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Evidence-Based Resource Summary

Strength of Evidence: 
3 out of 4
3 out of 4
Year Published: 

The Foundations of Lifelong Health Are Built in Early Childhood

Description of Resource: 
The report presents evidence supporting links between adverse events or experiences that occur early in childhood, such as developmental and biological disruptions during the prenatal period and earliest years of life, and lifelong consequences for both physical and mental well-being. The report identifies ways to augment adult-focused approaches to health promotion and disease prevention by addressing the early childhood origins of lifelong illness and disability.

Evidence-Based Resource Details

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Developed By: 
Center on the Developing Child, Harvard University
Developer Type: 
Non-Federal Government
Healthy People 2020 Topic Area(s): 
Early and Middle Childhood
Healthy People 2020 Objectives: 
Resource Type: 
Non-Systematic Review
Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University, National Scientific Council on the Developing Child, National Forum on Early Childhood Policy and Programs. The Foundations of Lifelong Health Are Built in Early Childhood [Internet]. 2010 [cited 2013 Feb 28]. Available from: