The Well-Being Journal

NPT Reports: Children's Health Crisis: Mental Health

Jennifer Rudloff

I’ll be honest – I’m not much of a blogger. It’s not that I have anything against it – I guess I just needed to find something I felt was blog-worthy. That part was easy.

It’s been a year and half now since the Healthways Foundation in conjunction with Nashville Public Television, the Nashville Healthcare Council, the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt and the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine Department of Pediatrics, launched a seven-part documentary series (NPT Reports: Children’s Health Crisis) to explore the challenges children in Tennessee face in order to lead healthy lives. Our statistics are alarming - here is just a small sampling:

  • TN ranks 41st in overall child well-being.
  • 41% of Tennessee children are overweight or at risk for being overweight.
  • Tennessee has the 4th highest infant mortality rate in the United States.

The series Emmy Award-winning documentary series will run over three years and continues to focus on key issues ranging from high infant mortality rates to obesity to mental health issues. Bottom line, we hope that this documentary spurs community-wide interest and conversations that will lead to solutions.

Beth Curley, president and chief executive officer of NPT, puts it best when she stated “It's not a child's fault if she or he is overweight, or in poor general health as a result of improper nutrition, lack of inoculations or inadequate exercise. The situation has become too dire to lay blame, though, and we feel this documentary series is the best way to reach the community-at-large. This isn’t only a problem for parents, teachers, caregivers or the medical community. It’s everyone’s concern. The ramifications for not addressing this crisis now will be significant.”

The next episode, which addresses mental health issues, airs this coming Wednesday, June 29 at 8pm. For those of you in Nashville or the surrounding area, that’s on channel 8. Please tune-in and learn more about the crisis we face. For those of you outside the viewing area or unable to watch tonight, this documentary will be made available online. The future of our beloved community depends on us collaborating and finding the right solutions to offset this epidemic.

Thank you for listening, tuning-in and caring enough to do something about the crises we face. Oh, and thank you for being a part of my first blogging experience. I could get used to this.

Want to learn more or watch other reports from the series? Simply click here for more information on NPT Reports: Children’s Health Crisis.

Topics: Mental Health In the News Emmy Award-Winning NPT Reports Children's Health Prevention Events Healthways Foundation