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DESCRIPTIONHealthy Eating = Healthy Kids. Heidi M. Bates, MSc(C.), RD Tri-Nutrition Consulting. Houston Weve Got a Problem!. Foods from outside of the four food groups represent almost of the calorie intake of Canadian children and youth Soft drinks, snack foods, sweets, added fats - PowerPoint PPT Presentation
Healthy Eating = Healthy KidsHeidi M. Bates, MSc(C.), RDTri-Nutrition Consulting
Houston Weve Got a Problem!Foods from outside of the four food groups represent almost of the calorie intake of Canadian children and youthSoft drinks, snack foods, sweets, added fatsChildren and youth who take in high fat, high sugar, nutrient deficient, high calorie foods are at increased risk for obesity.
Did You Know? of Canadian kids eat fast food every day!
- Healthy Eating Anyone?Vegetable and fruit consumption is limited among Canadian children
In 1977-78, children ages 6-11 drank about four times as much milk as soda. In 2001-02, they drank about the same amounts of milk and soda.
The High Cost of Poor NutritionDecreased academic achievementDecreased physical performanceIncreased risk for:Overweight and obesityDiabetesHeart diseaseStrokeCertain types of cancer
Diabetes Projected Risks:For Babies Born in 2000 Girls: 38% lifetime risk If diabetic before age 40, lifespan shortened by 14 years (Quality of life by 19 years)
Boys: 33% lifetime risk If diabetic before age 40, lifespan shortened by 12 years (Quality of life by 22 years) V Narayan et al: JAMA 8 Oct 2003
Unless effective population-level interventions to reduce obesity are developed, the steady rise in life expectancy observed in the modern era may soon come to an end and the youth of today may, on average, live less healthy and possibly even shorter lives than their parents.
Olshansky S.J. et al.. NEJM: 2005 Mar 17; 352(11): 1138-45.
Feeding Our Future
Healthy Eating for Kids: What WorksEnvironments that value healthy eating:Home, school, childcare, communityPolicy supports healthy environmentsAlberta Nutrition Guidelines for Children and YouthChildcare, Schools and Recreation Centres
Nutrition Education:Knowledge and skillsParentsKids
Healthy Eating: What Kids Say! How often do you try and eat healthy?26% said all the time. 35% said most of the time. 24% said sometimes. 10% said once in a while. 5% said never.
Source: KidsHealth KidsPoll
The Troops are Willing Lets Support ThemKids are interested in eating well and being healthy!We can support this interest by:Creating environments that allow easy access to healthy food choicesLimiting access to competitive foodsHelping kids become media savvyProviding skill-based nutrition education