Thursday, April 14, 2011

President Obama's Minority Health Month Message

April 8, 2011

I send greetings to all those observing National Minority Health Month.

Ensuring access to quality, affordable health care helps create the opportunity for all citizens to achieve the American dream. Despite advances in medicine and technology, disparities remain in our health care system for too many Americans, including racial and ethnic minorities, and particularly those living with lower incomes. The Affordable Care Act works to address these issues, expanding health insurance coverage to over 30 million people and focusing on reducing health care disparities.

This year's theme for National Minority Health Month, "Bring it or Buy it: Make Lunch Healthy, Green and Good! In Schools, Even Food Can Teach Us a Lesson," highlights the importance of healthy food in tackling childhood obesity, which disproportionately affects minority children. By providing nutritious options and promoting healthy choices, we can reduce disparities among our youngest citizens and secure a safer, healthier future for all Americans.

I wish you all the best.
-Barak Obama

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