The foundation seeks to find breakthrough solutions that enable individuals to break the cycle of poverty and to catalyze powerful, systems-level shifts that open broader access to quality education and childhood health supports. 2011 & 2012 were watershed years in our development.
In urban environments, fighting for childhood health is a lot more complex than pushing the kids off the couch. We need to look to a broad range of actions to address the environmental causes of childhood obesity in urban environments.
Bodh’s approach to community involvement in schools, its innovative, child-focused curriculum, and its more recent work in developing and testing assessments in line with the government’s the Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) initiative, have provided pioneering solutions to some of the longstanding challenges facing public schooling in India.
The nature of the contracts we put in place is critical to ensuring the creation of a strong sector. School operators need the freedom to innovate to meet the needs of their communities, and government authorizers need a clear mandate to close schools that fail to deliver adequate academic growth.
As we move into a new era of treating obesity as a disease, doctors face a tough challenge: discussing obesity without increasing patients’ feelings of stigma. Concrete new guidelines will help; a whole family approach and a little empathy can’t hurt either.
In the US and increasingly across the world, hunger and obesity are two sides of the same coin. Both are highly correlated to poverty; both have potentially devastating implications for children’s well-being.
Where does responsibility for childhood obesity sit? In our obesegenic environment, it’s impossible to peg any one force as THE key contributor. But surely, if there’s one thing we know, it’s that food, beverage, restaurant and even entertainment companies all contribute… and that they should be held accountable for doing more to address the problem.