Thursday, July 29, 2010

Health Information for Kids and Teens

Paradise Greetings,
"Diabetes Self-Management" magazine just arrived in my mail and one of the columns I like to read first is called "Diabetes Resources". The July/August 2010 issue is about resources for kids. The good part is that there are lots of resources. The bad part is that there are too many resources targeting KIDS WITH TYPE 2 DIABETES.

What is wrong with this is that type 2 diabetes has always been a disease of older adults. With America's obsession of live to eat instead of eat to live, and restaurants, food companies, and drug companies using this to their advantage, type 2 diabetes is being diagnosed in children at alarming rates. We must act deliberately together.

Getting to and staying at a healthy weight through access to healthier foods and accountability for getting regular physical activity is key to preventing diabetes. This is why I started the Growing Healthy Kids organization last year. To halt and reverse childhood obesity. To prevent type 2 diabetes. To prevent cancer. To prevent bone and joint problems related to excess weight. To educate parents and other adults who surround children. To motivate schools to be part of our Salad Party Revolution. To make a difference.

Here is today's tip in how you can make a difference: Begin reading food labels and stop buying foods that contain HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP.

Please contact me at if you or your business wants to make a difference by sponsoring a Salad Party at one of our elementary schools (or heck, how about the entire school district). Together, we can make a difference! And remember, just say no to high fructose corn syrup!

Growing Healthy Kids - improving the health - and lives - of America's children, one child and one garden at a time.

To your perfect health.
Nancy Heinrich
Founder, Growing Healthy Kids