Sesame Street Content and Curriculum Expert to Speak at Grand Rounds; Public Invited to Watch via Internet

BIRMINGHAM (Jan. 21, 2014) – Children’s of Alabama welcomes Sesame Street programming expert Rosemarie T. Truglio, PhD, as guest speaker at Grand Rounds on Jan. 23 at noon. Grand Rounds is a weekly continuing medical education series for physicians and other staff of the hospital.

As senior vice president of curriculum and content at Sesame Workshop, Truglio is responsible for the development of the interdisciplinary curriculum on which the popular Sesame Street show is based and oversees curriculum and content development for all multi-media Sesame Workshop co-productions worldwide. In her Grand Rounds presentation, entitled “Helping Children Become Healthy and Resilient,” Truglio will discuss how Sesame Street programming addresses healthy habits related to nutrition, physical activity and emotional health in children.

Parents, grandparents, day care providers, teachers and others who work with children are invited and encouraged to watch an online, real-time broadcast of Truglio’s presentation via their personal computers by visiting childrensal.org/cme and clicking “Live CME Opportunity.” The presentation will also be archived on the website for viewing at a later date.

Before joining Sesame Workshop in 1997, Truglio was an assistant professor of communication and education at Teachers College, Columbia University. There, she investigated the effects of television on the cognitive and social development of children and adolescents. Results of her work have appeared in numerous professional journals and presented at national and international conferences. She has appeared on such national broadcast shows as “The Today Show,” “Good Morning America,” “CNN Headline News” and NPR’s “Morning Edition.” Truglio holds a PhD in developmental and child psychology from the University of Kansas and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Douglass College, Rutgers University.

Children’s of Alabama has provided specialized medical care for ill and injured children since 1911, offering inpatient and outpatient services throughout central Alabama. Last year, families made more than 670,000 outpatient and nearly 14,000 inpatient visits to Children’s from every county in Alabama and from 41 other states and four foreign countries. With more than 2 million square feet, Children’s is the third largest pediatric medical facility in the U.S. and has been ranked among the top children’s hospital programs in the country for the past four years by US News & World Report. More information is available at www.childrensal.org.

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