WHEREAS, an alarming number of young and adult African Americans are obese and suffering from chronic diseases; and
WHEREAS, obesity rates have soared among all age groups, increasing more than four-fold among children ages 6 - 11 over the last 40 years; and
WHEREAS, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), obesity costs our nation as much as $147 billion per year in direct healthcare costs and lost productivity; and
WHEREAS, many African Americans have limited accessibility to healthy foods and are exposed to high sodium foods; and
WHEREAS, many African American children are exposed to unhealthy foods through commercial ads enticing purchase at local grocery stores(s) and schools.
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the NAACP encourages school systems across America to promote healthy living strategies in the classroom to include nutrition education and seminars on health and the effects of environments on one's well being; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the NAACP stands opposed to the lack of available healthy foods in African American neighborhood grocery stores and public schools; and
BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that the NAACP units will work through the local, state and federal legislative process to ensure that such practices will be closely monitored until finally changed for better health.