Nutrition, Health, & Wellness

Jamie Oliver's TED Talk  (above) describes the role that the HOME, SCHOOL, and MAIN STREET  must take to overcome the dangerous obesity epidemic which is affecting our nation. 

The CDC (Center for Disease Control) has a fascinating slideshow (also available as a Power Point Presentation) highlighting the growth of the obesity epidemic in adults in the US since 1986.

The two maps below show obesity data for Children aged 2 to 4 years on both the state and county level.

2009 State Prevalence Among
Low-Income Children Aged 2 to 4 Years

2007—2009 County Obesity Prevalence Among
Low-Income Children Aged 2 to 4 Years

100 calories from sugar is a graph that highlights the American Heart Association's recommendations for limiting daily sugar consumption.  It was posted on the Good Guide Blog to response to a recent (March 2012) 60 Minutes episode titled Is Sugar Toxic? about the skyrocketing obesity epidemic facing our nation, and the addictive qualities of sugar.

is a great resource for parents and teachers.  A different seasonal, locally available food is highlighted each month with serving suggestions, activities to do with children, and a wealth of nutrition information.

May 19th is Food Revolution Day. Together we can change the way people eat by educating every child about food, giving families the skills and knowledge to cook again, and motivating people to stand up for their rights to better food. Add your voice. 
Check out Jamie Oliver's FOOD REVOLUTION website.  There are healthy recipes and other suggestions there to make a change in the health and well being of our children's diet. is the US Department of Agriculture's revised form of the Food Pyramid that adults think of when they think of food groups and nutrition education.  

The dangers of addiction, smoking and vaping are known to many adults, and educating children about these dangers of nicotine and vaping is important. The Quit Smoking Community is worth a visit if you're exploring the dangers of smoking, and  Vaping 101 and Vaping Daily are other informative website you can check out.
Should you have teens in your home, you may also wish to explore Addiction Resource about the dangers of drug abuse.