Over the past several decades, childhood obesity rates have risen dramatically, especially in economically disadvantaged communities. Children who carry excess weight face a number of health problems in childhood, and later as adults.
A number of factors have contributed to this health crisis, and it's going to take a number of approaches and lifestyle changes to help reverse the trend. Some of them are comprehensive and far-reaching, requiring commitments from industry and politicians. But not all of them.
Some of them require YOU.
Evidence increasingly suggests that some of the most important influences on child behavior are their parents (any caregiver). Parents are crucial role models for healthy - and unhealthy - behavior and are responsible for creating a health-promoting environment at home. But you don't need to start running marathons or swear off ice cream to set a good example. Here are a few simple steps you can take to start building healthy habits at home.
Are you making your weekend grocery list? Looking for a super easy meal to wow your weekend guests, or just get from stove to table in no time. Look no further!
The star of this recipe: beets.
Before you groan and click "back", hear me out. Beets are incredible. They may not be as accessible as the carrot, exotic as the artichoke, or beautifully curvy as the eggplant, but beets have fabulous flavor and pack a nutritional punch (they are an excellent source of folate, manganese, potassium and fiber).