[R-0147] S3. Child Development

Citation: Children’s Healthwatch. (2012). The Snap Vaccine: Boosting Children’s Health. Retrieved from http://childrenshealthwatch.org/

Abstract: “Children’s HealthWatch demonstrated that SNAP (formerly the Food Stamp Program), like an effective immunization, significantly decreases families’ and children’s food insecurity, which are established child health hazards. Children’s HealthWatch also found that compared to young children in families that were likely eligible but not receiving SNAP, young children in families receiving SNAP were less likely to be underweight or at risk for developmental delays.

Food insecurity threatens children’s health and well-being. Food insecurity occurs when families lack access to sufficient food for all family members to lead active, healthy lives. As compared to their food secure peers, young children in food-insecure households are more likely to be in fair or poor health, be hospitalized, be at risk for developmental delays, and have iron-deficiency anemia. Child food insecurity (the most severe level of food insecurity) occurs when children experience reductions in the quality and/or quantity of meals because caregivers can no longer buffer them from inadequate household food resources.” [Executive Summary]

Integration: As a result of reading about the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), scholars will be able to communicate with others about programs and federal, state, and local policies that support the health and well-being of all children.

Content Focus: Child Food Insecurity; Food Insecurity; Iron Deficiency Anemia; Health; Nutrition; Supplemental Nutrition Assistance program (SNAP); Health, Safety, and Nutrition

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