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COLLEGE-BOUND KIDS: A MINI-FRIDGE MAKEOVER
If you have college-aged kids, you know that healthy eating and dorm life don’t always go hand-in-hand. If your kids’ dorm fridge represents your worst fears instead of your highest hopes, it might be time for a makeover—a mini-fridge makeover. Here’s a printer-friendly tip sheet from ChooseMyPlate.gov that examines 10 healthy foods students should keep in their dorm fridges. Pass it on!


GROWING AWARENESS: KIDS IN THE GARDEN

Whether it’s planting in the spring, tending in the summer, or harvesting in the fall, kids can learn a lot in the garden. Actively participating in the growing process helps children understand the links between the land and food — and it fosters a sense of food independence that can last a lifetime. Learn how to involve your kids in the family garden in this article by the Produce For Better Health Foundation.


VACCINATIONS FOR KIDS AT EVERY AGE

From preschoolers to college students, it’s important to make sure your kids are up-to-date on their vaccines before they shuffle out the door this school year. Proper vaccinations help keep children, their classmates, and others in the community healthy.

Find out what vaccinations school-aged kids need at every stage in this article by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If you’re not sure of your child’s vaccination status or the specific requirements in your state, check with your primary care provider.

THE UPSIDE OF OUTSIDE: BEING ACTIVE IN NATURE HELPS BUILD HEALTHIER KIDS
According to research illustrated in this infographic by the National Environmental Education Foundation, nature and kids still go together like peas and carrots. Studies show that children who spend more time outdoors are 27-41% less likely to be overweight. And children living within half a mile of a park are more likely to have higher levels of physical activity. Even a 20-minute walk in nature can help kids with ADHD reduce stress levels. So this summer, break out the sunscreen, stay hydrated, and enjoy time outside with the young people in your life! Learn more about the connection between our health and our environment here.


Research has shown that walking 10,000 steps per day can significantly improve a person’s health. It builds stamina, burns excess calories, and tones muscle. If you’ve been considering making 10,000 steps part of your daily fitness routine, why not download a few pedometer apps and make it a family affair? Your spouse, kids, and other family members can share in a 30-day challenge, keep each other motivated, and compete for small prizes. The best part? Everyone participates and everyone wins by getting a little stronger and healthier.

Learn how to safely integrate more steps into your day in this article from ShapeUp.Org.

If you’re the parent of teenaged kids, you’ve probably noticed that they seem to be permanently plugged into their electronic devices. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, kids between the ages of 8 and 18 have increased their screen time by
1 hour and 17 minutes a day over the past five years.

Have you ever wondered how to encourage your teen unplug and become more active (without the drama)? From watching your own screen habits to creating a motivating atmosphere that rewards activity, there are ways to help you kids unplug, reengage, and be more active. Find the full list of tips in this article from WebMD.
Have you ever wondered just how fit your family is?
WebMD’s Family Fit Evaluator can help answer that question for you. After completing a brief questionnaire, you’ll get a customized Family Fit Score, highlights of your healthy behaviors, and expert suggestions on how to become more fit and improve your score over time. Find out your family’s fitness score here.

Ever feel like it’s hard to compete with all the unhealthy messages your kids get about food? From funny mascots selling sugary cereal to fast food meals that come with toys, children are targets for marketers who don’t have their best health in mind. Let Nourish Interactive inspire your kids to make better choices by learning about nutrition in a fun and engaging way. The site is filled with games, printables, and other kid-friendly resources.
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7 great foods for growing kids. It’s difficult to convince kids that nutritious can be delicious. But Skinny Chef, Jennifer Iserloh, makes it a bit easier with her article,
7 Top Foods for Your Kids. From oatmeal to broccoli and from peanut butter to papaya, find out how to jazz up the very best foods for the young folks in your life.

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Be an inspiration to the children in your life.
You’re the most influential person in your kids’ lives. Research shows that the greatest predictor of a child’s exercise and healthy eating habits is the lifestyle of their parents. Find out how to give healthier living a family focus at the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. Learn more here.

Good Advice for Quick Healthy Meals for Kids!
Skinny Chef Jennifer Iserloh has assembled a simple guide for making dinner faster and better and let’s not forget healthier. Read more here.

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Kids in the Kitchen

Learn how to get kids interested in eating more fruits and vegetables. More here.


Teach your kids about
"GO, SLOW, and WHOA Foods"

GO foods include foods lowest in fat and sugar, WHOA foods highest in calories, lowest in nutrients.

See examples and Read more…

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What's for Breakfast?

Here are a couple of healthy ideas that kids will love!

Oatmeal Pecan Waffle

Strawberry Banana Yogurt Parfait

Find these recipes for kids and more here. 

Fruit Skewers with Yogurt Dip
from NHLBI.gov

Find this recipe for kids and more here.

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Eat Right. Get Active. Reduce Screen Time. from NHLBI.gov
Step away from the screen! Find out how to limit your children’s computer and TV time.
Kids need at least 60 minutes of physical activity on most if not all days of the week.
Learn more


It’s that time of year again when you’re scrambling to help your children eat right and that includes snacking.
Here’s “20 Easy Snack Recipes for Kids”
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sweet potato fries

Start school off right with these healthy snack suggestions from Parenting Magazine!


Click here for more information  to help you and your family.


Raising Healthy Eaters from Preschool to High School.

Click here for more information  to help you and your family.

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pre-school kids Do you have pre-school children? What are the guidelines for proper nutrition?
Click here for information to help you get your children off to a great start. 

Everyday Eating Tips eating right

Small steps can help your family get on the road to maintaining a healthy weight.
Choose a different tip each week for you and your family to try. See if you or they can add to the list. Here are a few:


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Take the Pledge! The Letís Move Pledge that is. Letís Move believes that every child deserves a healthy childhood. Visit Let's Move at LetsMove.gov/our-pledge to find out more.

Click here for Feeding Your Family Healthy Meals But Staying Within A Budget

Spring and Summer is just around the corner so Let's Move!
Click here for great resources to get your family active.

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yam muffins
Courtesy Parent Magazine
Click here for the Best Snacks for Kids from Parents Magazine:
Cheese, peanut butter, yam and jam muffins…

Tips to Make Sure Your Giving Your Kids the Right Nutrition
Michelle Obama visits GMA

michelle obama on GMAKids should eat five fruits and vegetables a day
Serve fresh, frozen, and canned fruits and vegetables; they all count.
Provide fruit or carrot sticks as great snacks
Offer 100% juice, with no added sugar
Mix vegetables into dishes, like adding peas to rice, or cucumbers to a sandwich

 


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Big Bird visits the White House! Watch this new video with Michelle Obama.

Watch this video and learn about incorporating healthy snacks into your kid’s diets!


Everyday Ideas to Move More from We Can!snickerdoodles
Here’s a great list of ideas to get you and your kids moving and get everyone more active.

myGo Healthy Challenge for Families from the American Heart Association

Click here to learn more about the Healthy Kids Challenge, a nonprofit, dedicated to helping schools, programs, and communities with solutions to support kids and families
with making healthy eating and physical activity choices.


You’ve made the commitment to eat healthier, become more active and maintain a healthy weight, but how can you help your kids to do the same? You are the role model for your family. When your kids see you making good choices, they are more likely to do the same.

Click here to learn more about appropriate food portion sizes so that your children grow up understanding more about healthy eating.


Balancing Calories: Help Kids Develop Healthy Eating Habits (CDC.GOV)

One part of balancing calories is to eat foods that provide adequate nutrition and an appropriate number of calories.
You can help children learn to be aware of what they eat by developing healthy eating habits, looking for ways to make favorite dishes healthier, and reducing calorie-rich temptations.

Encourage healthy eating habits.

There's no great secret to healthy eating. To help your children and family develop healthy eating habits:

  • Provide plenty of vegetables, fruits, and whole-grain products.
  • Include low-fat or non-fat milk or dairy products.
  • Choose lean meats, poultry, fish, lentils, and beans for protein.
  • Serve reasonably-sized portions.
  • Encourage your family to drink lots of water.
  • Limit sugar-sweetened beverages.
  • Limit consumption of sugar and saturated fat.
  • Remember that small changes every day can lead to a recipe for success!


Sample Eating Plans

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans includes two eating plans that illustrate the amounts from each food group that
are recommended each day or each week. The USDA Food Guide and Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH)
Eating Plan can serve as basic guides for balanced nutrition for you and your family. Amounts are also provided for different
foods within each food group. (We Can – NHLBI May 2012)

Click here for sample eating plan and more information

Get Active

Whether it’s taking a family walk on a Saturday morning, or after dinner, or washing the car together, We Can!® encourages
you to get active to maintain a healthy weight.

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Resources

Lighten Up Georgia Recipes

We Can!

Back to school lunches

Daily food plan for preschoolers and parents.

Recipes for Healthy Kids from Challenge.Gov

 

 

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