Combat Indifference About Nutrition
By Janet Williams on April 24, 2009
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I have witnessed first-hand the "perils of indifference" described by Drs. Sean O'Rourke and Ron Manuto in their recent column. As a registered dietitian I see children with a variety of nutrition-related problems. One student in the Greenville County Schools was referred to me for "Failure to Thrive" —technical jargon describing children whose weight or rate of weight gain is significantly below that of other children of similar age and gender. This child’s abnormal thinness was the result of hunger and poverty. He gained weight and grew well after I was able to provide supplemental nutrition through his school and at home.
In these trying financial times, more and more children are eligible for vital safety net programs. The
This year Congress will reauthorize nutrition programs like the ones that are giving children a chance to thrive—school breakfast and lunch programs, summer food programs and WIC for mothers and infants. Ordinary citizens can combat indifference by urging Rep. Bob Inglis and Sens. Jim DeMint and Lindsey Graham to ensure there’s enough funding and access to these programs.