Child Health Day was Monday, October 7. It was not featured in mainstream media...instead we heard more news about corruption in politics. Our media missed a huge opportunity to raise awareness about the health crisis our children are facing and the future of our country. This is why our work, with your support, is so important... every day.
At Moms Across America everyday is Child Health Day. Every day our staff, volunteers, and supporters across the country act in various ways to further our mission of educating and empowering mothers and others with actions and solutions to create healthy communities - starting with their own families. But here is the distinction - we don’t stop at our own families. Our moms know that no child is safe unless and until all children are safe. Moms Across America is not merely a group of mothers and others with shared interests - we are a community - the difference being that we care about the well-being of one another. We care about children everywhere. And we hear from mothers around the world that utilize our information to support their families.
Why is it even necessary to have a special day to create support for improving children’s health? Why isn’t children’s health at the forefront of everyone’s mind all the time? How can we be so nonchalant about the toxins we are putting into the environment, the food we are feeding our families, and the ways in which we are being manipulated by the pharmaceutical and medical communities? Why is any of this acceptable so long as it threatens the quality of life, the very life of a single child, let alone children around the planet?
According to an article published in Health Affairs in January of 2018:
The United States has poorer child health outcomes than other wealthy nations despite greater per capita spending on health care for children. To better understand this phenomenon, we examined mortality trends for the US and nineteen comparative nations in the for children ages 0–19 from 1961 to 2010 using publicly available data. While child mortality progressively declined across all countries, mortality in the US has been higher than in peer nations since the 1980s. From 2001 to 2010 the risk of death in the US was 76 percent greater for infants and 57 percent greater for children ages 1–19.
However, despite these facts, Child Health Day is not a conversation about medical statistics and mortality rates. It is a conversation about doing the right thing to the best of our ability every step of the way - and helping others to do the same. There is no single action that any of us can make that will truly be good for our families - that isn’t good for families everywhere. There is no action that we take that puts our child in harm's way - but no one else’s. We are a community - what affects one affects all.
Let us be reminded of the need to vigilantly act on behalf of children’s health every day of the year. Whether you are voting with your dollars at the grocery store, educating moms in your community about health freedoms, or asking your neighbors or city hall to make public spaces safer for all by not spraying chemicals on their gardens - you are making a difference in the health of children everywhere. Moving forward, I suggest that we all ask ourselves - everyday - what have I done to make today Child Health Day? We thank you for being part of our community and working every day to make a difference for us all.
Please take a moment to donate to Moms Across America and support us to work every day on behalf of children’s health.
Zen Honeycutt and the MAA Team