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-- let's talk about kids and kids health.
This is an issue that some great import.
For any parent out there and really it's a -- we all should should care about.
Given the end of the recent.
Data that shows that kids are not eating healthy and there are -- -- of a bad help side effects that that that are the result of that so let's talk about this is a program called fuel up to play.
Helping kids eat healthier and be active in their daily lives and joining us from our Chicago newsroom is the president the National Dairy Council.
-- -- golly it's nice to see you thanks very much for joining us.
Well I'm thrilled the -- -- and as a mom and dietitian.
As well as president the National Dairy Council I also represent over 55000.
Dairy farm families that have founded this program funded this program and made this program free to schools across the nation.
That's great I wanted to put up a number a quick little full screen graphic that's from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention which shows.
The trend in obesity among children -- two.
To nineteen years old and you can see that trend is going the wrong way if we're looking for some positive.
Results there -- so what is the National Dairy Council doing what is this program.
Doing to help.
Reverse that trend.
You know what kids are fatter weaker and whiter than ever before and we're seeing that obesity is one of you know you nation's largest threats and and national security.
One -- three kids are overweight one in one out of three kids is overweight.
This is a first generation that may not live as long as it's parents.
So I'm glad to say that you know saving a generation is possible in fuel up to play sixty is really.
A part of that and we're seeing that it's making a difference in schools.
We're seeing that by introducing the program fuel to place sixty and getting kids involved in activated in.
Making a difference in the school to get healthier environments they get -- -- you know -- batter and move more actually is working.
It's small changes that can make a big difference over time.
So I believe really solving this childhood obesity epidemic in this generation.
Is possible in fuel up to play sixty as a part of that.
Give us some specifics here what what are what -- first of all let me just give people website that they can go to.
To read more about this you look to -- sixty.
Dot com we saw the NFL's logo on there there a partner.
In -- along with the National Dairy Council and there's also a federal collaboration with the US Department of Agriculture.
So as a registered dietitian.
Give us a couple of quick guidelines for those of us who had.
Kids at home.
And who are looking into it again you know maybe incorporate some of this in our house -- an easy way to do it.
You know there's the probably three things everybody at home can do one is that.
You know with their kids get them to walk or bike to school.
On to make sure there could role model someone there at the dinner table make sure their drink their milk and -- their vegetables.
And three make sure that their school has a program like fuel up to play sixty.
On the -- is getting their kids involved in a part as a part of the solution.
In a making a better healthier environment for them in schools.
I have seen kids make amazing change happen in their schools.
Let me ask you one final question is -- data I've got four young kids at home all under the age of seven and mealtime can be tough.
Because this one will leave this in this -- only -- and so trying to get them to eat foods that my wife and I know are healthy and good for them.
Can be a big challenge we also don't want them to get a way to get up from the table.
And then be hungry an hour after -- time when it's time to go to bed.
So do you have any helpful tips for parents -- real quickly to get your parents to -- get your children rather to eat those healthy foods at least to try them.
And worked -- into a diet when your child is the picky eater.
Two things you know make sure that you're eating them.
And to get them involved in the food preparation just like get in fuel up to play sixteen schools what that kids get involved.
And I done -- -- you know healthy -- that they want served.
In their school cafeteria out or before during and after school.
So those are there to live -- things you can do just like fuel up to play sixty I'm taking notes here.
-- -- -- we need some help and our house good to see you thanks very much for coming on.
Talk about this important project fuel up to play sixty dot com is the website.
Jeanne rig Alley is a registered dietitian and -- she's the executive vice president dairy management and at the National Dairy Council good to talk to you thanks so much for your time.
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