It’s Up to You!

by Erica

The most important part of being a parent is taking care of your kids.

Chiquita is challenging families to take part in a nationwide effort to make healthy changes at home and in schools. is the premiere destination to increase awareness and encourage families to Join The Act against Child Obesity.

12.5 million American children are overweight. Obesity isn’t just a “weight problem”, it causes depression, anxiety, increases risks of diabetes and cancer.

Check out the Chiquita Challenge for your family complete with menus, activity charts, kid-friendly recipes from Chef Robert Rainford and lifestyle tips from Dr. Oz’s HealthCorps.

Head on over to 5 Minutes for Giveaways for more information on It’s Up 2 U, the Chiquita Challenge and The FIT Kids Act. While there, enter to win a $100.00 Visa Gift Card.

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Erica has been a part of the 5 Minutes for Mom writing team since the summer of 2008. She is a mom to three little ones - Audrey (7), Isaiah (4) and Christian (3).

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1 Therese May 27, 2009 at 7:40 pm

This is so great. I am going to go check out this site. None of my children have a problem with obesity in fact I wish I could get my oldest to gain some weight. :-) I do think this is a great cause though and I am curious to see what activites and menues they have over there.


2 Nicole Feliciano May 28, 2009 at 4:56 pm

This is so important. I just wrote a post with healthy tips for feeding a young family. One idea was to involve the kids in food prep. To read other ideas go here:


3 Dr. Charles Martin June 1, 2009 at 9:55 pm

Thank you so much for a great post on a promising program. We have to confront obesity if we’re going to slow the epidemic of type 2 diabetes that is sweeping across the U.S. and many other developed nations. It’s a national health crisis and needs to be treated as one. We write extensively about related issues at, especially the links between elevated blood sugar and gum disease that can interfere with diabetes control and significantly increase risk of serious health events such as heart attack, stroke and blindness.

- Charles Martin, DDS
Founder, Dentistry For Diabetics


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