By Rochelle Davis, Founding Executive Director
Last week the W. K. Kellogg Foundation announced an investment of $32.5 million to improve children’s access to healthy food and physical activity. They are supporting efforts that bring together community stakeholders to address policy and community barriers.
It is great to see a foundation like Kellogg understand the need to make fundamental changes to children’s environments and to make such a significant commitment to address the problem of childhood obesity.
There are many barriers to providing children with access to healthy food and opportunities for physical activity. And it will take the cooperation of many to make meaningful and sustainable change.
While the Kellogg Foundation is making this large national commitment, I want to highlight the efforts of a seventh-grader in Northbrook, Ill. who is doing her part to address some of the barriers that exist to being physically active. In the spirit of full disclosure, the seventh-grader, Megan Davis, is my niece. For the second year in a row she has been collecting bikes and scooters and delivering them to children whose families are not able to afford them. This year Megan was successful in collecting 120 bikes.