Promoting Healthier Children (02)


Kids and Foods: The Healthy Food Pyramid
Teaching your children about healthy foods is important, and this site called by the United STates Department of Agriculture helps them see what foods to eat, and how much to eat. The site includes fun ways to teach children about the food pyramid, and there are sections for kids six to 11 years old, and for preschoolers two to five years old. There are games and posters to download, as well as worksheets and coloring pages. Classroom materials are also available so teachers can teach kids about the food pyramid.

Curious About Chiropractic Care for Your Child? Get Basic Information Here
Check out the web site to get a good foundation of information about chiropractic care and how it can benefit people living with back pain, including children. You will find an overview of back issues, as well as helpful information about the causes of this common health complaint, treatment options and risk factors for back pain. The series of articles posted here also covers tips for living with chronic pain, when to contact a chiropractor for help, and when surgery should be considered as a treatment option.

Local Foods on School Lunchroom Cafeteria Tables: Will Kids Resist Eating Healthy
This well thought out blog post looks at both sides of the debate about governments requiring schools to buy their produce from local farmers. On one hand, the idea of having lunchroom cafeteria tables featuring healthy foods is attractive, it doesn't make a lot of sense if the children won't eat the food because they prefer to stick with foods that are high in fat and calories.

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 kidsí 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 kidsí self-esteem, playing with kids, monitoring TV time, giving appropriate guidance and discipline, and talking about feelings.

Tips for Keeping Kids Active by Arrowhead Health Centers
Every self-respecting parent knows that being physically active is fun and healthy. However, not a lot of parents are able to transfer their enthusiasm for physical activity to their kids who just want to curl up inside their air-conditioned rooms with a video game or their favorite cartoon on television. Arrowhead Health Centers offers parents some suggestions they could use to encourage their kids to be more physically active. One thing parents can do is to be role models to their kids. The American Heart Association recommends that adults have 30 minutes of physical activity every day for at least five days per week. When kids, especially the younger ones, see their parents in action, they are sure to follow suit.


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