NuMoves: Nutrition Literacy Campaign in Kansas City, Kansas

What Is NuMoves?

Whether we’d like to admit it or not, malnutrition in our city’s youth is a real problem that affects children now and later as adults. It’s a deep and complicated issue that needs to be addressed sensitively. The root causes point to ever-rising barriers to many in this land of plenty, poverty, lack of access to healthy foods, and low wages, to name a few.

In Kansas, 30.2% of children ages 10-17 are diagnosed as obese, leaving them at risk for early onset diabetes – a disability that will affect them their entire lives. This number spikes substantially in households of lower income. The result is a startling increase in adult-onset diabetes as early as 9 years of age, hypertension in teenagers, vitamin deficiencies, poor dental health, and a looming future for chronic disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 86% of the health care dollars in this country are for treatment of chronic disease – most of which is preventable.

So what can be done about it?

NuMoves is an initiative by the girls of Young Women on the Move to give voice to our youth to advocate and educate for healthier lifestyles among our city’s youth and families. We believe that, if given the chance, today’s youth will rise to the challenge to question and then breakthrough the barriers they face. The challenge is real! Today, for the first time in the history of our nation, our youth are facing a shorter lifespan than their parents. The girls of Young Women on the Move want to reverse this trend. They have begun a personal journey to live healthy and to empower their peers and families to do the same.

You’ve heard that it’s important to eat healthy, but why?
According to Feeding America, pregnant women who experience malnutrition and food insecurity are far more likely to experience birth complications, low birth weight in the infants, and can severely stunt the development process in the early years of life, which are among the most important years in long-term development.

But it doesn’t just stop there. Food insecurity increases likelihood to need hospitalization and experience chronic health conditions such as diabetes, asthma and anemia. These are expensive to treat and never go away. It makes it harder to focus in school, learn, participate in activities, and increases likelihood of behavioral problems.

Health is about more than food. It is mental, physical, and even spiritual.

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