Nutrition is Key
What's in the news about kids and calories? What's a parent to do? Go to www.myplate.gov
to go to the new food guidance to help you understand your child's needs for nutritionally healthy food choices.
Livingston's Nutrition Policy in a Snapshot
Foods that are prohibited:
Consider this: According to government and medical statistics, this current generation of young people may be the first to live shorter and sicker lives than the preceding generation.
SO, WHAT ARE WE TO DO?
TRY 5 A DAY THE COLOR WAY
Some tips to getting those veggies in include washing and chopping ahead of time so they are ready to eat. Serve a fruit or vegetable at every meal. Try topping cereal with fruit. Can't get your child to eat cooked green beans or peas? When they clamor that they are hungry just before dinner, offer the beans or peas frozen.... My kids loved the crunchiness and they got a serving of veggies in. How about baby spinach in a tossed salad? Try an excursion to the grocery store and let them pick something red (apple, tomato, pepper), something purple (eggplant), something yellow (squash, pepper, apple), something green (peas, beans, broccoli). See how long that list of different fruits and veggies can become. Can your family try 30 different fruits and vegetables by the end of a month without repeating? How about a family project this summer by growing a backyard garden?
And, of course, don't forget the exercise. A backyard whiffle ball game with a parent playing makes for some great memories and healthier family members all the way around.