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Latino Children At Risk For Hunger, Obesity

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A new study by the Department of Agriculture shows Latino children in America are the most likely to face hunger but are also the most likely to be overweight or obese. Those findings may seem somewhat contradictory, but experts say they can be attributed to economic factors such as access to healthy food.

"Latinos are less likely to live in neighborhoods where there is a grocery store where there are healthy fresh foods for purchase," says Kara Ryan, a research analyst with the National Council of La Raza, the nation's largest Latino advocacy group. "Often you may see families having to trek across town to be able to buy some healthy foods for their diet."

Ryan's group is joining representatives from the Department of Agriculture and Michelle Obama's, "Let's Move" campaign this morning in the District.

They'll speak with families about a program that provides supplemental foods and provides nutrition education to low-income women and children found to be at risk. Staff are also preparing healthy food as part of a cooking demonstration.


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