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Children’s book tackles separation anxiety in dads facing military deployment

SAN DIEGO – Adult fiction has attacked with Don Quixote-esque determination the big windmill of men and their feelings, producing such cultural literary landmarks as Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus and He’s Just Not That Into You. But what makes Savvie Sunshine, Will You Remember Daddy When I am Out to Sea?: A Salute to All Navy Dads (published by AuthorHouse), a children’s book, so much more illuminating is that it doesn’t bog itself down with what is, but focuses on the what can be.

“This book is important because in our society, men are often socialized to hide their feelings or withdraw,” says the author, Dr. Chanda Nicole Holsey, founder of HALO for Families and wife of an enlisted Navy sailor. “However, that is very difficult to do when a man has to leave his young child whom he adores and is really just getting to know.”

In Savvie Sunshine, Will You Remember Daddy When I am Out to Sea?,readers met a wise little girl who helps relieve her father’s nervousness from having to depart from his family by detailing all the ways she and mommy will keep in touch. With vivid illustrations by Kelly Borrow, the book is entertaining, yet instructional.

While several books address how children can cope with a father’s extended absence during deployment, this is the only book I know of that helps both departing fathers and their young children maintain their close relationship with one another despite the separation.Sunshine, Will You Remember Daddy When I am Out to Sea? can help all family members face the separation with courage, hope and love.

-Dr. Marianne Celano, Adult and Child Psychologist

Depicting an African American family, Savvie Sunshine, Will You Remember Daddy When I am Out to Sea? is also significant as it portrays the often underrepresented ethnic minority that represents a large portion of military personnel.

In Savvie Sunshine, Will You Remember Daddy When I am Out to Sea?, Holsey has written a classic story of emotional wellness.

Dr. Chanda Nicole Holsey is the founder and visionary of HALO for Families. She brings over 15 years experience in public health program management. She has planned, implemented, and evaluated health promotion programs for the American Lung Association, Morehouse School of Medicine, Georgia Department of Community Health, and Hughes Spalding Children's Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. She earned a Master of Public Health in Behavioral Science and Health Education from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University and a Doctor of Public Health in Maternal and Child Health from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Additionally, she is a Certified Asthma Educator (AE-C).

Holsey is married to Petty Officer Eric Demond Holsey of the U.S. Navy, and is the mother of a beautiful daughter, Savannah Nicole. She has a passionate fervor for serving young children, the indigent and the underserved. Her personal motto is to "walk with wisdom". This is her first book. To order a copy, and for more information, visit www.HALOforFamilies.org.

WASHINGTON, Dec. 9 U.S. Newswire — Atlanta resident and former Los Angeles Head Start student Dr. Chanda Mobley, DrPH, MPH, was recognized by Head Start on November 30, 2005 as part of this landmark program's 40th anniversary celebration in the nation's capital. Today, Dr. Mobley serves as Director of Pediatric Asthma Programs for the American Lung Association's Southeast Region and a Head Start Program Reviewer in the area of health services. She also evaluates public health programs for the state of Georgia.

Dr. Mobley earned her Masters of Public Health degree in the area of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University and achieved her Doctor of Public Health degree in the area of Maternal and Child Health at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

"I can say firsthand that Head Start is a phenomenal program.I am in public health and Head Start epitomizes what we need to do to help our children. I wish every child, no matter their background, could reap the benefits of Head Start.It makes a profound difference in the lives of our children, and their parents," said Dr. Mobley.

Entitled "Honoring the Past, Strengthening the Future," the celebration recognized Head Start's 40 years of achievement and dedication to children and families and the program's ongoing commitment to enhancing services to ensure maximum benefits for young children.

Dr. Mobley was honored alongside ten fellow Head Start parents and enrollees, who were chosen from more than 150 "success stories" submitted by Head Start centers nationwide. Each honoree represented one of the decades of Head Start's 40-year history. Dr. Mobley was selected to represent Head Start students from the 1970s, Head Start's second decade.


For a photo of Dr. Mobley, please contact: Townley Knudson (http://www.townleyk@esi-dc.com) (240) 744-7072

 
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