Preventing Childhood Obesity
With the support of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, MALDEF is working to eliminate childhood obesity in Latino communities nationwide. Through advocacy and community outreach efforts, MALDEF is shedding light on this public health crisis. Over the next few years, MALDEF will work to educate policymakers at the federal, state and local level about the need for cultural competence and public resource equity in our food policy programs and legislative proposals that are aimed at addressing the broad issue of childhood obesity prevention. Our aim is to:
- Identify state and local laws and ordinances that are effective in addressing childhood obesity disparities;
- Educate school boards and city and state governments regarding the ways in which Latino youth are impacted by the obesity crisis;
- Draft model policies and legislation that dismantle language and other barriers to accessing healthy food choices; and
- Build relationships with community-based and other organizations engaged in childhood obesity prevention work.
MALDEF wants to ensure that Latino families have access to affordable healthy food choices, grocery stores, and farmers markets; that students have healthy food options and engage in adequate physical activity in schools; and that children can play outdoors in recreational areas and parks because it is safe and the infrastructure exists in their neighborhoods to be able to do so.
This video is reproduced here with written permission from Salud America! The RWJF Network to Prevent Obesity Among Latino Children (http://www.salud-america.org).
i. Ogden, C.L., Carroll, M.D., Curtin, L.R., Lamb, M.M., and Flegal, K.M. (2010). Prevalence of high body mass index in US children and adolescents, 2007-2008. JAMA. 303(3):242-249.
ii. Ogden CL, Carroll MD and Flegal KM. “High Body Mass Index for Age Among US Children and Adolescents, 2003-2006.” Journal of the American Medical Association, 299(20):2401-2405, May 2008.
iii. Narayan KMV, Boyle JP, Thompson T J, et al. “Lifetime Risk for Diabetes Mellitus in the United States.” Journal of the American Medical Association, 290(14):1884-1890, October 2003.