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Parents: Autumn Tips to Help Keep Your Kids Safe and Healthy

Autumn requires us to make changes in our lifestyle due to weather, school activities, and upcoming holidays. Greet the fall with ways to help keep you and your kids safe and healthy. Take steps to make sure your kids develop healthy habits that will help them now and throughout their lives.


Have an afternoon of food-tasting.

Gather your family together to research at least 3-5 varieties of one type of food (i.e. fruit, vegetable, nut, etc.). Talk about the unique qualities of the food and a little about its history (i.e. when it was discovered, what it is known for, etc). Lead the family in a taste test of the different varieties of the food, or prepare the food several different ways and have everyone choose their favorite. For example, an apple could be prepared as apple snack wedges, applesauce, apple cider, and baked apples. You could also present similar types of vegetables, such as collard greens, spinach, kale, and mustard greens. Talk about differences in their taste. Pick fall favorites, or be adventurous and try new things.

Get Smart with Fruits and Veggies

Recipes: Fruits & Veggies - More MattersTM

Recipe and Meal Planner Guide (NIH)


Be active outdoors and indoors.

Make fall yard work fun. Have kids come up with different ways to pick up leaves or pine cones (i.e. squatting, bending, leaning, stretching, balancing on one foot, etc.). Sing, dance, and explore. Provide kids with rakes and other tools that are kid-sized for comfort and safety. For indoor fun, play board games and computer games that encourage physical activity. Have a song-and-dance talent show. Draw, color, and explore with health in mind. Remember that children and adolescents should get at least 60 minutes and adults should get at least 30 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity most, preferably all, days of the week. Don’t forget to apply sunscreen and insect repellent to protect you and your family from the sun, mosquitoes, and ticks.

Autumn Games and Health Tips for Kids and Parents

Autumn Tips

Physical Activity for Everyone


Check out your teen’s job.

A job can be very rewarding for a teen as he/she gains hands-on experience, earns extra income, and learns new skills. However, sometimes what’s required for the job is beyond what a teen can handle. In 2005, 54 youth under age 18 died from work-related injuries. It is estimated that approximately 160,000 youth sustain work-related injuries and illnesses each year. Take an active role in your child’s employment, and know the laws. Be alert for signs of fatigue or stress as your child tries to balance the demands of work, school, home, and extracurricular activities.

Young Worker Safety and Health


Check the safety of toys and other products.

Check to see if any of your family’s toys, jewelry, clothing, appliances, furniture, and other products have been recalled due to lead paint or other potential hazards. As you begin thinking about toys and gifts for upcoming events and holidays, make sure they are age-appropriate. Make sure playground equipment is safe. For fall festivals, events, and Halloween, make sure that you take steps to keep kids safe and away from potential dangers.

Halloween Health and Safety Tips

Childhood Lead Exposure

Playground Injuries

Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC)


Do as you say.

It’s easy to tell your family what to do. But, it’s even better to show them what to do and how to do it. Start the fall off with healthy habits. Eat healthy, be active, get check-ups, get appropriate vaccinations (including flu), be smoke-free, manage stress, wear seat belts, wash hands, wear helmets, and more. Build and help your kids build healthy relationships and know how to avoid and reduce conflicts.

Tips for a Healthy Life

Child Passenger Safety

Children and Secondhand Smoke Exposure

Choose Respect

Clean Hands Save Lives!

Seasonal Flu


Get involved in school.

When parents and educators work together, safety becomes a lifesaving priority that benefits the entire community. Safety should be on every student’s back to school list. Whether it is by car, bus, bike, or walking, the minute a child leaves their home, safety becomes a concern. Safety is important at school, both in the classroom and during activities. Also, make sure your child knows what to do in an emergency.

Healthy Youth

Safe Youth, Safe Schools

Be Prepared in Every Situation: Website for Kids (DHS)


Start with a healthy pregnancy.

Take steps before pregnancy to help improve your and your unborn baby’s health. Combine the best medical care, healthy behaviors (i.e. being tobacco-free and taking folic acid), strong support, and safe environments at home and at work.

Preconception Care Questions and Answers

Pregnancy Information


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Content Source: CDC Office of Women’s Health
Page last modified: September 4, 2008
Page last reviewed: September 4, 2008