Eating more nutritious foods that lead to a healthier life is a common goal for many families. But the question is, how? How do we turn that goal into action and start taking the necessary steps to eat better?Learn what the nutritional needs are for your family, and take on healthy changes to eat better.
Eat Right This Summer
Swimming at the pool, attending summer camp, grilling with family and friends, the ice cream truck jingle…summer break means lots of fun in the sun, but it’s also a three-month period where the healthy choice isn’t always easy to make. Luckily, the Alliance works year-round to promote healthy eating through our healthy out-of-school-time program (HOST), and we’re here to provide some tips to make the most of your summer break.
Increase Fruits and Vegetables
Only 20% of high school students in our country report eating five servings of fruits and vegetables every day. You might be like many families who don’t have easy access to stores that carry the produce your family needs. And even if you do have access to fresh produce, it’s another challenge to get your family to eat enough fruits and vegetables to feel as full as they would from eating a meal from a fast food restaurant. It takes planning and trial and error to increase the fresh fruits and veggies your family eats, but you will see many benefits over time.
Eat Real Food
Over the past 30 years, the rates of childhood obesity have been increasing steadily. During these same 30 years, our country has seen a rise in the amount of calories our kids are consuming in the form of fast food, food from convenience stores, and the many other snacks our children eat outside the home. It’s more commonly called junk food. And we have the opportunity to lower the amount of junk food our families are eating by increasing the amount of healthful, homemade meals and healthy snacks they consume.
Drop Liquid Calories
Today, we are drinking more sugary beverages than ever before. And this trend has hit hardest with our kids. Sugar-sweetened beverages are now the largest source of added sugar in the diets of our nation’s youth. But the good news is that most of these sugary beverages are consumed at home, so we as parents, as caregivers, as big brothers and sisters, can have a direct impact on decreasing the amount of empty calories our families are consuming from these sweet drinks.
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