Children's health

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Nutrition and fitness are the cornerstones of children's health.

To give your child a head start on lifelong fitness, consider children's sports and other kid-friendly physical activities. Chances are a few sports will spark your child's interest. Consider other classic tips from children's health experts, such as encouraging activity — not exercise — and setting a good example yourself.

You can also promote children's health by encouraging your child to eat a variety of healthy foods and control portion sizes. Learn which nutrients are necessary, in what amounts and how the guidelines change as a child grows older.

Of course, other children's health issues matter, too — such as vaccines, child safety and social issues. Share any concerns you might have about children's health with your child's doctor.

May 11, 2019

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