The headline in the New York Times, was: "Obesity Rate for Young Children Plummets 43 Percent in a Decade." This, and similarly effusive headlines reverberating throughout the news media, would seem to invite the question: have we, in fact, turned the tide? Is the mission accomplished?
Even with more than 8,000 miles, an ocean and harsh daily realities dividing them, Felisa and Nyanwour have more in common than you would realize.
Education is increasingly highlighted as fundamental to the advancement of societies as well as essential to opportunity for individuals.
A burgeoning body of research is pointing to the importance of the first few years of life for influencing long-term health, including an individual's weight as an adult.
The education challenges in Nigeria are real and many. There is a teacher shortage of nearly 1.3 million, basic infrastructure is lacking and there is a shortfall of up to 1.2 million classrooms. There are fewer children in school each year due to child marriages and gender and religious biases and education is simply too costly for the poor.
Be Girl aims to make a small intervention with the maximum impact: one girl, one pad, one year.
It is a known fact that poverty and health care disparities exist in America's underserved communities. The statistics here as they relate to perinatal health and infant morbidity and mortality rival that of third world nations.
If the government had not intervened in the matter of our children's health, I'm not sure we'd all be high-fiving each other about these latest statistics affecting our country's most precious resources.
The moment when a mother sees her newborn baby for the first time is a joyous, special occasion. However, sometimes there are instances when that special moment is followed by uncertainty and pain. As a volunteer for Operation Smile, I have experienced the joy and the heartbreak that comes with this type of work.
In two months, violence has shattered South Sudan's fragile markets. Trade is disrupted. Food supplies were looted. Shops were destroyed.
As new research released today by Save the Children reveals, 40 million women give birth without any trained help whatsoever. What's more, 2 million women give birth entirely alone.
There are few who still see the need to promote the empowerment of women in the West. We think it's only needed in developing countries, and this was also my belief until motherhood sent me into a tailspin.
By Lexi Walters Wright It is 3:18 a.m.. My newborn son Arlo snuffles in his crib, and in a comically small twin bed across the room from him, I sigh ...
Hillary Mahlangu, 20 Johannesburg, South Africa This week, the Let Girls Lead's Global Girls' Conversation Video Contest features a video su...
The world's 600 million girls are our greatest return on investment. The time has come for our dollars to follow our research and our rhetoric. As a global community, we can no longer afford to look away.
All the public and media talk about AOL's "distressed babies" in the last few days were more than just a distant public policy issue to my family. It happened to us.
When a mother dies in poor communities, her older children often leave school to care for the younger children, making it nearly impossible for the next generation to escape the cycle of poverty. The fact that all of this is preventable is tragic--but it also means there is hope.
Sleep. It's the thing new moms crave more than a long, hot shower. Certainly more than they crave sex. But a good night's sleep is elusive when there's a baby in the house.
It doesn't make headlines, but every year 800,000 children under five die because of poor breastfeeding practices. Scientific evidence about breastfeeding's extraordinary benefits continues to grow.
With the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) well under way, 2014 looks to be a breakout year for women's health. Here are nine reasons why.