Help Break the Cycle of Poor Health
By Shane Power, President of Watertree Health…
1 in 8 Americans (that’s 46 million people!) don’t have enough food or are forced to choose less expensive foods that are less nutritious. For adults, this may lead to Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and obesity. For children, it’s harder to learn and grow on an empty stomach. They’re also more likely to develop anemia and asthma.
Unfortunately, these same people are likely unable to take their medications as prescribed due to cost.In a study conducted by Food Banks across the country, it was discovered that nearly 65% of their clients report choosing between paying for food or medicine/medical care in the past year—31 percent make this decision every month.
Once this cycle of poor diet, poor medication compliance and then poor health starts, it can be very hard to stop it.
Sadly, the most vulnerable populations in our society may be at a greater risk of hunger than others. 1 in 6 children live in a household where it’s a challenge to put food on the table. Nearly 6 million seniors face hunger day in and day out.
You may even know someone who doesn’t get enough to eat. They could be your next-door neighbor, a student in your child’s class or even someone you work with may be struggling to find their next meal.
September is Feeding America’s Hunger Action Month. Please spread the word about the hunger crisis in America. We’ve got to break the cycle of poor health caused by food insecurity that is so prevalent in America. Please take action by:
- Volunteering your time and talents
- Advocating to end hunger
- Or giving to help kids and families in need
To learn more about Watertree Health’s program benefitting Feeding America’s key regional food banks, which has provided 2.4 million meals to-date, click here: http://www.watertreehealthcard.com/food-bank/.