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The Spring Scramble 5K is the UAB Pediatric Residency Program’s annual community outreach opportunity to recognize and educate about very important health issues. We want all children to develop a healthy body and healthy mind! This is why we are excited and honored to help support the Reach Out and Read program!

Reach Out and Read is a nonprofit organization that gives young children a foundation for success by incorporating books into pediatric care and encouraging families to read aloud together.  This evidence-based program builds on the unique relationship between parents and medical providers to develop critical early reading skills in children, beginning in infancy. As recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics, Reach Out and Read incorporates early literacy into pediatric practice, equipping parents with tools and knowledge to ensure that their children are prepared to learn when they start school.  Reach Out and Read families read together more often, and their children enter kindergarten with larger vocabularies and stronger language skills.

At UAB and Children’s of Alabama, Reach Out and Read is an integral part of our residents’ primary care clinic. The money from the Spring Scramble 5K will be used to supply books to our children during well-child visits.

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