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Health & Nutrition


  1. To identify New Mexico programs that:

    • Effectively address food insecure children so that food assistance and nutrition counseling and education can be targeted to their community;

    • Ensure participating children are having expected optimal outcomes; and

    • Create a better return on taxpayer investment by investing in proven programs and eliminating duplication across state agencies.

  2. Food Insecurity and Childhood Obesity:

    • Children whose families are food insecure are more likely to be at risk of obesity.

    • In 2009, NM ranked 11th highest state in U.S. for childhood food insecurity.

    • In 2009, 27.3% of NM children lived in food insecure households.

    • In 2011, 15% of kindergarten students and 21.9% of third grade students were obese.

    • American Indians have the highest rate of obesity among all age groups in New Mexico. By third grade one in two American Indian students are obese or overweight.

  3. Evidence-Based Outcomes for Nutrition Programs Related to Children’s Health Status:

    • Healthy brain development

    • Better academic performance;

    • Reduced risk of obesity, food insecurity, type 2 diabetes & chronic disease;

    • Better stress coping and emotional regulation;

    • Better self-esteem, less anxiety, and depression.

    • Increased healthy behaviors in adulthood.