• Judging Whether Snacks Are Healthy
    Choosing healthy snacks means shopping smart. Be cautious of the health claims on food packages. Here are some things to watch for:
    Just because something is “all natural” or “pure” doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s nutritious. For example, “all natural” juice drinks or sodas can be filled with sugar (which is, after all, a natural ingredient) but all that sugar means they’ll be high in calories and give you little nutrition.

    A granola bar is a good example of a snack that people think is healthy. Although granola bars can be a good source of certain vitamins and nutrients, many also contain a great deal of fat, including a particularly harmful type of fat called trans fat. On average, about 35% of the calories in a regular granola bar come from fat. Also, there can be a lot of sugar in granola cereals and bars. Check the Nutrition Facts label on the package to be sure.

    Be skeptical of low-fat claims, too. If the fat has been eliminated or cut back, the amount of sugar in the food may have increased to keep that food tasting good. Many low-fat foods have nearly as many calories as their full-fat versions.

    The best way to judge whether a food is healthy for you is to read the ingredients and nutrition information on the food label.

    Good nutrition tip from kidsHealth.org
    9-5-2-1-0 For Health

    Join the Campaign for Healthier Kids to learn about how to make a difference in the lives of children. The Northern Virginia Healthy Kids Coalition is a group of residents and organizations joined together to promote better health for children of all ages.

    9 HOURS OF SLEEP EVERY NIGHT!!
    5 FRUITS AND VEGIES EVERY DAY!!
    2 HOURS OR LESS OF SCREEN TIME EACH DAY!!
    1 HOUR OF EXERCISEEVERY DAY!!
    0 SUGARY DRINKS!!
Last Modified on March 6, 2015