First 5 of Santa Clara County has reported that nearly 22% of Santa Clara County children between the ages of 2 and 5 years are overweight, or at risk of becoming overweight. So, it's important to make sure that young children, as well as their older siblings, aren't consuming foods and drinks that are providing too much fat and sugar and too few important nutrients.
Healthy Foods Build Healthy Bodies is the theme of the September "On the Path to Good Health" exhibit in Youth Services. We have literature that will reveal some surprising facts about the sugar content in foods and drinks that are frequently served to children for breakfast and lunch. We also have colorful, current books about healthy foods that are suitable for sharing with preschoolers and older children.
Stop by and pick up a free "My Pyramid" poster, published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, that describes the basic food groups and presents suggestions for healthy eating and exercise for children and families. You'll find helpful tips for planning healthy meals and snacks for all the members of your family. You can learn how to build your own, personal healthy food pyramid by visiting http://www.mypyramid.gov/ .
"On the Path to Good Health" is supported by Kaiser Permanente and the Santa Clara City Library Foundation and Friends.
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