Encouraging healthy habits at a young age can make it easy to live a life full of well-being. A child needs a healthy diet and regular physical activity to be healthy, while avoiding things like smoking, drugs and unhealthy thinking.
Teaching kids can make it easier for them to continue a healthy way of life into adulthood. That being said, with parents — who may have well-being issues of their own — generally being the primary role models for their kids, we sometimes need a little . Here are five of the top children’s health groups that are working hard to help inspire the next generation to live a healthy and long life.
The Children & Nature Network takes well-being a step further than just physical activity and clean eating, focusing on promoting the and being in nature. In the technology dependent era we live in, on their smart devices, TV shows, apps and games. and development are well-documented and it’s clear to see why they’re so passionate about what they do. Founded in 2005 by and his partners, their mission is to connect children, their families and communities to nature, through innovative ideas, evidence-based resources and tools, broad-based collaboration and support for grassroots leadership.
Sports and physical activity should be accessible to any child and this is what ParticipACTION is all about. They’ve been around for over four decades now, working tirelessly to help people and move more, while changing attitudes surrounding physical activity and encouraging everyone to include it as a part of our every day. They do this through innovative engagement initiatives and thought leadership, while keeping true to their core values of passion, collaboration, empowerment, innovation, excellence and (perhaps most importantly) fun. To learn more, check out their , outlining the difference they made over the course of the year.
The American Heart Association works hard to educate on and advocate for healthy lifestyle choices, in order to prevent heart disease. In 2008, , making it the leading cause of death for both men and women. Learning about how our daily choices can affect our heart health and longevity is key, for living a healthy lifestyle. After 92 years in service, AHA now has over 22.5 million volunteers and supporters, all fighting to make cardiovascular diseases a thing of the past.
Obesity is an increasingly prevalent well-being issue that we’re facing and progress is tough to come by. The Childhood Obesity Foundation has launched many successful initiatives, including the and the , which aims to restrict the commercial marketing of all food and beverages to children and youth. Their mission of leading a societal shift towards healthy eating and active lifestyles is a highly important one, especially in the promotion of healthy weight trajectories through childhood. We’ve loved seeing their progress, over the years.
One of ’s biggest contributions to America has her passion project Let’s Move. Obesity rates are still high and this trend’s reversal is key for a long-term wellness shift in America. Let’s Move focuses on combining comprehensive strategies with common sense; “putting children on the path to a healthy future, during their earliest months and years.” Educating parents, providing healthier foods in schools, ensuring every family has access to healthy, affordable food, and helping kids become more physically active are all important factors at core of their mission statement.