Parents –Did You know you can help create healthier lives for your children? One step you can take is to help plan healthy classroom parties? With the end of year parties approaching–why not end on a good note? Special occasion foods are okay in moderation, right? Yes! But moderation has sadly been redefined. Nowadays, sweet treats seem to have infiltrated most everyday events, and “special occasion” foods have become a daily indulgence.
Of the nation’s overweight 5 to 10 year-olds, 61% already exhibit at least one major risk factor for heart disease and 26% have two or more! One study found that 60% of autopsied accident victims aged 15 to 19 years had atherosclerosis, a precursor to heart disease, the nation’s #1 killer overall.
So start changing your kid’s health with the end of year classroom celebrations and get your summer off to a healthy kick-start? These events bring together parents, teachers, and kids—precisely the three groups of people that need to be involved in a healthier America if we hope to prevent kids from the untimely onset of adult diseases. After all, it is clearly established that childhood obesity is an accelerator of diabetes, heart disease, and other chronic diseases.
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