Helping Children Choose Healthy Foods At School

DYK-ATD_Story_link-art_72ppi_355x129-2As the number of overweight school aged children rises schools, parents, medical professionals, and government agencies are working together to help children make healthy food choices while in school. 

To aid parents in creating smart eating and fitness choices for their children, this month we introduce, Body Focus Kids & Teens™ featuring our Stages Weight Control Plan. Oh yes...and we also would like you to meet our mascot for this program, "Buddy Fit".  

Making Healthy Food Choices At School:

Many states have passed regulations that determine what can be dispensed from vending machines during school hours and school lunches are required to meet the national food pyramid guidelines.  Some schools also maintain a closed lunch campus so that the choices for lunch are limited to those supplied by the school.

For those families that choose to send lunch to school with their children there are some guidelines that can be followed to help ensure that the meal is healthy.

• Choose baked or grilled foods instead of fried foods to keep the fat level lower

• Fruits and vegetables are healthy choices because they are high in fiber, low in fat, and are packed with vitamins and minerals

• Complex carbohydrates like oatmeal, brown rice and potatoes are a better choice than simple  carbohydrates like white bread or white rice

• Protein helps to keep the body feeling full and helps to reduce unhealthy snacking

• Choose 2% or lower fat milk or water to drink instead of soda

• Keep portion sizes under control because even healthy food should be enjoyed in moderation

• Keep food choices exciting because eating the same things everyday can become boring and possibly lead to unhealthy choices

Children can be very picky eaters and may also listen to their friends and decide that if someone says something is “gross” then they assume that it is.  It is important to give your child the opportunity to try new foods so that they can have more options to choose from each day.  It may be best to try new foods at home so that others won’t influence your child before they have had a chance to try the food.

Whether you choose to have your child eat a school lunch or send their lunch with them, it ultimately comes down to giving the right foods to choose from, a different variety of foods, and foods that you know they will eat.

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To learn more about The Body Focus™ System and our online EZDietPlanner & Fitness Tracker™, speak to your doctor or click here now.

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