• Food additives have been scientifically and conclusively linked to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
• We are now eating 31 percent more calories than we were forty years ago- including 56 percent more fats and oils and 14 percent more sugars and sweeteners.
• The average American elementary-age child receives only 3.4 hours of food education per year. Less than most children watch TV each day.
• Students who participate in breakfast programs have higher standardized test scores, fewer absences, reduced tardiness, improved attentiveness, better behavior and lower risks of obesity.
• Salad bars in schools reduce cholesterol, saturated fat, and total fat intake among lonw-incoe households.
• Childhood diseases of environmental origin cost Americans $54.9 billion annually.
• US Agriculture uses 1.2 billion pounds of pesticides each year; roughly 5 lbs for every American.
• Asthma is the number one cause of absenteeism in the NYC public schools. Many industrial-strength cleaners used in schools contain asthmagens (asthma triggers).
- New York State Department of Health
• Compared with Children nationwide NYC students are more likely to be obese (21% v. 17%) and overweight (18% v. 14%)
• The generation of Americans born in the year 2000 is the first in history to have a shorter life expectancy than its parents.
• One in three U.S. children born in the year 2000 could develop Type 2 Diabetes during their lifetimes.
• Eight to 18-year old adolescents spend an average of 7.5 hours a day using entertainment media, including, TV, computers, video games, cell phones and movies, and only one-third of high school students get the recommended levels of physical activity.
• Improved diet and physical activity are more effective than medication in reducing the occurrence of Type 2 diabetes.