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America's Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being 2009
A picture of a graph with a baby, a toddler and a teen
Forum on Child and Family Statistics
Duane M. Alexander, M.D.DIRECTOR
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
Dr. Alexander on camera
Dr. Alexander: Like any year, the picture is not always bright; there are problem areas as well, and the years reported in this report are no different. We had some setbacks, largely in an area reflective of the U.S. economy. But the data we're reporting are from 2007, before the serious downturn we saw in 2008. The biggest indicator was percentage of children living in poverty, which increased from 17 percent to 18 percent in 2007.
Susan Lukacs, D.O., M.S.P.HMEDICAL OFFICER
National Center for Health Statistics
Dr. Lukacs on camera
Dr. Lukacs: I think the statistics in this report have some clear messages: we need to focus time and energy on our kids and pay attention to prevention measures to keep our children safe, and we also need to check in on our teens to protect them from risky behaviors.
A picture of a graph with a baby, a toddler and a teen.