Here you'll find many ways to help you raise a healthy family: information about sun safety, preventing injuries, healthy eating, steering kids away from tobacco and more. But remember, the best source of information for your children is you. Be involved. Set a good example and teach your children healthy habits.
Below you'll find information on:
Healthy Eating and Physical Activity
It's easy to learn (or remind yourself) about the guidelines for eating healthy and living healthy: nutrition, hydration and foods that fuel.
Healthy Celebrations, Fundraising and Rewards - Promote a healthy eating environment at special events, celebrations, and fundraising activities at your school or club. Choose healthy rewards at school and home.
- Celebrations - learn how to host a fun and healthy celebration that offers healthy alternatives to traditional party treats.
- Rewards - rather than using unhealthy food as a reward, choose healthy rewards at school and home.
- Fundraising - focus fundraising efforts on ways to support the well-being of children and their loved ones with nutritious foods or alternatives to food sales.
- Tasting Event Planning Guide: Check out this guide to learn about hosting a successful fruit and vegetable tasting event at your school.
- Hydration Station/Fuel Stop: A quick and fun flier to download with information about keeping kids hydrated and fueled with healthy snacks.
- Busy Families Can Be Healthy Families: This downloadable flier helps you plan healthy school breakfasts, snacks, lunches and activities with handy checklists.
- Cafeteria Connection: This sheet helps you teach your child to select healthy foods in the school lunch line.
- Let's Talk About… Raising Healthy Children: A downloadable tip sheet with advice about how to talk to children and teach them healthy behaviors.
- Let's Talk About… The Media and Your Child: A downloadable tip sheet with advice about how to talk to children about advertising.
Healthy Ways to Family Fitness: A newsletter promoting children's health.
Tobacco Use Prevention and Cessation
Here's help for keeping kids and teens away from tobacco and smoking. If they already smoke, here's how to help them stop. These sites and downloads have facts, advice, activities and information.
- Smoking Stinks Web Site: A Web site for kids with games, quizzes, gruesome photos and the hard facts about tobacco.
- I Quit: A highly interactive Web site with plans and peer-to-peer advice for helping teens quit tobacco.
- Don't Let Us Get Hooked: Resource guide for parents about tobacco prevention and cessation for kids and teens.
- Environmental Tobacco Smoke: An information card with facts about the dangers of secondhand and thirdhand smoke and how to protect your family.
- Tobacco Sales Compliance Kit: Own a business that sells tobacco? Here are materials to help you make sure you're in compliance with the law. Click here for Spanish materials.
- Tobacco-Free Kids Week Planning Kit: This kit has materials for you and your group to join in TFK Week, a unique annual anti-smoking event.
Protecting yourself and your family from sun exposure is important. Make sure your family knows the basics of sun safety.
Having kids almost always means bumps, bruises and boo-boos. But you can take a few simple steps to prevent accidents and keep children safe from injury.
Injury Prevention During Infancy
Injury Prevention During Childhood
Sports are a great way for kids to make friends, stay fit and have fun. Below is information on how to make every sports experience a fun and safe one.
- Hydration Station/Fuel Stop: A quick and fun flier to download with info about keeping kids hydrated and fueled with good foods.
- Coach's Clipboard: A downloadable newsletter written for coaches and adults that talks about children's health in sports. The newsletter has advice on avoiding injuries, what to do in emergencies, outdoor safety, good nutrition and more.
The teenage years are a time for learning about and coping with adult issues. Here are several resources to help teens and parents talk about important health issues such as STDs and pregnancy prevention.
Childcare Activities and Tips
Whether you are a day care provider, teacher, babysitter or parent, these activities and tips can help you talk to
your children, plan fun activities and keep
More information available on the Department of Health's Keeping Babies Safe page.
Building Blocks addresses current health topics. Healthy Ways to Family Fitness is its companion newsletter that can be copied and distributed to families at your childcare program.
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