BENEFITING: Atlanta Community Food Bank
EVENT DATE: Nov 28, 2013
One in four kids in Georgia lives in a food insecure household, meaning they don't know where their next meal is coming from. And, more than one in three kids in Georgia is overweight or obese. Food insecurity, obesity, chronic diseases, school performance, and therefore poor lifelong health are connected. Healthy foods cost more and are harder to get. Kids who go eat poorly do worse in school. Kids who do worse in school don't graduate, and are at higher lifelong risk of chronic diseases. "Impossible problem," you say.
Here's how you make a small difference-- I get up on Thanksgiving day and run 13.1 miles in the cold and the dark, and all you have to do to eat your turkey with a little less guilt is donate the money you might spend on an extra dinner out or that second pie to this fundraiser. One dollar in donations to the Food Bank buys more than 9 dollars in groceries.
And, for my very picky and nerdy public health friends who insist on system change (sheesh you guys are a tough audience!), you are also helping by enabling me to start to build a relationship with the Food Bank, through which I hope to support them in my job in adopting additional strategies that promote healthful eating and physical activity among the people they serve.