Obesity and poor nutrition are taking a toll on America’s children. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), childhood obesity rates have almost tripled since 1980. Weight-related health issues such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and Type 2 diabetes – which used to be almost exclusively adult problems – are also on the rise among the young.
Poor and minority children, who generally experience worse health and have a harder time getting good health care, are more likely to be obese.
The Starting Right Initiative works to prevent, treat and reverse childhood obesity and malnutrition in low-income communities. This program has achieved long-lasting results, helping families improve diet and exercise and giving children a healthier start.
Starting Right aims to empower children and their families through clinical care, health education, mental health support and community services, including:
The initiative has also supported
In 2011, Walmart Foundation funding enabled the Children's Health Fund to replicate or continue the services of the Starting Right Initiative at seven project locations in our National Network including: