 13) and 51.5% of nonpregnant women (or 1 in 2) reported drinking alcohol in the past 30 days.
·         Among pregnant women, the highest estimates of reported alcohol use were among those who were:
o   Aged 35-44 years (14.3%);
o   White (8.3%);
o   College graduates (10.0%);
o   Employed (9.6%)
·         1.4% of pregnant women (or 1 in 71) and 15.0% of nonpregnant women (or 1 in 7) reported binge drinking in the past 30 days. (Binge drinking was defined as having consumed four or more drinks on an occasion at least one time in the past 30 days.)
·         Among binge drinkers, the average frequency and intensity of binge episodes were similar, about three times per month and approximately six drinks on an occasion, among those who were pregnant and those who were not.
·         Among nonpregnant binge drinkers, binge drinking prevalence, frequency, and intensity were highest among those aged 18-24 years.
Alcohol consumption (any use and binge drinking) among pregnant women is still an important public health concern. Pregnant and nonpregnant women of childbearing age who misuse alcohol are an important population for public health interventions. This report helps identify the population of women who engage in risky drinking behaviors and can help target interventions to prevent alcohol-exposed pregnancies.
Because no safe level of alcohol during pregnancy has been established and alcohol is known to cause birth defects, developmental disabilities, and other adverse pregnancy outcomes, women who are pregnant or who might become pregnant should refrain from drinking alcohol. We know that FASDs are 100% preventable if alcohol is not consumed during pregnancy, so why take the risk?
*Reported by: Claire M. Marchetta, MPH, Clark H. Denny, PhD, R. Louise Floyd, DSN, Nancy E. Cheal, PhD, Joseph E. Sniezek, MD. Division of Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities; Lela R. McKnight-Eily, PhD, Division of Population Health, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, CDC

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Prevention Team
National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Online Manual – www.fasday.com
Seminar – Or try our easy, effective, exciting 1½ hour program that walks you
 through the morning of Sept.9: http://www.come-over.to/FASDAY/ABCDEFG/ 
(material from 2002 has excellent ideas)

Follow us through the next 60 days and plan your local or personal project to build awareness of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder – Each One Can Reach One!

Need family support visit www.toolboxparent.com
Need ideas for adults living with challenges of FASD visit www.braidedcord.net
Need information on fetal alcohol spectrum disorders visit www.betterendings.org
Interested in service dog for FASD visit www.thechancerchronicles.com

Bonfire Party Time with Cocoas and Mixes


Cool evenings with bon fires are a great time for a party, but if you’ve had a past with party times you can’t even remember or if you are supporting a friend, co-worker or family member who is carrying a child consider hosting a Alcohol free drink mixing party and come up with some great new tasty flavors.

These are great to test out if you are planning a Pregnant Pause for September 9 Celebrations
Here are just a few and we will continue to add more:

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Cocoas and Mixes
3 c. powder milk

  • 3/4 c. cocoa powder
1 c. sugar

  • dash of salt

3 c. powder milk
3/4 c. cocoa powder
1 c. sugar
dash of salt   
1 Lb. cocoa mix (Quick) 
1.5 Lb. instant milk 
1-6oz. coffeemate 
.25 c. powdered sugar 
1/3 c. cocoa mix (store bought)
Hot water
Coffee mug
Combine ingredients and mix.  Makes 8 servings.  For 1 serving place 1/3 cup dry mixture in cup, add boiling water and stir. 
(modified version of the Hershey’s can-side recipe)
2 tsp cocoa *

1 tsp sugar *
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Milk (12 oz. or so for a typical mug)
Mix with a bit of milk (1 oz or so) in mug.  Nuke mug for about 30-50 seconds.  Stir until the heated cocoa dissolves.  Fill mug with milk. Nuke for 1-2 minutes, depending on wattage and preferences as to burnt mouth parts.
3/4 cup pure coconut milk 
1/4 cup water (If you use light coconut milk DO NOT ADD WATER.) 
1/2 tablespoon carob powder 
raw honey to taste (about 1/2 teaspoon) 
Combine coconut milk, water and carob powder. Blend with a wire whisk, heat on stove top or microwave. Add honey to taste. 
3 cups instant nonfat dry milk
2 cups (12 oz) chocolate chips and 
1 1/2 cups miniature marshmallows 
Whirl half the milk and half the chips in a food processor or blender until finely ground.  Take care not to grind past that or the mix will clump.  Do the same with the other halves of milk and chips, put everything in a bowl and stir in the marshmallows.  Package in an airtight container (can be stored up to 6 months).  When using, just mix to taste with boiling water. 
Vary the chips …. semisweet, milk, mint, malted milk chips and malted milk powder substitute for the milk or white chocolate.  You can use half peanut-butter or butterscotch chips.  You can add in flavorings like coffee powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, or orange peel.