HUNGER IS A REAL PROBLEM IN THE US. 12.4 MILLION CHILDREN ARE AT RISK OF HUNGER IN AMERICA — THAT’S 1 IN 6. TOGETHER, WE CAN PUT AN END TO THIS
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Another article highlights the issue of hunger and children in the summers. This comments that Montgomery County reaches 86% of eligible students with its summer program, while the national average is 18%. 18% is abominable, but even 86% means that many children are going hungry in the summer….
‘Hunger Doesn’t Take a Summer Break’ – washingtonpost.com
Despite a recent history of constant welfare numbers and even declines in some states, the flailing economy has finally resulted in a sharp increase in welfare numbers, according to the Wall Street Journal. Washington State is in the category of greatest percentage increase.
In part 1, Ken Meter, of Crossroads Resource Center, defines what constitutes a strong local food economy, and how farming has evolved since the 1930’s. Meter, a consultant who specializes in helping strengthen local communities, says more people want to know where their food comes from, and how it’s produced. Industrialization of the food system, and the problems of food safety, and a long list of other problems has reinvigorated communities across America to evaluate how they may build and promote their own local food economies. The benefits can be substantial to the local environment, local economy, and culture.
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Highly-trained chefs are giving up high-paying careers serving the wealthy in order to work in shelters and addiction programs, teaching the skills of the kitchen and of life to people who need it most. This reminds FamilyWorks of our local version: FareStart. Check it out and support the recovery, job skills training, and delicious food they have to offer!
See how Beyonce is helping fight hunger – and join the cause if you can!
CDC addresses six critical types of adolescent health behavior that research shows contribute to the leading causes of death and disability among adults and youth. Other important issues that affect children and adolescents are also addressed.
These behaviors usually are established during childhood, persist into adulthood, are inter-related, and are preventable. In addition to causing serious health problems, these behaviors also contribute to the educational and social problems that confront the nation, including failure to complete high school, unemployment, and crime.
During the transition from childhood to adulthood, adolescents establish patterns of behavior and make lifestyle choices that affect both their current and future health.
On average, in a classroom of 30 children, about three are likely to have asthma. About 5.6 million school-aged children and youth are reported to currently have asthma, and asthma is one of the leading causes of school absenteeism.
The prevalence of obesity among children ages 6 to 11 has more than doubled in the past 20 years, going from 6.5% in 1980 to 17.0% in 2006. Several chronic disease risk factors are related to childhood overweight and obesity, including high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Additionally, obese young people have a great likelihood of becoming obese adults and developing diseases associated with adulthood, such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
Crisis Preparedness & Response
Preparation is the responsibility of every school, community, and state. Should an event or threat occur or be suspected, every staff member should know how to respond based on protocols or community-based plans established in advance in collaboration with public health and first responder agencies.
Food allergies are an abnormal immune response to certain foods that the body reacts to as harmful. Each year food allergies cause 30,000 cases of anaphylaxis, 2,000 hospitalizations, and 150 deaths. The best method for managing food allergies is prevention by avoiding any foods that trigger a reaction.
Educating students, families, and school staff on simple but effective food safety measures can help prevent the approximately 76 million cases of foodborne illness that are reported in the United States annually, resulting in an average of 325,000 hospitalizations and 5,000 deaths. Food safety is especially important in schools, because each day more than 27 million children get their lunch through the National School Lunch Program. Furthermore, educating students in school about food safety can help them build good food safety habits that last a lifetime.
In the United States different racial and ethnic populations, as well as sexual minority populations, suffer disproportionately from preventable diseases and conditions, many of which result from health-related behaviors that are established during childhood and adolescence.
Mental health is an under-recognized serious health problem. An estimated 21% of young people in the United States between the ages 9 and 17 have diagnosable emotional or behavioral health disorders, but less than a third get help for these problems.
Noise-Induced Hearing Loss
Hearing loss can result from damage to structures and/or nerve fibers in the inner ear that respond to sound. This type of hearing loss, termed “noise-induced hearing loss,” is usually caused by exposure to excessively loud sounds and cannot be medically or surgically corrected. An estimated 12.5% of children and adolescents aged 6-19 years (approximately 5.2 million) and 17% of adults aged 20-69 years (approximately 26 million) have suffered permanent damage to their hearing from excessive exposure to noise.
The most common form of cancer in the United States is skin cancer. Skin cancer is a preventable disease, as exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays appears to be the most important environmental factor. Schools are in a good position to encourage children to develop sun protection habits.
Registries of Effective Programs lists federally-sponsored registries that include programs with evidence of effectiveness in reducing youth risk behaviors.
Sleep and Sleep Disorders This site provides information regarding sleep disorders, the relationship between sleep and chronic disease, injury, and other health outcomes; sleep time recommendations; links to national sleep organizations; and additional resources.
Steps to a HealthierUS is an initiative from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that advances the goal of helping Americans live longer, better, and healthier lives. The Steps Cooperative Agreement Program funds 40 communities nationwide to implement school and other community-based programs that address obesity, diabetes, and asthma, as well as their related risk behaviors: physical inactivity, poor nutrition, and tobacco use.