Nurturing Healthy Children Through Family Wellness

In terms of our children’s health, lots of factors have an impact. But perhaps the most important factor is the overall wellness of our families. To provide the best environment for our children, we need to make sure that our family unit is as healthy as possible.

Family wellness is determined not only by our physical health (through nutrition, doctors’ visits, exercise, etc.), but also by our emotional health, the relationships we enjoy, and our interconnectedness to our community.

The Importance of a Healthy Start from Day One

The early months and years are so important in child development. Every parent needs all the support he or she can get during this period to raise healthy and happy children and give them the best chance of lifelong success.

But knowing where to turn is often not so easy. That is why local and state partners have joined together to help you access the information and services every parent needs.

 

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PHYSICAL HEALTH

Physical wellness encompasses a variety of healthy behaviors including adequate exercise, proper nutrition and abstaining from harmful habits such as drug use and alcohol abuse. It means  getting regular medical checkups and protecting yourself from injuries and harm.  A healthy lifestyle can bring a sense of well-being and help keep your body strong.

EMOTIONAL HEALTH

The way we feel and think about ourselves and the world around us affects how we behave and how we interact with others including our children. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Emotional health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.

HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS

How a child thrives over time is directly dependent on the quality of human relationships enjoyed during those early years. Parents, caregivers, and teachers have the opportunity to take advantage of this critical period of growth by providing nurturing, responsive, positive, and predictable relationships through their words, gestures, and actions.

COMMUNITY SUPPORTS

Community supports and connections play a key role in family wellness. Meaningful daily activities, such as a job, school, volunteering, family caretaking, engaging your neighbors, and taking advantage of community spaces are all ways that we can promote our family’s wellness.

Additional Reading & Resources

Text4baby

Text4baby is a free service that helps pregnant and new moms get important information. Women who text BABY (or BEBE for Spanish) to 511411 receive free text messages three times per week, timed to their due date or their baby’s birth date, through pregnancy and up until the baby’s first birthday. Text4baby sends personalized messages directly to you, and the texts have information you can trust because they are developed by experts from all over the country. There is also an app that provides additional information about baby’s development, pregnancy, childcare tips, and more.

Milestone Tracker Mobile App

Milestones matter! Track your child’s milestones from age 2 months to 5 years with CDC’s easy-to-use illustrated checklists; get tips from CDC for encouraging your child’s development; and find out what to do if you are ever concerned about how your child is developing.

Healthy Lives CT

Wellness is more than being free from illness. The things we do and the emotions we feel all relate to our overall wellness and our actions and emotions affect our wellbeing. Therefore, it is important to make healthy choices for both your physical and mental well-being in order to lower stress, reduce the risk of illness and ensure positive interactions. HealthyLivesCT was created to provide Connecticut residents with resources to support and promote overall wellness.

Kids Mental Health Info

This website was developed to help parents and caregivers understand their child’s mental health issues. The site offers videos and training for early care and education providers and pediatric providers. The website also offers both local and national resources as well as links to publications, facts and figures and frequently asked questions.

Vroom

Vroom turns shared moments into brain building moments. Whether it’s mealtime, bathtime, or anytime in between, there are always ways to nurture our children’s growing minds.

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