NAACP Partners with Local Schools to Fight Obesity
Schools from Wards 7 and 8 participate in launch
(Washington, DC) - On Tuesday, September 27, the NAACP will launch its Childhood Obesity Advocacy Guide to fight childhood obesity in African American communities. NAACP President Benjamin Todd Jealous, along with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and experts in the health field, will join students from Hendley Elementary School and Davis Elementary School to promote healthy living.
WHAT: Press conference announcing report of Childhood Obesity Advocacy Guide
WHO: NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous, NAACP Director of Health Programs Shavon Arline , President and Co-Founder of CommonHealth Action Natalie S. Burke
WHERE: Thurgood Marshall Center
1816 12th St. NW, Washington DC, 20009
WHEN: Tuesday, September 27th
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, conducting voter mobilization and monitoring equal opportunity in the public and private sectors.
It is time to address the injustices in the health care system, the higher rates of HIV infection among African Americans, and the lower quality and quantity of health resources in our communities.
While the U.S. is taking steps forward in the fight against HIV, nearly 50,000 people were diagnosed with the virus in 2013. Almost half of those diagnoses were among Black Americans – a crippling statistic for a community that has long endured worse health outcomes than any other racial or ethnic group in the U.S. This threat to the survival and well-being of our community is a social injustice, and it is our duty to speak out, take action, and inspire advocacy for the health equity needed to end HIV in Black America.
There are more than 21,000 Black Churches in the U.S., and with your help, there is potential to make a significant impact and inspire people to help put an end to the HIV epidemic in Black America.
Join the NAACP in recognizing NWGHAAD! Each year on this day, people are encouraged to join the fight against HIV/AIDS by recognizing its impact within the female population.