News Release

Monday, January 15, 2007

Contact: George Stinnett, CHKD, (757) 668-7043 or George.Stinnett@chkd.org

Free Workshops for Professionals, Parents Presented by CHKD and Kohl’s

February 8: How Childhood Affects Parenting, Adult Health

HAMPTON ROADS, Va.—Two free workshops exploring the links between childhood experiences and parenting will be presented February 8 by Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters and Kohl’s Department Stores.

The professional’s workshop, “Childhood Matters: Connecting Adverse Childhood Experiences and Adult Health,” will be held 1-4 p.m. in the Hampton/Newport News Room of the Webb Center, Old Dominion University, Norfolk. Participants will learn how negative childhood experiences are major risks factors for poor quality of life, illness and even death in adults. And the workshop will address the implications for both health and social problems.

The parent’s workshop, “How Your Childhood Affects Your Parenting,” will be held 7-9 p.m. in CHKD’s 6th floor conference room, 601 Children’s Lane, Norfolk. Participants will learn how adults who faced difficulties or hardships during their childhood often develop unhealthy ways of handling stress; they also will learn how to begin breaking the cycle of unhealthy patterns for their children.

Featured presenter is Robert F. Anda, M.D., board certified in internal medicine and a specialist in preventive medicine and epidemiology. As co-principal investigator for the Adverse Childhood Experiences study, he brought child health issues to the forefront of prevention activities. The study looked at long-term relationships between a wide range of adverse, traumatic or chaotic childhood experiences on health, behavior, social well-being, disease incidence and the cost of medical care. Dr. Anda is currently a consultant for the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta.

The workshops are free, but seating is limited and advance registration is requested. For more information or to register, call (757) 668-7500 or visit www.chkd.org/classes. The workshops are part of a series of lectures to help parents and professionals build stronger relationships with their children. The series is made possible by a $56,557 grant from Kohl’s through the Kohl’s Care for Kids campaign.