Updated 5:49 AM ET, Mon November 9, 2015
(CNN) Children are treated to a buffet of television ads for juice drinks, cereals and snacks that feature fun characters and humor. And parents see almost as many commercials for children's food products, but their ads promote nutrition and family togetherness, according to a new study. (Click on the link to see the study article.)
By Eric MacKinnon, Juice Plus+ has an answer for all of the ads that bombard our children into making bad choices when it comes to food. It is called the Children's Health Study. Don't waste another minute. Get enrolled as soon as you read more (from the Children's Health Study site)
How does it work?
The way the Children's Health Study works is simple. For every parent, grandparent, or other adult that signs up as a Juice Plus+® customer, the study provides Juice Plus+® Orchard Blend and Juice Plus+® Garden Blend free to a child, teenager, or college student for up to four years. At various intervals — after 4-8 months and then at the end of each year — adult participants are asked to fill out a voluntary survey to determine whether (and how) their families' health habits have changed as a result of taking Juice Plus+®.
The results of the first 150,000 families who have responded to our surveys are documented here — and the news is very, very good!
(Again, from the Juice Plus+ Tab - childrenshealthstudy.com ) Kids who never expressed an interest in anything "good-for-you" are suddenly consuming more servings of fruits and vegetables, eating less fast food, chugging fewer sodas, and drinking more water after taking Juice Plus+® for just a few months. Juice Plus+® kids also have a greater awareness of their own health and wellness — and that allows them to make better choices in all areas of their lives.
The importance of this blossoming health awareness can't be overemphasized, because our kids are in trouble.
In fact, our children need us now more than ever. With the ever-increasing invasion of processed food, junk food, and fast food into our diets — combined with more sedentary lifestyles — children's health issues are skyrocketing. Our children are now at risk of developing serious diseases such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and stroke at a much younger age than ever before.
Consider these facts:
They aren't eating enough fruits and vegetables
- 93% of children and adolescents do not consume the recommended amount of vegetables per day1
- 1 in 3 American children and teenagers is overweight or obese2
- Obesity rates have tripled among teens since the late '70s3
- 80% of children who are overweight at ages 10-15 become obese as adults4
- 1 in 3 children born in the United States in the year 2000 is predicted to develop type 2 diabetes5
- By age 12, an estimated 70% of children have the beginning stages of hardening of the arteries6
- Today's generation of children may be the first in two centuries to actually live shorter lives than their parents7
1 Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine.
2 "Overweight in children." American Heart Association. Updated June 10, 2010.
3 Ogden CL, et al. "Prevalence of High Body Mass Index in US Children and Adolescents, 2007—2008." JAMA. 2010;303:242—249.
4 Whitaker RC, et al. "Predicting obesity in young adulthood from childhood and parental obesity." N Engl J Med. 1997;37(13):869—873.
5 "Diabetes overview." National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse, a service of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. Nov. 2008.
6 Bogalusa Heart Study.
7 Olshansky SJ, et al. "A potential decline in life expectancy in the United States in the 21st century." N Engl J Med. 2005 Mar 17;352(11):1138-45.
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