What is the number 1 most consumed vegetable in America?
Does pizza sauce count as a vegetable?
What percentage of kids don’t eat at least some vegetables every day?
Childhood obesity is a growing problem, especially in the U.S. The sad part is that it’s almost totally avoidable! This is a disease that doesn’t have to happen, but it does. Reducing health care costs is an important topic today, and there is no better way to reduce them than to prevent chronic disease in the first place.
The American Diabetes Association estimates that almost 10 percent of the American population has diabetes. And the rate among children is growing with alarming speed! So, how do we prevent this chronic disease from spreading? I believe that our best approach is through education.
Most schools in this country have cut back or eliminated nutrition courses, and what was called “home economics” in my day is now a thing of the past for most schools. How can we expect our kids to eat healthy when we’re not teaching them what “eat healthy” means?
We must spend the time and resources needed to ensure that each child in America is taught how their body works and how the food they eat affects their life. And we need to practice what we preach too! We need to treat our bodies like the important, complex “machines” that they are. And that starts with providing the right “fuel” to keep your machine running at its peak!
Just how far off track are we as a country. Think about the questions I posed at the beginning. Here are the answers: Potatoes are the number 1 vegetable consumed today, mostly in the form of French fries. According to the U.S. Congress, pizza sauce does count as a vegetable for school lunch program standards. And amazingly, in a recent study 45 percent of kids say they don’t eat veggies daily!
We need to help our kids, our communities and our country by making sure that nutrition is an important part of every child’s education.
What do you think? Is health and nutrition education important?
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