It is hard to be healthy if you’re hungry, and at HCMC we have one of the leading national experts in how hunger affects health – pediatrician Diana Cutts - who sees patients everyday who are “food insecure”. In a recent Children's HealthWatch Policy Action Brief that she co-authored, Dr. Cutts introduced data that shows young children in Minnesota families that are food-insecure are at greater risk of poor health, have mothers who are more likely to be in poor health and experience depressive symptoms, and are at a greater risk of being overweight compared to young children in food-secure families.
It creates a vicious cycle where the children are at increased risk of poor health and developmental delays and mothers are at increased risk for depression and stress which, in turn, impacts parenting compounding the risk for children’s development to be delayed.
THE FOOD SHELF @ HCMC, one of the few food shelves in the nation located in a hospital setting, provides a nutritious food bag to our patients and their families when they come for their health checkup in over twenty eight hospital-based clinics and eight community clinics in our system.
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