Today, 16 million children face hunger in the United States and one in three are overweight or obese. Since 1980, obesity rates have tripled among children ages 8 to 12, putting them at risk for asthma, heart disease, diabetes and other chronic health conditions that were once only associated with adults.
Many communities across the country, particularly under-resourced communities, may lack convenient, affordable choices for fresh food. When it’s easier and cheaper to pick up a meal at a fast-food restaurant than it is to get to a grocery store for fresh, healthy foods that may be out of a family’s weekly budget, the choice of what to serve for dinner is often limited.
Common Threads’ curriculum has been designed to be accessible and affordable, so that all participants can make healthy choices.