With two-thirds of American adults either obese or overweight, obesity has become one of the most serious and costly health issues of our time. People of color are at significantly higher risk of obesity and its related diseases.
At the Dance Theatre of Harlem in New York City, local children and their families are stepping their way to health through a community-focused program, the Aetna Foundation Healthy Dancers, Healthy Families Initiative. The program offers family-oriented dance fitness classes and guidance for healthful eating.
The statistics for infant mortality reveal the distressing reality of health disparities among racial and ethnic populations in the United States. African-American women are twice as likely as white women to give birth prematurely. African-American infants are twice as likely as white infants to die in their first year.
With support from the Aetna Foundation, the March of Dimes is working on a project to help African-American women have healthier pregnancies and give birth to full-term babies.