Nutrition and Wellness Resources

Ten Ways to Keep Your Immune System Strong

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The cold and flu virus season has hit my kids' school hard already this year.  After recently having a professional consultation for an "immune system re-boot", here are some reminders on how to stay healthy: 1.  Practice proper hygiene.  Wash hands of course, but also try to keep fingers away from nose, eyes and mouth in general.  Ewww, no nail biting! 2.  Get enough … [Read more...]

Cure for your Cold? (Ginger Tea)

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A guest post by Juliette Britton Ginger Tea! It may not completely cure your cold, but it will definitely help soothe a sore throat.  At the first signs of a cold, I drink 1 to 2 ginger teas per day, and I find my symptoms subside quickly. Since it is caffeine free- it safe for most children 2 years and older (you just need a little less ginger- and maybe more … [Read more...]

Three Tips for Happy Healthy Holidays!

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It is officially holiday season, a time when we spend extra time baking and cooking for our loved ones.   We celebrate traditions, and many of us (including me with my notorious sweet tooth) indulge a bit more in sugar-laden delights.  I'm never one to frown upon a holiday cookie, so don't even think I'd want to spoil any of the holiday spirit around eating and being merry.  I … [Read more...]

Happy Halloween!

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People ask me if we eat candy on Halloween, and the answer is "yes".  I do however, love to employ strategies to make all the candy consumption balance out with healthier habits.  I read this recently in a newsletter from the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, and I thought I'd pass it on to you: Schools and out-of-school time sites around the country are finding … [Read more...]

Food Day at Community School

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Food Day, October 24, is a day to resolve to make changes in our own diets and to take action to solve food-related problems in our communities at the local, state and national level. Every year on this day thousands of events all around the country bring Americans together to celebrate and enjoy real food and to push for the idea to “Eat Real Food”. Food Day will be celebrated … [Read more...]

Food Day 2014 School Resources

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Through my involvement in Nurture, I am happy to say that next week will be a fun and busy week with Food Day!  Here are some of the events I'm looking forward to: *A nutrition education lesson in alignment with Food Day’s theme of “Eat Real Food” for students at Community School.  This event will take place on 10/15.  Read more here. *A hands-on cooking lesson and lunch … [Read more...]

Who’s Who of Food Day

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I spent this morning brainstorming with 8th graders about their 12-week Food Unit and individual projects.  I spent the most time with two particular groups, one focused on CSPI's Food Day and another working on a culminating event for the unit.  I was inspired by the ambition of these students, who are working on a plan to bring Anna Lappe to our local community for a speaking … [Read more...]

Food Day Dinner Party Guide

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Food Day 2014 is coming up, and I'm going to dedicate a few posts on HKIE to this amazing day and the amazing organization--Center for Science in the Public Interest--that organizes this event. In this post I'd like to highlight a new resource this year-- the Food Day Dinner Party Guide.  This resource (click link at the bottom of this post) contains conversation place … [Read more...]

How You Can Enter A Contest to Win a Trip to the White House

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Yes, it is that time of year again!  I've written about the Healthy Kids State Lunchtime Challenge before, and I think this is one of the best ways to get kids (ages 8-12) excited about experimenting in the kitchen.  In this newsletter, I will share with you all the information you need to give it your best shot at participating in this fantastic Let's Move! contest sponsored … [Read more...]

Download Songs for a Healthier America

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I am so excited to share with you a resource that you can download for free that will give you access to 19 new songs that you can enjoy with your family! These songs convey a fun and important message about living a healthy lifestyle.  No worries, they are not boring or dull.  Even if you have the most sophisticated musical tastes that you must please in your household, … [Read more...]