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CHARTS Community Spotlight Duval County Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Program

Funded through the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women Infants and Children (WIC), the Duval County Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Program has been in operation for 24 years. According to DOH-Duval Director Dr. Kelli Wells, “Research has shown that breastfeeding enhances brain development and learning readiness and children who were breastfed are less likely to have diabetes, childhood cancers, and be overweight as adults. The Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Program is an important initiative in our county to support mothers and babies during this key developmental period.”
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  • In 2013, Alzheimer’s disease was the 7th leading cause of death (17.5 per 100,000).
  • There was a 13.5% increase in deaths due to Alzheimer’s disease from 2012 to 2013.
  • Females comprised nearly two-thirds (66.0%) of all Alzheimer’s disease deaths in 2013.
  • In 2013, Diabetes was the 6th leading cause of death (19.6 per 100,000).
  • In 2013, 5.7% of all deaths were due to Alzheimer’s disease or diabetes.

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