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Obesity, OCD, Premature Birth, Sickle Cell Anemia

   Obesity - A poor diet and lack of exercise have contributed to an epidemic in childhood obesity, which affects 1 in 6 kids. (National Institutes of Health) In the past 20 years, the prevalence of obesity among children aged 6-11 has more than doubled, and more than tripled for 12-19 year olds.  (JAMA in CDC) Read more


   OCD - Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, or OCD, affects approximately 2.2 million adults; one-third developed symptoms as children.  OCD is an anxiety disorder characterized by persistent, unwelcome thoughts and/or repetitive behaviors, and can also be accompanied by eating disorders, other anxiety disorders, or depression. (National Institute of Mental Health, NIH)  Read more

   Premature Birth - Nearly 1 in 8 babies are born premature.  This is an increase of 36 percent in the last 25 years.  (March of Dimes) Read more


   Sickle Cell Anemia - Sickle cell anemia occurs in approximately 1 in every 500 African American births and 1 out of every 36,000 Hispanic American births. It is a condition in which red blood cells can become sickle-shaped and block blood flow.  (National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute - National Institutes of HealthRead more