October 7 marks another Child Health Day in many states. Child Health Day was created in 1928 under a Joint Resolution of Congress. President Calvin Coolidge was the first president to issue a proclamation to establish Child Health Day in several southern states. He believed that having a special day to focus public attention on children's health and well-being would be good for both parents and children. Child Health Day has been acknowledged for more than 80 years. Many communities are committed to use this day to hold health fairs and other activities that teach children the benefits of good health. Good nutrition, year-round fitness, and exercise are all pieces of the health of our children.
Sarasota is proud of its commitment to children's health. All Children's Outpatient Care Center, located at 5881 Rand Blvd. in Sarasota, is a nationally recognized health center for the community's children. All Children's Outpatient Care Center collaborates with Johns Hopkins in a 28,000 square foot health center to offer a variety of health services for infants through the teen years.
Services include audiology, physical therapy, and speech services. X-ray services are also available. Physicians and nurses are trained in infant, child, and adolescent medicine. Nurses are recognized for their excellent training. The Brian Johnson Music Therapy Room is of special interest. Toys, games, and video games are all provided for the relaxation of the children. Child-friendly surroundings are important for maintaining calm children when they visit the doctor.
Sarasota Memorial Hospital also provides childcare for mildly ill children. Kids Under the Weather is located on the 5th floor of the hospital. Reservations for childcare can be accessed by calling 941-917-7500.
Parents can focus on the health of their children when the community has quality health care for children. Child Health Day is a great day to focus on your child's general health and participate in activities to grow a health child,