It’s time to take childhood obesity awareness into prevention.

I have worked for Jason’s Deli for 20 years in several departments and have gone from a single, young(ish) lady to a married mom with 2 kids! The one “job” that I feel has had the biggest impact on me and my family is that of Nutrition Specialist. I have been blessed to work closely with our Research and Development team for the past 15 years.

As a mom, my children’s health and wellbeing is always at the forefront of my mind. Childhood obesity is too prevalent in our society today – I see it in the schools my kids attend and I see it out in the community I live in. Working for Jason’s Deli, I have learned so much about food and what makes it good vs. good for you. Our team is always looking for ways to serve food that’s good & good for you.

Parents shouldn’t have to worry about what’s hiding in their children’s food. Here are a few things parents don’t have to worry about at Jason’s Deli:

  • We began analyzing all the ingredients on our menu in 1999, and in 2005, we eliminated artificial trans fats from all our food
  • Next in 2008, we eliminated high-fructose corn syrup
  • In April 2009, Jason’s Deli released a new kid’s menu that reduced sodium levels by 21%, saturated fat by 20%, cholesterol by 17%, total carbs by 15% and calories by 10%
  • In 2010, we removed fountain drinks as a choice on our kid’s menu
  • USDA-Certified Organic ingredients can be found throughout the menu
  • We have also eliminated dyes and artificial flavors from our entire menu
  • We list calories on our menus as well as our website.

I have learned even more about childhood obesity as a chronic, preventable disease by volunteering as a board member for the Texas Health Institute for the past 6 years. We’re also involved with one of THI’s largest endeavors – the Southern Obesity Summit representing 16 states. 

Its Seven Pillars of Obesity Prevention is a remarkable plan of attack, from Early Childhood, Food Access, Healthcare/Healthcare Systems, Nutrition, Physical Activity, Schools and Worksite Wellness.

In November, I’ll be at the 10th annual Southern Obesity Summit in Houston, TX, and will let you know what happens.

Kim Jones- Kim Jones, Nutrition Specialist

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month