With temperatures rising and the school year nearing an end, children and families will soon be headed to water parks and public pools to cool off and enjoy fun in the sun.

In tough economic times, schools have faced deep funding cuts for middle and high school sports. To help fund these programs, many schools now charge “pay-to-play” fees for athletic participation.

Following the suicide of former NFL star Junior Seau, there has been a flood of attention given to the impact of concussions and head injury on the long-term health of athletes. Concussions are not only a health concern for professional athletes.

Sports offer many health and education benefits for teens. But due to continuing budget challenges, schools have had to tighten their belts when it comes to funding for athletics.

Over the past five years, drug abuse and teen pregnancy have been rated consistently in the National Poll on Children’s Health as two of the top children’s health concerns in the eyes of adults across the U.S.

Every 10 minutes in the United States, a child younger than 6 years old is taken to the emergency room for possible poisoning from swallowing a medicine. Each year, unintentional poisonings from medicines cause more emergency room visits for young children than car accidents.

The issue of sexting – sending sexually explicit, nude, or semi-nude photos by cell phone – has taken center stage in recent legislation in several states in the U.S. To date, 17 states have sexting laws on the books. Another 13 states have sexting legislation pending in 2012.

For more than 10 years, the American Academy of Pediatrics has recommended limiting fruit juice to one serving per day for children 1-6 years old.  Drinking less juice helps prevent health problems such as childhood obesity and early tooth decay.