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Children In Poverty, Chronic Diseases, Diabetes, Infant Mortality

   Children in Poverty - Approximately 1 in 5 children ages 0–17 live in poverty. (Federal Interagency Forum on Child & Family Statistics, 2009Read more

   Chronic Diseases - Chronic diseases kill twice the number of people than all infectious diseases (including HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria), maternal and perinatal conditions, and nutritional deficiencies combined.  There are three well-established and well-known causes for most chronic diseases: unhealthy diet, physical inactivity and tobacco use. Conditions before birth and during childhood affect health during adult life.  (World Health Organization)  Read more...


   Diabetes - One in every 400 to 500 American children and adolescents has type 1 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes, once known as adult-onset diabetes, is now becoming more common among children and adolescents. Approximately 15,000 youth (under age 20) in the United States are newly diagnosed with type 1 diabetes annually, and about 3,700 youth are newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes annually.   (CDC) Read more...


   Infant Mortality - In the U.S., there are 8 child deaths per 1,000 live births.  Although the under-5 mortality rate in the United States has fallen in recent decades, 40 countries performed better than the US in this category.  (Save the Children, State of the World’s Mothers 2011Read more