Monday, April 2, 2012

Healthy Habit of the Month: April

The Healthy Schools Healthy Families Healthy Habit of the Month:

Eat less fast food!

Fast foods are high in fat, sugar and salt and have been shown to be replacing healthier, balanced meals. Children who eat fast food consume larger portions, more fat, more added sugar, more sugar-sweetened beverages, less liquid milk and fewer fruits and vegetables. The extra calories from eating often at fast food restaurants over time has been shown to increase the risk for obesity and insulin resistance, risk factors for type 2 diabetes.

If you do go to a fast food restaurant once in a while, look for lower calorie food items with more vegetables. In New York City most chain fast food places are required to have calorie labels on their menu so you can compare calories in different foods. Many places are beginning to offer healthy alternatives to their regular menu, which have more vegetables, less fat, and sometimes even whole grains. These options are healthier for your heart and help maintain a healthy weight.

For more information on how you can eat healthier, even at a fast food restaurant, click here!

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