At a family reunion that I recently attended, I was approached by one of my distant cousins with a revelation that immediately stopped me in my tracks: “I need to lose weight.” What was troubling about the statement is that these words were spoken by a self-doubting, weight-appropriate, eight-year-old child. While the health consequences of being obese – heart disease, stroke, diabetes – are dire, a recent journal article in Pediatrics suggests that overweight children who have lost a considerable amount of weight are at an increased risk of developing eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia later in life.
One in three teenage girls who have dropped out of high school give pregnancy or parenthood as the key reason. Once they leave, only half of them complete their high school education by age 22, compared with 90 percent of their non-parenting peers.
Food insecurity is a major concern for millions across the country and federal assistance remains a political divisive issue. Recently, House Republicans proposed to cut $40 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)—formerly known as food stamps—thrusting the program back into the spotlight in Washington.
Gender job segregation is the practice of filling certain occupations with mostly male or mostly female workers. Today, 40 percent of women work in jobs that are three-fourths female or more and 45 percent of men work in jobs that are more than three-fourths male. Job segregation is the main cause of the wage gap between men and women because jobs that employ women pay somewhere between 5-19 percent less than ones that employ men.
Up to five million people who use food stamps are at risk of losing those benefits due to changes proposed by Congress to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), according to a new report from the Health Impact Project (HIP). Here are three reasons why you should be outraged about this.
Hathaway Ferebee has served as Executive Director of the Safe and Sound Campaign since its inception in 1996. The Campaign builds sustainable funding for opportunities for Baltimore’s children, youth and families. Through community organizing and public private financial contracts, the Campaign has enabled the reallocation of millions state dollars from programs that don’t work to those that do.
Papua New Guinea (PNG) is a small country in the south Pacific not too far from Australia’s northern-most tip. It’s fascinating and beautiful, made up of more than 600 islands and 800 languages. A full 86% of the population lives in rural areas, many nowhere near even a dirt road. In our world of rapid urbanization and homogenization, this is almost unheard of.
Daniela Lewy began her career 15 years ago as an experiential educator taking K-12 students on mountaineering expeditions in Alaska, cultural exchanges in Africa, and semesters abroad in the Himalayas. She recognized that these life-changing opportunities were unjustly limited to affluent students.