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Local Counties To Celebrate World Breastfeeding Week With Several Events

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Tuesday marks the start of World Breastfeeding Week, and a number of Panhandle county health departments are marking the week with several events.

Bay County Health officials are offering a free breastfeeding class Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. It will be offered in the Ullman building of the county health department’s main location in Panama City.

Meanwhile, Gulf County’s Health officials are holding a World Breastfeeding Week celebration at their Port St. Joe Clinic Friday at 10 a.m. It includes door prizes and games for Moms and babies.

And, Franklin County Health officials will hold their 2nd Annual Walk and Celebration for Breastfeeding Awareness at Riverfront Park in Apalachicola Saturday at 6 p.m. Registration begins at 5:30. It’s free with refreshments, door prizes, and goody bags. For other events, visit your local health department’s website.

Health officials encourage mothers to breastfeed because they say it reduces a baby’s chance of health problems, like diabetes, asthma, and ear infections.

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Sascha Cordner has more than ten years of public radio experience. It includes working at NPR member station WUFT-FM in Gainesville for several years. She's worked in both radio and TV, serving in various capacities as a reporter, producer and anchor. She's also a graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in telecommunications. She is the recipient of 15 awards from the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and Edward R. Murrow. Her award-winning stories include her coverage on the infamous “Dozier School for Boys” and a feature titled "Male Breast Cancer: Lost in the Sea of Pink." Currently, Sascha serves as the host and producer of local and state news content for the afternoon news program "All Things Considered" at WFSU. Sascha primarily covers criminal justice and social services issues. When she's not reporting, Sascha likes catching up on her favorite TV shows, singing and reading. Follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter:@SaschaCordner.