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The Pulse: The Blog of the National Poll on Children's Health

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!

July 29, 2014
Circumcision Decision
Having a baby is an exciting time, but it can also be overwhelming. For parents of baby boys, parents have to consider whether or not to have their son circumcised.
July 17, 2014
Baby in crib
For many families, circumcision is a very important and personal decision. So where do parents turn for information to guide them?
July 2, 2014
Girl on playground
Adults who work with children think young kids have more opportunities to get physical activity than they did a year ago.
June 25, 2014
Sick kids banned from daycare
Many child care centers exclude children from care due to mild illnesses and require parents to obtain a doctor’s note stating that their child is healthy enough to return to care.
June 18, 2014
Sports Physicals
Sports physicals may be conducted by a child’s usual health care provider, but are often conducted at walk-in clinics or schools for convenience.
June 13, 2014
Teens sharing pills
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released national data today regarding healthy habits and risky behaviors of U.S. teenagers.
June 13, 2014
Teen playing basketball
Going to the doctor may not be on the radars of all adolescents. But many middle school and high school athletes are required to have an annual sports physical.
June 4, 2014
School lunch
Last week, a House of Representatives committee voted to allow schools to temporarily opt out of some requirements for healthy lunches. But the First Lady has pushed back, saying that the healthier standards are working in reducing obesity...
May 21, 2014
Report cards are out: Schools obesity efforts are failing parents
Childhood obesity is a major concern of U.S. adults when it comes to the health of kids in their communities. To help fight obesity, schools have started initiatives to improve school lunches and allow more time for physical activity.
May 16, 2014
School lunches
Are school efforts to fight childhood obesity making a difference? We asked adults to grade their children's schools.