Rap and health consciousness may not seem like a natural duo, but for Khnum Ibomu, or Stic, promoting a healthy lifestyle is a natural extension of the themes of political activism, social justice and personal motivation that run through his music.
On this week's Moyers & Company, historian and author Peter Dreier tells us that the current political crisis is fraught with possibility for progressives in America -- and shares the reasons he continues to be optimistic.
Hopefully, as the problem of food deserts and swamps gains greater recognition, communities will implement innovative and creative solutions. The USDA's Healthy Food Financing Initiative should focus on supporting this kind of innovation in communities across the country.
The ironies abound in this lean 84-minute documentary. Obesity in this country is shown to be often a sign of hunger and poverty, unlike in very poor, developing countries, where hunger and poverty leave people all skin and bones.
Much attention has been focused on changing food deserts for the sake of the nation's health. Let's not forget, though, that good food is not the only thing a child needs. No community will be a healthy place for a child to grow up until all a baby's basic needs are accessible and affordable.
We spend billions of dollars in this country treating diseases that could be moderated or prevented by better and healthier food access and choice. A great number of these treatments are for the uninsured and take place in the emergency room. This is not cost-effective.