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Easy Ways for Kids to Cut Calories

The Department of Health and Human Services aims to reduce the childhood obesity rate by percent by 2020, and a study says achieving the goal requires only minor changes. To meet the target, kids ages 2 to 19 would need to eat 64 fewer calories per day on average. Get started by making small cutbacks in current meals and snacks, such as:

Cut out 1/2 slice of pizza: Save 142 calories
Cut out 1 chicken finger: Save 100 calories
Cut out 1/2 can of soda: Save 87 caloires
Cut out 2 oreo cookies: Save 81 calories
Cut out 3 pretzel twists: Save 69 calories
Cut out 1 buttermilk pancake: Save 69 calories
Cut out 16 small jelly beans: Save 66 calories
Cut out 13 cheese puffs: Save 64 calories
Cut out 6 potato chips: Save 64 calories
Source: American Journal of Preventive Medicine, May 2012



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