Child Reaching for Hamburger and Fries

Childhood obesity presents a critical and widespread issue for Indiana children.

One in three Hoosier children ages 10-17 are overweight or obese (33.9%). While childhood obesity presents a concern nationally, this issue is especially relevant in Indiana. Hoosier children are 14.9% more likely to be obese than their peers nationwide. This ranks Indiana as the 9th highest rate of childhood overweight and obesity. In comparison to all neighboring states, Indiana has the highest rate.

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Youth Working at a Coffee Shop

Employment can be a valuable opportunity for youth.

In addition to the immediate benefits of earning a paycheck, employment experiences can deepen understanding of a young person’s dreams and career interests, facilitate conversations about financial literacy, teach important workplace skills, and provide opportunities to learn about responsibility, time management, and good work habits.1, 2 Employing youth also provides benefits to the hiring entity, such as the development of a strong talent pipeline.

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