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Childhood obesity is plaguing African-American populations at a rate that is disproportionately higher than the rest of the country. The NAACP is focusing on three policy areas to address the root causes of childhood obesity.
1) Built environment: We need to improve community walkability and public transportation, enhance recreational spaces, and allow for better access to school playgrounds outside of school hours.
2) Food environments: Communities need better access to healthy, affordable foods in corner stores and local grocery stores.
3) School-based policies: Schools must emphasize increased physical activity during the school day and provide more nutritious school foods and drinks, including what is available at meals, in vending machines, and at concessions.