ECHO Provides Free Staying Healthy Classes For Expectant Mothers

By Kathy L. Collins

Emergency Care Help Organization (ECHO) is pleased to announce that thanks to funding by the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County, ECHO will offer a series of classes called “Staying Healthy for Moms-to-Be.”

This six to eight week class is for pregnant women, regardless of income, who live within the greater Brandon area and are interested in learning how to live a healthy life. Participants will receive a free individualized nutritional eating plan, nutritious food, baby items or maternity clothes following each class they attend.

“We are excited about the partnership with the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County. This class came about after years of surveying our clients on what services are needed in the greater Brandon area,” said Stacey Efaw, Executive Director of ECHO. “We learned that people, especially pregnant women, were looking for classes that teach them how to eat healthy on a budget, when and where to go to a doctor, what questions to ask at the appointments and how to stay healthy during pregnancy and beyond.”

Classes begin Thursday, October 10 from 10 a.m.-12 Noon and will be held at ECHO, located at 507 N Parsons Ave., in Brandon. Space is limited. Interested participants should contact Stacey Efaw at 685-0935 to register.

ECHO was established in 1987 and since then has provided emergency food and clothing assistance to over 170,000 area residents. Other classes sponsored by ECHO include GED classes and basic computer classes.  For more information, please visit www.echofl.org or call 685-0935.

The Children’s Board has proudly invested in Hillsborough County’s children and families for 25 years. The Children’s Board distributes more than $27 million each year to over 30 local non-profit agencies to provide programs and supports for pregnant women and children birth to age eight. To see a full list of the programs and services funded by your Children’s Board, visit www.childrensboard.org.