All agencies and organizations interested in child welfare
are invited to unite on Child Health Day, as part of the annual presidential
proclamation for the day, to observe exercises to stimulate or increase people’s
awareness of the need for a year-round program to protect and develop children’s
health in the United States.
The health professionals and health organizations across the
United States take part in this day through various activities and events. For
example, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) takes on an
active role in providing educational resources for parents, children and schools
about issues such as healthy choices, fitness, and child obesity prevention.
The HRSA also calls for every surgeon general across the nation to make a pledge
towards providing a healthy future for children.
The Maternal and Child Health Library also actively participates
in Child Health Day through activities that focus on healthy eating and physical
activity for children and their parents or parental figures. The library provides
information on nutrition for children and adolescents, the importance of physical
activity, and nutrition for pregnant women.