Child Health Day Date in the current year: October 3, 2016

Child Health Day Child Health Day is a national observance in the United States. It is annually observed on the first Monday of October. This observance focuses on raising people's awareness on how they can protect and develop the children's health.

Child Health Day was first celebrated in 1928, after the proclamation by President Calvin Coolidge. It was initially observed on May 1. In 1960, it was moved to the first Monday of October and has been observed on this day every year since then. Although it is a national observance, it does not have the status of a public holiday.

Child welfare is a matter of great concern in any country irrespective of its level of development. Children may face a number of serious health problems, and it is extremely important to find effective ways to minimize or alleviate them.

On Child Health Day, many health organizations and health professionals across the country organize various activities and events aimed at informing parents of the importance of prenatal and newborn care, regular doctor visits, healthy eating and physical activity as well as the means of preventing and treating illnesses and injuries.

This national observance is supported by many organizations such as the Health Resources and Services Administration and the Maternal and Child Health Library.

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