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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Stop Childhood Obesity Today


Did you know that September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month?  More than 23 million children and teenagers in the United States ages 2 to 19 are obese or overweight, and it is our job as parents or caregivers to guide our children towards a more healthy lifestyle.

A great way to start is by providing them with healthy foods to control hunger between meals.

Here's a helpful snack guide...
...from the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services for getting your youngsters on the path to a healthy weight:

Healthy snack ideas
  • “Ants on a log” (celery with peanut butter and raisins)
  • Fresh or canned fruit (in 100% juice, not syrup) with fat-free or low-fat vanilla yogurt
  • Whole-grain crackers with low-fat cheese
  • Frozen grapes (rinse and freeze grapes overnight)
  • Whole-wheat bread or apple slices with peanut butter
  • Quesadillas (low-fat cheese on a whole-wheat tortilla)
  • Unsalted pretzels or air-popped popcorn
  • Baked tortilla chips and salsa
  • Whole-wheat pita bread with hummus
  • Water or fat-free or low-fat milk
  • Put fresh fruit in a bowl at eye-level in the refrigerator or on the kitchen counter. It will be easier for kids to see and grab.

On the go


  • Put dried fruits and nuts, fresh veggies, or fruit in small baggies.
  • Pack low-fat string cheese sticks.

Set the rules


  • Teach your kids to ask before they help themselves to snacks.
  • Eat snacks at the table or in the kitchen, not in front of the TV.
  • Serve snacks in a bowl. Don’t let kids eat snack foods directly out of the bag or box.
  • Drink water or fat-free or low-fat milk instead of soda or juice.

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