Healthy Kids Coalition

Sustainable Westford’s Healthy Kids Coalition partners with the town’s Health and School Departments and other organizations to support efforts towards physical fitness, healthier food options, and overall wellness.

Every month HKC meets to discuss goal and progress and new initiatives.  The meetings are open to the community and in particular, moms and dads who have children in the westford public school system.  Meetings are posted online in the calendar section of the website.  You can also obtain information at the Healthy Kids Coalition at the Farmers Market Tent! *

For more information, email us.

 We tackle current issues such as this:

Our Sugar Addiction Is Getting Worse, Author Says

NEW YORK ( MainStreet) — Sugar is not so nice — to the human body, that is.

The average American consumes 22 teaspoons of sugar per day, says J.J. Virgin, a nutritionist and author of Sugar Impact Diet , due out in November. That’s to the benefit of a cane sugar refining industry that made $3.3 billion in revenue in 2012 with an estimated gross profit of 19.21%, according to a market report issued last year, but not to the benefit of consumers.

“Save for momentary gratification, nothing good comes from eating sugar,” Virgin says. “It wrecks your immune system, crashes your blood sugar to create fatigue and bloating, stores as fat and sets the stage for cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer.”

That may be news to people who’ve consumed another product of sugar producers such as C&HDixie Crystals Domino and Great Western : a public relations campaign to keep sugar’s market share high that Mother Jones magazine identified as costing about $3.4 million a year.

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Virgin reached out with a thorough — and alarming — list illustrating the extent and result of Americans’ addiction to sugar — an addiction she calls as strong as one to cocaine, based on brain scans of people who use each. Be prepared to switch from that candy bar to an apple when you finish:

Virgin says she’s a realist, and knows there’s little chance you won’t get some sugar in your body no matter what diet you use. Even veggies and nuts contain some of the sweet stuff.

But she advises absorbing that sugar as slowly as possible, and advocates a low-glycemic diet that gives you a low, slow rise in blood sugar, instead of the “giant insulin surge” you get from most sugary foods and drinks. That can help avoid the fatigue, inflammation and weight gain that comes with traditional sugar intake.
— By Brian O’Connell