PUBLICATION DATE: SEPTEMBER 12, 2023
The next issue will be printed September 12; copies will be distributed that day and all distribution sites will have copies by September 19. High-traffic locations will be restocked weekly throughout the two-month publication cycle to ensure everyday circulation.
CHILDREN’S HEALTH IN A DIGITAL AGE
It’s often said that “it takes a village to raise a child,” reflecting the importance of the broader community—including teachers, culture, faith communities, and environmental factors—in a child’s development. But what is the impact on children when the “village” is a global one—connected by an extraordinary web of social and information media?
The September issue will explore the social, cultural, and environmental factors that impact children’s health and, importantly, their healthy development. The list is a long one: environmental toxins, unhealthy use of social media, ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences), obesity, substance abuse, poverty, gun violence, and homelessness.
The impact of these environmental factors is powerful: For example, it is likely that our computer- and media-driven culture is having a major impact on children’s health. Pervasive social media—whose power we are only now beginning to understand—have been shown to impact children’s and adolescents’ mental health and even their dietary habits. These adverse effects were further compounded by the disruptive years of Covid. Computer screens and smart phones have been implicated in decreasing exercise and increasing spinal problems in children and youth.
Type I and Type II diabetes are on the rise in the pediatric population, as is asthma. Childhood obesity is at epidemic levels, with the frequency of obesity in children and adolescents doubling and even tripling every several years. Dental caries is a chronic illness and the most prevalent disease of childhood—affecting the ability of children to eat, sleep, play, and learn.
While the challenges are significant, understanding of the impact of these environmental factors on children’s development and health is also growing. Recent research on ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences), for example, has revealed a powerful connection between abuses in childhood and ill health in adulthood. And understanding has also increased of the critical importance of preventive measures—from sunscreen to exercise to healthy eating—in ensuring children’s healthy development.
In the September edition of Health&Healing, we will explore with area practitioners their understanding of how to best support our children on their path to adulthood. You are invited to join the conversation.
OTHER VOICES, OTHER CHOICES ARTICLES
A special section of the publication—Other Voices, Other Choices—provides a forum for area practitioners to submit articles related to the feature topic. In this section, we invite health care/health service providers who have a special connection to the feature topic to write articles about their work.
The Triangle area is rich in a wide variety of health resources and healing options for children and their parents and caregivers. We invite pediatric specialists in all fields to share their expertise in the next edition of Health&Healing.
Do you offer physical or occupational therapy to children? Pediatric counseling and mental health services? Support for ADD and ADHD? Allergies? Orthodontics? Coaching? Nutrition advice? Pregnancy support services? If so, please join us in the pages of the September issue. To be a part of the conversation, see information about the Other Voices, Other Choices section in Advertising in Health&Healing, and contact us at 919-967-6802
DEADLINES FOR INCLUSION IN THE SEPTEMBER 2023 ISSUE
The following are reservation deadlines to guarantee space in the September 2023 issue; advertisements may be included after these dates on a space available basis. To reserve space, a reservation contract must be submitted by the appropriate deadline. Contact us for information or a reservation contract.
- Reserve article space by August 14
- Reserve display ad space by August 21
- Other Voices, Other Choices articles due August 28
- Reserve classified Health Services Directory space by September 1
- Camera-ready display ads due September 5