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This week on Thrive: Jan. 18 – 22

Here’s a quick look at what Thrive was up to last week.

Researchers have found that morphine can lesson PTSD before it even strikes. Graco recalled 1.5 million strollers. Schools are starting to evaluate students’ weights. Children’s Judith Palfrey, MD, FAAP carried the Olympic torch for children everywhere. Kids spend more time online than they do in school. Children’s Joanne Cox, MD reflects on the alleged Gloucester pregnancy pact on the eve of Lifetime’s movie based on news stories. Keep up with Children’s disaster response teams working in Haiti.

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Carrying the Olympic flame for children everywhere

olympictorch_palfreyYesterday, Children’s very own Judith Palfrey, MD, FAAP, president of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), got the opportunity to carry the Olympic torch through Canada. Below, she reflects on the once-in-a-lifetime experience:

On January 19, I had the enormous honor to accept the Olympic flame from a young man named Chris, from Manitoba, Canada, and then to pass it on in an unbroken chain to Debbie Fisher, a speed skating coach from Calgary.

Since mid-November when the flame arrived in Vancouver from Greece, each day it has been shepherded lovingly from one town to another, all over Canada. Torchbearers have carried it on horseback, in sailboats, on wheelchairs, on dogsleds and even by air when it went up to the Arctic Circle.

As my friend Susan Foley so aptly put it, the Olympics embodies “hope, aspiration and achievement.” The torch itself is the symbol of global togetherness, cooperation and communities working together.

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Judy Palfrey, president of AAP and Children's doc, carrying Olympic torch today

Olympic leaderChildren’s own Judith Palfrey, MD, FAAP, will be carrying the Olympic torch today as it makes it way through Calgary, Canada. Palfrey will be one of 12,000 torchbearers who will relay the Olympic flame on its 28,000 mile trek from Victoria, British Columbia to Vancouver for the 2010 Winter Olympics. She is the president of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), which is the nation’s largest pediatric organization, with a membership of 60,000 primary care pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists and pediatric surgical specialists.

We’re proud to have someone as committed to children’s health as is Palfrey carrying the Olympic torch. We hope you’ll join us in watching Palfrey live today from 11 a.m. to noon as she participates in the longest relay held by a single country in the history of the Olympic Games.

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