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Hanover Healthy Kids Initiative – Just the Facts
•35% of American Children are obese or at risk
•Centers for Disease Control: “We are facing a childhood obesity epidemic.” “This generation of children will be the first in the nation’s history to live shorter lives than those of their parents.”
•30% of boys born in 2000 and 40% of girls will develop diabetes.
•There are soaring rates of asthma, ADD, anxiety, autism, learning disorders and depression among children.
•1 in 4 children take prescription medication daily for chronic illness.
•2000% increase in amphetamine prescriptions for children since 1990.
•Americans spend 200 billion per year in diet related health care costs. Twice as much per person per year than any other developed nation.
•50% of all cancer could be prevented through healthy diet and exercise.
•The average American life expectancy ranks 27th in the world.