|Tofu "egg" salad with sunflower sprouts|
|Garden salad with sunflower sprouts and pumpkin seeds|
Growing up healthy is not always a choice. For kids who depend on the free and reduced school meal program for 2 of their 3 daily meals, there is no choice. For kids who live in food deserts with no convenient access to grocery stores and fresh fruits and vegetables, there is no choice. For kids who are homeless and dependent on institutionalized food prepared by county jails for distribution to homeless centers, there is no choice.
- We have a generation of kids growing up on processed foods and sugary drinks.
- We have a generation of kids growing up obese because most of their calories come from processed and refined carbohydrates with no nutritional value and fat calories from milk, chicken, meat, and cheese subsidized by U.S. Department of Agriculture.
- We have a generation of kids exposed to unhealthy food dyes in processed foods such as breakfast cereals that contribute to lack of focus and attention deficits.
- We have a generation of kids developing type 2 diabetes because of all the empty calories in sugar-filled sodas, breakfast cereals, and cookies, saturated fats from animal products, and other junk they are being fed.
Kids who are overweight or obese are more likely to grow up to be obese or overweight as adults. Kids who are victims of food inequities are more likely to be those at higher risk for chronic, preventable diseases such as diabetes.