The single most important predictor of a child’s overall health is his or her economic situation. What if we could offer children living in disadvantaged neighborhoods a vacation from their tough lives? Through The Fresh Air Fund, you can. The Fresh Air Fund is a not-for-profit agency that pairs disadvantaged children from New York’s inner city with host families in suburban and rural areas in New York and surrounding states for a two week summer vacation.
Are you interested in opening your home and your heart to a child in need? There is no financial requirement to host a child. Click here to find out if you’re eligible to host.
If you decide to host a child, please contact me and let me know about it!
The United States is facing an unprecedented crisis in public health. Americans are more ill than they have ever been in history. Recent studies predict that by 2020, more than 80 percent of American men and more than 70 percent of American women will be overweight or obese. Not only are Americans as a population more ill than they have ever been, but the neediest among us are suffering most of all.
The disparity in health among social classes is growing rapidly. The gap in premature death rates between the poorest and richest Americans has almost doubled since 1980. This disparity begins in the womb — low socioeconomic status is strongly linked to low birthweight — and the disadvantages continue throughout life. In 2009, 600,000 of Chicago’s 3 million residents lived in urban neighborhoods with limited or no access to fresh fruits and vegetables. Fortunately, new studies are pulling back the curtain on food deserts, and challenging the old assumption that poor people choose unhealthy food voluntarily. In reality, they often do not have access to healthier options. In America today, the best predictor of health is social class.
Food is one part of the health equation, but it is only one part. Wellness is about more than diet and exercise. It’s about our daily patterns and activities. It’s about exposure to toxins and chemicals. It’s about education, and awareness.
WELLNESS & EQUALITY is a progressive health blog. Health, at it’s core, is simple. Our modern world, however, is complex; simple, natural living has become nearly impossible without thoughtful effort. The goals of this blog are to bring awareness to contemporary health concerns, including health-related inequalities, and to encourage a conversation about how we can alter the fate of millions of Americans — including ourselves.