Sunday, April 12, 2009

What's cookin?


I read today about a new study that was recently published in the Archive of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine. It indicated that nearly 1 in 5 American four-year-olds are obese. I find this quite troublesome when you consider the life-time of health problems that will plague these preschoolers if they are not helped. The study sited alarming rates of obesity among young Native Americans, as well as higher rates among Hispanic and African American children. Parents may find it difficult to find healthy food choices that fit in with our face-paced schedules and children's tastes. It's important to read and understand the labels on the foods you are using for snacks and ready-made meals. If you are concerned about your child's weight, here are a couple of websites that can be helpful in determining if your child might be overweight: Shapeup.org and CDC.gov What are some of the healthy food choices that are working really well for your family?

1 comment:

Aimee Carter said...

When my girls were small I found that low fat cheese covered a multitude of sin... um, I mean vegetables. ;-) Now that they are school age, I also encourage them to help me prepare meals. We experiment with various ingrediants, and I am also teaching them about what foods are healthy in the process.