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Caramel Connection Foundation’s vision for serving a community of underserved children has piqued the interest of key community partners. When asked why she started her nonprofit Elizabeth replied, “We all know that we are heading in a dangerous path when it comes to healthy eating habits. We have to come together as a community and understand that enough is not being done to educate, help and aid our children and their parents in making the right choices.”
Caramel Connections Foundation’s scholarship program is geared towards middle-school aged children. The curriculum is designed to engage children in healthy eating habits by learning about food, kitchen safety, agriculture, and math which includes measuring, science and more. CCF’s mission is to make learning enjoyable by using food as a way to connect and build lasting relationships with their students and community.
The American Diabetes Association estimated that one out of every three children born after the year 2000 in the United States will be directly affected by diabetes.
Data collected from the American Heart association and the American Diabetes Foundation suggest that an estimated 35% of children in the Inland Empire are prediabetic. “It is no longer a matter of knowing there is a problem, but a matter of acting to ensure the future we leave for our children and their health is a priority for generations to come,” said Elizabeth McSwain.
CCF invites you to participate in their ‘Bidding for Better Health’ Quartermania event in an effort to raise awareness and funding for a healthier tomorrow.
What We Know
- Approximately 17% (or 12.7 million) of children and adolescents aged 2- 19 years are obese.
- The health risk for children who are obese may lead to health problems such as:
- *Heart disease *Type 2 diabetes *Asthma *Sleep apnea *Social discrimination
What Changes Can We Make
- Classrooms styles are the best places to teach children and families.
- Eating and exercise patterns start developing in children young as four years old, and continue updating throughout childhood.
- Teaching nutrition in a classroom can create a shared goal of nutrition choices.