‘First Ladies for Healthy Babies’

Crissy Haslam had hoped to meet with a dozen female church leaders Wednesday in Memphis to promote a program that helps children reach their potential, according to The Commercial Appeal. About 175 women turned out.
Haslam, wife of Gov. Bill Haslam and a Memphis native, was promoting the role churches can play in raising healthier children at a luncheon at Neighborhood Christian Centers, a ministry uniting 86 congregations.
“She is warm, down-to-earth and genuinely concerned about the children in the state,” Ephie Johnson, NCC president and CEO, told the crowd while introducing the state’s first lady.
Haslam was in Memphis last month reading to elementary school students as part of her emphasis on literacy. On Wednesday, she announced her statewide initiative, “First Ladies for Healthy Babies.” Haslam’s campaign is inspired by NCC’s Operation Smart Child, which connects church leaders and pastors’ wives — often called first ladies — with mothers to mentor them on the importance of early interaction with their babies.

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