Fulton County Health Services Encourages Parents to Teach Children to Eat Right with Color | Print |

According to the CDC, approximately 16% of all children in the United States are overweight. Fight obesity with making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.  The Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness encourages parents to teach children to eat right with color to get proper nutrients.

In honor of National Nutrition Month, the Fulton County WIC and Nutrition Program along with BJ's membership club will conduct simple food demonstrations to promote healthy eating and snacking from 9:00 am -12:00 pm on the following dates:

  • Friday, March 11, 2011 at the College Park Regional Health Center located at 1920 John E. Wesley Ave. in College Park, Georgia.
  • Friday, March 18, 2011, at the Neighborhood Union Health Center at 186 Sunset Avenue, NW in Atlanta. 

In Georgia, 24% of third grade children, 16% middle school students and 12% of high school students are obese.  According to the 2010 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, children, teens and adults have diets deficient in dietary fiber, vitamin D, calcium and potassium.  Food variety supplies different nutrients, so to maximize the nutritional value of your meal, include healthful choices in a variety of colors

A quick color guide to brighten up the dinner plate in every season:

Green produce has antioxidant potential and may help promote healthy vision and reduce certain types of cancer risks.

  • Fruits: avocado, apples, grapes, honeydew, kiwi and lime
  • Vegetables: artichoke, asparagus, broccoli, green beans, green peppers and leafy greens such as spinach

Orange and deep yellow fruits and vegetables contain nutrients that promote healthy vision and immunity, and reduce the risk of some cancers.

  • Fruits: apricot, cantaloupe, grapefruit, mango, papaya, peach and pineapple
  • Vegetables: carrots, yellow pepper, yellow corn and sweet potatoes

Purple and blue options may have antioxidant and anti-aging benefits and may help with memory, urinary tract health and reduced some cancer risks.

  • Fruits: blackberries, blueberries, plums, raisins
  • Vegetables: eggplant, purple cabbage, purple-fleshed potato

Red indicates produce that may help maintain a healthy heart, vision, immunity and may reduce cancer risks.

  • Fruits: cherries, cranberries, pomegranate, red/pink grape fruit, red grapes and watermelon
  • Vegetables: beets, red onions, red peppers, red potatoes, rhubarb and tomatoes

White, tan and brown foods sometimes contain nutrients that may promote heart health and reduce cancer risks.

  • Fruits: banana, brown pear, dates and white peaches
  • Vegetables: cauliflower, mushrooms, onions, parsnips, turnips, white-fleshed potato and white corn

Overeating and not exercising can lead to unhealthy weight and disease. Eating healthy a healthy variety of foods and colors helps with body processes, growth and repair of cells, and provides energy. It is important to make healthy food choices all the time -- meals and snacks.

For more information about nutrition and making healthy choices, log-on to www.eatrightwithcolor.com.