Child Health Week 2017
October 1-7, 2017
Governor Bill Haslam has proclaimed October 1-7, 2017 Child Health Week in Tennessee. The Tennessee Department of Health encourages all Tennesseans to put the health and well-being of children first during Child Health Week and every day of the year.
Many resources are available to promote children’s health:
- http://www.tn.gov/health/topic/safe-sleep The safest way for babies to sleep is Alone, on their Backs and in a Crib. Learn about the ABCs of Safe Sleep.
- http://www.tn.gov/health/article/the-safe-stars-initiative The new Safe Stars initiative recognizes youth sports leagues throughout Tennessee for providing the highest level of safety for young athletes.
- www.kidcentraltn.com This website and app offers a convenient source of reliable information about child health, education and development. Families may enter their zip code to find nearby state services.
- http://healthiertn.com/small_starts Sponsored by the Governor’s Foundation for Health and Wellness, this website and app help families create healthy habits one at a time.
- https://www.choosemyplate.gov/ Families can customize this website and email list serve based on budget and ages of children.
- https://tn.gov/health/topic/goldsneaker The Gold Sneaker Initiative was developed to enhance policy related to health and wellness within child care facilities across Tennessee.
- https://tn.gov/health/article/breastfeeding-welcomedHere The Tennessee Department of Health recognizes businesses that support breastfeeding families through the “Breastfeeding Welcomed Here” campaign. Sign the pledge today!
Collectively, these efforts, along with many others, make it easier for parents to help children live healthier lives and prepare for a healthy future.
Every Tennessean can have a positive impact on the health and well-being of children. Parents can help their kids stay active and encourage healthy eating habits. Schools and communities can create environments that foster healthy lifestyles. Health providers can promote regular checkups and immunizations and help children and families manage childhood diseases. Together, we can secure a healthier future for all of Tennessee's children.