Do you know what the changes in nutritional standards mean for your child’s lunch at school? Follow the link below for important information on the new changes to school lunches: http://www.healthyschoolscampaign.org/getinvolved/action/new-standards/
Parents need to engage in regular physical activity, not only for their own health, but for their children’s benefit, as well. Children learn by example. Let your children know that you enjoy exercising because it’s an important part of a healthy lifestyle, it helps you get stronger and gives you more energy, which helps make you look and feel better about yourself.
It can be difficult for parents to fit exercise into their family’s busy schedules. With a little planning and creativity, however, you can find ways to exercise with your children. Listed below are some simple ways you can exercise with your children:
Infant through Preschool Aged Children
Grab the stroller and go for a brisk walk with your children. You could also purchase a jogging stroller, which allows you
to walk faster, jog, or run at a fast pace while pushing the stroller.
Use a back carrier to transport young children. Carrying the added weight can help burn extra calories as you walk.
If your child is walking, take a leisurely stroll around the block or at a nearby park. Remember to limit the distance; little legs
can tire quickly.
Turn on some lively music and dance with your children.
Use an infant carrier or bike trailer to go on a bike ride with your children.
Grade School Aged Children
Try in-line skating or skating. Be sure that everyone is equipped with helmets and protective gear.
Spend an afternoon at the park or playground. Bring along a flying disc or football so that you and your children can play together.
Play a game of catch or kickball in your backyard.
Go for a hike in the forest or bicycle ride on a nearby nature trail.
Let your children help you in the yard. They can help you dig holes, plant flowers, and rake leaves.
Go for a walk with your children after dinner each night.
Purchase a family membership at a local health club and work out together several days each week.
Play tennis, golf or basketball with your children.
Register your family for a run or walk event in your area. You can also train together before the event.
Join a community volleyball or softball team that is open to teens and adults.
About one in 1,000 children have Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis. The number of new cases each year is nine per 100,000 population. School can be a difficult place for children with arthritis – academically, socially, and behaviorally. Teachers can be great allies in keeping children with JRArthritis safe and successful in school. Author and parent Teri Mauro shares five things that all teachers should know.
The Arthritis Foundation website provides comprehensive information about the disease. In addition, the importance of regular exercise and physical fitness programs is addressed at the kidshealth.org website. According to CIGNA, the child’s teachers, school nurse, cafeteria staff, and physical education teachers can become helpful partners with parents as the child copes with JRA at school. They should work together to develop creative ways of dealing with the child’s limitations while making the best of his or her abilities. If the child has trouble walking distances, the child’s classes might be scheduled to minimize walking and stair climbing. If the child gets stiff sitting still during class, perhaps the teacher can encourage him or her to wiggle around and stretch during the class. If the child has trouble writing neatly, he or she might try using a larger pencil or pen. The school’s physical or occupational therapist may share more ideas. Be sure to learn about the child’s rights under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and other federal and state laws regarding the education of children with disabilities.
If you’re looking for a healthy activity that you and your whole family can enjoy together, why not consider cycling? You might remember riding down the street as a child to visit your friends on your bike but did you realize that biking is a great way to get healthy and have a fun activity that your entire family can enjoy? There are many benefits to cycling that anyone at any age or level of physical fitness can enjoy.
Can you believe one of the easiest and most inexpensive preventative medicine strategies is literally available at your fingertips and costs less than one penny? It is called hand washing.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), “hand washing is the single most important means of preventing the spread of infection.” Hand transmission is a critical factor in the spread of bacteria and viruses causing disease such as colds, flu, and food-borne illness. See Tips on Hand Washing from the CDC.
According to the Henry the Hand – Champion Handwasher website, there are four important principles of handwashing.
1. Wash your hands when they are dirty or before eating.
2. Do not cough into your hands.
3. Do not sneeze into your hands.
4. Above all, do not put your fingers in your eyes, nose, or mouth.
This website also includes a song and videos that are part of their program for schools. Students are trained to stay away from the T Zone (mucous membranes around the eyes, nose, and mouth) as this is where the vast majority of diseases enter the body. In fact, These are the entry point for 100% of all respiratory and gastro-intestinal diseases. Children are also encouraged to try the sniff test; if hands smell clean, they are clean.
Stop the spread of germs that can make you and others sick! Influenza (flu) and other serious respiratory illnesses are spread by cough, sneezing or unclean hands. In addition to good handwashing, the CDC recommends these precautions to help stop the spread of germs: To help stop the spread of germs,