YELLOW means CAUTION! Eat in limited amounts!
YELLOW foods have higher energy density, with slightly more fat (2-5 grams per serving), but are still good sources of nutrition. You must eat some YELLOW foods to have a balanced diet. However, since they have more fat and higher energy density, you should approach YELLOW foods with caution.
RED means STOP! Stop and think before you eat!
RED foods have high energy density (a lot of calories for their volume), and provide fewer nutrients for their calories because of their high fat content (greater than 5 grams per serving), or concentrated sugar content than GREEN or YELLOW foods. Some RED foods do contain important nutrients, but their energy density is high.
The Traffic Light Childhood Weight Control Program™ comes to Branford from the University at Buffalo and is one of the most successful weight loss programs for children and their parents. Children and parents learn about appropriate portions sizes, calories, setting up the environment to promote healthy eating and physical activity. Parents are taught skills such as praise, limiting access to high-fat foods, and other strategies to promote weight loss.
The East Shore District Health Department (ESDHD) has been a local presence as an advocate for the health of the community for over 34 years. The East Shore Health District Health Department and its board of directors have made a commitment to assist in the fight against obesity, particularly in our youth.
The Branford School Based Health Centers (SBHC) has been a strong presence in the Branford community for fourteen years. The SBHC mission is to assist in the attainment of physical and mental well-being of children and adolescents living in Branford. To accomplish this mission the SBHC program provides medical and mental health care services, as part of the Yale New Hospital health care system. While there are many factors that affect the health outcomes of youth, obesity is considered by many public health experts to be one of the nation's principle cause of preventable death. The purpose of this program is to document success in addressing obesity in a school setting. The benchmarks of success are increase in knowledge, life style behavior change and improvement in fitness level.
As a partnership between the SBHC and the ESHD the Traffic Light Program™ represents a collaboration that has the potential to make a difference in the life of children. Funding was received from the ALCOA Foundation to support this initiative and the Department of Public Health.
For more information about this program call:
Branford School Based Health Center: (203) 315-3534
East Shore District Health Department: (203) 481-4233