Physical and Social Health

The physical and social health of children and youth are tied closely to their overall development and life outcomes. FPG has a history of examining health issues of young children such as the effects of otitis media on language development, the frequency of colds in child care centers, and the provision of health services for individuals with disabilities. FPG investigators are committed to addressing the health needs of individuals of all ages with disabilities. FPG also is responding to the growing need for knowledge about how best to increase children’s physical activity, support appropriate nutrition, and prevent obesity. FPG’s interest in health extends to the mental health of young children through early childhood education curricula and interventions that promote social competence and prevent the development of challenging behaviors.