Child Health Day celebrated October 3

October 3 is Child Health Day — a day to focus on making sure our children are healthy.

Children are our future — and their health today affects society as a whole. Many maternal and child health agencies now look at the life-course model examines the cumulative effect of health status and life events at different life stages. The health and socioeconomic status of one generation directly affects the health status — and reproductive health capital — of the next one.

Children’s health is measured in a variety of ways: access to care, safety, medical issues, school success. Many of our children are uninsured, die from preventable accidents, are overweight or obese and don’t have the chance to achieve academic success.

While many of our children are surviving infancy and making it to their first birthday, they are falling short in many other categories.

Florida has the second highest rate of uninsured children in the country — only falling second to Texas.  Florida KidCare, the affordable state children’s health insurance program only enrolled 2,000 children in 2010-2011, a growth rate of less than 1 percent. One-third of all children in Florida are overweight or obese, according to the Data Resource Center for Child and Adolescent Health.

Child Health Day serves as a yearly reminder to remember how it important it is to make sure our children lead healthy, productive lives.