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Healthy Families and Kids Resources to help keep you and your family healthy
Find information about important health issues and explore the tools and support services that can help you and your family make smart lifestyle choices.
- Nutrition, Exercise, and Weight
- Drugs, Alcohol, and Tobacco
- Bullying, Peer Pressure, Stress, and Depression
Nutrition, Exercise, and Weight
Healthy weight: Achieving and maintaining a healthy weight, starts with understanding your current body mass index (BMI). To find out where you and your family stand, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) BMI calculator for children and teens or Adult BMI calculator.
Healthy diet: Choosing and preparing healthy food for you and your family is a whole lot easier when you have access to the right information, tools, and resources. Visit the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Choose MyPlate for healthy recipes, menu builders, food and fitness trackers, and comprehensive information for parents and teachers of children of all ages.
Active lifestyle: Whether you’re 6 or 64, regular physical activity is the key to good health. Make sure you’re getting enough — find out how much physical activity you need each day.
Drugs, Alcohol, and Tobacco
Support for individuals and families
Parents and families play a crucial role in helping kids grow up drug-, alcohol-, and tobacco-free — and fortunately, there are a number of resources and tools that can help.
- Family Checkup: Positive Parenting Prevents Drug Abuse — Could your kids be at risk for substance abuse?
- The National Institute on Drug Abuse — Resources for families
- Prescription Opioids: What you need to know
- Surgeon General’s Call to End the Opioid Crisis — Information for patients
- Find the nearest Drug Take-Back Sites where you can dispose of prescription drugs in Pennsylvania or Nationally.
- The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence offers a confidential, online, self-test quiz that can help determine if you or someone you know is at-risk for addiction — and offers a range of services including help for individuals and family members.
- National Youth Crisis Hotline | 1-800-442-4673
- Parent Help Line | 855-DRUG-FREE
- Poison Control | 1-800-222-1222
- Veterans Crisis Line | 1-800-273-8255
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline | 1-800-273-TALK
Help quitting and additional resources
Tobacco: Smokefree.gov provides free, accurate, evidence-based information and professional assistance to help support the immediate and long-term needs of people trying to quit smoking. In addition, Independence members can take advantage of the Healthy LifestylesSM Solutions $150 reimbursement for the cost of a tobacco cessation program.
Alcohol: Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is open to anyone affected by an alcohol-related disorder. There are no age or education requirements.
Al-Anon: is a mutual support group of peers who share their experience in applying the Al-Anon principles to problems related to the effects of alcoholism affecting people in their lives. | 888-425-2666
Drugs: Narcotics Anonymous is an international, community-based association that provides a recovery process and support network for those affected by substance abuse disorders.
Nar-Anon is a support group primarily for those who are affected by the addiction of someone in their lives. | (800) 477-6291
Bullying, Peer Pressure, Stress, and Depression
More than just a school-yard problem, bullying and peer pressure can affect a child’s self-esteem, personality, and outlook on life. Learn how you can help detect it and take action to stop it.
Stress: Some stress is healthy, but too much can have negative health consequences. Learn to recognize the symptoms of stress, and discover ways you and your family can let go of the stress in your lives.
Depression: Depression affects people of all ages, genders, and races. It doesn’t exclusively affect women or adolescents or seniors. But it can be treated, and successful treatment begins with understanding its symptoms.
Support for families
If you or a family member has asthma, learning how to manage and control it is the key to maintaining an active and healthy lifestyle. Find out what asthma is all about, get advice on using asthma medicines, learn about asthma triggers, and what to do in an emergency.
- The American Lung Association: For parents of children with asthma
- American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology: Just for kids: Allergy and asthma games, puzzles, and more
- Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America: What causes or triggers asthma?
For children, adolescents, and adults alike, immunizations are the best way to protect against infectious diseases. It’s thanks to vaccines that many infectious diseases that were once common in this country are now under control.
Holding off on immunizations because you’re worried about side effects? Don’t. In most cases, vaccines cause no side effects or only mild reactions such as fever or soreness at the injection site. Very rarely, people experience more serious side effects, like allergic reactions. And severe reactions to vaccines occur so rarely that the risk is usually difficult to calculate.
Keep track of which immunizations you and your family members should receive and when with these immunization schedules.
- Immunization schedules from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — for children, adolescents, and adults.