JFKWHP-AR6311-A: First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy meets with Representatives from the American Heart Association Fund Drive, 1 February 1961

On health, he announced that he was directing the establishment of a "child health center" to deal with special research problems, such as congenital malformations and mental retardation. (19:1) – February 9, 1961

In a special message read to the House and Senate by clerks, President Kennedy outlined a board and controversial program of Federal insurance, grants and scholarships to cope with the county’s needs in the field of health. The insurance plan, similar to plans rejected in the last session, calls for hospital, nursing home and other care for about 14,200,000 persons over 65 who are eligible for Social Security benefits. It would be financed by higher taxes. (1:1) – February 10, 1961

Kennedy to request stockpile of polio vaccine. (pg. 37) – March 14, 1961

President Kennedy, reopened his press conference after it was over to make a special pleas for physical fitness, urged every school in the country to provide its students with fifteen minutes of vigorous exercise each day. (1:5) – July 20, 1961

An Administration program to provide $180,000,000 in grants to help states, communities and nonprofit organizations improve their health service facilities was approved by the House. (16:2) – July 26, 1961

The 100,000 voluntary health and welfare agencies in the nation were warned to clarify their financial reports. (1:2) – July 31, 1961

The President’s proposal for health care for the aged under the Social Security program was endorsed by Gov. David Lawrence of Pennsylvania. The Governor said the need had not been met by private insurance companies. (22:7) – August 1, 1961

Kennedy pleads for greater fitness in youth. (37) – September 5, 1961

In a joint Statement, President Kennedy and Prime Minister Macmillan expressed "deepest regret" over Mr. Khrushchev’s reply. They said it contrasted sharply with Moscow’s "repeated expressions of concern as to the health hazards of such testing." (1:6-7) – September 10, 1961

The Public Health Service announced that fall-out from Soviet nuclear tests had increased the amount of radioactive iodine 131 in milk and fresh foods in certain area of the United States. But health officials said the fall-out "does not warrant undue public concern." (1:8) – October 13, 1961