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Kids Who Suffer Hunger In First Years Lag Behind Their Peers In School

Growing up in a hungry household in the first couple of years of life can hurt how well a child performs in school years later, according to a new study. An estimated 13.1 million children live in homes with insufficient food, according to the most recent figures from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Many of […]

Food As Medicine: Rethinking Hunger Relief As Health Care

While it may seem obvious that a diet rich in fruits and vegetables is good for people’s health, it’s only recently that food banks and other hunger relief groups, as well as a growing number of startups, are explicitly thinking of themselves as part of the health care system. At the same time, health care […]

Dr. Deborah Frank featured on Add Passion and Stir Podcast

Children’s HealthWatch founder and Principal Investigator, Dr. Deborah Frank, explained the developmental, medical and behavioral dangers of malnutrition and our work at the Boston Medical Center Grow Clinic on the Add Passion and Stir Podcast with Boston chef Ming Tsai (Blue Ginger, Blue Dragon) and Share Our Strength founder Billy Shore. Check it out! https://www.facebook.com/AddPassionStir

Toolkit helps pediatricians address food insecurity in families

The AAP and the Food Research & Action Center (FRAC) jointly released a new toolkit, “Addressing Food Insecurity: A Toolkit for Pediatricians,” a comprehensive resource on how to identify and address childhood food insecurity. This kit provides specific information on how to: screen patients for food insecurity, address the topic in a sensitive manner, make […]

Hospitals target nutrition, other social needs to boost health

Tom Shicowich “really, really, really liked Coca-Cola” before he began a new nutrition program targeting his Type 2 diabetes and weight. Being on a “very tight budget,” he couldn’t afford the fruit and vegetables he cut up for a living at his part-time grocery store job. Dinner was often a pizza or fast food meal he picked up on […]

Association of Food Insecurity with Children’s Behavioral, Emotional, and Academic Outcomes: A Systematic Review

ABSTRACT: Objective: Food Insecurity (FI) occurs in 21% of families with children and adolescents in the United States, but the potential developmental and behavioral implications of this prevalent social determinant of health have not been comprehensively elucidated. This systematic review aims to examine the association between FI and childhood developmental and behavioral outcomes in western […]

The war on childhood hunger. In Boston. In 2016.

Dr. Deborah A. Frank met Duvon Haughton when he was 10 months old, rushed to Boston Medical Center with an infection. The baby weighed a scant 14 pounds, roughly the weight expected for a 3-month-old. “He was lying on the bed, floppy-looking,” recalled Frank, founder and director of the hospital’s Grow Clinic. The youngest of […]

Hidden Food Stress in the United States

A family sits around a table enjoying dinner. There is enough food tonight so that everyone in the household will go to bed well-fed, but the mother lies awake wondering how she will afford next week’s groceries. This experience of stress is hidden to those around her. She knows that her children need nutritious foods […]

What if… the United States decided to proactively alleviate food insecurity?

What if… the Unites States decided to proactively alleviate food insecurity? Finally, after years of sluggish, uncertain growth following the Great Recession, the United States economy appears to have surged in 2015. Two recently released annual reports from the USDA on household food security and the Census Bureau on income, poverty and health insurance tell […]