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Healthy Thoughts

Happy Summer! This week was the start of our Summer Camp. We are so excited for all activities and visitors that are planned!

One of our favorite visitors to the younger rooms through-out the year is Coach Amy with Stretch -n- Grow! She really gets the children moving and grooving! At the end of her class, she gives the teachers a hand out to share with the parents about what their child did in her class that day along with some helpful tips or recipes.  I would like to share the information from one of those hand outs with you today.

Healthy Thoughts…

1. Parents control the supply lines.  You decide which foods to buy and when to serve them.  Though kids will pester their parents for less nutritious foods, adults should be in charge when deciding which foods are regularly stocked in the house. Kids won’t go hungry. They’ll eat what’s available in the cupboard and fridge at home. If their favorite snack isn’t all that nutritious, you can still buy it once in a while so they don’t feel deprived.

2. From the foods you offer, kids get to choose what they will eat or whether to eat at all.  Kids need to have some say in the matter. Schedule regular meal and snack times. From the selection you offer, let them choose what to eat and how much of it they want. This may seem like a little too much freedom. But if you follow step 1, your kids will be choosing only from the foods you buy and serve.

3. Quit the “clean-plate club.” Let kids stop eating when they feel they’ve had enough. Lots of parents grew up under the clean-plate rule, but that approach doesn’t help kids listen to their own bodies when they feel full. When kids notice and respond to feelings of fullness, they’re less likely to overeat.

4. Start them young.  Food preferences are developed early in life, so offer variety.  Likes and dislikes begin forming even when kids are babies.  You may need to serve a new food on several different occasions for a child to accept it.  Don’t force a child to eat, but offer a few bites.  With older kids, ask them to try one bite.

5. Rewrite the kids’ menu. Who says kids only want to eat hot dogs, pizza, burgers and macaroni and cheese? When eating out, let your kids try new foods and they might surprise you with their willingness to experiment. You can start by letting them try a little of whatever you ordered or ordering an appetizer for them to try.

6. Drink calories count. Soda and other sweetened drinks add extra calories and get in the way of good nutrition. Water and milk are the best drinks for kids. Juice is fine when it’s 100%, but kids don’t need much of it – 4 to 6 ounces a day is enough for preschoolers.

7. Put sweets in their place. Occasional sweets are fine, but don’t turn dessert into the main reason for eating dinner.  When dessert is the prize for eating dinner, kids naturally place more value on the cupcake than the broccoli. Try to stay neutral about foods.

8. Food is not love. Find better ways to say “I love you.” When foods are used to reward kids and show affection, they may start using food to cope with stress or other emotions.  Offer hugs, praise, and attention istead of food treats.

9. Kids do as you do. Be a role model and eat healthy yourself. When trying to teach good eating habits, try to set the best example possible.  Choose nutritious snacks, eat at the table, and don’t skip meals.

Thank you to Coach Amy from Stretch -n- Grow for letting me share this information!

Enjoy the summer! We hope it’s happy and healthy!

 

Food Fight

Dinner began, silent and calm,
Delicious food, thanks to our mom.
Suddenly we noticed, something fly,
It wasn’t a plane, it was a pie.

A sight to see, crème pie in the face,
Chaos erupted, it was a race.
Salads, chicken, and lots of rice,
Hilarious food fight, with plenty of spice.

Grandpa received food in his ear,
Didn’t matter, he still couldn’t hear.
Mom had pies, under the table,
Dad surrendered, went to watch cable.

Laughter filled, the dining room,
They would need more, than just a broom.
It was much more, than a really bad mess.
A fun way to relieve, some of that stress.

by AnitaPoems.com

 

Written by Kara Scott

Encouraging Health and Fitness in Your Child

Yoga BalanceToday’s health facts about children are surprising.  It is said that about 15% of children and adolescents ages 6-19 years are seriously overweight and over 10% of preschool children between ages 2 and 5 are overweight.  These numbers have tripled since the early 1970’s.  The food knowledge and exercise routines you imprint in your child at a young age will help them stay healthy throughout their adult years.  Here are some pointers that could help you encourage healthy eating habits into your youngster.

One of the most difficult struggles with a preschooler is getting them to eat healthy food and enough of it.  Most children go through a period where they refuse to try new foods and demand the same one or two favorites at each meal.  This seems to happen most between the ages 1-5.    They also like to reject foods they previously relished within a days’ time. Dietitians say that it may take a child up to 10 tries before he agrees to sample a new dish.  In order to help with this, offer the new food alongside his favorite and keep the mealtime atmosphere neutral and low-key.  Children also have small appetites and they may fare better with several small servings of food throughout the day than with only three hearty meals.  You can estimate the appropriate portion size by multiplying your child’s age by tablespoons and actually seeing how little they really need may release some stress from mealtime.

However, just eating healthy is not going to fight against childhood obesity on its own.  Making sure your child gets enough
exercise is just as important.  You could sign them up for team sports, go for family walks, play outside games such as
tag, ride bikes etc.  Today’s world is surrounded by technology advances that make it easy for your child to forget about simply going outside to play.  Reassuring the importance of moving your body and exercising will set your child on the right road for a healthy and fit lifestyle.  By simply following good eating habits and promoting exercise each day your child will not become another childhood obesity statistic.

 

Information by: CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s) and Jamie Mclntosh

Adapted by: Kim Hensinger