children's health

Children's health refers to improving children's access to health care, educating families about children's health, and working on issues of health that are specific to children, such as the impact of environmental pollutants on child development, immunization, asthma, child obesity, and health education for children that will enable them to make healthier lifestyle choices for their health in the future.

Because children's health is such a multi-faceted issue, there are many ways to approach improving it.  This is Mayo Clinic's advice to caretakers of children on how to approach improving children's health. 

"Nutrition and fitness are the cornerstones of children's health.

To give your child a head start on lifelong fitness, consider children's sports and other kid-friendly physical activities. With your encouragement, chances are a few sports will spark your child's interest. And consider other classic tips from children's health experts, such as promoting activity — not exercise — and setting a good example yourself.

You can also promote children's health by encouraging your child to eat a variety of healthy foods and control portion sizes. Learn which nutrients are necessary, in what amounts and how the guidelines change as a child grows older.

Of course, other children's health issues matter, too — such as vaccines, child safety and school health. Share any concerns you might have about children's health with your child's doctor."

There are cases, however, in which caretakers of children do not have the time or resources to adequately take care of children's health, and consequently children are neglected.  The Boys and Girls Club of Goshen attempts to combat situations like this by being mindful and aware of Club members' health.  Also, the Club provides opportunities for kids to participate in competitive and noncompetitive sports and makes a point to always provide healthy meals and snacks.