Americans celebrate many holidays and dedicate many days of the year to specific causes that either reminisce on times passed or bring awareness to medical and social issues. Since 1928, one of those days that has been set aside and proclaimed for the United States is National Child Health Day. When this day first got its start, it was held during the month of May, but, in 1960, there was a change that moved National Child Health Day to the first Monday in October.
A day to promote child health was set aside to remind parents, teachers, and other role models to children that the overall health and wellbeing of America’s youth is important and should remain at the forefront of our minds on a daily basis. The day is also a good chance to renew health initiatives within the home for parents and caretakers.
Some of the ways to observe Child Health Day could include planning and cooking a healthy meal together as a family, packing lunches for each other and including at least one vegetable and one fruit, or making plans to create a small backyard garden to grow your own vegetables or herbs. In addition to healthy food options, families and groups can participate in activities together. Strap on the bicycle helmets and go for a ride, take a trip to the park, or play a game of hide-and-seek. It’s important to encourage a healthy lifestyle in general, and that includes being active as well as eating healthy.
National Child Health Day is a federally observed day within the United States on the first Monday in October, but the cause behind the day’s observance is one that can be shared with the entire world. Promoting healthy habits at an early age will benefit children as they grow older and set them up for success later in life.