Taking a Two-Generation Approach to Children’s Health

Even before birth, children rely on their parents to learn about and cultivate the habits and skills that will support their future health and well-being. Because of this, when a parent or caregiver struggles, children’s health may suffer. In this interview with NICHQ CEO Scott D. Berns, MD, MPH, FAAP, we discuss why a two-generation approach is essential for children’s health, and how we can use it to drive systems-level change.

Dogs May Help Decrease Stress in Youth

A study in the Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology showed that children who played with trained dogs after undergoing a stressful task had greater gains in Positive Affect scale scores from baseline compared with those who received tactile stimulation and those in the sit and wait group. Researchers also found significantly lower State/Trait Anxiety Inventory for Children scores among those in the dog intervention group compared with those in the sit and wait group.

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Free Resources to Support Healthy Sleep for Children

Better sleep leads to better performance. In the classroom, on the field, and in life. The Alliance for a Healthier Generation and Sleep Number campaign, Sleep Smarter. Perform Better. campaign, is designed to raise awareness about the importance of improving child and youth sleep. Visit to access free healthy sleep resources and fun activities for children of all ages.

Semptember is Intergenerational Awareness Month

It’s Intergenerational (IG) Awareness Month.  A month set aside to raise awareness about and celebrate the benefits of intergenerational connections.

For everyone and anyone…

Share the power of intergenerational relationships. Write a 500 word story, create a piece of art (visual or performing) and submit it to the Kraemer IG Story Contest.  The contest is now open and will remain open until Oct. 31.  Cash prizes will be awarded.  Read more and enter now!

Nominate an intergenerational leader. Fran Pratt helped to teach children about aging as well as connect professionals.  Who has inspired you?Nominate someone today for the Fran Pratt award!

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, a time for people to learn more about mental health conditions and seek out help for them, and to raise awareness of trauma and the impact it can have on the physical, emotional, and mental well-being of children, families, and communities

May is also the time for the annual National Children’s Mental Health Awareness campaign, which serves to raise awareness about the importance of children’s mental health and to show that positive mental health is essential to a child’s healthy development from birth.

National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day

National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day is Thursday, May 10, 2018! This annual event raises awareness about the importance of children’s mental health and its impact on their healthy development.

The national theme for Awareness Day 2018 is Partnering for Health and Hope Following Trauma. It will focus on the importance of an integrated approach to caring for the mental health needs of children and families who have experienced trauma.

For more information, click here.

Free Dental Event for Children

Kid’s Smiles

Saturday, February 10, 2018 8:00 am
Valencia College 1800 S. Kirkman Road, AHS building, Orlando, 32811

Free cleanings, sealants, fluoride, oral hygiene instructions, toothbrushes, toothpaste and floss for children 1-18 years of age.

For more information:
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Childhood Immunization Schedule for 2016

The American Academy of Pediatric’s 2016 recommended immunization schedule for children and adolescents is similar to last year’s format, but now recommends including the nine-valent human papillomavirus vaccine that was approved in 2014, researchers wrote in Pediatrics. Children should receive HPV vaccination starting at age 11, while those with a history of sexual abuse should receive it at age 9. The schedule also recommends giving the quadrivalent meningococcal vaccine to all adolescents ages 11 to 12, with a booster at age 16.

Learn more at the CDC.


Prepare Your Child for the Dentist

dentistGoing to the dentist can be scary for our children.  The American Dental Association provides these suggestions to help ease their fears and increase the likelihood of an enjoyable experience.

  • Making sure your child brushes twice a day. Ensure that kids aged 6 and younger are supervised and have help brushing.
  • Scheduling the appointment when your child isn’t likely to be tired. For younger kids, don’t schedule it during naptime. For older kids, don’t schedule the visit after a long school day.
  • Allowing the older child — presumably the one with the most experience — to go first and serve as a role model for the others.
  • Making sure your child has had a snack before the appointment to avoid irritability from hunger.
  • Making sure you stay calm, even if your child acts nervous before the appointment.

Obesity May Affect Classroom Performance

Weight scale BMIA study recently published in the Pediatric Exercise Science journal suggests children who are overweight and less active have a more difficult time learning.

While the study found an association between physical activity and mental skills in children, it did not find a cause-and-effect relationship.

For more information on this study, visit Medicine Net