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Child Health Week: What is it?

Published: October 16, 2018

Child Health Day, a national event proclaimed by President Calvin Coolidge in 1928, celebrates its 90th observance this year. Governor Haslam has set aside the week to focus on improving the health and well-being of our children across the state. TennCare Kids, along with various community partners are hosting a variety of events around the county focusing on the daily themes starting with:

* Nutrition

* Safety

* Dental Education

* Literacy

* Physical Activity

What activity can you do with your family/community along these themes? You can go to https://www.tn.gov/health/health-program-areas/mch/child-health-week-2018/chw-events-calendar.html to see events occurring across the state in honor of this week. Activities honoring children’s health will be posted throughout the month of October. With the support of parents, grandparents, teachers, government officials, health care providers and communities working together, we can ensure that we connect the dots between healthy habits established in childhood and their link to lifelong health outcomes—mental health, physical health and brain health in terms of school readiness. Evidence indicates that the seeds of chronic illness, mental illness, substance abuse, and even longevity are sown in childhood. Whether it be through healthy eating habits, reduction in toxic stress, or regular exercise, the childhood years really do make a difference!




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