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A recent survey by Consumer Reports found that only 4% of parents described their child as overweight, while 5 times that percentage in the survey actually had an overweight child.

If the first step to losing weight is making the decision to lose weight, perhaps one of the reasons the epidemic of childhood obesity continues unabated is a lack of recognition that the issue exists. One of the first lines of defense is the family physician. Yet, one recent study reported that only 37% of obese children were ever informed by their doctor they were overweight; another study showed that only 1 in 20 children had their BMI measured, while statistically, 1 in 3 were likely overweight or obese.

Certainly, medical professionals cannot be blamed for the poor diet choices or lack of activity that lead to weight issues. Yet, if you haven’t heard from your doctor that your child is overweight, this doesn’t mean it isn’t true. Weigh your kids, measure their height, and then use an online BMI calculator. If you’re child is in the 85th percentile or above, make an appointment with your family physician and ask what you can do to help your child live a healthier lifestyle.

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This Month’s Healthy Recipe – Crispy Chicken Fingers

4-4 oz skinless boneless chicken breast
½ cup egg whites or egg beaters (lightly beaten)
1.5 cups Panko breadcrumbs (Japanese breadcrumbs)
2 tbsp seasoning salt (Lawry‘s brand)
1 tbsp black pepper
non-fat cooking spray

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Cut chicken breast into strips (6 strips per breast).
  3. In a bowl add egg whites and lightly beat.
  4. In separate bowl add Panko breadcrumbs, seasoning salt and black pepper.
  5. Dip strips into egg whites and coat thoroughly. Then dip into breadcrumb mixture.
  6. Place strips on sprayed cookie sheets. Cook in a 450 degree preheated oven for 8 – 10 minutes turning after 4 – 5 minutes until golden brown. Serve immediately.

Yield: 4 servings – 4 oz each (approx. 6 strips per person)

Nutritional Information:
Calories … 176
Fat … 1.5 g
Protein … 34.5 g