Food Security Protects Minnesota Children’s Health

Marking the first in a series of five briefs on food insecurity in U.S. cities, Children’s HealthWatch published a new Policy Action Brief: Food Security Protects Minnesota Children’s Health.

This brief presents new Children’s HealthWatch data, which shows young children in in food-insecure Minnesota families are at greater risk of poor health, have mothers who are more likely to be in poor health and to experience depressive symptoms, and are at greater risk of being overweight compared  to young children in food-secure Minnesota families.

Investing in access to and quality of nutrition programs reduces societal healthcare and education costs for Minnesota.  By recognizing and addressing food insecurity as a pressing public health issue, we can act to protect the health and well-being of the state’s youngest children – and ensure a brighter future for all.