Red Shoes Rock! is about every day kiwis stepping out in red shoes to build awareness of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) during September. RJ Formanek is an adult living with FASD. Formanek sparked Red Shoes Rock! five years ago when he decided to wear red shoes to stand out from the crowd, get people talking, and make FASD visible - now its gone global!
Join us during FASD awareness month and help continue the conversation.
Alcohol Healthwatch spreads global message to prevent harm from drinking during pregnancy this FASD Awareness Day
Alcohol Healthwatch released this message to media this morning as part of their FASD Awareness Day activities. Feel free to use this media release to help your messaging this FASD Awareness Day. See media release here.
Alcohol Healthwatch develops FASD messages for social media
Alcohol Healthwatch has developed FASD messages you can use on your social media for FASD Awareness Day.
These messages are suitable for Facebook postings:
These messages are suitable for twitter:
Don't know? Don't drink digital toolkit
Te Hiringa Hauora (Health Promotion Agency) has developed a digital toolkit of resources that can be used to support your promotional activities for FASD awareness month. You can view the toolkit here.
Pregnancy warning success at last!
On the 17th July 2020, Australian and New Zealand Ministers voted for mandatory pregnancy health warning labels giving alcohol producers three years to include the warning label on their products and packaging. Alcohol Healthwatch says that to their knowledge this is the only pregnancy health warning label in the world that includes both a pictogram and specific text, with the warning heading also required to be in red to attract to attention. This label will add to the other actions that are in place to support healthy pregnancies and is another important step to building strong and consistent messaging about alcohol-free pregnancies being the safest option. (Below is an example of the mandated label)
The '20 year gestation of a pregnancy health warning for alcohol' written by Dr Nicki Jackson, Executive Director, Alcohol Healthwatch, and recently published in the New Zealand Medical Journal Digest, documents the journey to achieving this historic warning label decision.