Carol (Missy) Cohen MPH, CHHC

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Are You a Sugar Addict?

The average child consumes 32 teaspoons of sugar per day. That is the equivalent of 2/3 of a cup of sugar. The American Heart Association recommends no more than 3-8 teaspoon of sugar for a child per day. Just for comparison, the average adult consumes 22 teaspoons of sugar per day and the American Heart Association recommends no more than 9 teaspoons for men and 6 teaspoons for women.

Sugar is an addictive substance.

What does being healthy mean to you?

So many people want to be “healthy” yet when asked what that means are unable to define it for themselves.  To some it means being thinner. To others, it means having more energy or less fatigue. How health is defined is up to the individual but it all starts with caring for yourself first. Of course diet and nutrition are important. The foods that we choose become us on a cellular level. Nothing that we eat leaves our bodies in the same way it entered our bodies – and if it does please seek medical attention! The food that you eat is broken down into much smaller parts and eventually becomes our bodies on a cellular level. The next time you are feeding your body, think about that! Do you want to be part of the natural world by eating foods that grow from the ground or be made up of man-made chemicals?  Eating natural foods is one of the first ways to treat yourself right and find more energy!  So, next time you are hungry, choose a food that will provide you with good health and natural energy! A meal should not leaving you feeling tired and having trouble concentrating! If you eat something that leaves you feeling that way, take note of that and make a different choice next time!