Sunday, November 7, 2010

Kids Eat Right @ADAFNCE launched

Kids Eat Right

This weekend, at the Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo in Boston, the American Dietetic Association (ADA) and the ADA Foundation are officially launching their first joint initiative campaign called, Kids Eat Right. The program is a member-driven campaign that is dedicated to supporting the efforts of First Lady, Michelle Obama who initiated the White House’s Let’s Move campaign (February 9, 2010) to raise a healthier generation of kids. 

The ADA’s Kids Eat Right initiative is designed to continue efforts in fighting back and reversing the alarming high rates of childhood obesity. In a recent television interview on CNN, Judith C. Rodriguez, president of the American Dietetic Association (ADA) said a goal for Registered Dietitians is to help families concerned with childhood obesity by encouraging three simple steps, “Shopping, Cooking, and Eating.” According to Ms. Rodriguez, the Kids Eat Right initiative is trying to keep the goals within reach of everyone. “We all know that childhood obesity is a critical problem facing our society today.”    
The Kids Eat Right initiative is based on scientific evidence. Research shows that when children help parents shop, it helps them learn about making food choices. Ms. Rodriguez suggested when food shopping to select colorful fruits and vegetables; for example, bright oranges (oranges, sweet potatoes, and carrots) and bright greens (like broccoli, lettuce, asparagus). The ADA president also mentioned the importance of reading food labels, and to try and avoid buying products that are high in sugar.

Let your children get involved in helping to prepare the foods. Kids are more likely to eat foods that they help to prepare.
According to Ms. Rodriguez, “Data is really strong that when families eat together, they (the kids) tend to have a healthier outlook on food.” 

Local food banks, such as the Food Bank of South Jersey, offer a program called Cooking Matters (formerly known as Operation Frontline), which is another great program that helps kids to eat right. America's children enjoy and need these types of programs; their families can benefit too from the nutrition education that they provide. 

The photographs shown are from a class I taught as a volunteer chef/nutritionist last summer.

Related Links: Kids Eat Right campaign
Action for Healthy Kids


Cooking Matters (formerly Operation Frontline)
CDC: 1 in 5 teens has cholesterol problems. Now what? by Sarah Klein,

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