Our office is not just concerned about your child’s dental health, we are concerned about their total health. Diets that are unhealthy for the teeth are also unhealthy for the body. Not only do we want to prevent cavities we want to prevent childhood obesity and unhealthy lifestyles. The mouth is the gateway to the body. In the Bay Area we are lucky to have a wide array of fruits and vegetables to choose from year round. Try to choose foods when they are in season and not flown in from South America. Fresh fruits and vegetables will taste better and this will encourage your child to eat them.
FALL: apples, cranberries, dates, grapes . kiwis, tangerines, papayas, passion fruit, pears, persimmons, plums, pomegranates, quinces
WINTER: kumquats. lemons, limes, pears
SPRING: apricots,blueberries, cherries, dates, mangoes, pineapples, plums, strawberries
SUMMER: apricots, blackberries, blueberries, cherries, figs, grapes, pineapples, mangos, melons, papayas, peaches, raspberries, rhubarb, strawberries
YEAR ROUND: bananas, grapefruit, oranges
FALL: beets, green beans, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, celery root, chard, eggplant, kale onions, parsnips, peppers, spinach, winter squashes, sweet potatoes, turnips
WINTER: beets, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, celery root, chard, kale, parsnips, winter squashes, sweet potatoes, turnips
SPRING: artichokes, asparagus, fava beans, fennel, onions, peas, spinach
SUMMER: artichokes, green beans, chard, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, fava beans, fennel, onions, peas, peppers, tomatoes, zucchini & summer squashes
YEAR ROUND: avocados, beans, carrots, celery, garlic, leeks, lentils. lettuce, mushrooms, mustard greens, potatoes, radishes
The Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010, released on January 31, 2011, emphasize three major goals for Americans:
Use Seafood Watch from the Monterey Bay Aquarium to help you choose which seafood to buy or avoid, helping consumers and businesses become advocates for ocean-friendly seafood.
Why Do Seafood Choices Matter?
Nearly 75% of the world’s fisheries are fished to capacity, or overfished. Our seafood choices have the power to make this situation worse, or improve it. Seafood Watch recommendations don’t hinge on any single issue. Instead, they consider the fishery, habitat, species, management, and a host of other factors that affect each species. In this way, Seafood Watch offers a complete vision of sustainability.
Frequent ingestion of sugars and carbohydrates are risk factors in the development of tooth decay. Along with increased cavities, frequent consumption of sugar sweetened beverages and snack foods is also linked to obesity. Childhood obesity has been linked to an increase in Type II diabetes, heart disease, high blood disease, depression, low self esteem, sleep apnea and asthma.
Serve milk or water to young children. Even 100% fruit juice contains a kind of sugar called fructose. Doctors recommend young children drink no more then four to six ounces of 100% fruit juice a day.
Prevent tooth decay. Don’t put soda or other sugary drinks in baby bottles or sippy cups.
Make your own fruity, low -calorie “spa water” at home by adding strawberry or melon slices to a pitcher of water. Refrigerate until cold, kids will love it!
Did you know?
Instead of soda, commit to drinking:
In the Bay Area we are also very lucky to have beautiful weather to make it easy to enjoy outdoor activities, most of which are free.
East Bay Regional Parks ebparks.org
The East Bay Regional Park District spans Alameda and Contra Costa counties east of San Francisco with 108,000+ acres in 65 parks including over 1,200 miles of trails for hiking, biking, horseback riding and nature study. The Park District offers lakes, shorelines, campgrounds, visitor centers, interpretive and recreation programs, picnic areas, indoor/outdoor rental facilities, golf courses and much more.
Many children now have ‘spare tires’ and ‘muffin tops’ which in the past would not have occurred until middle age. We have to start developing a healthy life style and eating habits or our children’s life expectancy will be less then ours.
For children to choose healthy foods and exercise more the WHOLE FAMILY must change. Soda and processed food should be in the home in limited quantities only, if at all. If you don’t have processed snacks in the home but you have fresh fruits and vegetables it will help your family make better choices. Parents have to model good eating and exercise habits for their children.
Food companies make processed foods cheap and plentiful so as to entice you to buy them. Resist! You may spend less now, but you will spend more in health care costs later. Look at the list of ingredients on packages foods. Are there more then five ingredients? Can you pronounce all the ingredients? Don’t buy it! Take the entire family to a Farmers Market.
52nd St & MLK
EBT + WIC
De La Fuente Plaza
btwn International & East 12th St near BART
Fruitvale Village Paseo
San Leandro & 35th Ave near BART
Grand Ave & Lake Park Way
EBT + some WIC
Jack London Square
Webster & Water St
EBT + WIC
3801 Howe btwn MacArthur & 40th St
EBT + WIC
4215 Mac Arthur Blvd (Giant Burger parking lot)
EBT + WIC
Parking lot A
Saturdays 10–2:30 (thru 10/27)
Moraga & La Salle
5715 Market St
EBT + WIC
9th St btwn Broadway & Clay
EBT + WIC
DMV—5300 Claremont Ave
Sundays 9–1, WIC
7th St & Mandela Pkwy
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