Author: Kristin Cantu

Children’s Facebook fan page reaches 100,000 fans

balloonsThrive would like to congratulate Children’s Hospital Boston’s Facebook fan page for reaching more than 100,000 fans. That’s almost enough people to fill up Fenway Park three times!

To celebrate, we’d like to share some of the most popular posts on Children’s Facebook fan page with you.

If you’re not one already, become a Children’s Facebook fan today!

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FDA tired of misleading food labels

chocolate cheeriosWhether it’s Chocolate Cheerios advertising that it “may reduce the risk of heart disease”, Juicy Juice claiming it aids “brain development” or Nestle’s Drumsticks showcasing it has “0g Trans Fat” but leaving out that eating them may actually help make you fat – the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is fed up with false and misleading claims on food labels.

The FDA has sent out a group of letters warning companies about their misleading advertising practices. The commissioner of food and drugs, Margaret Hamburg, M.D., stated on the FDA’s website, “Today, ready access to reliable information about the calorie and nutrient content of food is even more important, given the prevalence of obesity and diet-related diseases in the United States.”

The FDA sent out 17 letters in total addressing the questionable labeling on 22 food products. You can view a list of all of these products on the FDA’s website.

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Protecting children's hearing

baby wearing headphonesChildren’s Brian Fligor, ScD, CCC-A, director of diagnostic audiology, is quoted in a recent article by The New York Times about the importance of protecting your children’s hearing.

Hearing loss from exposure to loud noises is cumulative and irreversible; if such exposure starts in infancy, children can live half their lives with hearing loss.

Learn more about the signs of hearing loss in your children and how to care for children with hearing loss.

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Children's Facebook page named one of the best hospital pages

FB screen grabChildren’s Hospital Boston’s Facebook fan page was recently given the honor of being named one of the “Best Hospital Facebook Pages” in the children’s hospital category by the social media and e-commerce blog Alert Presence.

Here’s what they have to say about Children’s Facebook fan page:

Children’s Hospital Boston has created a Facebook page by which all other hospital pages should be judged.  It’s so impressive it inspired a future Alert Presence article, “The Anatomy of a Great Hospital Facebook Page.”  The expertly designed profile picture, beautifully presented tab pages and even their own viral marketing Facebook applications have all contributed to the page attracting over 90,000 fans.

If you have a minute to browse the page, we suggest you view the “interact” tab which contains the Flu Fighter, I Saved a Life and Get Well Soon applications.

We are approaching 100,000 fans. So, if you haven’t already, please show Children’s your support by becoming a Facebook fan.

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