Since 1985, Michigan has expanded the national celebration of the Month of the Young Child to include the entire month of April with each week having a specific focus. During the first week of April, we reflect on a young child's physical development - the need for daily exercise, proper nutrition and available health care. Children need proper nutrition and movement to develop healthy brains and bodies. Activity helps:
* Children maintain a healthy weight.
* Reduces risks of stress, depression and developing obesity-related.
* Builds strength, flexibility, and endurance.
* Enhances motor skills, social skills, and brain development.
* Develops and maintains strong bones
* Children sleep better
* Builds self-confidence as bodies grow.
Parents, caregivers, communities and policy makers should pledge this month to ensure all our children have a great start in life. Let's start now.
Michigan's Great Start Initiative has a Great Start Collaborative in every county working toward ensuring that our children are healthy. For more information or to get involved contact:
Alpena Montmorency Alcona Great Start Collaborative
Child and Family Services