Children’s Health in Chatham, NJ

Optimal children’s health doesn’t just happen. It’s often the goal of a concerted team effort between parents and medical providers. Touchpoint Pediatrics is dedicated to helping families with individualized care for children of all ages. Our caring and professional team has the expertise and experience necessary to assist with general care as well as specialized needs.

Children’s Health and Fitness

Taking care of the body is a process that begins in childhood. Kids need exercise just as much as adults need it. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that children and teenagers get a minimum of one hour of exercise every day. The good news is that children often satisfy these needs for physical activity with active play outdoors. Regardless of the season, youngsters can expend energy outdoors while getting vital exercise. Climbing on playground equipment, playing tag, dancing to upbeat music, or racing friends in a foot race are just a few of the ways that children can get exercise while having fun.

Healthy Eating and Habits

Children’s health also involves eating a healthy diet. Kids’ nutrition involves eating the right amount of calories to help them grow with a healthy body weight. Kids also need to eat a variety of different foods that have low trans- and saturated fats, cholesterol, sodium, and sugar. Eating whole foods without refined grains and sugars usually ensures that youngsters get the right nutrients they need for optimal growth without excess calories that could contribute to obesity.

Resources for Kids

healthy lifestyle does not end with exercise and diet, though. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that kids and teenagers spend no more than two hours with screens each day. This includes televisions, computers, and mobile devices. Limiting media usage frees kids to spend their time doing other things that require imagination and physical energy.

While maintaining your children’s health takes effort, the goal is a worthy one to help youngsters grow up happy and robust.

A fun website for kids, all about eating healthy and staying active.  Has lots of games and activities.

An award-winning site developed by Nemours, a nonprofit organization devoted to children’s health.  Designed for kids themselves, the site includes kid-friendly information about health, development, and behavior of children.

A website developed by Morristown Memorial Hospital, designed for teens.   Covers issues of concern for teens, such as your health, your relationships, and your body.

Version of KidsHealth site, designed for teenagers.

Created by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to help girls (ages 10 to 16) learn about health, growing up, and issues they may face.  Promotes healthy and positive behaviors in girls, giving them reliable and useful health information in a fun, easy-to-understand way.

Created by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to help girls (ages 10 to 16) learn about health, growing up, and issues they may face.  Promotes healthy and positive behaviors in girls, giving them reliable and useful health information in a fun, easy-to-understand way.