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The Pulse

Welcome to The Pulse, the blog of the National Poll on Children’s Health! We keep our finger on the public’s pulse when it comes to perceptions and priorities about major health issues for children. The Pulse is a place where you can find information on important child health topics and issues in-between our monthly reports – for an even more up-to-date reflection on kids’ health today. We look forward to exploring children’s health and health policy with you!

October 30, 2014
Dad shopping for food in grocery store
In the latest NPCH Report, 4 out of 10 moms say they “very often” or “always” read nutrition labels when buying food. Among dads, 35% say they “very often” or “always” read nutrition labels. However, 16% of dads said they never read...
October 23, 2014
Nutrition Facts label
Does anyone read Nutrition Facts labels? Does the information on the labels play a role in customers’ decisions about buying foods? We asked.
October 15, 2014
Last week, a new long-term study was published, finding that the answer to obesity might not just be about what you eat, but about who eats with you at the dinner table.
October 8, 2014
Healthcare for kids
Many adults think undocumented immigrant children and U.S.-born children should have equal access to healthcare.
October 2, 2014
Professional athletes have been coming forward to shed light on the long term consequences of concussions. But concussions are not just a risk for professional athletes. Even children who don't play sports can sustain a concussion.
September 24, 2014
Parent on computer with child
Do parents use ratings websites when choosing a physician for their children? According to a study published this week in the journal Pediatrics, they do.
September 18, 2014
Kids playing soccer
With a growing number of professional athletes bringing to light the long term consequences of concussions, attention has turned to preventing injury from concussion early—starting in school-age children—and throughout an athlete’s career.
September 3, 2014
Kids at school
Instead of dreading the back-to-school period, experts encourage families to use this time as an opportunity to discuss health and safety with their kids.
August 29, 2014
top 10
See how the list of children’s health issues stack up in this infographic of the top children’s health concerns in the eyes of adults.
August 8, 2014
This year’s edition of the NPCH Top 10 report will be released next week! To get ready, we’re covering some of the top topics of years past.