Educators, policymakers and government officials have been working tirelessly to improve the academic achievement of America’s children at the local, state and national level. Yet drastic budget cuts, larger classroom sizes, a shortage of quality teachers and a failing physical infrastructure of aging school buildings all contribute to the challenges faced when addressing the improvement of our children’s academic success. There is no one size fits all solution for this very big problem.
As new studies raise doubts about whether people actually choose healthier options at fast food restaurants when menus show calorie counts, news reports are quick to call menu labeling laws a failure.
Laquandra Nesbitt discusses how environmental policy solutions can address issues of childhood obesity and other health problems in African American communities. The Live Well DC program is part of a comprehensive socio-economic approach to boosting health and wellness in communities in the D.C. area.
Ray Lewis, Baltimore Ravens Linebacker, discusses Hope Center concept of providing a place where former NFL players can mentor youth and get involved in the health of minority communities.
Working with health care organizations and communities, The Center for Health Disparities Solutions finds innovative ways to improve the health of people of color and positively affect national healthcare policy.
Afya Ibomu discusses her book The Vegan Soulfood Guide to the Galaxy as well as childhood obesity and the health of African Americans. The book offers great recipes containing foods that are common in traditional soulfood.
Ray Lewis, Baltimore Ravens Linebacker discusses how his foundation helps at-risk youth and focuses on the health of African Americans.
Maya Rockeymore interviews Brian Smedley and discusses healthcare reform and issues of healthcare disparities among racial and ethnic minority populations. Reducing health disparities is essential to create health equity and strengthen the nation’s economic health overall.
Rich Hamburg, Director of Government Relations at Trust for America’s Health, discusses the difference between primary prevention and clinical prevention, cutting healthcare costs by preventing disease before it occurs and healthcare reform and policy surrounding these issues.