National Geographic : 1925 May
Start AST year two and a half million babies were born in the United States our future citizens-the men and women who are to be entrusted with the affairs of tomorrow. Precious as these little lives were, not only to their parents but to the country itself, one out of every thirteen died before its first birthday. This tragic waste of human ma terial must be checked. A plan is under way to bring this about. Every mother and father, every one in America who loves chil dren and his country, is asked to help. May Day, which has always been one of the banner days of childhood with its picnics and its gayly-ribboned May-poles will hereafter be known as Na tional Child Health Day. May-Poles-Symbols of Health When you see the May-poles, think of them as symbols of sound health for children. All over the country members of religious, business, fraternal, patriotic, labor and other or ganizations are working to make Day a success. May Herbert Hoover's Plea The purpose of the May Day Cele bration is to focus attention upon our most precious national asset-our children * * The ideal to which we should drive is that there should be no child in America that has not been born under proper conditions, that does not live in hygienic surroundings, that ever suffers from undernutrition, that does not have prompt and efficient medical attention and inspection, that does not receive primary instruction in the elements of hygiene and good health. It is for the reiteration of this truth, for the celebration of it until it shall have become a living fact, that we urge all people of good will to join in the celebration of May Day as Child Health Day Herbert Hoover. Child Health There will be celebrations and festivals, public gatherings and speech making. Stores from coast to coast will have special window displays call- There are upward of 35 million children in the United States who are subjectto dangersin many communities by failure of community safeguards. In some sections of the country impure water and impure milk are supplied. In other com munities inadequate provisions for health inspec tion are made. Again, too few playgrounds are opened or too many children are permitted by law to be at work in factories when they should be in school. Six countries have lower infant mortality rates than the United States. There are many coun tries which lose fewer mothers in childbirth. First ing attention to Child Health Day. Business concerns, mills and factories will have impor tant health demonstrations. The men and women who are working for an improvement in child-health are taking steps to safeguard the right of every child to reach maturity in good condition physically, mentally and morally. Find out what your community is doing to celebrate May Day, Let's not have a slacker town or city in all the country. Every Home a Health Center Have your boys and girls phys ically examined at least once a year. See that they eat the right body-building food. Make cer tain that they play every day in the fresh air, ,, sleep long hours (! with open win- . dows and estab- ( . lish healthy body- tr." C/ habits. Give them d / ' buoyant, joyous /'-. health. Endow ' - . them with strong, j\ sturdy bodies. But remember that the dreams you dream on May First and the plans you make must be carried out every day in the year to give your children the best possible chance in life. We need more prenatal and maternity care andin struction; closer supervision of health in schools: nutrition classes; more playgrounds and a wider system of public health measures. The New May Day brings a plea for safeguarding the welfare of our children. The Metropolitan Life Insurance Company has published a booklet, "The Child.' which is a guide and help to mothers. It will be mailed free, to any one who asks for it, together with a Child Health Day program pre pared by the American Child Health Association. HALEY FISKE, President. I.* ttI:i LB£ Published by METROPOLITAN LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY-NEWYORK Biggest in the World, More Assets, More Policyholders, More Insurance in force, More new Insurance eachyear "Mention the Geographic-It identifies you."