NHLBI launches Web site to promote positive sleeping habits in children – Newsletter – National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

NHLBI launches Web site to promote positive sleeping habits in children – Newsletter – National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute – Brief Article

Matthew Neff

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) launched Mission Z, a new and expanded Web site (starsleep.nhlbi.nih.gov) designed to educate children and their teachers, parents, and pediatricians about the importance of adequate nighttime sleep for children.

The site, hosted by cartoon character Garfield the Cat, features several interactive games and downloadable Star Sleeper screen savers. The site also contains special resources for elementary school principals and teachers including sleep-oriented lesson activities and other tools to help them incorporate sleep education into classroom activities. Tools for parents include information on the importance of sleep and ways their children can get adequate sleep on a regular basis. The site is part of the NHLBI’s “Sleep Well. Do Well. Star Sleeper Campaign,” a five-year educational initiative of the Institute’s National Center on Sleep Disorders Research and Paws, Inc., the corporate entity behind Garfield. The campaign recommends that children get at least nine hours of sleep each night for their health and safety and to do their best in school and other activities. Founding partners of this campaign also include the National Association of Elementary School Principals and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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