This an updated article was originally posted on 8/30/17 by Alicia Sepulveda Ranucci, Intern for The Happy Kitchen
September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. Childhood obesity can have a lifelong impact on physical and mental health and, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 1 in 5 school age children in the US is obese. While obesity is not caused by diet alone, daily access to healthy foods and modeling healthy eating habits can have a big influence in preventing, managing and reversing it.
This week, we've got some tips and recommendations to help you plan affordable, healthy lunches and snacks for your whole family. The Happy Kitchen’s Happy Plate emphasizes meals that are made up of one quarter grains, one quarter protein, and one half fruits and vegetables. These tips also work for people of all ages who are looking to start or maintain a healthy lunch routine.