Child Health Week 2017 will focus on the many ways to keep children healthy in order to have a healthy, productive future. Celebrate Child Health Week by helping our state’s children and families to lead healthy lives and make good health choices!

How Can You Keep your Child Healthy?

  • Make your own health a priority—you are your child’s best role model!
  • Make sure your child gets regular checkups from his or her primary care provider.
  • Protect your family from vaccine-preventable diseases by making sure that everyone gets the shots they need.
  • Remember everyone needs the flu shot every year!
  • Encourage your child to talk to you or an adult that they trust if they are sad or blue, or nervous or scared.
  • Know if anyone in your family is allergic to any medicines or has any health problems. 
  • Keep your health records in one place so that you can find them easily.
  • Help your child to get a good night’s sleep every night.
  • Encourage your child to wash their hands often!
  • Teach your children to cover their mouth with their elbow when they cough or sneeze.
  • Keep your kids safe by making sure everyone is wearing their seat belt or is in a proper car seat.
  • Have water as your family’s primary drink. 
  • Limit the amount of sugar-sweetened beverages like sodas and juice.
  • Let your kids get out and play or exercise for at least 60 minutes every day. Better yet, get out there with them!
  • Eat at least five servings of fruits and vegetables every day.
  • Limit screen time (television, computers, video games) to two hours every day.
  • Eat meals together as a family.
  • Talk to your child and their school about bullying.

Need More Information?

For more information or resources, check out our website: or call us at 615-741-7353.

Resource Links for Parents

The Gold Sneaker Initiative was developed to enhance policy related to health and wellness within licensed child care facilities across Tennessee.

Information for Parents

Tennessee Goldsneaker Facilities

United Healthcare​​

Be Healthy. Be Happy. Be You. Beautiful.

Information for Parents & Caregivers -

Para padres de familia y cuidadores de niños -


Information for Parents -

Healthy Homes-Good Health Begins at Homes

A LEA must permit possession and self-administration of a prescribed, metered dosage, asthma-reliever inhaler as long as certain conditions are met.

American Lung Association of Tennessee

The American Lung Association's mission is to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through Education, Advocacy and Research.

Asthma -

Health information for the whole family

Communication: Fostering Family Centered Communication

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Handwashing: Clean hands saves lives


Developing Your Child’s Self-Esteem

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Child Safety

Teen Drivers

Distracted driving

Tennessee Governor’s Highway Safety Office

Child Safety

Teen Driver Safety

Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety

American Dental Association

Mouth Healthy

The Teen Years Explained: A Guide to Healthy Adolescent Development

Adverse Childhood Experiences

Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning

Immunizations Schedules

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Zero to Three

Lungtropolis, Helping Your Child Manage Asthma

American Lung Association

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Tips for Parents-ideas to help children maintain a healthy weight

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute:

Families Finding the Balance Parent Guide

Weekly Meal Planner

Helping your overweight child:

We Can! Tips to Eat Well and Move More:

Choose My Plate: 

Healthy Recipes:

Body Mass Index Calculator for children & teens:

Portion Distortion:

United States Department of Agriculture Team Nutrition:

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Just for Kids — information, games, activities & more!

Quest for the Code, Asthma Education Game

Lungtropolis, Asthma Education Game

My Pyramid Games:

Music Based Health Communications: 

Get Fit TN:
Be Healthy. Be Happy. Be You. Beautiful.

Information for Adolescents

Young Men’s Health

Health information for young men around the world


Pregnancy Prevention

Teen Pregnancy Prevention Resource Center

Best Bones Forever

Bone health campaign


Children - The Story on Self-Esteem

Adolescents - How Can I Improve my Self-Esteem

American Dental Association

Mouth Healthy Kids

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