Tips for Raising Happy, Healthy Kids
By Marysa Sheren
With obesity posing a huge threat to children everywhere, kids' nutrition and exercise are becoming a top priority for families. And a healthier kid is a happier kid.
Nutritional research shows that eating habits developed during childhood set the stage for longterm patterns. Parents can positively affect a child’s relationship with food years down the road. Kids also reap whole-life benefits of more energy, better health, and a more stable mood.
I spoke to Sara Folta, Ph.D., a nutrition expert from Tufts University’s Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, who helped develop "Shape-Up Somerville," a model for First Lady Michelle Obama’s nationwide initiative to overcome childhood obesity, “Let’s Move.”
Marysa Sheren is a student at Tufts Unviersity and a Beliefnet intern.