Youth (6-17 yrs.)
One hundred years ago, lack of food, unsafe living conditions, and infections were significant health issues for children in the United States. Today, these conditions affect relatively few kids. However, today’s children face other equally serious health challenges. Poor diet, excess calories, and inadequate physical activity contribute to childhood obesity. Obesity increases the chances of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure. Eating healthy foods and being physically active can help prevent these problems. A few small changes can make a really big difference and be fun, too!
Good nutrition promotes well-being and healthy growth in kids. Most kids need to consume more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains and less soft drinks and fewer high-fat, high-sugar, or salty snack foods. Physical activity promotes the growth of bones and muscles and reduces stress. Kids need at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day.