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NPA: Michelle Kwan Shines Light on Health Disparities

posted by Gracie Zheng

Michelle KwanFormer Olympian and figure skating champion Michelle Kwan is shining a spotlight on health disparities in minority communities as part  of National Minority Health Month.

In a recent blog post for the National Partnership for Action, Kwan pointed out  that communities of color have higher rates of certain health conditions including obesity, diabetes and heart disease.

“As an Asian-American, this is something that is close to my heart since minorities often face health disparities due to language and cultural barriers,” she said.

She said she was lucky to have access to safe parks and recreation centers while growing up. “Through my parents I also learned the importance of healthy eating. Fresh, healthy foods were always available. Sadly, many children today do not have these opportunities,” she added.

Last but not least, Kwan encourages all  schools to sign up for First Lady’s “Let’s Move! Active Schools” initiative and to increase physical activity opportunities for America.

Read more of Kwan’s blog here.

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