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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!

November 5, 2015
kids playing outside
Since 2008, childhood obesity has topped the list of the annual NPCH survey of top children’s health concerns. In this year’s NPCH Top 10 Report, 60% of adults said childhood obesity is a big problem.
November 4, 2015
Doctor walking with child patient
Nutrition and health go hand-in-hand. When children don’t have access to enough healthy foods, their health, behavior, emotions, and school performance can suffer.
October 29, 2015
toddler brushing teeth
Halloween is only two days away, and kids across the country are preparing to suit up, head out, and bring back a haul of sugary sweets. While Halloween can be a fun, exciting time for kids, it can also pose challenges for their dental...
October 22, 2015
Children at preschool
In our latest NPCH Report, we asked parents about their experiences with emergencies at their children’s preschools and child care centers.
October 15, 2015
Kids playing football
The risk of head and brain injury in contact sports increases with every blow to the head, especially for younger athletes. This week, we throw back to two past NPCH Reports that look at parents' perceived preparedness for handling...
October 14, 2015
Are parents aware of the emergency plans at their children's preschools and child care centers?
October 8, 2015
Man reading nutrition facts label on box at grocery store
The Food and Drug Administration has recently proposed an update to the Nutrition Facts labels. We look at a study from last October that shows how mothers and fathers rate the importance of nutrition label information.
October 7, 2015
Girl with iPad
How much screen time is healthy for young kids? Experts are reconsidering their recommendations.
October 1, 2015
Parent with child at doctor's office
It’s October 1st, which means fall, football, festivals…and the flu. With the risk of flu and seasonal allergies, many kids might start to get sick and have to stay home from school. For the kids, missing school might not seem like a big...
September 28, 2015
In today’s digital world, cyberbullying –using social media or electronic communication to harass or threaten another person—has become a growing problem for teens.