Numerous studies show children the world over are becoming less fit. The result is a spike in obesity, diabetes and other diseases. It's a huge concern for public health officials. And, as VOA's Carol Pearson reports, fitness affects more than physical health.
When poor families have to choose between paying to visit the dentist or paying for food, they are more likely to choose the latter. This hard choice leaves many poor children prone to dental problems, which can eventually affect their overall health. In the Washington D.C. a mobile dental clinic visits under-served neighborhoods to provide children with regardless of their family's ability to pay. VOA's Faiza Elmasry reports. Faith Lapidus narrates.