Category Archives: Eat Smart, Move More

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Stretching and Flexibility Training for Fitness

There are four types of physical activities that we should perform for overall fitness – aerobic (cardio) exercise, strength (resistance) training, balance exercises, and flexibility training. Cardio and strength training are emphasized a lot, but balance and flexibility are just as important. Flexibility exercises maintain or improve the range of motion in our joints, allowing us to squat all the way down, reach our arm behind our back, and twist our trunks from side to side. Flexibility training is functional training. This allows you to pick up heavy things from the floor without injury, zip your dress all the way up your back, and other common movements in your daily life. And it feels good to stretch your body and loosen up all your muscles. Continue reading

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Packed lunches for busy families

Summer is coming to an end and students are heading back to school. Despite the improvements in the quality of school meals in recent years, some families prefer to pack their own lunches. Unfortunately, many packed lunches don’t match up to the nutrition standards of school lunches. Many common packed lunches provide too much sodium, fat, and sugar and lack enough fruits, vegetables, whole grains or dairy. To help your kids eat smart, here is a list of ideas for tasty, easy, low-cost, and healthy packed lunch ideas. Continue reading

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Reducing Screen Time

If your family is like most Americans, you and your children spend a lot of time looking at screens – watching TV to unwind, checking social media, using a computer at work, playing video games, etc. In fact, most people spend 7-11 hours a day viewing various screens. Some of those activities are necessary, like for work or homework. But a lot of our screen time is for pleasure and is taking a toll on our health. Continue reading

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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