- Too many of our nation's children are overweight and out of shape, leading to a host of childhood health problems including an explosion in the incidence of type II diabetes.
- Although studies have shown conclusively that quality pre-school programs narrow the achievement gap between low-income students and their middle class peers, these programs remain out of reach for most at-risk families.
- Childhood health problems, such as autoimmune disorders and learning disabilities, are on the rise. We are likely to see the numbers continue to increase unless we determine the causes.
- Kids need real food. We cannot allow industry to control the conversation on childhood nutrition. We need to closely examine the additives that manufacturers put into the foods our kids eat. Fresh fruits and vegetables are more expensive than processed foods. Low-income parents need access to and information about good childhood nutrition. Safe communities encourage parents to allow outdoor play. A vibrant system of parks and outdoor recreation provides families with healthy and enjoyable opportunities for exercise.
- We must make quality pre-schools accessible to all. They offer the best opportunity for low-income children to become successful students and productive adults.
- Medical research into childhood diseases must continue unfettered. Recent increases in autism, autoimmune disorders and other health problems may be early warnings of bigger problems to come. If modern food production methods and lifestyle changes are damaging our children's health, the time to act is now.