Is healthy an option for kids? Make it an option!

DhheadshotDave Hartman, Social Media Specialist

Washington, D.C. 

March 22, 2012


We gathered more than 90 kids this past week in Washington D.C. as part of our 10th annual Advocacy Summit. The kids met with their members of Congress and wrote blog posts, made videos and visual media to help spread the word about the nutrition crisis that children are facing around the world. Here’s what they had to say:

Imagine looking at a banana and not knowing what it was. This is how Colby felt before he joined Save the Children’s after school program. Colby is one of 3.6 million kids that live in “food deserts,” areas where there is no fresh food.

Thanks to Save the Children’s after school program each year, 16,500 children, like Colby, have an opportunity to be exposed to healthy foods. However, there is still more work to be done! Children living in remote and rural areas have to drive twenty or more miles to a grocery store, or have to shop for all their food at a local gas station.

 

Save the Children held their 10th annual Advocacy Summit to inform and give youth tools to influence friends, family, and members of Congress to address this malnutrition epidemic. How can you help? Call your local member of Congress and tell them to protect funding for critical nutrition and health programs for children in the United States and around the world. Congressmen aren’t scary! Give them a call.


 

  Check out these personal messages from the authors of this post:

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“I came to the Advocacy Day because I feel that awareness of global issues like malnutrition is the first step to making changes to how Congress responds to the massive funding needs.” ~ Chris Bertaut – Garland, TX

 

Photo (26)“I am interested in the issue of malnutrition in America because I feel that even though America is supposed to be this great power where everything is possible and the people are healthy, malnutrition is a preventable problem that is being ignored by this country’s leaders.  I have been taught to expect more from US.” ~Elena Crouch – Chevy Chase, MD

 

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“I came to the Save the Children summit to be a part of the solution to ending malnutrition in children around the world.  I am being a voice to the voiceless and lending help to the helpless.” ~ Helena McCraw, Chicago, IL

 

Photo (25)“I came to Save the Children’s youth advocacy day because I am doing work around food justice and this will give me the opportunity to learn more about malnutrition. I feel like our country is falling and there needs to be a change!” ~George Walley-Sephes, Philadelphia, PA

 Join these youth advocates, click here to urge Congress to make child nutrition a priority  

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  1. Great article and an excellent cause, though the correct nutrition and dietary advice is paramount. Subjecting children to the usual misinformed advice around ‘low-fat’, ‘five-a-day’, ‘wholegrain’, ‘eat less and exercise more’has got us where we are today. What’s needed is radically different from what’s commonly understood about ‘healthy eating’. Paleo Works provides all this.

  2. It is sad to see how our children are the ones suffering the most worldwide. It is not only due to hunger but even due to the lack of vaccines and clean water. Awareness will help to make a real difference in everyone’s heart! Mother Theresa was so right, “If you can’t feed a hundred people, then just feed one.”

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  3. My name is Ruth Maboyi a teacher by profession and a mother of two. Youmay want to invite me to this programme to teach and give advice to the girlchild free of charge. My email is muleya@aucegypt.edu

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