Daily Challenge Wednesday Apr. 18, 2012

Healthy Behaviors
Healthy Behaviors

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Healthy Behaviors is about lifestyle habits, namely healthy eating and physical activity, which have proven connections to lifelong health and disease prevention.

Everyday Well-Being

See if your cereal has at least 3 to 5g fiber, 3g protein, and less than 13g of sugar per serving.

How to do it

Pull out your (or your family's) favorite breakfast cereal and check the nutrition label. The cereal should deliver three to five grams of fiber, three grams of protein, and less than 13 grams of sugar per serving. Read the serving size information carefully, because many people end up eating more than the recommended serving size.

Why it matters

The breakfast table can be an easy place to start the day's healthy eating, because cereal can deliver a lot of nutrition in a relatively small package. The trick is to choose the right cereals. A cereal that contains healthy amounts of fiber, protein, and sugar will lower your fat and cholesterol intake, boost your concentration and productivity throughout the morning, help control your weight, and even lower your risk of heart disease.

Fun fact

In Greece, young children at the breakfast table may eat a thick cereal that's made by pouring cornmeal into boiling milk.

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