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The teens from the Alliance for a Healthier Generation are all currently filming a monthly video series about healthy living for Channel One News.

The topics are as follows:

December- Food For Thought 1 (Grocery Shopping and Food Labels); January – Food for Thought 2 (Creative Exercise and Smart Snacks); February- How Health Conscious is Your Route to School (Advertisements); March – How Health Conscious is Your Route to School 2 (Creative Ways to Make Your Route Healthy and Fun); April and May – Your Story (Personal Story on How You Live a Healthy Life)

I am currently working on getting the December video up. However, I do have the January video.

1. Fish
Eating fatty fish, especially salmon, at least three times a week is one of the healthiest things you can do.Fish contain omega-3 fatty acids that
reduce your risk of heart disease, inflammation and much more, plus it improves your nerves, eyes and brainpower.

2. Vegetables
Five or more servings a day from the list of vegetables with high nutritional values can give you the fiber, vitamins A and C, calcium, iron, magnesium and phytonutrient antioxidants that help prevent heart disease, cancer and other degenerative diseases.

3. Fruit
Two to four daily servings of fresh or frozen fruit are recommended. Blueberries, raspberries, oranges, red grapes, plums, apricots and papaya are some of the best on the fruit list. They’re rich in fiber, vitamins, minerals, carotenoids and flavonoids.

4. Whole Grains
Brown rice, oatmeal, sprouted breads, and other whole grains are great sources of fiber, vitamins B and E, protein, minerals and essential fatty acids. High fiber foods help prevent colon cancer, high cholesterol and constipation. The fiber also makes you full faster, so you’ll feel full but have eaten less.

5. Garlic and Onions
Garlic is a powerful natural antibiotic that can boost immunity, protect against bacteria, parasites and viruses and help prevent heart disease, stroke and cancer. Onions are antibiotic, anti-inflammatory and antiviral and have been shown to help improve LDL / HDL cholesterol balance and fight off bronchitis, asthma, hay fever and infection.

6. Yogurt
Plain, unsweetened, low-fat yogurt and other cultured dairy are excellent sources of complete protein, calcium and lactobacillus. They help protect against osteoporosis, cavities, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and intestinal disorders. Yogurt’s beneficial bacteria also makes it a natural antibiotic and anticancer agent.

7. Poultry
Skinless chicken and turkey are valuable sources of complete protein and B vitamins. Chicken soup really is good for colds and flu. Its high cysteine content helps break down mucus. Turkey is leaner, low in calories and high in selenium, which strengthens the immune system. White meat is easier to digest than fattier dark meat.

8. Beans
Lentils, peas and other beans are good sources of fiber and B vitamins. Combined with whole grains, especially rice, they become an excellent source of complete protein. Beans have also been found to help lower cholesterol, regulate blood sugar and reduce cancer rates.

9. Nuts
Raw nuts are rich in protein, vitamins B and E, minerals and essential fatty acids. They’ve been found to have both anti-cancer and anti-heart disease properties. Almonds, for example, help lower cholesterol.

10. Water
Surprised? Water is a very essential nutrient in your diet. It’s needed for digestion, assimilation, metabolism, elimination, weight control and more. And unlike coffee, colas and alcohol, eight glasses of pure water a day have no calories or negative side effects.

The Youth Advisory Board was formed by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation.

The Alliance for a Healthier Generation in turn is an organization that was founded by both the American Heart Association and the William J. Clinton Foundation co-led by Arnold Schwarzenegger.

The Board is made up of a diverse group of 20 kids age 7-17 from all over the United States. We all get together to advise the Alliance for a Healthier Generation on how to address and work towards solving the “growing” problem of obesity.

Just as a little side note: There are 25 million kids in the U.S. who are overweight or obese. Another way to think about this is if you are in a group of 3 people, 2 of you would be obese or overweight. That makes this a HUGE problem that needs to be fixed immediately. Did you know that at this rate out parents may be the first generation to outlive their kids?

I know I don’t want to be a part of this statistic. I am commited to leading a healthy life. This means that I will be active (reduce time spent in front of a screen more time outside), eat healthier (lots of whole grains, fruits, and vegetables), reduce intake of junk (sodas, processed food), and take on an overall healthy mindset.

Through this blog, I aim to document my lifestyle and those of others who lead healthy lifestyles and to post information on how you can also lead healthy lifestyles.

Its my health! I am the solution!

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