The function of the Health Committee is to implement health education initiatives to combat the health disparities facing people of color.   We seek to educate, motivate, and empower communities and children to exercise, eat healthy, and live healthier lifestyles.  African-American’s are disproportionately affected by diet-related illnesses such as asthma, hypertension, arthritis, and obesity.  The NAACP will implement Healthy Eating Living and Physical Activity programs to empower our communities to adopt healthy lifestyles.  The NAACP also supports universal healthcare for all.  We work across all levels of the healthcare system to expand access to quality healthcare, including prescription medicines to the more than 48 million Americans who lack healthcare coverage.  We fight to cease the closure of hospitals in minority neighborhoods.  We implement initiatives to decrease rates of HIV and AIDS in the community.