Every Kid Healthy Day and Music Therapy

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at CMF’s Family Fun Day – photo by Jonathan Vickburg, Fresh Focus Photography

Content by Alaina LeBlanc

Every Kid Healthy week is held annually during the last week of April. It is a great way to recognize and support health and wellness achievements of young people across America. This week focuses on the links between nutrition, physical activity, and learning. It teaches students to think independently, learn self control, and how to actively be a healthy individual from a young age on.

Music therapy has had the privilege of playing an active role in promoting physical activity during this special week. Some of the ways music is incorporated includes; promoting the physical rehabilitation benefit of music therapy; upholding the wellness contributions of music therapy; and managing stress.

As a patient participating in music therapy you actively have the opportunity to join in team efforts in the group settings with activities such as marching, holding instruments, or participating in a dance party.

Furthermore, the many wellness advantages of music therapy consist of reducing anxiety, expressing feelings through song building, songwriting, and drum beating. Music therapy also reduces stress and fear by guided musical imagery. It has a unique way of encouraging a healthy lifestyle by creating a fun and safe environment for kids to explore and learn from.

Nowadays, there are still numerous children who are dealing with multiple health issues and it is very important for them to set aside time to participate in this special day and continue on with incorporating Music Therapy in their daily lives. Dr. Raffi Tachdjian states,

“Children in and out of the hospital do so much better when using music therapy to overcome their pain, fear and anxiety. Music therapy is a natural remedy, with side effects that include joy, melody, and empowerment!”

For more info on Healthy Kids Day visit here

Join us on the mission to show support and tell the benefits of music therapy! Help us to connect patients with our incredible team of music therapists by donating or volunteering today. Visit www.theCMF.org for more information.

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