Getting ready to go back to school? We’re addressing a big concern: too many kids being overweight. Over 14 million kids in the U.S. are too obese, which isn’t good for their health. It can also make them feel bad emotionally. But don’t worry, parents and caregivers can help fix this!
It’s not just eating too much junk food that makes kids overweight. Sleeping enough and not spending too much time on screens are important too. Kids need more sleep than adults, and if they don’t get enough, they might eat at weird times and not play enough.
Also, it’s important not to spend too much time watching TV or playing on phones. That can make kids eat unhealthy snacks. Instead, try to do active things and choose healthy snacks like fruits.
At school, the food kids eat can make them overweight. Sometimes, the food in packed lunches isn’t very good. But you can make tasty and healthy lunches without spending too much money.
Here are some ideas:
- Make a wrap with colorful veggies and some lean protein like chicken or hummus.
- Mix cooked quinoa with veggies and beans for a yummy salad.
- Create a mix of nuts, cereal, and dried fruits for a tasty snack.
- Pack yogurt, granola, and fruit for a special treat.
- Include crackers, cheese, turkey, fruits, and veggies for a fun lunch.
Remember, small bites of healthy food add up. We have a nutritionist who can help parents and caregivers. Our nutritionist can give advice on feeding picky eaters, how much food to eat, and making good meal plans. To get help, www.henryjaustin.org/service/nutrition or call 609-278-5900 to schedule an appointment.