No matter where children live, learn, or play, they need—and deserve—the opportunity to lead a healthy life. While progress is being made in states across the country to help children grow up healthy, in many neighborhoods, there is still a long way to go. Even as states and cities see more children achieving a healthy weight, the reality is racial disparities persist. In order to accelerate progress, we need to tip the scales further to health equity by creating the opportunity for everyone to be healthier, especially those whose obstacles are the greatest.
A new campaign—Every Child Needs—is shedding light on what communities and schools need to create healthy environments to help children succeed. Twenty organizations that are improving nutrition and increasing physical activity among children are working together to underscore that every child needs a healthy start, healthy schools, and healthy communities in order to build a foundation for a healthy future.