Healthy for Good Blog
Fall is here, and the change in the weather may have you cheering or jeering. Cheering if you’re an outdoor workout fan and you’re DONE with the summer heat. Jeering if the waning daylight and cooler temps make you want to go into hibernation mode (we feel ya). Either way, fall can be a perfect time to rediscover nature and recommit to being more active.
Two months ago, thousands of you asked the CEO’s of five of the largest fast food restaurants in the country to offer healthier kids meals. Together, we sent thousands of messages. And, your efforts are making a difference. Earlier this year McDonalds promised to make their kids meals healthier by decreasing sodium and fat levels, while offering water and low-fat milk in place of sodas. This is a great first step, but we are far from done!
Football season is back! This sport is a way of life for many families. It includes traditions and tailgates that no touchdown is complete without. In football season things get heated both on the field and on the grill.
Did you hear the one about the researchers who said we’re not eating enough sodium? Good one! But seriously, there has been confusing news about sodium and it’s no wonder some people aren’t sure which way is up… or is it down?
Did you know that what you eat is impacted by the government? That’s right. Congress drafts legislation, debates the merits of the bills in committees and ultimately holds votes to see which proposals will be sent to the President’s desk to be signed into law.
Want a better way to track the types of physical activity you are doing? The American Heart Association’s Center for Health Technology & Innovation and Google Fit are making it easier to do just that with changes to the Google Fit platform. Right now, most wearables used to track physical activity rely on tracking activity but not intensity.
Is it possible that spending a little time in nature each day can get you closer to a healthier, happier you? Yes!
Although temperatures are still scorching, summertime is almost over for most kids. And while it’s easier to help kids make healthy choices when they’re home during the summer, what happens when they go back to school? They’re constantly faced with ads pushing unhealthy food and beverage choices, and not every child has access to a healthy and nutritious meal in their school’s cafeteria. With nearly one-third of American children classified as obese or overweight, it’s time we took action to make the school day healthier for our kids.
It’s no secret that most restaurant kids’ meals aren't exactly healthy. Too often they are high in calories, saturated fat, sugar and sodium--and low in nutrition. Eating out used to be a special treat – now it’s become a strategy for how we can get one more thing marked off our to-do list. Restaurants should do their part by including menu items that are healthy, especially for kids. That is why advocates like you have been calling for restaurants to make all meals - but especially kids' meals - heathier. And we are starting to see some change.