Monthly Archives: January 2016

  • Kids Kitchen Safety

    Kids Kitchen Safety

    The kitchen can be a dangerous place for children, with sharp cooking tools, cleaning supplies, and hot stoves and ovens packed into one confined space. While there are steps you can take to make the kitchen a safer place for kids, there are also important lessons you should teach your children to help keep them safe in the kitchen.

  • How to Lower the Sugar in a Child’s Diet

    How to Lower the Sugar in a Child’s Diet

    Health and Human Services (HHS) and the USDA recently released updated dietary guidelines to help Americans eat a healthy and balanced diet. One of the most important recommended changes is cutting back on calories from added sugar. The new guidelines recommend that “Americans should be encouraged to consume less than 10 percent of calories per day from added sugars. … This does not include naturally occurring sugars such as those consumed as part of milk and fruits.”

    Added sugar has been gaining more calorie share in the diets of the average American over recent years as processed food companies add sugars and syrups to make foods sweeter and more appealing. Even something as simple as the wrong juice can significantly add sugars and calories to a child’s diet.

    Finding the right balance of sugar in your child’s diet is a combination of understanding sources of sugar, which sugars are good and bad, and creating a family eating plan that promotes healthy, balanced diets.

  • 8 Great Kids Activities to Have Fun and Stay Active Indoors

    8 Great Kids Activities to Have Fun and Stay Active Indoors

    Exercise and physical activity are just as important to a healthy lifestyle as healthy eating. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends children get at least one hour of physical activity each day. While it can be hard to send the kids outside to play during the winter, you can easily turn the indoors into a safe, warm place for physical activity – without worrying about a lamp breaking.

    Here are a few fun ideas to help kids stay active and entertained indoors. The best thing about these ideas is that they involve minimal adult supervision or set up, so your kids can safely play while you finally get to those chores.