WHO states ‘Children represent the future, and ensuring their healthy growth and development ought to be a prime concern of all societies’. Their health begins with pregnancy, and involves multi-facets. Almost all the mental and physical health of adults are shaped in childhood. Thus, understand the mental and physical developments of children, and the related social, physical environments is crucial. We have the following goals:
- Maintaining the ongoing Children and Adolescent behaviors in Long-Term Evolution (CABLE) study as an important resource for policy and translational research.
- Exploring the risk factors for childhood/ adolescence obesity and nutrition, and the relations between socio-emotional development and smoking, drinking, obesity, and sleep deprivation.
- Evaluating the effect of health promotion programs on weight management and smoking cessation for children and adolescents.
- Conducting cross-national and generational comparisons of longitudinal studies on childhood and adolescence.
- Raising awareness of the importance of good health among students across Taiwan by informing and educating parents, teachers and students.
- Discovering treatments for allergic diseases and symptoms in childhood.
- Initiating innovative researches and translate the outcomes into actions.
- Coordinating all disciplines, including medical care, public health, education, and environment in Taiwan to solve the health problems of expectant mothers and children.
- Playing a leadership role locally, nationally and globally to promote the health and well-being of expectant mothers and children.