Child Health

Health reform law targets dental care for kids, but gaps remain

Even though millions of Americans are joining the ranks of the insured and gaining access to affordable health care, access to oral health care is still expected to lag, according to a new report in the April 2014 issue of The Nation's Health.
Ad: Smoking in movies causes kids to smoke

Ad: Smoking in movies causes kids to smoke

A new ad out this week tells Hollywood executives that their box office products can be lethal.
First lady Michelle Obama urges students to keep moving

First lady Michelle Obama urges students to keep moving

Through her Let's Move! Active Schools program, first lady Michelle Obama's recent visit to a Washington, D.C. school urged educators to continue teaching healthy habits and encouraged students to keep exercising.
CDC report shows school health trends looking up

CDC report shows school health trends looking up

As our nation’s kids head back to the classroom, they are being greeted by healthier school environments than students just a decade ago.
APHA announces ad in support of EPA nominee

APHA announces ad in support of EPA nominee

A new ad from APHA touts the public health credentials and decades-long record fighting for clean air and kids' health of EPA nominee Gina McCarthy.
Today is National Bike to School Day

Today is National Bike to School Day

Thousands of helmet-clad schoolchildren from across the U.S. hopped on their bicycles this morning for National Bike to School Day. Today marks the second annual observance that celebrates safe, healthy routes to school.
May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month

May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month

Do you want to be in better shape? The president has dedicated the next 30 days to getting you there.
What’s for breakfast? Campaign addresses child hunger, school performance

What’s for breakfast? Campaign addresses child hunger, school performance

Too many children are showing up to school hungry. Three out of five U.S. teachers see their students eat too little before school.

President Obama, athletes, health advocates set fitness guidelines

Why are Barack Obama, world-renowned athletes and public health practitioners joining forces?

Alcohol disproportionately targeted to underage drinkers, researchers say

Young people who begin drinking before age 15 are five times more likely to develop alcohol problems later in life than those who wait until they are 21. The problem is that alcohol is targeted increasingly to those who are not of legal age to drink, experts reported Wednesday.
Michelle Obama takes anti-obesity initiative to London Olympics

Michelle Obama takes anti-obesity initiative to London Olympics

Friday marks the opening of the London 2012 Olympics and a big moment for a U.S. health initiative. First Lady Michelle Obama will lead a delegation into the Olympics Opening Ceremonies along with former American Olympians including women’s soccer’s Brandi Chastain, women’s gymnast Dominique Dawes, men’s basketball’s Grant Hill and women’s swimmer Summer Sanders.

Federal agencies announce asthma plan to reduce incidence, promote equity

Asthma is not only one of the most widespread chronic diseases nationally, affecting nearly 26 million Americans, but it also disproportionately affects poor and minority children. To culminate Asthma Awareness Month, U.S. agencies on Thursday presented the “Coordinated Federal Action Plan to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Asthma Disparities” in Washington, D.C.