Where a child lives can have tremendous impact on his or her health. And far too many children of color live in communities that are isolated from fresh foods, safe streets and parks for play and exercise. Such conditions place them at higher risk for obesity.
“We have to make sure that no one is left behind,” says Angela Glover Blackwell, founder and CEO of PolicyLink and National Advisory Board chair for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center to Prevent Childhood Obesity. In a conversation about the childhood obesity epidemic, Glover Blackwell stresses that “the equity agenda—just and fair inclusion—is America’s agenda, and it applies to health as well.”