Childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years, according to the Centers for Disease Control. That burgeoning number means far too many of our youth are facing a slew of risk factors ranging from cardiovascular disease and diabetes to high cholesterol and blood pressure. It’s not heartening news, but it’s not a problem we can’t solve. As a parent, you play a big role in teaching your kids good eating habits—but Santa can play an even bigger one. Instead of sticking to the status quo and letting “Santa” toss candy into your kiddo’s stocking, get creative and seek out healthier options that are low in sugar, free of high-fructose corn syrup, and made with organic ingredients. Here are five great ideas to get you started.
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