Statewide survey addresses kids' health

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    Little Rock News:

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - A committee, appointed by the state is working to improve the health of Arkansas kids, particularly when they're at school.

    And they're asking for parents' help.

    Parents of school-age children are encouraged to go online and take a survey about the healthcare at their child's school.

    Julie Mayberry is vice-chairman of the committee. "We don't know exactly what services we do need until we take the survey...that all school nurses will be required to fill out this school year based on the legislation that was passed last year," said Mayberry.

    In 2012 and 2013, 65 nurses reported having no sink with water in their health rooms. Fifteen reported no heat, 14 had no AC, 121 had no bathroom, and 220 didn't have double locked cabinets to keep medicine safe.

    Several other items were reported, creating the need for this survey.

    The survey is available through Jan. 31. To take the survey, go to www.aradvocates.org: on.kthv.com/1cWMW0U

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