If you’re going to be at work or school all day, pack a snack to take with you. Convenience foods cost more and have empty calories. Choose healthy and tasty snacks that boost your energy between meals. Making your own trail mix can save you money and help you eat healthier. Here’s a recipe your... Continue Reading →

Add Soap, Warm Water, and a Catchy Tune!

Most people think their hand-washing habits have been changed forever but, these careful behaviors can be forgotten when distracted by a new environment. We all know that washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds may reduce your chances of getting sick and spreading germs.  Singing “Happy Birthday” twice while scrubbing... Continue Reading →

Whole-Grain Strawberry Pancakes

Whip up these tasty pancakes in a jiffy. They even freeze well so make a big batch. Whole-Grain Strawberry Pancakes 1.5 cups Whole wheat flour3 Tbsp Sugar1 tsp Baking powder1/2 tsp Baking soda1/2 tsp Salt1 cup Vanilla yogurt (low fat)1 cup Water3 Eggs3 Tbsp Canola oilCooking spray1.75 cups Strawberries (fresh or frozen)1 cup Strawberry yogurt... Continue Reading →

Returning to School…. and to a Healthy Routine

A return to school, in one form or another, has started once again for your children. This year may not seem “normal” in the midst of a pandemic, but there are some basic healthy habits that will help you and your kids enjoy the school days to come. So… grab your kids and start planning... Continue Reading →

Kick Start Your Day with Breakfast

Eating a healthy breakfast is a great way to kick start your day. Not only does it “break the fast” from not eating since dinner the night before, but studies show eating breakfast increases overall diet quality, can help maintain a healthy weight, and improves behavior and learning with children. However, not just any breakfast... Continue Reading →

Peanut Butter Banana Pockets

Peanut Butter Banana Pockets are a great snack that your kids can help prepare. Getting your kids involved in the kitchen will teach them skills they will use throughout their lives. While helping prepare recipes kids will be building their math, science, reading, communication, and decision making skills. Another bonus is kids are more likely... Continue Reading →

How Much Water Does Your Family Drink?

Water is just fine, thanks: Serve water or milk instead of soda. Print or create a water tracking chart for your family. Pick out a cup or water bottle that you enjoy using and determine the number of cups or ounces that it holds. Draw a row of cups/bottles to represent 8 ounces (1 cup)... Continue Reading →

Cut Down on Sugar-Sweetened Beverages

Water is just fine, thanks: Serve water or milk instead of soda. Sugar-sweetened beverages, such as soda, fruit drinks, sports drinks, and sweetened waters are associated with a range of health conditions, including weight gain/obesity, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes. When you substitute water for a single 20-ounce sugar sweetened soda, you can reduce... Continue Reading →

Make Movement Fun!

Kids grow best in motion: Encourage 1 hour of physical activity a day. Workout videos are a great way to get moving at home with family members. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends Fit Kids, a website with a range of home workouts for children. Videos are divided into four groups: warmups,... Continue Reading →

Take Active Breaks

Kids grow best in motion: Encourage 1 hour of physical activity a day. If your family is primarily at home, set a timer for walking or movement breaks. At the beginning of the day, plan where you will walk or what exercise your will do each time the timer goes off. Even if you just... Continue Reading →

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