According to the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years. Children ages 6 to 11 years have seen obesity prevalence increase from 6.5% in 1980 to 19.6% in 2008, with 1 in 3 children overweight today. Adolescents ages 12 to 19 years experienced an increase in prevalence from 5.0% to 18.1% and the trend continues to escalate.
What Causes Childhood Obesity?
Too few calories expended for the amount of calories consumed is the major problem.
Even school lunches can contribute to the obesity problem if they don’t include the best balance of protein, carbohydrates, fats, fiber and other ingredients. Packing a lunch that is nutrient-dense and healthy is not always the easiest thing to do for busy parents and caregivers.
The new world of technology has significant advantages, but for children it can also contribute to the childhood obesity epidemic. Instead of running, jumping, and playing, many kids are clicking and pointing behind computer screens. Fast food and sweets were once rare treats, but now they have become the norm for many working families or single parents. And today’s lifestyle makes it difficult for many parents and caregivers to take advantage of local produce and meats, prepare healthy organic meals, and pack well-balanced nutritious lunches.
Green Monkey Fights Back
Green Monkey is helping fight childhood obesity by preparing healthy, nutritious, organic lunch alternatives. Starting with a look at My Plate, which is the USDA recommendations for healthy nutrition, Green Monkey creates meals from local, fresh ingredients. We focus on including a well-balanced meal with whole grains, lean proteins, low-fat dairy, and plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables.
At Green Monkey we make real food for real kids.
What does that mean exactly?
We use whole, natural, and real ingredients to make food, fresh from scratch, every day. We deliver a healthy, delicious and nutritious lunch to schools, daycares, and camps.
Every item we provide is nutrient-dense and contributes to focused, happy, healthy kids. Eating more nutritiously and avoiding chemicals, additives, excess salt and sugar, and other unnatural ingredients will help prepare children’s minds for learning. Organic lunches offer natural sources of energy that keep children alert and motivated to learn throughout their school day.
Not only is Green Monkey concerned with organic food choices for healthier and more delicious eating, we know that it also educates children on eating habits that help them avoid becoming overweight as children and as adults. For children who may already be overweight, Green Monkey lunches contribute to a healthy nutritional plan that will help children reach a desired or acceptable weight when combined with a healthy dose of activity each day.
Treat your child to healthy lunch alternatives through the Green Monkey lunch delivery program.
Combine the Green Monkey lunch program with the many activities and ideas offered through the Let’s Move! program and you’ll give your child the best chance possible for a healthy childhood and a healthier future.