Academic journal article Human Ecology

Choosing Health Is Simple

Academic journal article Human Ecology

Choosing Health Is Simple

Article excerpt

"Today, to eat healthfully in America, you have to eat abnormally. Unhealthy eating and nonactive lifestyles are the norm," said Wendy Wolfe of the underlying causes of today's obesity epidemic among children. Wolfe, a research associate in the Division of Nutritional Sciences who has provided input to the 4-H Choose Health initiative, points to research-based behaviors that can make a real difference in reversing current trends. These include:

* Replace soda, fruit drinks, lemonade, ice tea, and other sweetened beverages with water and low-fat milk.

"Research shows that drinking fewer sweetened beverages is the most effective dietary strategy to decrease excessive weight gain in children and teens."

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* Limit screen time to one to two hours per day.

"On average, teens spend 4.5 hours per day watching television and playing video games. There is strong evidence that reducing screen time is one of the most effective ways to reduce obesity."

* Remove TVs from bedrooms and turn the family set off at mealtimes. …

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