Life is not good for some kids. Life is Good Playmakers work to change that.
34 million children in the U.S. alone have suffered at least one Adverse Childhood Experience.
ADVERSE CHILDHOOD EXPERIENCE STUDY, CDC
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are all types of abuse, neglect, and other traumatic experiences that occur to kids under the age of 18. These experiences have been linked to risky health behaviors, chronic health conditions, low life expectancy, and early death. They are the single greatest health threat facing our nation’s kids today.
Young, developing brains are highly sensitive to stress, and will not fully develop emotional, social, and cognitive capacity if kids are continuously responding to threats during their first few years of life. When children are continually responding to adversity, the architecture of their developing brains can be damaged leading to life-long consequences. The greater the number of ACEs, the greater risk – experiencing four or more ACEs is associated with significantly increased risk for 7 out of 10 leading adult causes of death, including heart disease, stroke, cancer, COPD, diabetes, Alzheimers and suicide. Life expectancy is reduced by 20 years among adults who experienced six or more ACEs as kids.
It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.