March is National Nutrition Month
March 10 2022
March is National Nutrition Month, a great opportunity to learn more about a variety of foods, and help develop a healthy lifestyle, especially for children.
Childhood obesity is a growing problem for our nation and of particular concern in Houston. A study conducted by the Houston Independent School District (HISD) found that obesity in high schoolers is above the normal range (Houston 20.4% vs. U.S. 14.9%). Extra pounds can lead to poor self-esteem and depression, and long-term health issues like diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and an increased risk of certain cancers.
Improving the eating and exercise habits of the entire family can help protect a child’s health now and in the future. Follow the recommendations below.
- Build a healthy plate. Fill ½ the plate with fruits and vegetables, ¼ the plate with a lean protein, and ¼ the plate with whole grains or starches. Aim for 5 servings of fruits and veggies each day. Remember they can come in all forms, fresh, frozen, and even canned.
- Rethink the drink. Water is the best way to quench your thirst. If you need a boost of flavor, add a sugar-free drink mix.
- Be active. Strive for 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity a day. Be a good role model and make physical activity a family affair.
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