Research shows that if you eat together as a family, it helps children eat less junk food and more fruits and vegetables.
Replace white stuff with the brown stuff…brown rice, whole wheat bread (without corn syrup as an ingredient), whole wheat pasta.
Read the ingredient labels on food packages and choose foods with “whole” in the grain or flour name of the first 3 ingredients.
Add a green vegetable to dinner every night.
Snack right by eating an apple, banana, or strawberries at snack time
|About the Healthy for Life Campaign|
In 2008, St. Joseph Health System launched Healthy for Life campaign to provide children, youth, schools and communities with the tools and resources to help them maintain a healthier lifestyle with a multi-tiered approach includes fitness and nutritional and lifestyle components.
As part of the campaign, SJHS partnered with American Academy of Pediatrics to launch a school based program, Healthy For Life/PE4Me. More than 1,500 students at nearly 50 Orange County schools participate in this program, which was developed by pediatrician, Dr. Mike Weiss. Its a free, curriculum-based physical education program designed to instill the importance of fitness and nutrition to obtain optimum and long-lasting healthy results. Students enroll in physical activity intensity lessons, strength training sessions and kickboxing classes at the elementary, middle and high school level and learn healthy nutrition education information from SJHS hospital physicians and dieticians. The program helps fund supplemental activities to enhance physical education in schools that lack adequate resources to provide an appropriate curriculum.
Another campaign component focuses on nutrition. Eating habits starts in the family kitchen. SJHS commissioned nationally renowned chefs Jaime Martín del Campo and Ramiro Arvizu, owners of the award-winning La Casita Mexicana restaurant, to develop the Healthy For Life Recipe series for children and their families. These healthy, easy, quick and affordable recipes with the nutritional facts were made available for download at healthyforlifeonline.org along with videos featuring the chefs making the dishes. The educational videos highlighted the many benefits of healthy cooking for families and showed how the recipes were quick, easy, tasty and even affordable.
In addition, SJHS partnered with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim with a back to school program and public service campaign on childhood obesity.