Reducing The Death Rate of Black Babies

October 3, 2010  |  

(LA Times) — Thirteen-year-old Jeremy Thicklin is on a mission to teach his friends how to prevent African-American babies from dying. The slender eighth-grader at Roosevelt Middle School was one of 212 volunteers who graduated Saturday from Community Voice, a five-week program teaching them how diet, exercise and behavior can reduce the high death rate among African-American infants. African-American babies die more than twice as often before their first birthday as do non-Hispanic whites, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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