Healthy Fuel for School: Parents Guide to a Healthy and Nutritional Diet for Kids of All Ages - Video and Photo Available

Aug 28, 2006, 01:00 ET from Del Monte

    NEW YORK, Aug. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- If you are concerned about your
 child's weight, you are in good company. Since the 1960's, the number of
 overweight children in the United States has nearly doubled, and the number
 of overweight adolescents has nearly tripled. Today, 10% of 2- to 5-year
 olds and more than 15% of children between the ages of 6 and 19 are
 overweight, which puts them at risk for disease and low self-esteem.
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     "Now more than ever, it is imperative that parents take the necessary
 steps to improve their children's nutritional health and help to encourage
 smart eating habits. Whether your child is a toddler or a teen, you can
 incorporate simple and healthy changes in their breakfast, lunch and snacks
 that will not only help them to lose weight but encourage them to eat
 healthy throughout the year," says Julie Upton, nutritional and fitness
     Upton says, "Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and sets
 the nutritional tone for the rest of the day. Studies have shown that
 children who eat a healthy breakfast perform better during the school day.
 Therefore, it's imperative that you start your child off on the right foot
 with a good breakfast. A simple and nutritional breakfast is whole grain
 cereal with skim or low-fat milk. Also, incorporate fruits like
 blueberries, apples or bananas with the cereal."
     To help get out of the usual sandwich rut, Upton suggests swapping out
 sliced breads for spinach and tomato wraps and adding nutritional
 ingredients such as peanuts to top off a green salad.
     "As an after-school snack, instead of cookies or chips, try giving your
 child healthy and tasty snacks like pickles," says Upton. A popular
 favorite, pickles tempt the taste buds, pack a zesty punch and, best of
 all, kids love them! Also, pickles have no fat and few carbohydrates and
 calories. For those who like to buy organic products, Del Monte now makes a
 line of organic pickles. Their pickles are produced using environmentally
 friendly farming practices, without synthetic chemicals or genetically
 modified ingredients.
     "Simple healthy changes can do a world of good for you and your
 family's diet and lifestyle," says Upton. "Parents need to choose healthy
 food options when shopping for their family. By having healthy food options
 in their home, parents will not only dramatically affect their children's
 diet, but the entire family."
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     Contact Info
     Elesia Carey
     (917) 291-9089

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