Do Something for Child Health Day
On the first Monday in October, the United States celebrates Child Health Day. This day of observance was first celebrated in 1929. Since that time, it has served as an opportunity to recognize the importance of child welfare and the need to provide programs to protect the health and development of all children in the United States.
What Is National Child Health Day?
National Child Health Day provides an opportunity for all Americans to reflect on the health and well-being of children in their midst. Whether you are a parent or not, it is important to recognize the importance of child welfare. Children are the future of our country; we owe it to them to leave a world that is safer and healthier than the one we inherited.
One of the goals of National Child Health Day is to recognize the numerous factors that can have a negative impact on children’s health. Last year, President Obama issued a proclamation reminding the nation of the importance of exercise, anti-bullying initiatives, reducing environmental pollution and extending health coverage to children with pre-existing conditions. As a nation, we must commit to improving the health and well-being of our society’s youth.
Celebrating National Child Health Day
So how can you celebrate National Child’s Health Day? If you are a parent, talk to your child about healthy behaviors such as staying active and eating well. The day can also serve as a good reminder to schedule an annual pediatrician visit. Nonparents can also engage in health-promoting activities that support children. Volunteer at a school, participate in a charity walk/run for a local youth organization or simply take your niece or godchild for a walk around the neighborhood. Whatever you choose to do, spread the news by using the hashtag #ChildHealthDay on social media.
National Child Health Day also serves as a reminder of the children who are not blessed with good health. Visiting Nurse Health System remembers in a special way the children we serve at the Hospice Atlanta Center. Our pediatric hospice program serves children of all ages who are facing life-limiting illnesses. The caring, compassionate hospice services we provide could not be made possible without the generous support of our donors. If you are looking for a tangible way to commemorate National Child Health Day, consider making a donation to Hospice Atlanta Center to support this important mission.