Health & Fitness

By Jasmin Guleria

As the childhood obesity statistics continue to painfully rise, I can’t help but blame adults. Let’s face it, when it comes to a child’s eating habits, adults are the main ingredients. Whether you are a parent, an aunt, a teacher, or even a soccer coach – every adult in contact with a child has the ability to help fight childhood obesity by instilling healthy habits in a child’s environment.

Lucky for us, there’s an entire community of adults who are working together to fight the childhood obesity epidemic. The Alliance for a Healthier Generation, a non-profit organization dedicated to decreasing childhood obesity and instilling healthy eating habits in young people nationwide, has a great site with info on how to become an advocate for healthy living in your community and home!

This is the year to get up and DO something about child obesity rather than indulging our youth with fat-filled “happy” meals and other processed sugary junk food! We at BN can’t think of a better organization to work with to help get our kids back into heart-healthy shape! For more info on how to join the fight against obesity – go to http://www.healthiergeneration.org.

Did the summer make you lose your bagged lunch creativity? Check out BN’s revamp of typical school lunch favorites – guaranteed to keep your little one healthy and satisfied!

White bread, sugar-filled jelly and processed peanut butter, oh my! We’re obviously talking about the quintessential school lunch sandwich – PB&J. Alter this child-favorite by swapping white bread for wheat, processed PB for all-natural almond butter, and sugary jelly for the sugar-free variety. These easy steps will give your kids a fiber-filled, low-sugar, protein-packed mid-day meal.

Potato Chips – you really shouldn’t have even one! Ditch these oily guys and get your crunch and flavor from baby carrots and hummus dip! Low in fat and full of protein and fiber-savvy chickpeas, Wild Garden’s Hummus to Go packs are the perfect flavorful addition to any lunch box.

Wave Bon Voyage to those Chips Ahoy’s and replace them with a soft delish Kashi Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie. Made with rolled oats and healthy dark chocolate, this treat will keep the kiddies full, while still allowing them to satisfy their sweet tooth.

For a larger dose of nutrients, finger fruits like blueberries or cut up oranges are a perfect addition to any lunch, providing your favorite little people with a power-packing dose of Vitamin C and antioxidants.

No time to make lunch? Check out KidFresh – a Manhattan-based company that creates healthy, prepared meals-to-go for kids.

Originally published September 2008
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