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June 2013     The YDS engaged in a major partnership to support Brooklyn Center’s Community Healthy Hub.

The YDS organization has engaged in a major partnership with Brooklyn Center Community Schools, Northwest Resources for Families and Hennepin County to support Brooklyn Center’s Community Healthy Hub. Collectively, we hope to help residents, youth and families become healthier and improve the quality of their lives. As part of this partnership, we will be holding our 3rdAnnual Move More Eat Better, Community Health & Fitness Fair, participating in school and community health programs with our Healthy Habits Land and conducting a series of community health forums on a variety of topics.

April 2013    YDS' Youth Leaders of Change (YLC) leads University of Minnesota health disparities study.

April 2013    YDS leadership Program "Youth Leaders of Change"(YLC) is leading a University of Minnesota health disparities grant, that focuses on using social media to communicate and motivate their peers to adopt healthier lifestyles; nutrition, fitness and social behaviors.

Health News

America spends 270 billion dollars annually on obesity.  23% of Minnesota kids are obese. According to the “Center for Disease Control”,  many children are suffering from preventable obesity-related conditions such as asthma, diabetes, mental health, and other health related issues that seriously impact their ability to successfully learn in school. They have determined that the roots of obesity are related to youths’ lack of safe places for fitness activities and accessibility to healthy foods.

According to the “Minneapolis Blueprint for Action”, youth violence since 2006 has declined due to the increased number of high-quality community-based youth programs, services and opportunities that include leadership training. These organizations and their leaders are needed to deter youth from violence and direct them toward positive alternatives.

Alec Baldwin interviews Dr. Robert Lustig Regarding Childhood Obesity

Alec Baldwin talks with Dr. Robert Lustig, a pediatric endocrinologist at UC San Francisco, about our country’s addiction to sugar.  Children today are the first American generation to have a shorter life expectancy than their parents, in large part due to obesity.  According to Lustig, this obesity often comes from eating too much sugar.  

Sugar is hard to avoid.  A recent study reveals that 80 percent of the 600,000 food items in America are laced with added sugar.  Lustig says, “There is not one biochemical reaction in your body, not one, that requires dietary fructose, not one that requires sugar.  Dietary sugar is completely irrelevant to life.  People say oh, you need sugar to live.  Garbage.”  Dr. Robert Lustig has made it his business to get the rest of the world to pay attention.

(Excerpt from WNYC's Here's The Thing with Alec Baldwin, Episode #19, Monday, July 2, 2012.)