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Health education
The NICHD maintains and is involved in a number of health communication campaigns and programs. For more information on each project, please visit its Web site.

Autism Research at the NICHDAutism Research at the NICHD is a Web site that offers easy access to the most current information about NICHD-supported research projects, publications, news, resources, and other activities related to autism spectrum disorders (ASDs).

Back to SleepThe Back to Sleep campaign seeks to educate parents and caregivers about the importance of placing healthy babies on their backs to sleep, for naps and at night, to reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). The campaign also describes other ways to reduce the risk of SIDS.

Cochrane Neonatal ReviewsCochrane Neonatal Reviews are an effort to relay technical and research information to health care providers, researchers, and interested publics. These reviews provide efficient access to current evidence in neonatology and help to reduce the gap between the time when a treatment's effectiveness and safety is established in research and its routine use by health care providers. Please note that this information is highly technical and is intended to help neonatologists, researchers designing clinical trials, funding agencies, and individuals making decisions about the allocation of resources for neonatal care make more informed decisions specific to medical practices in neonatology.

logo_mmThe Milk Matters campaign strives to educate parents, teachers, children, and health care providers about the importance of getting enough calcium during the childhood and teen years to build strong bones and teeth that will last a lifetime.

Media-Smart Youth: Eat, Think, and Be ActiveThe Media-Smart Youth: Eat, Think, and Be Active program is an interactive after-school education program for young people ages 11 to 13 that teaches them to analyze, evaluate, and create media messages-skills that can help them make smart, positive choices about nutrition and physical activity every day.

Partnership for ReadingIn 2001, the NICHD, the National Institute for Literacy, and the U.S. Department of Education formed the Partnership for Reading, a collaborative effort to distribute evidence-based reading research information, including the findings of the National Reading Panel, to those who can benefit the most from it. The Partnership provides the needed information to ensure that the methods of reading instruction used in the classroom rely on evidence, like that put forth by NICHD-supported researchers.

We Can!We Can!--a national education program to help prevent overweight and obesity among youth ages 8 to 13, provides resources and community-based programs for parents, caregivers, and youth that focus on behaviors to encourage healthy eating, increase physical activity, and reduce sedentary time. The program was developed by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and is conducted in collaboration with the NICHD, the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, the National Cancer Institute, and several national private sector organizations.

Women's Health Research at the NICHDWomen's Health Research at the NICHD is a portal into research related to women's health that is conducted and supported by the NICHD. The site describes Institute research areas and findings, links to health publications and news releases, provides contacts for researchers and health care providers, and links to relevant resources in the area of women's health.