November is National Diabetes Awareness Month. Diabetes, a disease that affects 25.8 million children and adults in the U.S., is one of the fastest growing health issues in our country. Broken into two types, Type 1 and Type 2, the latter is the most common form and the scariest threat for our American children. According to the World Health Organization, increased consumption of energy-dense, nutrient-poor foods with high amounts of sugar and saturated fats combined with sedentary living has resulted in a global epidemic of obesity and in turn, Type 2 Diabetes.
As a part of the Obama administration’s commitment to the health of young Americans, both federal and non-federal stakeholders have expressed a desire for the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans to be updated on a regular basis. This new midcourse report, Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans Midcourse Report: Strategies to Increase Physical Activity Among Youth, is intended to identify interventions that can help increase physical activity in youth across a variety of settings and was released last week at the Partnership for a Healthier America Summit in Washington, D.C.
On Tuesday, the Walt Disney Company announced its initiative to ban junk food advertisements from its TV channels, websites and radio networks that target children. Companies that wish to advertise food and beverages on Disney networks will now have to meet Disney’s nutritional standards. Disney’s plan, which will not go into effect until 2015, will drop fast-food, junk food, and candy advertisements.
Recent studies have shown that girls who grow up in stressful environments where violence, depression, or other disturbances are prevalent are more likely to become obese by five years old, as opposed to children who live in steady homes. Further, according to Medical Journal Pediatrics, preschool girls who are exposed to these unfortunate circumstances have an even higher risk of becoming obese.
A recent segment on NBC’s Today Show examined mistakes well-meaning parents can make that, in reality, contribute to unhealthiness in their children. From banning sweets to serving too much fruit juice, some smart-seeming feeding habits can actually backfire. Watch as Today Show nutritionist Joy Bauer explains eight of these habits and offers alternatives that will help parents reach their goal of happy, healthy children.
This recipe offers a delicious alternative to commercial energy bars, which can get expensive if not bought in bulk. These homemade bars are perfect for a burst of energy on the spot during a workout, as well as for a satisfying afternoon snack.
Just like sound technique and proper training, diet and nutrition are incredibly important to success in youth sports. Because a young person’s body is still growing, it often needs more nutrients than an average adult’s does in a normal day. The problem? Many parents don’t understand what type of nutrition their young athletes should be…