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
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
During the hectic holiday season, remember that there is more to life than food. Health and extreme self-care will bring you more happiness than eggnog or any cheese log ever can. Continue reading
With families buzzing around a mile a moment, parents are challenged not only to shop for, but to also find the time to prepare healthy meals at home. It is no wonder that many families find themselves in the drive-thru lane on the way home from work or sports practice. Continue reading
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.
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
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.
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
Jamie Oliver is outspoken and passionate about his wish to teach every child about food and fight obesity. The Jamie Oliver Foundation is a registered charity whose mission is to empower, educate and engage as many people as possible to love and enjoy good food. Continue reading