"It's called, 'WeCan! Ways To Enhance Children's Activity And Nutrition,'" Elisa Zied tells The Early Show co-anchor Hannah Storm.
The registered dietician and spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association says the program is geared toward parents and caregivers. "One great way to help prevent obesity in young children 8 to 13 years old, emphasize these Go Foods," she says. "Foods you really want to try to incorporate as the main part of your daily intake. That goes for parents as well."
Part of the WeCan! Program includes the creation of three categories for foods: Go Foods, Slow Foods and Whoa Foods.
Go Foods are foods that are beneficial to eat almost anytime. They are low in saturated fat and dietary cholesterol.
- Various fresh vegetables: broccoli, peppers, carrots, tomatoes, etc.
- Various fresh fruits: apples, oranges, bananas, berries, etc.
- Oil & Vinegar
- Whole grain bread
- Whole grain Pasta (1 cup cooked)
- Whole grain cereal (unsweetened) (1 cup)
- Fat free milk (1 cup)
- Reduced fat or fat-free cheese (2 ounces cubed)
- Baked potato with fat free sour cream
- Extra lean hamburger (3 ounces cooked) on whole-wheat bun
- Skinless chicken (3 ounces cooked)
- Low fat microwave popcorn (3 cups)
- Ginger snaps (80 to 100 calories worth)
- Low fat frozen yogurt or ice cream (1/2 cup)
- Fig bars (80 to 100 calories worth)
- Diet soda
- Diet iced tea
Slow Foods are foods that should be eaten sometimes, at most several times a week. These are generally higher calorie, higher fat foods that kids are encouraged to eat only sometimes -- so they can leave room for other more nutrient-dense foods.
- Any veggie dish with added sauce/fat (i.e. Broccoli in a cream sauce)
- Dried fruit (1/4 cup)
- Canned fruit in light syrup (1 serving)
- French toast (2 slices made with whole grain bread)
- Biscuits (1)
- Granola (1/4 cup)
- Chicken with skin (3 ounces cooked)
- Natural peanut butter (1 Tbsp) on whole-wheat crackers (4 or 5)
- Nuts (2 tablespoons)
- 100 percent fruit orange juice (1 cup)
- Sports drink (1 cup)
Whoa Foods are foods that should only be eaten once in a while or for special treats. They are typically high in saturated fat and dietary cholesterol and, in some cases, high in sugar.
- French fries
- Canned fruit in heavy syrup
- Full fat cheese
- Whole milk
- One slice of pizza
- Fried chicken
- Hot dog in a bun
- Regular ice cream
- Regular soda
- Fruit punch