The First 5 Years of Life, Critical to Health Equity

In May 2018, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation released a report entitled, “Early Childhood is Critical to Health Equity.”  As defined in the report, health equity means that “everyone has a fair and just opportunity to be as healthy as possible.” As stated in this report, it says that the conditions in the first five years Continue reading

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

Approximately one-third of children in the United States are overweight or obese. Childhood obesity puts kids at risk for life-threatening and costly health problems like type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease. The problem is not distributed evenly across the population: childhood obesity among preschoolers is more prevalent among children of color and Continue reading

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The American Heart Association’s New Recommendations on Added Sugar for Children

Last week the journal Circulation published the American Heart Association’s scientific statement “Added Sugars and Cardiovascular Disease Risk in Children”. They’ve taken a bold new position on sugar consumption: children should consume less than 6 teaspoons of “added sugars” a day, and drink no more than 8 ounces of sugary beverages a week. Bolder still, Continue reading

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Meet Our Partners – Katharine Mason

We want you to get to know the people who make Healthy & Active Before 5 the powerful collaboration that it is. In this series, we’ll be speaking with members of our Executive Committee and other partners who bring unique perspectives on early childhood health to our table. Today we’re speaking with Katharine Mason, Division Continue reading