(NEW YORK) August 31, 2010 – Packing a healthy school lunch is a great way to get your kids the nutrients they need to power through the school day. Lunches filled with unhealthy choices with an excess of fat, sugar, sodium, and calories may have the opposite effect and leave kids sluggish or cranky.
Worse yet, unhealthy foods may contribute to long-term health problems like high blood pressure, diabetes, and obesity.
The Alliance for a Healthier Generation, a non-profit organization founded by the American Heart Association and the William J. Clinton Foundation to combat childhood obesity, offers these tips to pack a healthy school lunch with punch. For more great tips and information on what you can do to make your community healthier, visit www.HealthierGeneration.org.
- Super sandwiches start with whole wheat bread. Packed with added boosts of fiber, whole wheat bread can also be more filling.
- Make salad the main event. Include a lean protein like hard boiled eggs, beans or grilled chicken to make a meal.
- Pack in the good stuff. Sneak veggies like lettuce, cucumbers, or shredded cabbage in between slices of lean turkey or ham.
- Out of time? Put together healthy items that need no preparation: a piece of fruit, a lowfat yogurt, individual packs of baby carrots and sliced turkey in a tortilla make a balanced lunch.
- Keep it cool. Water and low-fat milk are best drinks for children. They can be frozen to help keep foods in your child’s lunchbox cool and will defrost for drinking in time for lunch.
About the Alliance for a Healthier Generation
The Alliance for a Healthier Generation works to address one of the nation’s leading public health threats – childhood obesity. The goal of the Alliance is to reduce the nationwide prevalence of childhood obesity by 2015, and to empower kids nationwide to make healthy lifestyle choices. Founded in 2005 by the American Heart Association and William J. Clinton Foundation, the Alliance works to positively affect the places that can make a difference to a child’s health: homes, schools, doctor’s offices and communities. For more information visit www.HealthierGeneration.org.