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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!

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.
May 14, 2014
A new study provides strong evidence that mothers can give their babies antibodies to fight whooping cough by getting vaccinated during the third trimester of their pregnancies.
May 13, 2014
Young kids watching TV
It’s a digital world and screens displaying digital media are a part of daily life for many people. But what are parents doing to limit their kids' screen time? We asked.
April 25, 2014
Child using tablet
To better understand parents’ attitudes about screen time for children, we asked parents in the National Poll on Children’s Health about how much screen time their children have each day and where in the home they use screens most often.
April 18, 2014
Fried egg
This week, a new study published in the Journal of Neuroscience showed that even casual marijuana use can make structural changes to the brain.
April 11, 2014
Kids eating hamburgers
Fast food companies often show healthier food options in their ads targeted toward children. But a new study shows that these ads are actually confusing many kids. (1 Comment)