Establishing healthy behaviors to prevent chronic disease is easier and more effective during childhood and adolescence than trying to change unhealthy behaviors during adulthood.
CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion works with parents, early care and education (ECE) facilities, schools, health systems, and communities to keep children healthy by:
- Reducing obesity risk for children in ECE facilities.
- Improving healthy food options and nutrition education in school.
- Improving physical education and physical activity opportunities in school.
- Preventing use of all tobacco products.
- Helping children and adolescents manage their chronic health conditions in school.
- Promoting the use of dental sealants to prevent cavities.
- Promoting adequate sleep.