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Get Local Farmers' Foods Onto Your School's Lunchroom Cafeteria Trays
Visitors to this site by the University of Michigan Extension will learn about getting food grown by farmers in their community onto their students' lunch trays in school. This Tookit for school foodservice provides suggestions for introducing healthier choices to students. Farm to School connects schools with local farms. Once they learn about whole grain products, they will be more likely to add them to their school cafeteria trays. Since the learning involves volunteers and a farmer visiting cafeteria tables showing several items, including a stalk of wheat, wheat berries, and flour, students make the connection between the plant product, flour and the foods they eat.

Kids and Their Chiropractors
Thought chiropractic care was just for adults? Think again—children are visiting chiropractors at an increasing rate. In fact, MedicalNewsToday.com's web page about this developing trend says that the number of patients under 17 seeing a chiropractor has increased 8.5 percent since 1991. If you've been considering chiropractic for your child, this web page offers a great overview of the practice from a pediatric perspective. The page also includes links to professional chiropractor organizations, where you can further research the issue.

National Center Dedicated to Child Nutrition
The National Food Serice Management Institute (NFSMI), part of the School of Applied Science at The University of Mississippi, is the only federally funded national center dedicated to applied research, education and training, and technical assistance for child nutrition programs. As you'd expect, the website has all kinds of information on child nutrition. They offer online trainining and continuing education for child nutrition program personnel at all levels. There are school nutrition programs. And there are all kinds of fact sheets, posters, newsletters, menus, webinars and other resources for child care concerning food. There is a resource center and a child nutrition archives, with photograph and manuscript collections, as well as poster and other online exhibitions. The site also has an interactive timeline on how child nutrition programs have progressed through the decades in the U.S.

The Source for Kids Health Information
A useful site with information for parents, kids and teens. Kids section deals with topics such as moving to middle school, eating healthy foods, dealing with feelings, kids recipes, everyday illnesses and injuries, kids bodies, kids health issues and information on growing up. Games and a glossary of medical terms with regards to children’s health is also included. Fun tips and facts are good to help kids with learning about kids health overall.

American Heart Association Tips to Kids Physical Activity
To live a healthy lifestyle, physical activity is essential. However, the arrival of smartphones, tablets, and other electronic gadgets have greatly affected physical activity, especially of kids. Instead of riding their bikes or playing tag with other kids, children would rather stay in the house and watch TV or play video games. This is because most kids these days think that physical activity is a drag. Contrary to what these kids believe, being physically active is fun and not scary at all. This article from the American Heart Association provides tips on how kids can make physical activity fun and engaging.

What Every Child Needs For Good Mental Health
Children have many needs; while it is easy to recognize their physical needs, sometimes parents cannot decipher their kids’ emotional and mental needs. Of course, it is critical that all these needs are met because they enable kids to have sound mental health. Children with good mental health are able to think clearly, learn new skills and develop as social beings. How do parents meet the mental needs of their children? This article from Mental Health America offers suggestions such as giving children unconditional love, nurturing kids’ self-esteem, playing with kids, monitoring TV time, giving appropriate guidance and discipline, and talking about feelings.

USDA’s MyPlate Kids’ Place
MyPlate Kids’ Place is a rich source of information about proper nutrition for kids. It gives parents, guardians, and teachers the information they need in order to raise healthy kids. The page, which is an offshoot of the USDA ChooseMyPlate website, offers links to pages where kids can play games, do activity sheets, watch videos and listen to songs, or find more information about physical activity. There is also a page dedicated to becoming a MyPlate Champion, where kids pledge to eat healthy and be physically active every single day. There is also a link for professionals and another for parents and teachers.

Favorite Quotes

Health is the second blessing that we mortals are capable of—a blessing that money cannot buy.

—Izaak Walton (1593–1683)

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