Spring means baseball and other outdoor sports for children and while getting physical activity is great, busy parents often opt for unhealthy fast food choices. Registered Dietitian Mary Martin tells Cherish Lombard families may be going to fast food restaurants too often. According to a study published in Pediatrics, at least one-third of children surveyed say they eat fast food during the week. As a result, they consume more calories and fat, but less fiber, milk, fruits and vegetables than their peers who do not eat fast food.
Mary says the increase in soda and juice consumption and decrease in milk consumption are being blamed for the rise in broken bones among children. A study at the Mayo Clinic found that over the past 30 years, forearm fracture rates have climbed nearly 60 percent. Researchers say without drinking milk, it is virtually impossible to meet calcium needs. Watch this video for some healthy meals for kids.
The Southeast Dairy Association (SUDIA) is a non-profit organization that promotes the use of milk, cheese and dairy. It is funded by dairy farm families of the Southeast and works with schools, health professionals, retailers, dairy processors and the public to promote dairy foods throughout Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.