Reducing childhood obesity is a national priority. Twenty-eight percent of children (ages 10-17) in Idaho are overweight or obese and national average is 32%. Fifty-five percent of Idaho high school students are not meeting recommended physical activity level. While most elementary schools offer PE, they don’t track total PE time. Although schools have reduced access the junk food in school vending machines more work is needed. Check out resources on healthy living and read more on Idaho schools and how 4-H can team-up with local programs to improve physical well-being of children and youth.
Recipes for Home and 4-H Groups!
If you are looking to add to your collection of delicious, kid-approved recipes that are made from healthy ingredients, look no further than the Recipes for Healthy Kids Cookbook. The recipes in this cookbook feature foods that children and adults alike should consume more of: dark green and orange vegetables, dry beans and peas, and whole grains. All of these healthy recipes are low in total fat, saturated fat, sugar, and sodium. The featured recipes are standardized for 25 and 50 servings and include no more than 15 ingredients. These kid-tested, kid-approved recipes are sure to please children and be an instant hit in all 4-H programs! (Food and Nutrition Service, USDA).
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