A big debate in both the marketing and nutrition worlds is the need for more legislation limiting access to food that is less than healthful. In light of increasing obesity, especially among children and adolescents many schools are reconsidering what is offered in the cafeterias and vending machines. According to the Boston Globe , the Massachusetts state senate, in reaction to a recent report that one on three children in the state is overweight, passed a law last Thursday banning junk food and soda from being available in schools. Instead low-fat dairy products, fruits, vegetables, more whole products will be sold or served.
Will this help the obesity crisis or will kids try to get their junk food elsewhere? We nutrition professionals think this is a step in the right direction which must be addressed in conjunction with more physical activity. Key to success is making the junk food alternatives appetizing and inviting and making the physical activities enjoyable ones.
Hi, I'm Prof. Mindy Haar, director of NYIT Clinical Nutrition graduate program. As our our program is completely online, our students can reside anywhere in the world yet contribute their knowledge and cultural perspectives. This blog is a great way to share current nutrition information, helpful strategies for preparing nutrient dense dishes and approaches to optimizing wellness with the global NYIT community. My philosophy is that healthy eating is not an "all or nothing" proposition: Even small changes in diet can have significant benefits.
In addition to information presented here, on most days I'll be directing you to links to reliable sources of great nutrition ideas. March is actually National Nutrition Month according to the American Dietetic Association so we'll start today with a link to their site. I'd love feedback from all readers on topics that interest you!