Today about 1 in 3 children and youth (ages 2-19) in the United States are already overweight or obese. Overweight kids are more likely to become overweight adults. Some experts believe that if obesity among kids continues to increase at this rate, our current generation could become the first in American history to live shorter lives than their parents.
Schools are powerful places to shape the health, education and well-being of our children. Students often consume up to 50 percent of their daily calories at school. This makes the school meal one of the clearest avenues to positively impact the health and nutrition of America’s youth. The Alliance for a Healthier Generation, a national non-profit founded by the American Heart Association and William J. Clinton Foundation, is working to increase the access of healthier school meals to students across the country.
Groundbreaking agreements, brokered by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, have led to food manufacturers, group purchasing organizations and technology companies agreeing to help America’s schools serve healthier meals at more affordable prices.
As a result of these first-of-their-kind agreements more than 30 million students across the country will have access to healthier school meals – including at least 14 million students who currently participate in the free and reduced lunch program.
President Clinton and the Alliance are changing the landscape of school cafeterias across the country. Support their work to provide healthier school meals and ensure millions of young people have the opportunity to have long and healthy lives.