Child Health Day was first proclaimed in 1928 by President Calvin Coolidge. It is observed on the first Monday of October each year. Organizations such as the American Child Health Association, the American Federation of Labor, and the General Federation of Women’s Clubs were the original supporters of this special day of observance.
Why is Child Health Day Important?
Child Health Day helps spark or increase people’s awareness of ways to minimize or alleviate health problems faced by children in America. The day focuses on a range of child health issues such as prenatal care, adolescent health, the impact of daycare on a child’s development, preventing injuries, and healthy eating and lifestyle choices. According to the Heath Resources and Services Administration, about one in six children between 2 and 19 in the United States is overweight. This is a risk factor for serious health consequences including asthma, diabetes and heart disease.
How is Child Health Day Observed?
Health professionals and health organizations across the United States take part in this day through various activities and events. 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 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. Michael Lu, MD, MPH, Associate Administrator, Maternal and Child Health, states, “We envision an America where all children and families are healthy and thriving, where every child and family – regardless of circumstances – has a fair shot at reaching their fullest potential.”
How Can Massage Therapists Observe Child Health Day?
Massage therapists are well aware of the many scientifically backed studies that show a wide ranging positive benefit of infant massage on our children. We at the Institute of Somatic Therapy encourage all of our Certified Infant Massage Therapists/Instructors to hold a free infant massage class in celebration of Child Health Day.
Click here to learn more about becoming a Certified Infant Massage Therapist, through the Institute of Somatic Therapy.
Flu season is nearly here, and the push for flu vaccinations will be starting. Pregnant women need to give careful consideration to whether or not they should receive the vaccine.
Flu vaccine package inserts state that safety and effectiveness have NOT been established in pregnant women. This means there are no studies showing pregnant women will benefit from flu vaccination. Nor are there any studies to support the claim that getting vaccinated during pregnancy is in fact safe.
What are the risks of flu vaccination during pregnancy?
An article by Dr. Joseph Mercola states, “Research has shown that stimulating a woman’s immune system during midterm and later-term pregnancy significantly increases the risk that her baby will develop autism during childhood, and/or schizophrenia during the teenage years or early adulthood. It may also increase the risk of seizures in the baby, and later, as an adult. In fact, a number of neurodevelopmental and behavioral problems can occur in babies born to women immunologically stimulated during pregnancy.” (Click here to read the article.)
Where can pregnant women get information about vaccine safety during pregnancy?
The National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) is a national charitable, non-profit educational organization founded in 1982. NVIC launched the vaccine safety and informed consent movement in America in the early 1980’s and is the oldest and largest consumer led organization advocating for the institution of vaccine safety and informed consent protections in the public health system.
Barbara Loe Fisher, Co-Founder and President of NVIC, writes in a November 2013 article posted on their website: “Although since the 1970’s public health officials have recommended influenza vaccinations for pregnant women in the second or third trimester, relatively few obstetricians promoted the vaccine until the past decade when, in 2006, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) strengthened recommendations that all pregnant women, healthy or not, should get a flu shot in any trimester…. With these recommendations, the time-honored rule of avoiding any potential toxic exposure that might interfere with the normal development of the fetus has been suspended and replaced with an assumption that vaccination during pregnancy is safe.”
NVIC encourages you to become fully informed about the risks and complications of diseases and vaccines and speak with one or more trusted health care professionals before making a vaccination decision.