Closing the Disparity Gap in Healthy Living

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One of the biggest threat to our youth population is obesity which then will lead to other chronic disease indicators overtime. I see that as one of the largest threats, and one that I think we're starting to gain some attraction on. We're trying to create some policies and systems that really address that from a school base perspective we're moving the needle.

We're starting to recognize that wherever a child is, we need to disrupt the environment to be a healthier place. What we need to do is think about how we place grocery stores or our stores that have access to healthier products closer into neighborhood that currently don't have access to those healthier food so that it becomes possible to both walk and carry heavier items like fruits and vegetables.

We need to think about how we leverage and incentive price point changes so that the healthier options become the more affordable options. And we need to also think about how we provide families easy and quick way to prepare healthy meals, so that the convenient factor is on par or close to on par with going out to eat and going to first service restuarant.

We know that it's important to engage consumers, engage kids and families in particular looking at the issue of obesity from an upstream perspective, and thinking about how they can incorporate physical activities, healthy eating, a healthy lifestyle behaviours living with their families relies within kind of early childhood and beyond, it really establishes healthy habits soon.

There need to be policies and systems in place that support those type of changes. So, we've been seeing some really great attraction around our school health and wellness policies. We're seeing schools incorporate more physical activity before during and after school. We're seeing schools change out what's available at breakfast and lunch.

Change what's available in the venting machine, and we need business and corporations to also think about how they can be part of the solution. In some ways, our success is going to be part a kid on a fail often fail fast model, and really shifting, and I think as much as health care is shifting, it's also how health care does business that needs to shift, and to really look at how to innovate quickly, scale quickly and abandon quickly things aren't working.

Well, reducing the health iniquity and disparity gap and preventable health outcomes is audacious. We feel like we can move the needle. We feel like there're things we can do through building partnerships with corporations with philanthropy, with academia, with the NGO community both at the national and community level.

We can really move the needle and start to shift the tide so that healthier choices become more accessible, that more people take advantage of the healthier choices that are available to them.