Four tips to cut the calories, sugar your kids consume

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(WXIA) -- Lauren Lorenzo, MS, RD, LD is the Camp Strong4Life Director and Program Manager for Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, and helps families make nutritious choices. 

Through Camp Strong4Life, families complete an ongoing wellness program for overweight children and their families - a program where they learn to boost nutrition and find out how to lose weight. 

Lorenzo says there are four easy ways to cut calories and sugar from kids' diets. 

1. Eliminate soda

Lorenzo says by eliminating one 20-ounce soda a day, kids will avoid consuming almost 61 pounds of sugar in a year. Decreasing the size of the sugary drink is a good idea, along with choosing water for refills. 

She also suggests reviewing health options with children, and asking them to choose between those healthy options only. 

2. Order a small serving of fries

To cut over 14,000 calories per year, simply order a small fry rather than a large fry, Lorenzo says. As another option, families can also order a large fry order and share it. 

3. Fruit on the side

According to Lorenzo, fruit is an ideal side order compared to fries. That healthy choice can cut around 25,200 calories per year. Many fast food restaurants now offer apples and salads as sides, which Lorenzo says are the best choices. 

4. Fresh fruit over fruit juice

Lorenzo suggests swaping a glass of fruit juice for a fresh piece of fruit just three times per week. That substitution subtracts 16,575 teaspoons of sugar from yearly consumption. 

She says frozen fruit is just as healthy as fresh fruit, and that the frozen produce is often cheaper. 

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