Child obesity rates on Staten Island are high, leading to diabetes, asthma, and other chronic illnesses. Our healthcare system is overwhelmed by these preventable diseases. In addition, child obesity affects the healthy development of children and adds to the burden of communities.
However, the entire community can agree that our children’s abilities to reach their full potential are largely dependent on their health. Staten Island children aren’t reaching their full potential due to poor health, and we have an opportunity to help them excel. Interventions implemented today will determine a child’s health, wellness, and happiness for a lifetime.
Finally, it is the SI CWI’s belief that children deserve a healthy start in life. It is our duty as Staten Islanders to ensure our children are able to start with opportunities to learn, live, and play in healthy ways that lead to a healthy life.