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Simple Steps for Healthful Eating

Nutrition, From Our Kitchen

With all the conflicting advice about how to eat and what foods can best contribute to a healthful lifestyle, it's easy to feel overwhelmed. The American Dietetic Association (ADA) wants to make it easier to eat well, so they have produced a handy pamphlet called "10 Simple Steps." The guide is based on the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, developed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion. The guide is not available to...


Sleep Healthy

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Summer is coming to an end. Late nights have turned into early school nights. A restful night's sleep can help you and your student be more productive, feel better physically and emotionally, and have more energy. Here are some tips to a great night's sleep. Stick to a regular sleep schedule – Go to bed at the same time every night and get up the same time everyday. Sleep in a cool, dark room. Turn off the TV – The...


Shake the Salt Habit

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Having trouble shaking the salt habit?  No wonder!  Salt is turning up in unexpected places like salad dressings, dairy products and condiments. Here are three helpful tips to shake the salt habit: Choose fresh or frozen vegetables over canned. Carefully read labels on all foods that come in a box. If you opt for canned, look for "reduced sodium” or “no salt added” and rinse the vegetables to remove some of the salt.  Beware of added sauces...


Media puts too much "weight" on dieting

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Dana-Lynn Weiss's essay, "Weight Watchers," in the April 2012 issue of Vogue magazine shines a light on the disturbing truth about our society's fixation on weight and the unhealthy relationships it creates with food and body image. The article glorifies dieting instead of providing credible and useful information for parents seeking to better their child's health. There is much more to health than weight. Parents need to consider the safety and well-being of the child before imposing restrictive diets...


Heart-Healthy Tips for the Whole Family


February is American Heart Month, which makes it a great time to focus on heart-healthy choices. Here are a few ways to encourage healthy habits in children, adapted from the American Heart Association's website. Check back for more tips later in the week! * Be a positive role model. If you're practicing healthy habits, it's a lot easier to convince children to do the same. * Get the whole family moving. Take walks, ride bikes, swim, garden or play outside...


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