One in three children in the United States is overweight or obese. Childhood obesity puts kids at risk for health problems that were once seen only in adults, like type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease.
To get a healthy variety of fruits and vegetables, think color. Eating fruits and vegetables of different colors gives your body a wide range of valuable nutrients, like fiber, folate, potassium, and vitamins A and C.
Studies have shown that people who eat a diet high in whole foods such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, whole grains, legumes, fish and unsaturated fats like olive oil are up to 35% less likely to develop depression than people who eat less of these foods.
Measuring waist circumference helps screen for possible health risks that come with overweight and obesity. If most of your fat is around your waist rather than at your hips, you are at a higher risk for heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
Smart Snacking is important as more than a quarter of kids’ daily calories may come from snacks. Look for snacks that are low in added sugar (a form of sugar is not one of the first three ingredients).