America is unhealthy because people don’t care about being healthy. At times, eating right and getting enough exercise is time consuming—taking up time that Americans don’t have. Our economy is going into a recession, and inflation is taking a toll on our food prices. It may be expensive to eat healthy, but it is becoming expensive to eat, period.

To Americans, it is much cheaper to get a quick, cheap, and unhealthy meal from a fast food place than go to the grocery store and make a healthy meal at home. Americans work, and work, and work, struggling to pay for everything else in their lives—they work so much that they don’t worry about having a healthy diet. It’s a sad sight to see, but at the rate we’re going this will continue.

It’s a good idea to begin educating people about the risks of being obese; especially teaching young children. America may be fat now, but we don’t have to be in the future if we do something about it now.

The kNOw Youth Media
The kNOw works to support and equip young people with the journalism and advocacy skills they need to tell their stories and the stories of their communities.

In 2006, over 25 youth began participating in weekly after-school writing workshops where they congregated in the hallway of a two-story building in West Fresno and learned the essentials of creating media and telling their stories. The group evolved over the next five years and is now proudly recognized as The kNOw Youth Media.

Through our program, we create opportunities for our youth participants, who in turn create long-term positive change in their communities. Our approach weaves youth development and youth media innovation to produce our biannual youth publication, multimedia projects, and community forums.

The kNOw began as a project of New America Media, which was the country’s first and largest national collaboration and advocate of 2000 ethnic news organizations. In 2018 The kNOw became a project of Youth Leadership Institute.

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