THE D.A.C. WAY
The D.A.C. Way objectives are to keep kids safe and out of trouble, help them develop confidence, critical life skills and responsible decision-making, and make them feel supported. We do that by promoting healthy nutrition, strengthening their academic performance, and providing opportunities for physical activity.
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ISSUES WE TACKLE.
Alabama ranked fifth for the greatest number of children living in poverty. The state has a child poverty rate of almost 23 percent versus the national average of 17 percent - that’s 1 in five children living in poverty.
Education spending is the lowest in the South and Southwest regions. According to the National Education Center in Connecticut, these states are also not “trying” as vigilantly as other states because they have the lowest levels of support and social services for the children, as well as the lowest access to medical assistance. States in the South and Southwest do not have the resources needed to support its children.
Children who experience poverty, particularly during early life or for an extended period, are at risk of a host of adverse health and developmental outcomes through their life course such as birth weight, infant mortality, language development, chronic illness, environmental exposure, nutrition, and injury.
Children who do not complete high school, for example, are more likely to become teenage parents, to be unemployed, and to be incarcerated, all of which exact heavy social and economic costs. Poor developmental and psychosocial outcomes are accompanied by a significant financial burden, not just for the children and families who experience them but also for the rest of society.
The Health Care Costs
Related to Childhood
Obesity are Staggering!
Childhood obesity is responsible for $14 billion in direct medical expenses annually and these costs only continue to rise!
Current research proves that disparities in obesity associated with race and ethnicity are strongly driven by disparities in socioeconomic status (SES; Fradkin et al., 2015).
Low socioeconomic status family members are almost twice as likely to experience obesity than high socioeconomic status adults and children (Ogden, Lamb, Carroll & Flegal, 2010).
In addition to COVID those who are obese are at much greater risk of having a high rate of the following and suffering from more severe conditions of the following:
Heart Disease and Stroke
High Blood Pressure
Type 2 Diabetes
Different forms of Cancer
Gallbladder Disease and Gallstones
Breathing problems, such as Sleep Apnea and Asthma
Youth with a parent in jail have a 32.8% chance of also going to prison!
In Lee County, Alabama, the youth incarceration rate remains at an alarming level. There are today over 600 youth (source: Alabama Bureau of Pardons and Paroles) in the area’s justice system. It is critical to continue programs that reduce youth entry into the justice system in Lee County.
Having a high youth offender recidivism rate and numbers presents a moral and economic problem for the Lee County, AL, area.
From an economic point of view the cost to society and taxpayers of constructing and running prisons is enormous. For example, in Alabama the average cost per year to house an offender is over $36,000 (Source: Bureau of Prisons). Add to this is the cost to society for the care of prisoners who, when released, typically have little or no job skills, many are in poor health and a high percentage need social services to survive because they have no job skills.
It is true what they say, it takes a village to raise a child.
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