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Keep Kids Healthy This Fall

Photo: Father and son walking.The fall season is an excellent opportunity to continue healthy habits and to explore new ways to be safe and healthy with your kids. The following simple steps will keep you and your kids healthy for the autumn season. Kids (and the rest of us) should wash hands for at least 20 seconds to avoid cold and flu.

  • The single best way to protect against the flu is to get vaccinated each year. Children less than 6 months of age are too young to get vaccinated.
  • Whether indoors or out, children and adolescents should get 60 minutes (1 hour) or more of physical activity each day, including aerobic, muscle-strengthening, and bone-strengthening activities. Keep in mind that swinging, climbing, hopping, and somersaulting are developmental milestones for children five years of age.
  • Photo: A boy and girl.Check the safety of toys and other products. Make sure potential hazards don't live in your home, school, park, or another setting.
  • Enjoy healthy fruits and veggies in season. Have an afternoon of food-tasting to try new foods and prepare some seasonal favorites differently.
  • Check the safety of toys and other products your child may use. Make sure potential hazards don't live in your home, school, or park.
  • Do as you say; you're their role model, after all. Take care of yourself and by keeping health and safety in mind.

Learn more autumn tips to help keep your kids safe and healthy.

More Information

  • Page last reviewed: July 22, 2010
  • Page last updated: July 22, 2010
  • Content source:
    • Office of the Associate Director for Communication, Digital Media Branch, Division of Public Affairs
    • Page maintained by: Office of the Associate Director for Communication, Digital Media Branch, Division of Public Affairs
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