Out of more than 1,500 national holidays that are annually celebrated in the USA, there is one dedicated to promote children’s health and well-being. It is called National Child Health Day and is observed each year on the first Monday in October. It serves as a mean to raise parents’ and adults’ awareness of kids’ health, improve children’s health condition and focus on the dissemination of the information concerning child’s health education.
National Child Health Day was created in a response to a plea from such supportive organizations as the American Federation of Labor and the General Federation of Women’s Club. Their main aim was to make Congress proclaim a day, which would remind everyone that each kid deserves the best possible health condition he or she can have. The year 1928 was marked in history as a year of the first Child Health Day Proclamation, announced by President Calvin Coolidge before the resolution was actually adopted by Congress and according to which May 1st was later assigned as a day of observance. However, in 1960, Child Health Day celebrations were moved to the first Monday in October and are followed on this day till the present time.
Although, National Child Health Day isn’t a public holiday, one can find lots of engaging activities and special programs organized by schools and health organizations like the Health Resources and Services Administration and the Maternal and Child Health Library. All the events are aimed at supporting the seriousness of child health problems and finding effective ways of eliminating widely spread among children allergies and illnesses like obesity, diabetes and etc. Such activities as doing exercises, fun sporty competitions, eating only nourishing food, visiting a doctor, creating reminders of emergency numbers also belong to the list of adviced ways of spending Child Health Day on the first Monday of October.
Child welfare constitutes one of the burning issues and requires thorough attention as well as immediate action. Our children are in need of support and opportunities to develop, grow and prosper. And our main objective is to provide them with all the favorable conditions to stay healthy. Let’s celebrate Child Health Day on October 2nd together. The beautiful future of our children is in our hands!