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Be Smart!

Sunny Smart teaches children to Be Smart by making healthy food choices.

Sunny Smart teaches children to Be Smart by making healthy food choices.

 

What does it mean?

  • It’s important to Be Smart about what you choose to eat..
  • Making sure half your plate has fruits and vegetables is important for staying healthy. You can learn more here.

 

Why is it important?

  • The Centers for Disease Control (2013) released statistics indicating 1 in 8 preschoolers in the U. S. are obese. You can learn more here.
  • Additionally, more than one-third of adults are obese. You can learn more here.
  • For children and adults, learning the difference between healthy and unhealthy foods helps to form better nutritional habits.
  • Chronic and severe illnesses, such as certain cancers, stroke, diabetes, arthritis, and cardiovascular disease, are associated with obesity.

 

How Can I Do It?

  • Visit MyPlate.gov and learn about the importance of eating healthy foods.
  • Choose foods that provide more nutritional values, such as leafy green vegetables, colorful fruits, lean meats, and whole grains.
  • Choose snacks that are lower in sugar and fats.
  • Drink more water!
  • Learn about low-cost, easy recipes here.