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Patients Help Children's Hospital and U.S. Postal Service Unveil Commemorative Stamp Dedicated to Child Health

Newest commemorative stamp highlights importance of children's health

Patients of all ages gathered today to help Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh and the United States Postal Service officials dedicate the newest commemorative stamp - Child Health.

The stamp was created to serve as a reminder for people to ensure children are healthy through its message, "Balanced Diet and Exercise, Regular Medical Checkups, Car Seats Each Time and Caring for Our Future." The stamp, which was unveiled at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, will be available nationwide.

"The U.S. Postal Service continues to provide a rich tradition of drawing attention to important social awareness issues, like this stamp designed to promote children's health," said Rick Sekinger, United States Postal Service (USPC) Pittsburgh Post Master. "We hope this stamp will serve as a reminder to all of us to make sure our children are happy and healthy."

Art director Carl T. Herrman and stamp artist Craig Frazier show a silhouette of a physician placing a stethoscope on a child's chest.

"From bumps and bruises to life-threatening illnesses and everything in between, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh has served as an advocate for children and children's health issues for more than a century," said Roger Oxendale, president and CEO of Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. "We are honored to help unveil this stamp in an effort to bring awareness to children's health care needs. Every day, Children's staff continues to advance its cutting-edge programs that focus on the vital issues involving children, like obesity and injury prevention."

October is designated "Child Health Month" by the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the year 2005 is designated as "The Year of the Healthy Child," by the Surgeon General.

"Programs, services, doctors and nurses can help children choose healthier options. But, the first step to our children becoming healthier - is public awareness," said Silva Arslanian, MD, director of Children's Pediatric Center for Weight Management and Wellness. "This stamp will serve as an important reminder for people to ensure children are healthy."

Contacts:
Melanie Finnigan, 412-692-5016, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, Melanie.Finnigan@chp.edu
Diana Svoboda, 412-359-7819, United States Postal Service, Diana.Svoboda@usps.gov

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February 18, 2008
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