As the New Year begins, it has become a tradition to make resolutions. These resolutions usually reflect a desire to change a behavior or to accomplish a personal goal to improve our lives. Many of these resolutions revolve around eating better, losing weight, and improving our health. As you and your children ring in 2018, keep in mind that you are what you eat. Hippocrates once said, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”. Make a resolution this 2018 to use “Food as Medicine” to keep you and your children healthy this next year.
One of the first steps to using “Food as Medicine” is understanding a food label. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) require nutritional labels on almost all packaged foods. The food label is usually on the back or side of the packing under the title “Nutrition Facts.” Grocery stores also display the label near fresh foods, fruits, vegetables, and fish. These labels may seem confusing to understand but knowing how to use your food label will help you create a healthy, well-balanced diet. The video “How To Read A Nutritional Facts Label” is a short and easy tutorial designed for children and adults. Watch the video as a family and make a resolution to use “Food as Medicine” for 2018!