Anyone with eyes has noticed that there is an obesity crisis in America. According to the Center for Discease Control about one-third of U.S. adults (33.8%) are obese and approximately 17% (or 12.5 million) of children and adolescents aged 2—19 years are obese. And to examine the issue even further, the CDC notes that Non-Hispanic blacks have the highest rates of obesity (44.1%) compared with Mexican Americans (39.3%), all Hispanics (37.9%) and non-Hispanic whites (32.6%).
But people have been turning out en mass to fight back. First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move initiative has made great strides, including partnering with Walmart to offer reduced prices for fruits and vegetables. Community farms have been sprouting up in vacant lots in cities like Detroit and grassroot programs are being started in much smaller communties, such as a program that has taken root in the Mississippi Delta. In this region, a group of church officials profiled in The New York Times are on a mission to get their congregations to move from diets that include a heavy dose of fried foods to healthy alternatives.
To celebrate this spirit of healthy living, The Passage Project will be featuring a series of healthy recipies that won't resemble the flavorless or boring variety. Heathly does not have to mean tasteless and we're here to celebrate that.