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The prevalence rate is 20.1%, with 413,400 current cases in adults. Diabetes is one of the most challenging health issues of the 21st Century.
International Diabetes Foundation. Puerto Rico. (02/04/22)
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Nutrition is one of the most important programs we teach at dev46. We believe teaching the science of food will allow the girls to understand how their bodies may interact to certain types of foods - in particular, hyper-palatable foods (high fat and sugar, i.e. cupcakes, chips) that can have negative effects on emotions. We want each of our students armed with the knowledge in how healthy eating fuels our guts and minds, fueling success.
Harvard T.H. Chan. School of Public Health. The Nutrition Source. Cravings. (n.d.)
Eating a variety of foods is not only enjoyable, but also important for a healthy balanced diet. Different foods have different nutrients, which are essential for keeping our bodies healthy. Macronutrients like carbohydrates, protein, and fat are important, as well as micronutrients like vitamins and minerals. And we know water is essential!
A healthy diet is important for children to learn about. In this video, they will learn about the different nutrients that are essential for their growth and development. Carbohydrates, proteins, vitamins, mineral salts and fats are all important for a balanced diet. Compilations like these we'll use in educating on food security and our health fun, hands-on and enriching. We love how our youngest minds absorb new information as out of this world!
Over 58% of Puerto Rico's children live below the poverty line. There is no one answer to why child poverty still exists. Some say it's because of their parents' conditions or the circumstances they live in. Others might argue that economic policies or social institutions are to blame. Past studies for the U.S. and Puerto Rico have agreed that the changing family structure to single parent households, particularly female head households, has been strongly associated with changes in poverty. We know a dual-income family affords better opportunities in food choices. Despite these statistics, and through your generous donations, we aim to build a world-class nutrition center. We are creating food-conscious individuals who will contribute to their sustainability and that of their families and community.
Open Access via Creative Common 3.0. (2013). A Study of County Child Poverty Rates in Puerto Rico: Does Space Matter? (ISSN: 2164–7070). Heidy Colón-Lugo & Corey S. Sparks.Lichter, D.T. & D.K. McLaughlin, 1995. "Changing Economic Opportunities, Family Structure, and Poverty in Rural Areas," Rural Sociology 60:688-706.