Healthy Kids

 
 

Healthy Kids Campaign

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Healthy children are more likely to become healthy adults.

Immunization and well-child check-up rates are at an all-time low. In fact, 41 percent of children nationwide did not receive any of the screenings, and more than half did not receive any vision or hearing screenings. The diseases vaccines prevent can be dangerous, or even deadly. Vaccines can prevent infectious diseases that once killed or harmed many infants, children and adults. Without vaccines, children are at risk for getting seriously ill and suffering pain, disability, and even death from diseases like measles and whooping cough.

Childhood obesity rates have nearly tripled in the previous 30 years.
Children who have obesity are more likely to have: 

  • High blood pressure and high cholesterol, which are risk factors for cardiovascular disease.
  • Increased risk of impaired glucose tolerance, insulin resistance, and type 2 diabetes.
  • Breathing problems, such as asthma and sleep apnea.

Both children and taxpayers pay a steep price when children’s health problems are not caught early. Regular exams help doctors to understand what is normal so that illnesses can be diagnosed easily. It’s important to catch delays and disorders as early as possible to ensure children get the treatment necessary to help them function optimally.

Health Action Council launched the Healthy Kids campaign to make sure all kids stay active and get annual wellness exams, immunizations and flu shots.

In Ohio, we are partnering with the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) to promote the importance of completing annual wellness visits, getting required immunizations, and staying active. The partnership will distribute health promotional materials to raise awareness with school leaders, athletes, parents and families.

Nationally, Health Action Council will use materials from the American Academy of Pediatrics, Family Physicians and Centers for Disease Control to produce health promotional materials that employers can use to promote child health and wellbeing.

How can people get involved?

  • PROMOTE CHILD AND FAMILY HEALTH. Encourage local schools to participate in Health Action Council's Ohio Step It Up Challenge.
  • ACTIVATE COMMUNITIES. Fund and support the Healthy Kids efforts to increase awareness on the importance of getting wellness exams, immunizations, flu shots and staying active.
  • ENGAGE MEMBERSHIP. Distribute the health promotions materials and resources with your employees.
  • SUPPORT THE HEALTHY KIDS CAMPAIGN. Invest funding to support outreach and public awareness-building activities.

GET INVOLVED. Contact Katie Peterson via email today!

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Ohio Healthy Kids Step It Up Challenge - We've partnered with the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) and Fitbit to offer a free two-week wellness challenge starting October 18. Read more and view our quick informational video
  • First Annual Ohio Healthy Kids Golf Outing - bringing partners, schools and vendors together to promote increasing annual wellness visits, flu shots and immunizations for Ohio Kids.

QUESTIONS? Contact Katie Peterson at [email protected] or call 216.232.4497.

Become a Member

To become a member of the Health Action Council, fill out and submit this enrollment form or to ask specific questions, contact Kevin Gregory, Vice President, Business Solutions, at 216.328.2200.

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