Today, more than 18 percent of school-aged children are obese. The leading cause of this national epidemic is the overconsumption of sugar. The World Health Organization issued a recommendation in 2015 that everyone, regardless of age, should restrict his or her sugar intake to less than 10 percent of all calories consumed daily. For young […]
Children are active during the hot summer months, so it is important to stay nourished and hydrated. We all know that the more active kids are, the hungrier they become. All that swimming, biking and hiking will really kick up their appetites. Remember, a healthy snack will provide nourishment for those long stretches between meals.
The dog days of summer are nearing an end, and kids are about to head back to school. That might come as a relief for parents trying to keep them busy or out of trouble. For those parents, resurrecting your school routine can most certainly provide a breath of fresh air. On the flip side,
Children as young as 12 years old are guzzling energy drinks. They have a long day of school, then sports practice and late nights of studying ahead of them. How do these young people make it through? Ah, yes, those energy drinks—sexy, sparkling and sweet. Yet many do not realize that one energy drink has
Traveling abroad for the last few months, I was fortunate to observe what kids eat for breakfast around the world. What I saw gave me moment to pause and consider what we Americans feed our children. Given the rising global obesity epidemic, it is time for us to rethink what our children eat for breakfast.
According to the “Encyclopedia of Junk Food and Fast Food,” in 1970, Americans spent about $6 billion on fast food. In 2014, the spending rose to nearly $200 billion. By 2020, the number is expected to be greater than $223 billion. Wow, that’s lot of cheeseburgers! Given this reality, it behooves us to ponder the
We all love celebrating at birthday parties. And for our children, it is one of our greatest pleasures. But with all that fun, there seems to be an abundance of junk food—pizza, cake ice cream and sodas—at these celebrations. Sometimes there may be two or three birthday parties to attend during one weekend. Since this
Halloween is just around the corner. Spooky goblins and wicked witches will soon be parading down your streets. There will be Halloween school feasts, Halloween parties with friends and even Halloween festivals. What are parents to do if they want their wee ones to stay away from all that sweet stuff? Make sure that during
Most Americans today shy away from filling one half or more of their plates with vegetables. That’s especially true of our children. Yet, these nutrient-rich foods should be the high point of your family’s meals. They don’t require much cooking time, and all vegetables offer excellent benefits to the body. In fact, numerous studies show
Summer vacation will be coming to an end shortly and the streets will soon be dotted with yellow school buses heralding “back to school.” With that transition also comes lunchtime meal prep. Packing nutritious lunches that your kids will eat can be a daunting task, but don’t stress, y’all. I am here to help. Let’s
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