The FDA announced an overhaul of how foods will be labeled (compliance by 2018 for big food companies and by 2019 for smaller companies; that seems like a long time off). If you like to consume your news in video form, this short WSJ video is helpful.
I've written about sugar in the past, and I get a lot of questions from students, teachers and parents about sugar. What is my take on the … [Read More...]
This new page on the "Make Wellness Fun" website is chock full of great (free!) resources so that you an put on your very own Rainbow Day at your school, organization, or home.
Healthy Kids Founder (Kathryn Kemp Guylay) has been involved in many "Rainbow Days" with schools and kids over the past ten years. She's gathered her favorite multi-media resources for your own … [Read More...]
Last week with kids in the Idaho I Have a Dream program, I explored a very powerful topic as related to food—advertising. Children are exposed to over 20,000 advertisements per year (about 55 ads per day). I pulled information for my lesson from a previous Healthy Kids post.
In this post, we will take a look at several advertisements for food and beverages and discuss strategies and tactics … [Read More...]
Hi. I’m Alexander Guylay, I'm 13 years old, and I’ve been participating in Nurture programs (mostly because my mom dragged me along, but also because they are super fun) since I was pretty little.
I want to tell you about a dream I have. I’m now 13 years old! I’d love to be an illustrator, and my mom has been wanting to do a book to get kids excited about eating a colorful variety of fruits … [Read More...]
-1 to 2 bunches of kale
-1 tbsp coconut oil
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Remove kale from stalk, leaving the greens in large chip size pieces. Melt approximately 1 tbsp coconut oil. Pour the oil over the kale and toss. Place the kale on a baking sheet then sprinkle with sea salt and bake for 5 minutes or until to starts to turn a bit brown. Keep an eye on it as it can burn … [Read More...]
On a webinar this morning with Dr. Ann Kulze, she reviewed strategies for encouraging kids to try new foods.
*Repeat. It can take between 8 and 15 exposures for a child (or adult!) to be open to trying a new food.
*Strategic pairing. Add new foods with foods that your child already likes.
*Bridging. Don't go straight to the hearty, nutty breads if you are eating white. Take baby steps. … [Read More...]
A guest post by Nurture
It’s fun to experiment with all the different grains that are available to us these days. A couple weeks ago, we made a farro salad for a large event and it was a hit for so many reasons. Farro has wonderful taste and texture – a little like barley, but it’s a larger grain with a nutty flavor. The salad was a breeze to make and because farro doesn’t harden when … [Read More...]
It is definitely spring time, and it is that time of year when you should really make an effort to boost the "green" intake of everyone in your family. My favorite green drink for kids is still the Green Machine, but I was looking for something that might be even more of a cleansing drink during this springtime season. (Hint: parsley is considered a highly cleansing food). So I looked around, … [Read More...]
If you have school age kids, you might remember the “buzz” around the Standardized Achievement Tests that are given in the Spring. My daughter’s third grade class went through their tests just this past month. My daughter’s teacher recognizes the importance of a healthy, balanced breakfast (as she can see the difference in students’ behavior, attention and performance when they fuel up … [Read More...]
I have talked before about how “food is fuel” and how we can choose foods that make our bodies “Go!”. We need to eat food to grow, to heal, and to sustain our energy levels for our favorite activities. But we also eat to taste (because food is one of the wonderful pleasures of life), to celebrate, and to carry on family traditions and customs. This past month, I had the opportunity to work with … [Read More...]
A recent guest (and new "sister agent of change") from my Workplace Wellness Hour radio show, Laura Putnam, sent me this great article about the benefits of movement/activity in the classroom and the positive impact on academic achievement. I love seeing studies of what I know intuitively to be true... that getting your body moving is great for your creativity and intellect.
Here are some free … [Read More...]
Give It a Go, Eat a Rainbow Kids Book is Up on Kickstarter!