Implementing vegetables into your child’s diet

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Getting children to eat their vegetables has never been known to be an easy task. One organization has designed ways for you to keep your child healthy and prevent them from obesity.

Donna Nucci and Kara Gansley stopped by Good Morning Connecticut on Saturday to talk about implementing vegetables into your child’s diet.

At Pop Weight Loss, they address the eating habits and eating challenges of the entire family. By introducing a regular schedule of eating and focusing on real foods, they encourage healthy eating for the entire family. They start by helping their clients to make healthy selections for themselves, and explain how their suggestions can fit into their busy lifestyle. Looking for a pre-packaged food? Look no further than an apple. Trying to decide how much of something to eat? Their guide to portion sizes is simple and intuitive- for example, a serving of red meat should be the size of your palm, a serving of poultry the size of your hand to the first knuckle on your fingers, and a serving of fish should be your whole hand. By proving guidance on portion sizes and foods, they help their clients and their families improve their health.

  • Make sure the rights foods are available
  • Monitoring the amount that is consumed
  • Recreational snack ideas

We all know a child’s first example is their parents and siblings. The example we set is important because it provides a clue to the developing child about what they should be eating and how often they should be eating it. It also gives the child’s palate the ability to develop in a healthy way, enabling them to learn to enjoy spicy, savory, and sweet in their natural forms, and helping to prevent the salt-sugar-fat addiction from beginning at an early age. Equally important, proper food choices for your developing child will help to keep their development on track.

  • Helping to promote a better quality of life if you instill proper nutrition trends in your child.
  • Linked to their growth and development.
  • Helps prevent diseases.

In Connecticut, more than half of all residents are overweight or obese (56%) – more than 25% of all residents are obese. Our obesity rates have increased more than 52% since my kids were born in 1994. Almost 15% of all Connecticut children are obese. The diabetes rate in Connecticut is over 8%, and more than 31% of all adults have hypertension.

  • The rate of obesity in America has tripled in the last 30 years.
  • Today, one in five American children is obese, which increases their risk of lifelong health problems such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
  • Obesity is thought to be a product of several interacting factors, including genetic susceptibility, behavior (diet and level of physical activity), and environment (home, school, and community).

 For more information, please visit the Pop Weight Loss website at www.popweightloss.com.

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