The Holiday Season is Food Season!Posted December 6th, 2012 by Byron Hurt
The food that is killing us is not only found in our homes. Junk food — foods high in saturated fat, salt, and sugar with little to no nutritional value — can also be found in our children’s schools. And children obtain 35-50% of their calories in school. As a parent of a preschooler, my focus to create a healthy community environment has intensified. Education about the perils of poor nutrition is critical as we enter a time where our children are facing diseases historically experienced by middle-aged and elderly adults, like heart disease, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes.
In my household, food was one of the ways my mother demonstrated her love for us, and loving my mother’s food was one of the ways we loved her back. It was a beautiful model and one I consider when I prepare meals for my wife and daughter. But after my father’s premature death, our whole family has learned to update our favorite family recipes, making them healthier, and ultimately, more loving.