16 Essential Health Lessons for Tweens and Teens

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Susan Carlton on Jul 29, 2011 at 3:21PM

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16 Essential Health Lessons for Tweens and Teens

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Go with the Grain

Whole grains help prevent heart disease, type 2 diabetes and weight gain -- but tweens and teens are woefully lacking them in their diets, says Nicole Larson, Ph.D., of the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. Data from Project Eating Among Teens, a population-based study in Minnesota, found that teens ate only about half a serving of whole grains per day -- as opposed to the three or more recommended servings. Rather than preaching about the superiority of multigrain bread over plain white slices, Larson suggests taking advantage of the fact that until they start doing their own grocery shopping, kids will eat what’s at hand: Stack the deck by stocking the pantry with whole-grain cereals, breads and crackers.

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