NATIONAL CHILD HEALTH DAY
Child Health Day is an United States Federal Observance Day that is observed, each year, on the first Monday in October.
On this day, the President invites “all agencies and organizations interested in child welfare to unite on Child Health Day in observing exercises that will make the people of the United States aware of the fundamental necessity of a year-round program to protect and develop the health of the children of the United States”. ( 36 U.S.C § 105 )
On October 4, 2013, President Barack Obama signed a Proclamation proclaiming Monday, October 7, 2013, as Child Health Day.
“I call upon families, child health professionals, faith-based and community organizations, and all levels of government to help ensure America’s children stay healthy.”
Take your child in for a checkup and post on social media using #ChildHealthDay to encourage others to do so as well.
Each year since 1928, under a joint Resolution of Congress, the President of the United States has proclaimed Child Health Day. This day was originally celebrated on each May 1 until 1960 when the date was changed to the first Monday in October of each calendar year.
In a response to a plea from both the American Federation of Labor and the General Federation of Women’s Clubs to proclaim the day, United States President Calvin Coolidge was the first president to issue a Child Health Day Proclamation while the resolution was still pending in Congress.
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