The cornerstones of health for children or youth can be summarized in three main areas:

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Food and Nutrition

Begin improving children’s and youth’s health by encouraging them to…

(1) take on eating habits and cooking exercises that are locally and culturally self-aware
. Planning meals and plating food for standards of healthy eating, and wellness are particular to a person’s given environment and heritage.

(2) make quality choices in everyday eating habits and our cultural lifeways that affect our health
; and

(3) be mindful of the overall state of individual wellness
(physical and mental), as much as group and location wellness (e.g., eating at school, with friends and family, restaurants, choices made when shopping in markets, social events, etc.).

Create Good Eating Habits…

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  • Eat a variety of healthy foods. and make it beautiful, aromatic, tasty, and passionate.  We yearn to be nourished with good eats… just as much as we need clean water and air.  Our collective future thrives, as much  as it depends on our ability to understand the relationship between these elements. It’s food, beverages and other nutrients that give us the energy to be active, participatory, physically fit and mindfully alert.
  • Evaluate portion sizes and food combinations in meals, suggesting necessary changes as a child grows older, and guidelines change.

Fitness and Activity

Communicate wellness of the heart, mind, and body; in addition to overall health, such as healthy eating and regular physical activity.

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Adopt food and eating habits that keep in mind a general sense of wellness within the youth, as much as in their work and participation in the classroom, plus after school activities.  This includes general areas such as mental health, study habits, diet, physical activity, and sleep.  All youth should be aware of their school’s programs and activities, as much as they develop self-care goals.

Start the day with lots of nutrition and energy, think bright, and set goals for lifelong wellness and good health. Consider children’s sports and other kid-friendly physical activities to teach well being and goal orientation. Balance interests with sports and other after-school practices that spark interest and passion. Primarily encouraging activity — not exercise — and start setting goals and visions that drive everyone to keep going.

Preschoolers who make healthy food choices now will set goals and visions for a lifelong healthy diet

Elementary school students rely on healthy food for strength, defense, and physical development.

Safety, Medical, Social Issues

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Of course, other children’s health issues matter, too — such as vaccines, child safety, and social issues. Share any concerns you might have about children’s health with your child’s doctor.

U.S. Annual Child Health Day

Child Health Day  is a United States Federal Observance Day (36 U.S.C. 105) that occurs every year on the first Monday in October. First in effect as law on January 3, 2012, this year’s observance is set for Monday, October 7, 2019

2019October 7
2020October 5
2021October 4

Sec. 105. Child Health Day
The President is requested to issue each year a proclamation —

(1) designating the first Monday in October as Child Health Day; and

(2) inviting all agencies and organizations interested in child welfare to unite on Child Health Day in observing exercises that will make the people of the United States aware of the fundamental necessity of a year-round program to protect and develop the health of the children of the United States.

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