Why We Help

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According to The Kids Count report, 20.6 percent of Delaware children live in poverty or are facing challenges. The percentage of Delaware children living in poverty has doubled since 2008, according to a report that tracks the well-being of state youth.

When putting food on the table or finding a place to live becomes a struggle and top priority, some of the basic educational, health and preventive needs go unchecked.

Kody’s Kids organization works in local communities promoting Reading, Nutrition, Exercise, Kindness To Others, and also brings awareness to other Health Issues that affect the children of our communities in Delaware.

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Reading:

A study by the American Academy of Pediatrics states that reading to young children can stimulate brain development and help build language, literacy, and social skills. Ultimately, the more used to reading a child is, the more prepared a child is to read. This preparedness results in a child who reads well, and who is more likely to graduate high school and perhaps go on to college.

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 Nutrition and Exercise:

Proper nutrition early in life helps children develop the ability to learn, communicate, think analytically, and socialize effectively. Good nutrition also helps in preventing certain childhood diseases.  Teaching a child to eat healthful foods and to exercise while young can help lead to a healthful lifestyle and a long life while preventing issues like obesity and the problems that go along with it.

 

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Kindness to Others:

Bullying can affect not only the one bullied but also those who bully and those who witness it.   Bullying can cause negative outcomes like changes in mental health, the use of substances, and even suicide.  Instilling children with a sense of compassion and empathy for others can help stop bullying before it starts.

 

Oral Health:

Children with healthy mouths are more apt to have better over-all bodily health. Oral conditions can interfere with eating and therefor, adequate nutritional intake. This can affect both physical and mental development. Other affects of pour oral hygiene are difficulty speaking, self-esteem issues, and problems concentrating due to pain. Preventive dental care, like regular brushing and flossing, will result in less extensive, and less costly, treatment.

Sun Safety:

On average, children get three-times more sun exposure then adults. One blistering sunburn can double a child’s lifetime risk of developing skin cancer. People of all skin colors can, and do, get sun-burnt if protection like clothing and sunscreen is not used. Additionally, the lenses of young eyes are more transparent than those of adults and that transparency allows 70% more UV radiation to reach the retina, which can cause eye damage, and even cancer. Children should always wear sunglasses when outside.