Making the Healthy Choice the Easy Choice

Healthy eating is a vital component of a healthy life for all children and adults. And it is key to battling the epidemic of childhood obesity facing our nation and our community.

While eating healthier may seem like a simple individual behavior change, there are environmental factors at play that contribute to the ability of one person to make healthy choices and see them through.

A mother may desire to introduce her children to healthy fruits and vegetables, but find it nearly impossible to get to a grocery store or market where these foods are sold. Fresh foods may be available, but be prohibitively expensive for a working poor family. A child's diet at home may be full of nutritious foods, but loaded with sugar and processed snacks at school.

To truly tackle childhood obesity, the environment must change. We need to make the healthy food choice the easy choice. KC Healthy Kids is leading the effort in Greater Kansas City to make healthy food available and affordable in our neighborhoods, in our schools and in our workplaces. We want to create an environment that encourages and supports healthy eating not only for our children, but for all of us.

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