The connection between poverty and health is fairly well comprehended in today’s society. There’s a general understanding that being unable to afford medical copays, or fresh, healthy food will have a detrimental effect on an individual’s health. This downward spiral of being unable to afford the healthy option or seeing a physician regularly leads to much more severe illness later on in life, which is even more expensive to treat. But the additional connection between health and education is a little more nebulous. Increased health literacy and health education (everything from nutrition to mindfulness) is something most all of us can benefit from, but being too hungry to pay attention in class is a unique burden that impoverished students face. And it’s not their only hurdle--being unable to afford testing for learning disabilities, worrying for the wellbeing of an overworked parent, and feeling isolated for not having even basic school supplies all negatively impact a student’s health and education. At Family Giving Tree, we take an approach to health from a perspective that considers both community and the individual. As an ecosystem, a community is only healthy when its people feel supported, fulfilled, and connected--basically, communities are only healthy when individuals are healthy. Our goal is to bridge the space between those who want to give and those who are in need, from one corner of the Bay to the other, and we appreciate you joining us on achieving that mission 💗
Are you ready to lead a drive?
It’s almost time to register to become a 2019 Holiday Wish Drive Leader! Registration for DL’s opens up next Monday, 9/16. Starting that day you’ll be able to find the registration link on our website.
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