According to the 2007-2008 NHANES (National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey), obesity now affects 17% of all children and adolescents in the United States – triple the rate from just one generation ago. Americaâ€™s obese children are at an alarmingly heightened risk for elevated blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes, and becoming obese adults. The financial cost of childhood obesity tips the scales at 3 billion dollars annually.
The Health Wellness component will address the importance of healthy eating in everyday life. The consumption of fruits & vegetables, water and reducing sugar intake will be at the forefront of discussions. There have been numerous studies that report in the United States, a majority of our youth are obese and in active. African Americans face a disproportionate amount of diet-related health problems. For example, African American adults are 1.6 times more likely to have diabetes than their Caucasian counterparts. Individuals in low-income communities may face a greater risk because they typically have less access to healthy foods. Due to the significant diet-related problems within the African American community, public health researchers call for approaches to health promotion that take into account the relationship between culture and dietary habits.
Food = Math & Science â€“ The Sacramento Juneteenth Black Chefs Collaborative, participating partner in Sacramentoâ€™s Farm 2 Fork initiative, will demonstrate the role that math and science plays in cooking. In addition, the program will provide an interactive form of learning and increase levels of understanding of math and science concepts in practical uses. Chefs will conduct cooking demonstrations in the classrooms that provide hands on experience and directly links math and science (measurements/ combining ingredients).
Benefits of the SJBCC Health & Wellness Program
â€¢ Increase knowledge and awareness of the benefits of healthy eating and lifestyle changes.
â€¢ Decrease the odds of childhood and adult obesity and eliminate poor eating habits
â€¢ Instill life-long healthy eating choices to prevent obesity and food-related health issues such as high blood pressure and diabetes.