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A Healthy Start

Every child and youth needs and deserves the healthy bodies, healthy minds, and healthful habits and choices resulting from regular well-child/youth health care and needed treatment, good nutrition and exercise, comprehensive health knowledge and skills, and role models of physical and psychological health.


A Healthy Start and Future

To many, "a healthy start" focuses on what children need before they start school: prenatal care, immunizations and school readiness. Indeed, these early years are crucial. But we must also think about this promise more broadly as "a healthy start" for adulthood. The following are necessary to ensure that children grow up healthy:

  • Accessible and affordable health insurance that covers regular checkups; eye, ear and dental exams; and treatment of illness.
  • Health education focusing on risk behaviors such as violence and alcohol, drug and tobacco use.
  • Adequate nutrition and exercise.

Too few young people have access to this support in their communities. We need to provide all of them with a healthy start.


Find out below how you can help America’s Promise fulfill Promise Three: A Healthy Start.


Members of the Alliance for Youth provide accessible and affordable health services for all young people throughout their development.


Ensure a healthy start and a healthy future. Connect with these organizations that can help you fulfill Promise Three: