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A national push for more home-cooked meals

Published: Thursday, April 3, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, April 9, 2014 11:22 a.m. CDT

A recent AP article printed by Shaw Media discussed current and future initiatives of the Let’s Move anti-childhood obesity effort by the first lady, Michelle Obama.

In addition to pushing for healthier food products, better school breakfast and lunch programs, and improved Nutrition Facts food labels, the first lady would like to push Americans to make more healthy, home-cooked meals.

As a dietitian and a mom of three, I understand how the typical family struggles with not only healthy eating, but eating at all, with our hectic work schedules, school, and after-school commitments.  I know many families, including sometimes my own, that grab dinner on the way to practice or don’t eat until after 8:00 p.m.  

Eating healthy does take time to plan and execute, but it can be done, even with a busy schedule.  If it can’t, then maybe we should consider the importance of fitting the time in to do it.  Not only for the benefits of eating better, but to preserve that special family time around the table that so many of us miss out on these days.

Kate Olson is a registered/licensed dietitian and certified diabetes educator. Owner of Kate Olson, MHA, RD, CDE, a private nutrition counseling practice. Follow Kate on Twitter (@Realnutrition4u) or check out her Facebook page for daily tips this week on how to better fit healthy cooking at home into your schedule.

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