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World Health Day 2016: Beat Diabetes

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Today, April 7, is World Health Day. This year’s focus is on diabetes. According to a new World Health Organization report, 422 million adults live with diabetes worldwide, most of them in developing countries.

Infographic by WHO

Many factors that have led to this quadrupling of the disease burden since 1980, including inactivity, aging populations, urbanization, and unhealthy diets, to name a few. How can nutrition in schools help?

School nutrition programs have traditionally been viewed as a method to reduce the vulnerability of poor children by encouraging school enrollment and regular attendance. But, with about one out of every five school children receiving a meal at school every day, we think that well-designed school nutrition programs can go beyond these aims to also serve as a powerful way to help meet students’ nutritional needs.

Want to know more? Below is a round up of our World Health Day content.

Chart: The changing causes of death in low-income countries
School nutrition programs are the first line of defense against diabetes


Aisha Faquir

Online Communications Associate

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