Child Health Month, October 2022

Thank you for your interest in Child Health Month 2021.  The Tennessee Department of Health (TDH) is recognizing Child Health Month (CHM) throughout the month of October. This annual recognition is a time to celebrate and raise awareness around what Tennessee is doing to promote the health of our most important resource: Tennessee’s children.

The theme for CHM 2021 is Childhood Resilience: Nurturing Social, Emotional and Physical Health. Having the support of a stable, committed adult — whether it be a parent, caregiver, teacher, or  community member— can help foster childhood resiliency and ensure a child feels that he or she has what it takes to overcome life’s challenges.

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TDH in collaboration with state and local partners, is utilizing the whole-child approach to address childhood resiliency.  The following focus areas are being highlighted during CHM to ensure  children and families receive valuable information for overall health:

•     Tobacco Use Prevention

•     Promoting Healthy Eating Habits and Healthy Drinks

•     Dance Across Tennessee – Statewide Virtual Dance Party

•     Social and Emotional Health

•     Children with Special Health Care Needs

Tennessee invites families, educators, health professionals, and community organizations to help ensure Tennessee’s children are healthy.  To positively impact the lives of children, adults and families consider participating in CHM activities this October.