Healthy North Dakota: Content: Explore North Dakota


North Dakota Governor John Hoeven recognizes that “Children are our most valuable resource”. Using following resources you can help North Dakota kids be healthy wherever they live, learn, and play:

Healthy Eating

Grocery shoppingLooking for ideas to help your family eat more fruits & veggies? Families from across North Dakota share how to include MORE fruits and vegetables as you shop, in family meals, for kids, or eating “on the go”.

MyPyramid for Kids has information on foods to build healthy diets and links to the MyPyramid Blast-off interactive game.

Eat Smart, Play Hard website for kids uses interactive activities to encourage them to eat healthy and be physically active everyday.

Kids and Nutrition from NDSU Extension Service.

Physical Activity

American Heart Association recommendations for exercise in children.

How to Limit Tube Time and Get Your Kids Moving. Learn more about getting the kids moving.

Healthy Living

Information for parents, kids and teenagers about getting healthy and staying healthy in body and mind from the Nemours Foundation.

BMI is one tool to help understand risks for obesity; BMI for children is significantly different from the BMI for adults. While there is one standard for adults, there are multiple standards for children. BMI’s for children are age specific and different for girls and boys. BMI’s increase with age and will increase throughout the year.

Mental Health

“What Every Child Needs for Good Mental Health” from the National Mental Health Association.

The National Institute of Mental Health at the National Institutes of Health has information on mental disorders affecting children and adolescents.

Children’s Mental Health Services & North Dakota Department of Human Services. Learn more kid's mental health.

Developmental Stages

Families are their children’s first teachers and have a powerful effect on their young children’s development. Parent involvement in children’s formal education is crucial to success at school. Learn more about developmental stages.

Safety and First Aid

Find out how to reduce injuries to children by reviewing these websites on Injury Prevention and Kid Safety.

Caring for school-age children

American Red Cross Babysitter Training Course.