Eating Healthy at Home
Bring the Healthy Home!
While school district's across the country are making efforts serve food that is more healthy and nutritious for students, it's easy for family members to take simple steps to make meals served at home healthier as well! This is especially important since one-in-three American children are at risk of type two diabetes and heart problems because they are over-weight and/or obese while only 15 percent of Wisconsin students get the recommended servings of fruit and vegetables each day.
- Some simple tips that families can do at home include:
- Switching from whole or 2% milk to 1% or fat-free milk
- Limiting sugary drinks like soda or sport drinks, and drinking water instead.
- Making more "home-made" meals, rather than eating out or going through a fast-food drive through.
- Limiting salt (too much sodium often causes major heart problems for Americans)
- Plan your meals, and make as much food as you can in advance--- this will help on even the busiest school nights. Crock pots, which allow you to slow-cook a home-made meal during the day are also a big help.
- Eat healthy snacks, like yogurt dipped berries, rather than chips or cookies.
By eating healthy at school and at home, as well as participating in physical activities a few times each week, students can begin making a lifetime of healthy choices that will continue to benefit them as they grow!