Children's Health Insurance - E-News from Rhode Island KIDS COUNT
April 6, 2017
New Policy Brief: Physical Activity in Schools
Regular physical activity has been shown to have numerous physical benefits and positive effects on the brain, including improved attention, memory, and concentration and reducing depression and anxiety. Physical activity also can help improve academic achievement, as well as academic behavior. However, too few children and youth are physically active for the recommended 60 minutes per day. 

A Snapshot of Comprehensive School Physical Activity Programs in Rhode Island reports on Rhode Island school personnel experience with the various components of comprehensive school physical activity programs, and provides recommendations for increasing physical activity in Rhode Island schools. 

Smilestones: New Dental Campaign and Photo Contest
TeethFirst! - RI's own initiative promoting early dental visits - is pleased to announce Smilestones: an online campaign to celebrate the moments in bright smiles and raise awareness about children's oral health. Smilestones will also be hosting a photo contest, which is a picture perfect opportunity for families to show off their little ones' smiles and healthy dental habits - all for the chance to win a $50 gift card! 

The idea is simple: families will upload and share dental health-related pictures of their little ones. Children of all ages are welcome! Beginning with healthy habits at home, to a child's changing smile and healthy dental care, the goal is to create a fun forum for the moments - or Smilestones - that create healthy smiles for life. The winners of the gift cards will be announced and notified monthly. The Smilestones photo contest runs from April to June.

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Legislative Tracking and Testimony
Throughout the 2017 Legislative session, Rhode Island KIDS COUNT will be tracking bills and budget items that relate to children and youth. Please explore our site for information on current legislation and upcoming hearings, and to read our public testimony on behalf of Rhode Island's children, youth, and families.
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