Nothing is more important than ensuring the health and well-being of the next generation: our children. This year’s Child Health Day is a chance to recognize their fundamental importance and recommit to providing them what they deserve most- a healthy start to life through nutritious food, safe schools and safe communities.
It’s never too early for your child to start forming healthy habits. Simple ways to raise a healthy active child include making sure your child is eating healthy and getting active playtime. A child’s nutritional needs change as they grow, but in general should include a variety of fruits and vegetables, and the occasional sweet treat. Additionally, parents are a child’s best role model and the way a child learns healthy habits. Try these tips for involving your whole family in healthy habits!
Child health isn’t only impacted by parents and families; the built environment (where kids live and play) also has a role. Research increasingly suggests that children benefit from the opportunity to play outdoors, where they can explore and enjoy natural environments. Communities can plan more parks near residential areas, build schools with playground and sport areas, and make sure there are safe routes to support environments that are healthy and nurturing for children.
Today, we dedicate to helping children, their families, and our communities fulfill the dream of healthy, happy, and secure futures. How will you celebrate the kids in your lives?
Want to know more?
Text 4 Baby: http://www.text4baby.org
American Academy of Pediatrics’ Healthy Children: http://www.healthychildren.org/