March 03, 2010

Childhood obesity seems to be a hot topic these days; President Obama has created the first-ever federal taskforce to address the problem and also plans to reauthorize and increase the budget for the Child Nutrition Act.  First Lady Michelle Obama has also been vocal about the problem and has been making the rounds to all of the big-time media outlets to endorse the national "Let's Move" Campaign.

We even have the famous (and totally adorable) British chef Jamie Oliver hopping across The Pond to help Americans with their serious over-eating.  In the premier of his new show "Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution", which airs on ABC on March 26th, Oliver heads to Huntington, West Virginia (named the unhealthiest city in America) to begin the grueling and seemingly hopeless task of changing the community's perception and appreciation of food.

Will he be successful?  (You'll have to tune in to find out!)  We can only hope.  But I think the real question here is - how have we let our children become so unhealthy?  How have we let 1 out of every 3 American children become overweight or obese?  And, if children learn by watching and mimicking, then isn't the older generation to blame?

In your household, how do you balance what your children want to eat with what your children should eat?

Are you running out of kid-friendly dinner ideas?  Check out MyRecipe's Kid Approved page!

Check out these healthy dinner ideas from MyRecipes:

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