Category Archives: Eat Smart, Move More

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Spring Sports Help Families Move More

Spring is officially here and the grass is getting greener every day. This time of year is also when many kids across the state will lace up cleats and grab a glove as baseball, softball, and soccer seasons start up. Participating in sports helps kids develop important life skills, like teamwork, self-discipline, and goal-setting. And of course, sports help kids move more. But did you realize that spring sports can help the whole family be more physically active? Continue reading

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Eat Smart with School Breakfast

Does your child eat school breakfast? The School Breakfast Program was launched in 1966 and has been in place permanently since 1975. The program is administered by the USDA and operates similarly to the National School Lunch Program. The program follows dietary guidelines to help improve the health of the children, such as including whole grains and fruits, eliminating foods with trans fats, and having appropriate calories depending on a child’s age and grade. School breakfast provides a healthy, energizing start to the day for over 11 million students across the country. Continue reading

Aerobic exercise improves heart health.

Cardio for Healthy Hearts

Physical activity is an important part of a heart-healthy lifestyle. When you move your body, your heart pumps oxygen-rich blood to fuel active muscles. This helps increase your heart’s strength and endurance. A stronger and fitter heart is more efficient and healthy, which can reduce the risk of heart diseases and stroke. The slang term “cardio” get’s its name from cardiovascular exercise, also known as aerobic physical activity. Let’s explore the connection between physical activity and cardiovascular health. Continue reading

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Quick and Easy Breakfast Ideas

Breakfast – the most important meal of the day. We’ve heard this message from moms since the beginning of time. And they’re right. People who eat breakfast were more likely to have higher levels of important nutrients in their overall diets, better focus and performance in schools and at work, and a healthier weight status. With all these benefits, why aren’t more people eating breakfast? Mainly a lack of time during busy mornings and for some people, not having much of an appetite in the morning. Both of these issues have solutions, so keep reading for quick, healthy breakfast ideas. Continue reading

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Healthy Game Day Recipes

Tailgating season is coming to an end, with just one big game left. This weekend is one of the most watched television events, as well as the second highest calorie food-related holidays of the year (just behind Thanksgiving). Between chips and dip, pizza, chicken wings, and soda, most of the usual party snacks make it tough to eat smart on game day. This year, make some strategic swaps and focus on homemade versions of traditional game day snacks to cut down on extra calories. Your football fans can still enjoy the party and make healthy choices! Continue reading