Thursday, September 9, 2010

Communities Recognize FASD Awareness Day

Communities across Nunatsiavut are coming together to recognize international FASD Awareness Day.

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder is a set of mental, physical and neurobehavioral birth defects caused by drinking while pregnant.

The day is observed by people all across the globe.

One way the day is recognized is by ringing a bell nine times at 9:09am.

This is done in every time zone across the globe, from New Zealand to Alaska.

The first ever FASD awareness day was recognized on September 9, 1999, or 09/09/99.

This date was chosen to symbolize the nine months of pregnancy.

All Nunatsiavut communities are hosting events today, and throughout the week, to observe FASD awareness day.

You can contact your local Nunatsiavut Department of Health to find out what’s going on in your community.

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