Despite public health interventions, the rate of childhood obesity increases dramatically in the nation. In New Jersey, approximately 24.7% of children aged 10 to 17 are obese or overweight. Although a multitude of school-based nutrition program exists in New Jersey, the rate of obesity remains high.
Children living in low-income communities are more vulnerable to develop these conditions due to intrapersonal and interpersonal factors influencing their food choices. Among these factors, the overconsumption of ultra-processed foods was revealed by several studies to have a significant effect on obesity.
This alarming statistic is one of the many reasons why The Rak Foundation for Nutritional Awareness was founded.
We envision to improving food accessibility to reduce health disparities, hence decrease the rate of childhood obesity as well as the prevalence of chronic diseases in underserved communities.
Our mission is simple and definite. We aim to educate and empower families and communities to take hold of their nutrition for the healthiest life possible. We want to make a difference in the way America eats through the power of information.