Children who eat a healthy diet and get regular exercise can concentrate better during the school day. Also, getting enough sleep will help your child get up on time, feel good, and be ready for a full day of learning.
Read these and more common sense tips on how to help your child have a good school year!
New dietary guidelines: lean meat OK, cut the added sugars (retrieved 1/7/2016)
“Released every five years, the guidelines are intended to help Americans prevent disease and obesity.”
Learn all you can about added sugars:
3 teaspoons of added sugar per day is all elementary school kids need
Happy and Healthy Halloween!
Halloween kicks off a season of treats. Many of the treats are sweet and contain added sugar, which is considered empty calories. In fact, in some foods, like most candies and sodas, all the calories are empty calories.
Families can still be mindful of healthy eating habits during celebrations. Here are some ideas.
- Serve a selection of healthy snacks first, followed by one sweet treat.
- Make treats special and not every day foods.
- Serve sweet treats with natural sugar that use our Maryland fall bounty: hot apple cider, baked apples, pumpkin bread (use maple syrup or honey instead of sugar), pumpkin-pineapple cocktails, or create your own ghoulish fruit and yogurt (plain) smoothie.
- Serve water instead of fruit juice or soda. Try adding cut fruit such as citrus fruit, apples, watermelon chunks, herbs, or cucumbers for flavor without added sugar.
- Give away non-edible prizes instead of candy.
- Add movement to your celebration!
- Participate in the MONSTER BASH, October 31st ~ Rain or Shine at Takoma Park Recreaton, 7500 Maple Avenue: Annual Costume Contest – 1:00 p.m., Costume Parade – Approximately 2:15 p.m.
- Turn on some Halloween-themed music and dance; add a freeze command for variety.
- Organize your own running race with your family and friends in a nearby park…in your costumes.
- Learn all you can about added sugars to make informed decisions:
‘Added sugars are sugars and syrups that are added when foods or beverages are processed or prepared.’
‘Many of the foods and beverages Americans eat and drink contain empty calories which are calories from solid fats and/or added sugars. Solid fats and added sugars add calories to the food but few or no nutrients. For this reason, the calories from solid fats and added sugars in a food are often called empty calories… In most candies and sodas, all the calories are empty calories.
‘A small amount of empty calories is okay, but most people eat far more than is healthy. It is important to limit empty calories to the amount that fits your calorie and nutrient needs.’
Learn more about added sugars: