City Seal
City of Lincoln
Mayor's Department
Citizen Information Center Division
Media Release


December 21, 2000
For More Information Contact:
Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 441-7831
Steve Beal, Health Department, 441-8042

Mayor Announces "Healthy Kids 2010" Initiative
Conference on children’s health set for January

Mayor Don Wesely announced today that he is launching a children’s health initiative, "Healthy Kids 2010," with the first ever Mayor’s Conference on Children’s Health. The conference, set for January 10, 2001, will focus on children’s environmental health and access to health care.

"This conference is the first major step forward in Healthy Kids 2010, a multifaceted initiative, which will bring attention to a broad range of children’s health issues," Mayor Wesely said. The conference is being supported by the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD), the Lancaster County Medical Society, the Nebraska Health and Human Services System, the Nebraska Health Care Connection and the National Center for Environmental Health, which is part of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.

"The conference is just the beginning of Healthy Kids 2010," Wesely said. "Over the next year, special efforts will be made to increase the visibility of the many issues impacting our children’s health."

Existing programs in our community will be highlighted as part of the initiative. Those include the Community Asthma Education Initiative and use of the Mobile Health Force clinic as an outreach tool for dental screening and treatment for school children. Healthy Kids 2010 will also spotlight new initiatives, such as the recently funded Nurturing Parents program, which focuses on improving the health of high-risk infants, and the Children’s Environmental Health Protection Initiative, a community and medical education program that will begin in conjunction with the conference.

"Children are at greater risk than adults from similar environmental exposures," said Leon F. Vinci, MPH, Health Director for LLCHD. "This is due to many factors, such as their bodies’ inability to break down certain toxins. They also consume more food, water and air per body mass than adults and thus have higher doses of toxins." Many recent actions by EPA have highlighted this fact, such as the recently announced ban on two commonly used pesticides, Dursban and Diazanon. These products were specifically pulled from the market due to the risks they pose to children.

Keynote speakers at the conference will include:

Other panelists include:

Information on conference registration is available from the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department at 441-8045.
Mayor's Citizen's Information Center Media Releases