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Give the Sack Lunch a Nutritious Makeover as Kids Go Back-To-School

Monday, August 18, 2008 General News J E 4
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SEATTLE, Aug. 18 It is back-to-school time again and formany, that means confusion about what to pack for a healthy and nutritiouslunch. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, fewerthan 15 percent of elementary school-aged children eat the recommended five ormore servings of fruits and vegetables daily.

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Kagome helps take some of the guesswork out of packing a healthy lunch aseach 11.5 ounce bottle of blended juice is an easy and tasty way to add onefull serving of fruit and one full serving of vegetables to your child's diet.Combined with other smart choices, lunches can be healthy, nutritious andtaste good.

"Lunchtime choices can significantly impact the daily and weekly totalsfor calories, fat, saturated fat, fiber, sugar and sodium," said Seattlenutrition consultant Susan Adams. "If fruits and vegetables are readilyavailable, kids are more likely to try them. One creative way to do this is topack a nutritious beverage like one of Kagome's natural juice blends into yourchild's lunchbox. The healthy eating habits your children pick up early onwill help them maintain a healthy lifestyle as they develop into adulthood."

New research by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Healthpublished in the journal Obesity, suggests if current trends of eating moreand moving less continue, by the year 2030, 86 percent of Americans could beconsidered overweight or obese.

Five Fun Ways to Add More Fruits and Vegetables into Your Child'sLunchtime Routine

Kagome's juice blends contain more phytonutrients and antioxidants thanother juices, have no added sugar, artificial flavors or preservatives, andfeature as many as 13 fruits and vegetables in one drink.

In June, Kagome's Yellow Mango Orchard was named one of America'sHealthiest Buys in 2008 by Health Magazine.

Kagome natural juices are available at various U.S. retailers and online.Visit http://www.kagome.us for more information, recipes and to sign up forthe Kagome Live True e-newsletter.

About Kagome

Founded in 1899 by Ichitaro Kanie, a Japanese pioneer in tomatocultivation, Kagome has grown to become the largest producer of tomatoproducts in Japan and has extended its selection of products to include avariety of natural fruit and vegetable juices. Available in retail storesacross the United States, Kagome juices offer true to nature taste and true tonature nutritional value. For information about Kagome products or to orderonline, go to http://www.kagome.us-- Make fruits and vegetables easy to pack and fun to eat by cutting them into creative, bite sized shapes, and use a variety of cookie cutters to make a meal fun. -- Encourage your child to choose his or her own fruit and vegetables when shopping. -- Serve fruit in different ways -- try dipping it in yogurt. -- Stuff sandwiches with slices of vegetables like bell pepper, tomato, lettuce, carrots or sprouts. -- Add a colorful 11.5 oz. Kagome blended juice to the lunchbox.

SOURCE Kagome
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