Family Matters: Using Bright Futures to Promote Health and Wellness


Health and wellness promotion are important for all children. This project will develop resources and strategies to promote health and wellness for children with special health care needs and their families to ensure a bright future for all children!

This project, in partnership with Tufts University School of Medicine, has been funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to focus on 2 goals:

  1. to learn what families of children with disabilities know about wellness and whether they value it as a way to promote children's health through day-to-day behaviors, and
  2. to find effective strategies for helping interested families encourage their children with disabilities to adopt healthier behaviors and lifestyles, using parent-to-parent peer support.

This initiative encourages all Americans to adopt healthier lifestyles to promote health and prevent chronic disease now and in the future. Bright Futures Guidelines for Health Supervision of Infants, Children, and Adolescents, widely used by professionals throughout the United States , and Healthy People 2010 form the basis for the health and wellness recommendations.

  • Project Brochure Project Brochure-pdf: A brochure that describes the project's goals, phases, and activities.

  • Promoting Health and Wellness for Children with Special Health Care Needs Family Booklet Family Booklet-pdf (English) | Hardcopy Order: A 44-page booklet on guidelines, tips and resources on healthy eating, physical activity, and screen time.

  • Promoting Health and Wellness for Children with Special Health Care Needs Family Booklet Family Booklet-doc (Spanish): A 44-page booklet on guidelines, tips and resources on healthy eating, physical activity, and screen time.