Members of the 2015 Alabama Peanut Producers Association’s “Peanut Team” participated in the March of Dimes’ “March for Babies” walk on Saturday, April 18, 2015. This year’s event was held at the Geri Moulton Children’s Park, located in front of USA Children’s and Women’s Hospital in Mobile, Alabama.
This marked the sixth consecutive year the Alabama Peanut Producers Association (APPA) sponsors the Kids Activities tent at walk. Children of all ages, along with their parents, enjoyed the children’s area where they made peanut arts and crafts, won prizes, received a packet of Alabama peanuts along with educational brochures on the health benefits of peanuts.
March for Babies is held yearly in 1,100 communities across the nation. Over 7 million people, including more than 20,000 company and family teams as well as national sponsors, particpate in the event that has raised more than $2 billion since 1970.
Funds raise are used toward research that focuses on the prevention of premature births, birth defects and infant mortality. Every year, more than half a million babies are born prematurely and more than 120,000 are born with serious birth defects in the United States. Seventy-six cents of every dollar raised in March for Babies is spent on research and programs to help prevent these issues.