In my perfect world, I would prepare healthy, yummy home-cooked meals every night and make sure my increasingly independent kids ate mostly nutritious fare. I work hard at that goal, trying to have fresh produce at the ready for quick snacks and ingredients for a variety of simple, desirable meals.
The media has put America’s parents on alert status. Daily, we hear reports about the need to turn kid’s eating habits around, to look at food labels and to buy natural and, when possible, organic foods for our children.
According to a government study, about one in three teens and children is overweight or obese. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 17.4 percent of kids and teens 12-19 years old are overweight; more than triple the rate just 20 years ago and an additional 15% of teens are at risk of becoming overweight. Young people are now experiencing such health problems as high cholesterol levels, high blood pressure, fatty liver and diabetes.
Well Kiddos™, a Half Moon Bay organization led by Manuela Hipkins, advocates providing children with healthy food choices when dining in or out. The program is designed to help both restaurants and parents.