Wednesday, March 24, 2010

It's National Nutrition Month!

March is National Nutrition Month. We all want our families to have healthy eating habits, but it’s not always easy to achieve. Just go to the grocery store and look at all the unhealthy foods that tempt you as you wander down the aisles. We are surrounded by poor food choices in attractive packages, sometimes with labels that try to mislead us to believe they are actually healthy. And while it’s ok to have a treat every once in a while, and to have the “unhealthy” treats in moderation, it can be difficult not to go overboard with all that is available. Food can be your child’s friend or foe. Everyone needs to eat, but eating the wrong things and consuming too much can be a recipe for disaster, leading to a multitude of health problems. When parents establish unhealthy eating patterns with their children, it is often difficult to break these habits as the child grows up.

First Lady Michelle Obama is doing her part to help our nation get healthier. Last week she talked to food manufacturers and urged them to speed up their efforts to make healthier foods and reduce marketing unhealthy foods to children. Specifically she requested less salt, fat and sugar in foods. She also said that she wants less confusing food labels. If a product has a reduced fat content, it doesn’t necessarily make it healthier if that fat is replaced with increased sugar and salt. Instead of creatively marketing products to appear healthy, she wants more healthy nutrients and fewer bad ingredients in the foods. She is focusing on school lunches and vending machines, and she also wants to make healthy foods more available along with encouraging children to exercise more. These efforts will help reduce childhood obesity and make America’s kids healthier.

At Exploramania, we also encourage healthy eating along with education and fitness. The Gymathtics DVD Collection is a great way to get your kids active. It’s simple, it’s fun and it can be done at any time of the day. If you don’t already have the DVDs, check them out on our website and learn how it can help your family add some fun into your daily routine while getting smarter and fitter.

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