In 2012, the National Institute of Health launched the “We Can! (Ways to Enhance Children’s Activity & Nutrition)” initiative to help children stay at a healthy weight by encouraging healthy eating, increased physical activity, and reduced time in front of a television or computer screen. In support of this initiative, BAPS Charities hosted Children’s Health and Safety Day across North America and spread the message of healthy living to children and their families to help curb obesity and promote healthy eating habits from the early years of childhood.
Healthy childhood development requires physical, spiritual, emotional and mental guidance. The BAPS Charities Children’s Health and Safety Day provided interactive workshops through which participants practiced various types of exercise routines and learned about the benefits of daily physical activity. BAPS Charities’ volunteers worked in tandem with local pediatricians, nutritionists, dentists, and nurses to teach children about hygiene, healthy living, and physical activity.
These efforts in promoting better, more conscious health and safety practices are not only applicable to families from all walks of life, but engenders a community to unify behind a common goal - to educate and nurture children to live happier, healthier, and safer lives. Millions of youth across North America are currently facing a serious public health crisis. Being unhealthy and overweight as a child, which is an escalating issue in our community, can increase one’s risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, and many other chronic health conditions.
Children’s Health and Safety Day events for children and adults are just one of the many services BAPS Charities provides to children on an annual basis. BAPS Charities works to improve the quality of life of children around the world, hosting educational seminars and training workshops focused on the wholesome development of each and every child.