Good Beginnings 2: Healthy choices to help prevent childhood obesity
This week, "Good Beginnings" visits a First 5 LA-funded program at Monte Vista Early Learning Center in Highland Park. Parents are learning how to "shop smart", using weekly supermarket sale fliers to do menu-planning to promote healthy options for family meals and snack time.
Dr. Wendy Slusser is featured in a live in-studio interview about ways parents can reduce their children's risk of becoming overweight. She is a pediatrician and assistant clinical professor of Pediatrics at UCLA Mattel Childrens Hospital and co-director of the UCLA Community Health and Advocacy Pediatric Residency Training Program.
Dr. Slusser pointed out the following foods to seek out or avoid when planning meals:
Foods to Avoid for Young Children
1. Soda pop or other highly-sugared drinks
2. High fat foods like french fries and potato chips
3. More than 4 ounces of fruit juice per day
Three Foods to Advocate for Young Children
1. Whole grain breads
2. Non-sweetened cereals
3. Five servings of a variety of fruits and vegetables per day
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