It’s really no secret that Americans currently lead the world in terms of being overweight (a whopping 74%). And it’s no wonder. Even as children starting out in grade school, practically zero classes are directed at proper nutrition, exercise and weight management. And yes grade school is not too soon to start beginning to educate kids. Proper maintenance of your health is a life long pursuit!
Did you know that the percentage of children aged 6–11 years in the United States who were obese increased from 7% in 1980 to nearly 18% in 2012. Similarly, the percentage of adolescents aged 12–19 years who were obese increased from 5% to nearly 21% over the same period. I find those figures troubling and they are getting worse (not better) every year! Even Michelle Obama’s well intentioned school lunch program has faltered in many schools across America. The National School Boards Association reported in late 2014 that 83.7 % of school districts around the country have seen an increase in wasted school lunch food since a 2010 law was passed mandating new nutrition rules. So, something needs to be changed and changed soon. After all, today’s pudgy will soon turn into tomorrow’s cardiac arrests and burdens on the healthcare system!
|Dressing was a mix of olive oil and vinegar!|
One thing that moms and dads can do early on is to teach their children about the wonderful world of salads! There are virtuously endless ways of making highly nutritious and filling salad creations that not only will kids like, bet even learn to crave. And, while I’m no model of physical health, I have enjoyed a lifetime of salads. As a matter of fact, I enjoy a custom creation just about every day! Oftentimes, my choice of ingredients are limited by what I have on hand. Yet, even a very basic romaine salad with a few veggies tossed in can do wonders over time. The basic 170 gram lunch salad pictured here contained romaine lettuce, onion, bell pepper, shredded cheese, celery and croûtons made out of toast!