Children are our greatest resource! So it is so important to make sure they have good foundations for health at their disposal.
This will enable them to create healthy habits that they will continue throughout their lives.
In the last several years you might have noticed a wonderful push by prominent figures like First Lady Michelle Obama, Naked Chef Jamie Oliver, Rachael Ray and others to bring a spotlight on healthy eating options for our children.
The programs sponsored by these celebrities are based on their commitment to teach children and parents simple ways to improve health and nutrition. Positive energy generated from these programs contributes to their success.
In July of 2011 The National Restaurant Association launched their Kids LiveWell program in collaboration with Healthy Dining to create healthy food choices at restaurants.
This is a voluntary program, and over 25,000 restaurants have signed up to participate. Restaurants can be included as long as they offer at least one healthy entrée and one healthy side dish. The rest of their menus can remain the same.
Once the restaurant has become part of the network they can market or advertise themselves as part of the Kids LiveWell program.
In June 2012, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine published a report highlighting what they call the five worst “healthy” fast-food kids' meals.
The report is a reminder that we as consumers must always continue to read labels and ask questions about what we are eating even when it might sound like a healthy option.
According to the report, several of the "healthy" food choices at national chains have high levels of sodium, cholesterol and fat. For example, the Chick-fil-A's Grilled Nuggets Kids Meal has about the same amount of cholesterol as a McDonald’s Big Mac.
The report provided several of these shocking statistics to remind parents that restaurants which have traditionally focused on fast-foods and not healthy fare are not the best choices to create healthy lifestyles for our children and families.