One in three kids in the U.S. is considered overweight; one in four is obese. Besides leading to lifelong health problems putting them at heightened risk for stroke, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and some cancers, it can also lead to depression, behavioral and learning problems, and lower self-confidence.
The Children's Foundation has awarded a number of grants toward nutritional wellness and is dedicated to advancing the health and well-being of children in our region through philanthropic support and community partnerships.
When living in poverty, like 60% of children in Flint, Mich.*, access to healthy food can be a challenge. As a result, poor diet and nutrition can lead to health and behavioral issues including obesity, diabetes, attention deficit disorder, and more. The Children's Foundation supports Hurley Medical Center's Food FARMacy which exists to simultaneously improve patient health conditions and address overwhelming food insecurity in the Flint area.