Monday, December 22, 2008

Taiwan's First Children's Health Assessment Organization Launched

Taiwanese culture places great emphasis on education। As in most Asian countries in general, Taiwanese attach great importance to the future success of their children and have very high expectations of them। However, there is a general lack of information with regard to raising healthy children. In fact, parents often times don't get concerned about the health of their children until there is an emergency. There is a clear correlation between regular health maintenance and the effectiveness of one's study habits. Unfortunately, most parents are unaware of this phenomenon. As a result, children are constantly at the doctor's office because of fevers and colds. This kind of lifestyle leads to chronic diseases that could have been avoided with preventative management. Most parents raise their children in a manner that allows them to attain many different talents, yet parents forget that child development levels, the ability of children to concentrate, and mental illnesses are the most important factors affecting study results. In short, parents must begin maintaining the health of their children at an early age. Only then will children be able to have healthy and high quality lives.

In November 2008, the nation's first children's health management organization- Child Health Assessment Center ( was established. Taiwan's senior pediatricians and the leader of Min-Sheng's Women and Children's Center, Dr. Zhou Hong-Yi, gathered together along with pediatricians, dentists, dieticians, psychologists and nurses from Tai-Da, Chang-Gung, Wan-Fang, Min-Sheng, and Tai-An hospitals. The purpose of the organization is to design a health assessment check-up. The group of experts will try and understand all of the factors that affect children's health, development, nutrition, sleep, etc. Individual children and families will be given training about restoring children's health.

The center officially opened in November. CHAT prides itself on being able to provide professional care for every growing child and helping with any problem, big or small.

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