Now that the fireworks are behind us and August is here, it’s time to start thinking about the upcoming school year.
In the midst of chaotic back-to-school shopping, make time to start planning delicious lunch and snack ideas for your readers’ young ones to enjoy during their school day, while keeping their nutrition as a top priority.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years, and in 2012, more than one third of children and adolescents were overweight or obese. Additionally, a study published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health followed the dietary patterns of nearly 4,000 children from birth for over eight years, and found evidence that suggested children who consumed a regular, nutrient-rich diet had higher IQ scores. With a mission to improve the dietary habits of children, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and its Foundation has announced that August will mark the first annual “Kids Eat Right Month.” The Academy has launched this program to highlight the role we all play in ensuring a healthy future for our nation’s children.
To celebrate the inaugural event, California Walnuts wants to encourage your readers to incorporate walnuts into their children’s daily menu for the many healthful benefits. Just one ounce of walnuts a day provides a powerhouse of nutrients, including 4 grams of protein, 2 grams of fiber, and 2.5 grams of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA)—the plant-based omega-3 fatty acid. Additionally, walnuts look like little brains and research has been evaluating their potential impact on cognitive function, suggesting walnuts may be the perfect snacking tool for those tough curriculums.
Embrace the school year and “Kids Eat Right Month” by smartening up your readers’ school lunch bags with the enclosed Walnut Energy Bars—a simple, yet delicious treat. With nothing but great, wholesome ingredients in these bars, they make the perfect school day snack to support students’ quests to get to the head of the class.
 Northstone K, Joinson C, Emmett P, Ness A, Paus T. Are dietary patterns in childhood associated with IQ at 8 years of age? A population-based cohort study. J Epidemiol Community Health. 2011 Feb 7. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 21300993.
 Supportive but not conclusive research shows that eating 1.5 ounces of walnuts per day, as part of a low saturated fat and low cholesterol diet, and not resulting in increased caloric intake may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease. -U.S. Food and Drug Administration, March 2004.