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February

Cut Back on Your Kids Sweet Treats
Limit the amount of foods and beverages with added sugars your kids eat and drink. If you don't buy them, your kids won't get them very often. Sweet treats and sugary drinks have a lot of calories but few nutrients. Most added sugars come from sodas, sports drinks, energy drinks, juice drinks, cakes, cookies, ice cream, candy, and other desserts. Cut back on sweet treats tip sheet.

Salt and Sodium
It's clear that Americans have a taste for salt, but salt plays a role in high blood pressure. Everyone, including kids, should reduce their sodium intake to less than 2.300 milligrams of sodium a day (about 1 teaspoon of salt). Adults age 51 and older, African Americans of any age, and individuals with high blood pressure, diabetes, or chronic kidney disease should further reduce their sodium intake to 1,500 mg a day. Salt and sodium tip sheet.

Saturated Fat and Heart Disease
Health experts including the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association recommend a diet low in saturated fat. Recent media reports have caused some confusion about the relationship between fat and heart disease. The best advice continues to be to reduce your risk of heart disease eat a low fat diet avoiding most saturated fat, maintain a healthy weight, stay physically active, and of course, if you smoke, quit.

http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/GettingHealthy/NutritionCenter/HealthyEating/Saturated-Fats_UCM_301110_Article.jsp- for information about reducing saturated fat

http://www.heart.org/ - for information about heart disease

http://www.cdc.gov/nutrition/everyone/basics/fat/saturatedfat.html - for information about reducing saturated fat


Contact

Diane Whitten
Community Nutrition/Health
dsh23@cornell.edu
518-885-8995

Last updated February 5, 2015