Proper nutrition is more important that ever because we all tend to eat too much and move too little. Unfortunately, this unhealthy trend has resulted in an increase in preventable disease. According to the CDC, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, healthy eating is associated with reduced risk for many diseases, including the three leading causes of death:
That’s why it’s especially important for parents to begin promoting healthy eating habits during their child’s infancy.
Healthy eating in childhood and adolescence is important for proper growth and development and can prevent health problems such as obesity, cavities, and iron deficiency anemia. As the CDC also cites, most young people are not following the recommendations set forth in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
Of U.S. youth aged 6-19:
It’s easy to achieve healthy nutrition. Just remember to provide your family with a variety of healthy foods in moderation. Be sure to serve whole grains breads and pasta and crunchy vegetables. Any fruit that’s in season is great. Dairy, like low-fat milk, yogurt or cheese, meats, beans, fish and a small amount of fat each day is OK too.
Good nutrition should be a part of your child’s overall healthy lifestyle. So don’t stop there. Be sure to encourage regular exercise too.