Recipes for a Healthy Family

TMC HealthCare’s Recipes for a Healthy Family helps parents and their children lead healthy lives and have fun cooking. The cookbook promotes healthy food choices, at-home meal preparation and family dining. Parents and children learn important nutritional information about the food they are eating and helpful safety tips for preparing meals at home.

Rampant childhood obesity and poor nutrition are major factors placing children at significant risk for a myriad of health problems in adolescence and adulthood. From 1976 to 2002 the prevalence of childhood overweight and obesity has more than doubled. Children who are overweight are at greater risk for health problems like diabetes, heart disease, depression and sleep apnea. In fact, obese children face these health threats while still in adolescence. Sadly, this generation of children may be the first generation to have a life expectancy less than their parents!

One way to combat this issue is to educate and enable families to improve a child’s nutrition. To that end, TMC has created an online cookbook for families in effort to address this epidemic in Southern Arizona . Recipes for a Healthy Family is more than a collection of recipes; the web site attempts to educate and involve children and families in important nutrition and food decisions. With this, we can improve the nutrition and health of all family members.

Recipes were taken from credible sources such as U.S. Department of Agriculture, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American Dairy Association, Arizona Beef Council and National Pork Council. All recipes were tested and surveyed before inclusion in the cookbook. The cookbook also has an interactive piece for families, allowing parents to consult a registered dietitian via email for specific questions.

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