Nutrition and Obesity

Establishing Healthy Life-Style Habits in Your Children

Establishing Healthy Life-Style Habits in Your Children

Computer games, handheld electronic games, and television cartoon shows are contributing to a nation of pint-sized couch potatoes. Parents are concerned that the influence over their children, held by advertising companies and technology, is stronger than their own influence. Many parents are looking for positive ways to encourage their children to adopt healthier lifestyles while they are young. Continue reading

Teaching Toddlers Healthy Eating Habits

Teaching Toddlers Healthy Eating Habits

If parents can change their views and practices to insure that the food their children eat is healthier, then they will have taken a very important first step in raising healthy children. Toddlers especially learn by watching their parents and other adults and copying what they see. The trends towards obesity in children can change if we start early establishing healthy eating habits.
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Ann Cooper Cares A Lot About What Kids Eat for Lunch

Ann Cooper Cares A Lot About What Kids Eat for Lunch

As the head of nutrition for Berkeley, California schools, Ann Cooper serves organic, regionally sourced and sustainable meals to lots of lucky children. She has a front line view of the daily battle to keep kids healthy, and also of the enemy, the processed-foods industries that sometimes seems to want to wrap every single thing that children eat in a fried coating and then a plastic bag. Continue reading

Childhood Obesity – A Disturbing Trend

Childhood Obesity – A Disturbing Trend

Parents can play a more active role in ensuring their kids have access to healthy foods and that they start the day with a good breakfast. Studies clearly show that kids who eat a nutritious breakfast are less likely to be obese or overweight. Eating meals cooked at home and limiting restaurant and fast-food meals is another way to help kids develop healthy eating habits and ward off obesity. Continue reading

Fun and Healthy School Lunch Programs

Fun and Healthy School Lunch Programs

There are so many positive outcomes that stem from better lunch programs. Schools can integrate nutrition into their curriculum by teaching kids the delicious ABC’s of good health. School gardens can be cultivated to get kids invested in trying new flavors and the importance of taking care of the land. Continue reading

Strengths & Weaknesses Of The New ChooseMyPlate Model

Strengths & Weaknesses Of The New ChooseMyPlate Model

The changes made on the USDA’s new ChooseMyPlate food guide are simple to follow, but may be too vague to make the strides needed for Americans to avoid obesity, heart disease and diabetes. The new guidelines are helpful if the consumer seeks out more information in the Selected Messages. As with most things in life, rewards correspond to the amount of effort we put into things, and our health is no different.
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