October 26, 2021
A Closer Look: Spotlight on Child Health and Nutrition
Ensuring access to adequate, nutritious foods and beverages is a key component of supporting children’s physical, cognitive, and emotional growth and development. Yet childhood food access is far from guaranteed in the United States, and racial and ethnic inequities persist. In 2020, 1 out of 6 children in the US were living in food-insecure households, and Black, Latino, Native American, Asian America and Pacific Islander children were twice as likely as white children to experience food insecurity.
To raise awareness of contributing factors and potential solutions to this issue, Healthier Generation developed a spotlight issue brief in collaboration with Feeding America’s Health Equity Action League (HEAL) for Hunger Action Month. The brief describes the intersection of child hunger, health, and nutrition, and suggests actions that organizations and individuals can take to advance health equity and ensure all children have a fair opportunity to live healthy lives.