Unhealthy eating is an epidemic that we have created with fast, convenient and prepackaged foods that contain little nutrition and lots of fillers that our bodies do not need. But today organizations across the country are working to eradicate the food crisis by teaching families and children the fundamentals of healthy eating. As these initiatives grow, the Walmart Foundation recently announced that it is doing its part by donating $9.5 million in grants to organizations that are dedicated to helping families eat healthier for their well being.
One of the biggest problems is that prepackaged foods that often contain the least nutritional value tend to be the least expensive (and easiest) options in the grocery story. As a growing population turns to these inexpensive options to fill little tummies, families are getting away from the more expensive fresh fruits and produce. But it doesn’t have to be this way. One of the organizations supported by the grant money is Share Our Strength an organization that helps teach low-income families how to shop and cook healthier meals on a budget.
The following video shows one way Share our Strength helps teach people to shop on a budget for the freshest and most nutritious options possible.
In our own family, my husband and I were guilty of these prepackaged meals for years before having children. It’s sad to say, but when we were just putting food into our own bodies we rarely considered labels. That changed when it became our responsibility to raise our girls, and we have virtually eliminated these options from our meal planning. (Although I admit that we do use them from time to time for something quick and easy. But everything in moderation…)
In addition to the grants, Walmart has partnered with Dr. Ro, an award-winning health journalist and television personality known for her easy-to-apply diet, fitness, and health tips for women and families. Dr. Ro will work with Walmart to share steps that families can use to eat healthy on a budget.
These initiatives are another great step toward building a healthier society. What steps has your family taken toward healthy living?