February is Heart Month and the time of year that we remind parents how important it is to be raising their children in a heart-healthy environment. Research shows that healthy and active parents raise healthy and active children. However, busy parents may consider it to be too difficult to find the time and energy to [...]
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Written by: Andrea Lynn A step is eliminated by putting uncooked ground turkey directly into the slow cooker, instead of browning it beforehand. Also, if you like a little spice in your chili but want to tame it down for your kids’ benefit, puree a can of chipotle chiles in adobo sauce. Stir a teaspoon [...]
Japanese children love fish, veggies, and tofu. Indian children adore spicy lentils, okra, and pickled mango. Brazilian kiddos dive into stewed rice and beans with meat and veggies. So why do so many American children insist on a “white diet” of pasta, fries, and chicken nuggets? They learn their habits from us. Even before birth, [...]
Eat your breakfast! We’ve heard it over and over – breakfast is important. Brains need fuel to work properly. If your little one is like mine, though, breakfast is the last thing on her mind in the morning. She might ask for juice, but she’d rather wait until snack time at school to eat. [...]
My little one likes to have “combersations” at mealtimes. But she really has no choice – we’re a family of talkers. Her older sister and brothers yak over their school time triumphs and tragedies, and Dad and I elbow our way in to ask questions, offer occasional advice, and ensure everyone gets a turn. But [...]
Regular family mealtimes have proven benefits such as better manners for the kids and healthier meals for the whole family. But did you know family mealtime can also help your child gain communication skills, improved learning, and problem-solving abilities? Regular family meals also build closer relationships among family members, setting a trusting foundation for when [...]
We’re making healthy lifestyles a priority in all of our schools, which is why we’re introducing a fun way for children to get up and get active – the Grow Fit Dance Break! At all of our schools, children take a break once a day to stop what they’re doing to dance and celebrate! It’s [...]
Every day, we learn how important it is to Grow Fit™ – with plenty of daily exercise and a healthy diet. So on March 20, we’re rolling out a rainbow of healthy colors in honor of National Nutrition Month! That day, everyone is coming to school dressed in the color of their favorite or “secret” [...]
When your baby becomes a toddler, the days of a relaxed meal in the high chair are done. Now, all she wants (and needs) is a quick bite, and then she’s off to more important things. To cover her nutritional needs, offer a variety of healthy foods anyway – but don’t force it. Here are [...]
We asked and you answered. We received hundreds of your favorite child-friendly and easy-to-prepare recipes for breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner and have narrowed it down to these four outstanding winners! These delicious recipes were reviewed by our registered dietician and taste-tested by our children in our schools. We’re sure your family will enjoy these [...]