A number of Meadow Lakers braved the cool fall-like weather today to walk and talk about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).
An awareness walk took place at Lion’s Park Oval Track to help spread support and education about the condition. Members of the Meadow Lake and Flying Dust FASD committee have been busy disseminating information about FASD, and the fact that alcohol is a teratogen – a substance or agent which can cause birth defects and harm fetal development.
One of the organizing committee members, Anne Duriez, said she was elated by the turnout and community support for the cause.
“I’m very pleased,” she said while making a lap around the track. “We gave away t-shirts that have the definition of a teratogen is with this cute little dinosaur, trying to just draw people’s attention to it in a new way.”
She said this walk was one of many ways the committee is trying to encourage a dialogue. Other efforts including the Teratogen is not a Dinosaur campaign with guidance from the Saskatchewan Prevention Institute, and a placemat which has been distributed in local restaurants featuring mocktail recipes and beverage alternatives.
“[We have to] realize that it’s going to stay hidden unless we can have conversations about it,” Duriez said. “It’s good to have community participation – sometimes it can be hard to get especially for something where there can be stigma attached. It’s good when people come out from all walks of life.”
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