The Health of Our Children
One of the sacred duties of every generation is to ensure that their children, and their children's children, will inherit a world better than the one they were bequeathed by their parents. On this, in many ways we have failed.
It's 9:30 in the morning at Davis Street 21st Century Magnet School in New Haven, Connecticut, and Gail DeBlasio is starting her sixth-graders' morning. She gathers the class in a circle and talks to them quietly about what's on the day's agenda. Then she asks kids to share. Five students every day.
In a quadrant of Detroit near Six Mile and Woodward, which is known for gay prostitution, one crumbling, filthy motel in particular houses a number of transgender sex workers, most of them in their teens and early 20s
According to the World Health Organization, more than 10 million children under the age of five die every year. All children are susceptible to the effects of poor nutrition, environmental pollution, injuries, and natural disasters--but most of the world's most vulnerable citizens die from illnesses that can easily be prevented or treated.
Smart interventions help kids chat, text, and game their way to better health. At the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association last fall in Philadelphia, crowds gathered around hawkers peddling the latest in "amazing" new inventions.