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Fast food restaurants will soon offer labels showing calories

When a parent and child spend time exercising and dining together, the parent not only shares precious family time with a child, he or she also has an opportunity to control the types of food and how many calories the child takes in after exercise. On March 20, 2010 at the UT Arboretum on 901 S. Illinois Avenue in Oak Ridge, fathers will have the opportunity to go on a pleasant hike with their daughters. This University of Tennessee Event will start at 9:00 am and will last for 1-1 ½ hours. It has been suggested that participants wear good walking shoes or boots and dress appropriately for the weather.

After the hike, father and daughter may want to whet their appetite at the nearest fast food restaurant. The calories from fast foods tend to defeat the purpose of exercise. Fortunately, some fast food restaurants will soon offer labels showing calories. Researchers have found that parents who have access to this information choose the child’s meal carefully, reducing calories consumed by 20%. This was a reduction of 102 calories. Consumption of 100 calories a day can mean a weight gain of approximately 10 pounds per year. Healthy eating means making healthy choices, such as replacing fried and breaded foods with grilled foods and fresh fruits and vegetables, cutting out extras and condiments, and ordering small portions.

For more information about labeling, see: espinet

For more information on children’s nutrition, see: Seattle Children’s

To view Arby's nutrition information, see: Arby's


Visions Magazine, March 2010, Page 3 or Arboretum Society

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