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Sierra Students Need to Eat Healthier

Chloe Savacool, Staff

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Sierra students do not eat healthy enough especially for their age. They spend their lunch munching away at a bag of chips or soda, and rarely have something healthy to eat. According to Livestrong, only 2% of teens eat according to the food pyramid. Let’s try to raise this number at Sierra by eating healthier.

“Adolescents tend to eat more meals away from home than younger children. They are also heavily influenced by their peers. Meal convenience is important to many adolescents and they may be eating too much of the wrong types of food, like soft drinks, fast- food, or processed foods,” Johns Hopkins Medicine said.

According to About Kids Health, teens need extra nutrients because they are growing more than normal at this time. One of the main way to get these extra nutrients is by consuming 3 to 4 servings of milk products per day. This will help with strengthening bones which will reduce your chances of fractures.

“Dietary options are one of the first decisions teens start making on their own. However, some teens tend to make poor food choices,” said About Kids Health.

According to Livestrong, eating unhealthy foods as a teenager could result in chronic diseases, cancer, heart diseases, and diabetes later in life. According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, a way to avoid this is by eating three meals a day, drinking water and milk instead of sugary drinks, eat balanced meals, eat fruits and vegetables instead of chips and cookies, and consume less red meat.

Some of the benefits of eating healthy are that you have more energy that lasts the whole day, and you will have a smaller chance of getting heart diseases and high blood pressure.

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