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Nation's New Year's Resolution: Healthier Children!

Happy New Year! Now is the perfect time to think about how to make children healthier in the New Year and in the new decade!

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Happy New Year! Now is the perfect time to think about how to make children healthier in the New Year and in the new decade! From vaccinating against common diseases, to protecting against the H1N1 virus, to nutrition and obesity, exercise and teenage health, there are tons of resources to help you set a solid foundation of lifelong health for your children.

And improving your children's health doesn't just mean making the right choices for them, but making the right choices for yourself - the person they imitate.

Dr. Edward Laskowski, co-director of the Sports Medicine Center at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., told MayoClinic.com that "a parent's active lifestyle is a powerful stimulus for a child. You are a role model for your children; set a good example by making physical activity a priority in your life."

Group of Kids Five Tips from the Mayo Clinic:

  • Set the Example
  • Limit Screen Time
  • Establish a Routine
  • Let Your Child Set the Pace
  • Promote Activity, Not Exercise

Guidelines and Activities for Staying Active

Be Active and Play, 60 Minutes Every Day! Recommended guidelines from the CDC.

Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans: Children and Adolescents CDC Toolkit for physical activity.

In Making Physical Activity a Part of a Child's Life the CDC helps you meet physical activity guidelines.

2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans provides science-based guidance to help Americans aged 6 and older improve their health through appropriate physical activity.

2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, Chapter 3: Active Children and Adolescents focuses on children and teenagers.

Healthy Families from HHS This page contains information to help you improve your health, the health of your loved ones, and to assist those who need help with daily life.


Nutrition and Health

The CDC's Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity has information on healthy weight, nutrition, physical activity, as well as data and statistics.

KidsHealth.orgExit Disclaimer has information for parents, kids and teens as well as quizzes and activities.


Health Information

Kids and H1N1Exit Disclaimer teaches you about the flu.

MedLine Plus has trusted health information on children's health.

WebMDExit Disclaimer has a Kids BMI calculator and an immunization schedule.

H1N1 virus information from the Office of Minority Health


Online Health

Net Cetera: Chatting with Kids about Being Online. Net Cetera from the Federal Trade Commission is full of practical tips to help parents help their kids navigate the online world. Available in English [PDF | 508KB] and in Spanish [PDF | 515KB]. Read More.

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Media-Be Educated and Entertained

Overweight and Obesity podcast (MP3, 21.9MB, 46:27)

Preschool Weight Training (MP3, 4MB, 6:05)

Step Away from the Table (MP3, 1MB, 0:59)

Exercise: A No-Cost Prescription for Health (MP3, 3MB, 4:57)

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Crisis in the Crib (WMV, 225MB, 36:19)

Mumps Make a Comeback (MP3, 2MB, 3:18)

H1N1 and Children High-Risk Medical Conditions (MP3, 6MB, 8:27)

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Put it in Motion

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Healthy Kids

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My Pyramid for Moms

Have a Healthy Pregnancy


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