making each day a little healthier
Parents Control the Pantry.
Adults are in charge of deciding what belongs in the pantry and
refrigerator. Kids won’t go hungry; they will eat what is available. Allow the less nutritious foods in
A Staple in the House.
Oatmeal is a food that should have a permanent place on your shelves. You
can cook it in water or milk and serve as a meal. You can use oatmeal instead of crackers for meatloaf.
And, you can mix a serving of dry oats into one-half the usual serving of your less-than-healthy cereal.
In Plain Sight.
Set some hummus, carrot sticks, whole-grain crackers and grapes on the counter for a
healthy family snack.
How Sweet They Are
. Slice a sweet potato and place each piece on a cookie sheet in a single layer
(spray your pan if necessary so they don’t stick). Lightly spray the slices and then sprinkle cinnamon
with a dash of salt, pepper and nutmeg on top. Roast at 375 degrees until they are cooked and slightly
crispy, about 25 minutes. Have kids join you in the kitchen for this one.
Everyone Needs to Get Up and Move.
More and more research suggests that everyone, even if you
are physically fit, needs to get up for at least a minute, multiple times, every day. It actually improves
learning and performance.
Kick the Cow.
Take an empty milk carton, use twigs to set up some goal lines, and establish teams.
Write the numbers 1 through 4 on each side of the milk carton. Play a modified version of soccer.
When the carton crosses the line the team gets the points that are showing face up on the milk carton.
Plan an active birthday party. Go bowling, organize a treasure hunt, take everyone to a
climbing wall or, a favorite, set up relay races in the yard or at the park.
The Gift of Confidence.
If you want a child to succeed, one of the best gifts you can give them is the
belief that they CAN achieve more than they think is possible. Have faith, give them respect and let
them know that you believe in them. If children feel your confidence, they will perform to your
expectations. Christa McAuliffe said it best: "We are in a position to touch the future.” We owe our
children the best future possible.
A Few Favorites.
Wash your hands. Sneeze into your elbow instead of your hand. Rinse off fruit
under water for 20 seconds, even if it has a peel that you don’t eat. Get your zzz’s each night. Drink
one cup of water every hour starting at 9 A.M. to 4 P.M. each day. Most importantly: SMILE often.
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