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October 2004

NHM Health Focus: Children's Health Month

Child Health Resources:

Maternal and Child Health Bureau

Medline Plus: Children's Health

Insure Kids Now

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

Children's Health Month

Children's Health Protection

Children's health, while recognized in October, is important all year long! Many excellent resources aimed directly at kids, tweens and teens are available from federal agencies, especially the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Check Children's Health Month for listings of health sites from the U. S. Government that are "just for kids". (Most of the time you'll also find a corner dedicated to parents or teachers.)

Here are some good places to begin:

  • HHS Pages for Kids sponsored by the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) feature age appropriate information, activities and resources to help kids, tweens and teens learn about, and take responsibility for, their own health.

  • NIEHS Kids' Pages include stories, games, activities and more from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)

  • BAM! Body and Mind, is an online destination for kids created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Designed for kids 9-13 years old, BAM! Body and Mind provides the information kids need to make healthy lifestyle choices.

  • Girl Power, a site with cool activities and information for 9-13 year old girls Sponsored by the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Be sure to check the BodyWise section of this site. It is "all about learning to love and take care of your body—it's the only one you've got! "

  • 4-Girls Health, sponsored by the Nation Women's Health Information Center (NWHIC), promotes healthy, positive behaviors in girls between the ages of 10 and 16. The site "gives girls reliable, useful information on the health issues they will face as they become young women, and tips on handling relationships with family and friends, at school and at home."

  • FDA Kids from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has activities for kids, information for teens and resources for parents and teachers. Part of this site, Health Information for Teens addresses issues of particular concern to teens.

Access Excellence @ the National Health Museum has the following resources addressing Child Health issues:

Reliable, accessible health resources for and about kids, tweens and teens are also available from non-government agencies and groups, such as the following:

  • Infection Detection Protection is a family magazine designed by the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) to help students, families and teachers understand what causes infectious disease and what they can do to help prevent it.

  • KidsHealth and TeenHealth sponsored by the Nemours Foundation, written and reviewed by pediatricians provides reliable health related information for kids, teens and for parents.

Make October Children's Health Month for the children you know and teach!