We recently celebrated the 5th anniversary of the National Poll on Children’s Health!

It’s election season in the U.S. and the presidential candidates are working hard to identify and discuss the issues that they think are most important to the voting public.

As the 2012 presidential election draws near, the candidates are on the campaign trail talking about the issues they’ll make a priority if elected.

Last week, Mayor Michael Bloomberg in New York City announced plans to ban sodas and other sweetened drinks larger than 16 oz from restaurants and delis, sporting events and movie theaters.

With temperatures rising and the school year nearing an end, children and families will soon be headed to water parks and public pools to cool off and enjoy fun in the sun.

In tough economic times, schools have faced deep funding cuts for middle and high school sports. To help fund these programs, many schools now charge “pay-to-play” fees for athletic participation.

Following the suicide of former NFL star Junior Seau, there has been a flood of attention given to the impact of concussions and head injury on the long-term health of athletes. Concussions are not only a health concern for professional athletes.

Sports offer many health and education benefits for teens. But due to continuing budget challenges, schools have had to tighten their belts when it comes to funding for athletics.

Over the past five years, drug abuse and teen pregnancy have been rated consistently in the National Poll on Children’s Health as two of the top children’s health concerns in the eyes of adults across the U.S.