September 24, 2012 by nutritionpolicy2012
Some of you may be aware that the 2012 Clinton Global Intiative (CGI) meetings begun yesterday. The theme this year is: DESIGNING FOR IMPACT. Today’s theme, “Designing Our Environments,” highlighted the need to produce holistic approaches for built and natural environments in order to provide healthy sustainable settings worldwide. Over the course of the meeting’s second day, CGI members heard from an array of global leaders on the importance of fostering prosperous futures for generations to come through investment in ecosystems, urban centers, and social environments.
What does this have to do with Nutrition Issues, you ask?? Well, actually it does! Here are a few highlights already:
- One of the winners this year’s Clinton Global Citizen Award under Leadership in Civil Society is Katie Stagliano, founder and chief executive gardener, Katie’s Krops (Summerville, South Carolina, United States)
Katie Stagliano is the 14-year-old founder and chief executive gardener of Katie’s Krops, a nonprofit organization that starts and maintains vegetable gardens and donates the harvest to help feed people in need, while also inspiring and helping others to do the same. Stagliano’s dream to end hunger one vegetable garden at a time began when she grew a 40-pound cabbage in third grade. She donated the cabbage to a soup kitchen, where it fed 275 people. Katie’s Krops currently maintains 51 kid-run vegetable gardens in 21 states, which are producing thousands of pounds of healthy food for families in need. Utilizing her harvest, Stagliano also runs a soup kitchen to provide healthy meals to those in need. She sits on the Youth Advisory Board for the Alliance for a Healthier Generation and is a Global Teen Leader for the We are Family Foundation.
- The Republic of Guatamala made a commitment to invest in A Healthy Start for Children: Scaling Up Nutrition. In 2012, the WFP-USA committed to facilitate an effort led by the government of Guatemala and supported by a group of private sector and international donors to address under-nutrition in Guatemala, which currently suffers from the highest rate of child malnutrition in Latin America. Through this commitment, Guatemala will achieve national coverage of the 13 critical interventions identified in the internationally recognized Scaling Up Nutrition framework, including behavior change, micronutrient supplementation and deworming, and complementary and therapeutic feeding programs.
- Also, a new Physical Activity Action Agenda entitled DESIGNED TO MOVE has just been released by Nike Inc., the American College for Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education (ICSSPE). Here is a related video.