Back to School

By Allan Richter

September 2013

Last month, the Centers for Disease Control released a new study showing that, from 2008 to 2011, rates of obesity among low-income children fell in 19 of the 43 states and areas it studied, and only increased in three of them. As children head back to school this month and mindsets shift back from vacations and time off to work and study, this is a good time to reflect on the good news from the CDC and continue to examine ways to improve our health and that of our children.

Diet is not the only contributing factor in our health. That point is underscored by the mission of our cover celebrity this month, actress Jennifer Beals, to rid consumer goods, especially those with which children come in contact, of toxic substances. Beals also points out the connections between our approach to food and our overall well-being. If we’re conscious of healthful eating, she reasons, we should not have to make a particularly big leap to address issues such as environmental toxins.

With more responsibilities heaped upon our kids this fall, this issue of Energy Times also explores the important role of play and free time on children. In addition, we look at some of the factors that inspire kids to be more conscious of the food they eat.

You’ll find more details on enhancing your nutrition and that of your families in our chart on male nutrition and in “Smoothies and Juices: The Comeback Kids,” with recipes.

Good health!

Allan Richter, Associate Publisher & Editor

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