My kids are growing up. Here’s what I hope they’ve learned about living healthy in the real world. My daughter turned 17 today. I got thinking last night about what I’ve taught my kids in the years I’ve been blessed to be their mom. Especially about taking care of your body and mind-because that’s so important to me. I thought: if there was a way to sum up these lessons, in a teeny tiny space, what would that look like? So I tried to do it. I distilled what I know about healthy families down to its most practical, essential form, and I wrote it down (old-school!) on a notecard. So I can share it with my own kids, and you can share it with yours. Serve a fruit or a veggie with every meal. Sometimes it’ll be Parmesan roasted Brussels sprouts. Sometimes, it’ll just be an apple with lunch. The important thing is to think of fruits and veggies as important to every meal. Cook at least five meals a week at home with/for your family.
It doesn’t matter if it’s breakfast, lunch, or dinner. What matters is that you (or your significant other!) puts love and conscience into the food your family eats. Include two (or more) food groups with every snack. Teach variety with snacks, and help kids feel satisfied by including more than one food group snacks. Think: carrots and hummus, apples and peanut butter, or cheese and crackers. Eat a serving of healthy fats every day. Remember not to fear fats, because they help your body and brain stay healthy! Nuts, seeds, coconut, avocados, fish, and extra virgin olive oil set the stage for a lifetime of good health. Have fewer than 16 grams of added sugar in your typical day. Eat plenty of fruit, but keep added sugar-treats to a minimum. This one is not easy in today’s food world, but it’s well worth it. Play hard-“break a sweat” once a day, preferably outside. It might mean sports, a hike, an afternoon at the playground, or something else. Build at least 30 minutes of physical activity into your family’s day. Eat a screen-free meal together at least once a day. Sit at the table with your kids. Disconnect from your device. Bring yourself, and whatever you’re thinking and feeling. You don’t have to be perfect, you just have to be you! Do all of life’s lessons fit onto a notecard? They’re far too long, and messy. Still, I hope you found a small piece of wisdom to take away from my note card that can help you (or your grown kids!) adjust your compass towards a healthier life. Finally, if my note card really resonates with you, and you’re ready to make these lasting changes to your family’s eating habits, I can help you! We’ve just made our Family Fresh Meal Plans freeeeee for everyone to try for 30 days. For all you hard-working moms and dads doing your best to raise healthy kids, I see you! Here’s to all our best efforts this year!
Once a patient receives his/her OP ticket/pass, an attendant takes the patient for a pre-consultation check up (measuring pulse, etc). With strict monthly supervision from the top, these ASHA workers have done quality work in detecting potential illnesses early in young children. This is also precisely why these health centres aren’t filled to the rafters with patients. Prevention, indeed, is better than cure. For doctors, the temptation to make the jump to the private sector isn’t great considering that the salary they receive meets industry standards. Kerala’s historic record of focussing on human development indicators, particularly in health and education, has been very well documented. However, back in the early 1990s, Pathanamthitta district itself, which was carved out of neighbouring Alappuzha, Kollam and Idukki in 1982, ranked among the highest in getting remittances coming in from abroad, particularly from locals working in the Gulf countries. Sample this Economic Times report from 2009 about one stretch of this district.
- Draw a person with head, body, arms, and legs
- Lean meats
- Consider the process employed by the agency when hiring and training caregivers
- Run away from the kid who’s “it” (endurance)
- Playground Markings Booklet
- Am I healthy enough to begin an exercise program
According to this report, as of 2009, the bank deposits for the Kumbanad-Pullad-Thiruvalla belt were estimated to be Rs 5,400 Crore. All this money fueled a spurt in private investment, particularly in constructing better private schools and hospitals. Along with this jump in private wealth, however, came a strong aspiration for quality public healthcare infrastructure, particularly considering the State’s strong record on it. If you follow any election campaign in this district, the question of material development is inescapable, particularly on the subject of expenditure in public infrastructure. This is non-negotiable for the district’s voters. If elected representatives don’t deliver, they face an ouster. During the recent floods in Kerala, of which Pathanamthitta district was one of the worst affected, authorities managed to prevent any significant outbreak of vector-borne diseases, a constant worry in these circumstances. While infrastructure did suffer great damage, local medical authorities were quick to avert many medical crises. In short, what the district has, is a robust public health infrastructure built on long-term state-backed investments, competence, awareness, and an expansive outreach mechanism. Or have something to share? Write to us: [email protected], or connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.
Healthy eating at Halloween? What if we took the pressure off and let kids have candy? Parents, are you stressing over what your kids are eating? Well, knock it off. Give yourselves a break. Cut your kids some slack. There is at least one expert out there who believes the world will not end if your kids eat their Halloween candy. Dina Rose, a sociologist and author, specializes in healthy eating for children. She advocates taking off the pressure and using trick-or-treating as a “teachable moment” for families. It’s therefore kinder, and more effective, to limit trick-or-treating itself, rather than to limit access to what kids collect. Don’t want your kids to be faced with 5 pounds of candy? Then only let them go to a certain number of houses, or fill a smaller-sized bag, but then let them enjoy the treats. Rose’s approach to nutrition is filled with common sense, and yet feels revolutionary. She has even drawn up a Halloween Bill Of Rights for kids, as seen below. 1. Set up a candy container.