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Creating a Healthier Society by Building a Foundation of Healthy Child Development

The Foundations of Lifelong Health Are Built in Early ChildhoodA vital and productive society with a prosperous and sustainable future is built on a foundation of healthy child development. According to a new report from the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University and funded, in part, by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), health in the earliest years—beginning with the future mother’s well-being before she becomes pregnant—lays the groundwork for a lifetime of vitality.

When developing biological systems are strengthened by positive early experiences, children are more likely to thrive and grow up to be healthy adults. Sound health also provides a foundation for the construction of sturdy brain architecture and the achievement of a broad range of skills and learning capacities.

The Foundations of Lifelong Health Are Built in Early Childhood was co-authored by the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child and the National Forum on Early Childhood Policy and Programs, both of which are initiatives of the Center on the Developing Child.

View, download or print The Foundations of Lifelong Health Are Built in Early Childhood.

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