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CHOC CHILDREN’S OFFERS NEW ONLINE HEALTH INFORMATION FOR PARENTS, KIDS AND TEENS
April 02, 2012

CHOC Children’s announces the addition of a comprehensive library of health information for consumers to its award-winning website www.choc.org. The new resource features thousands of medically reviewed articles - including many in Spanish, animations, features and news written to be age-appropriate for three distinct audiences: parents, kids and teens.  The direct URL for the site is www.choc.org/kidshealthpatienteducation.

"We are pleased to make our website an even richer resource for families. As a leading provider of pediatric healthcare, we understand how important it is to reach out to kids and teens in addition to their parents. That’s why we’re offering this health information written just for them,” comments CHOC’s Director of Interactive Media Nicole Borchard.

The site features a broad spectrum of topics, including parenting, general health, medical problems, development, behavior, emotions, nutrition and fitness, and first aid and safety.

Here are other unique features:
• Condition Centers for Parents, Kids and Teens: Focused on asthma, diabetes, cancer, and nutrition and fitness, each center offers articles, printable charts, personal stories and mini-movies to help teach families about their bodies and the focused condition.
• The Game Closet – for Kids: Fun and interactive experiments, mini-health movies and games make learning about health exciting.
• Pregnancy & Newborns Center: This one-stop section for expectant and new parents includes a weekly pregnancy calendar and slideshow, recipes for expectant and breastfeeding moms, and practical tips.
• Word!: This glossary of medical terms with definitions kids can understand is a great homework helper.
• How the Body Works!: A fun and interactive way for kids to learn all about the human body. This includes games, movies and interactive features.
• BMI Calculator: This innovative tool features easy-to-read graphs, personalized information (including ideal weight ranges), and the ability to enter multiple measurement dates to track a child’s BMI over time.
 
CHOC’s website, www.choc.org, provides interactive content for patients, families and healthcare providers. Visitors learn about hospital programs and services, employment opportunities and upcoming events. Guests can read about the latest advances in research, including open clinical trials; find pediatric subspecialists; and read inspiring patient stories. For information specific to CHOC Children's programs and services, please visit our programs and services page  (http://www.choc.org/services), and for more information on conditions treated by our pediatric specialists, please visit our health library (http://www.choc.org/healthlibrary).

Named one of the best children’s hospitals by U.S. News & World Report (2014-2015) and a 2013 Leapfrog Top Hospital for the highest quality of care, Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC Children's) is exclusively committed to the health and well-being of children through clinical expertise, advocacy, outreach, education and research that brings advanced treatment to pediatric patients. Affiliated with the University of California, Irvine, CHOC’s regional health care network includes two state-of-the-art hospitals in Orange and Mission Viejo, many primary and specialty care clinics, a pediatric residency program, and four clinical centers of excellence - the CHOC Children’s Heart, Neuroscience, Orthopaedic and Hyundai Cancer Institutes..

CHOC earned the Gold Level CAPE Award from the California Council of Excellence, the only children’s hospital in California to ever earn this distinction, and was awarded Magnet designation, the highest honor bestowed to hospitals for nursing excellence.  Recognized for extraordinary commitment to high-quality critical care standards, CHOC’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) is the first in the United States to earn the Beacon Award for Pediatric Critical Care Excellence.

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Media Contact:
Denise Almazan, Director of Public Relations
phone: (714) 509-8680
email: pr@chocchildrens.org

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