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
"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."
For more information, please visit: www.delmontepickle.com
SOURCE Del Monte