Helping Children Avoid Chronic Diseases

The U. S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that healthy lifestyle choices can reduce the likelihood that your children will experience chronic disease in their lifetime.

The four key risk behaviors that cause chronic disease include poor nutrition, lack of physical activity, tobacco use, and excessive alcohol consumption, according to the CDC.

The CDC states that most Americans do not have a healthy diet.

Having our children avoid the Standard American Diet (SAD) and consume more whole foods like vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds, legumes, and lean protein sources like fish, can help them get the nutrients they need for proper growth and development, and also avoid chronic diseases.

The SAD is characterized by daily consumption of energy-dense, nutrient-deficient processed food products like boxed mac-n-cheese,