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Healthy New Year’s Resolutions for Children

new year resolutionThe following examples of healthy New Year’s resolutions for children are from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).  Click here to learn more about the APP.

Preschoolers

  • I will clean up my toys and put them where they belong.
  • I will brush my teeth twice a day, and wash my hands after going to the bathroom and before eating.I won’t tease dogs or other pets – even friendly ones.
  • I will avoid being bitten by keeping my fingers and face away from their mouths.
  • I will talk with my parent or a trusted adult when I need help, or when I’m scared.
  • I will be nice to other kids who need a friend or look sad or lonely.

Kids, 5 to 12 years old

  • I will drink reduced-fat milk and water every day, and drink soda and fruit drinks only at special times.
  • I will put on sunscreen before I go outdoors on bright, sunny days. I will try to stay in the shade whenever possible and wear a hat and sunglasses, especially when I’m playing sports.
  • I will try to find a sport (like basketball or soccer) or an activity (like playing tag, jumping rope, dancing or riding my bike) that I like and do it at least three times a week!
  • I will always wear a helmet when riding a bike.
  • I will wear my seat belt every time I get in a car. I’ll sit in the back seat and use a booster seat until I am tall enough to use a lap/shoulder seat belt.
  • I’ll be friendly to kids who may have a hard time making friends by asking them to join activities such as sports or games.
  • I will never encourage or even watch bullying, and will join with others in telling bullies to stop.
  • I’ll never give out private information such as my name, home address, school name or telephone number on the Internet. Also, I’ll never send a picture of myself to someone I chat with on the computer without asking my parent if it is okay.
  • I will try to talk with my parent or a trusted adult when I have a problem or feel stressed.
  • I promise to follow our household rules for videogames and internet use.

Kids, 13 years old and older

  • I will try to eat two servings of fruit and two servings of vegetables every day, and I will drink sodas only at special times.
  • I will take care of my body through physical activity and eating the right types and amounts of foods.
  • I will choose non-violent television shows and video games, and I will spend only one to two hours each day – at the most – on these activities.  I promise to follow our household rules for videogames and internet use.
  • I will help out in my community – through giving some of my time to help others, working with community groups or by joining a group that helps people in need.
  • When I feel angry or stressed out, I will take a break and find helpful ways to deal with the stress, such as exercising, reading, writing in a journal or talking about my problem with a parent or friend.
  • When faced with a difficult decision, I will talk about my choices with an adult whom I can trust.
  • When I notice my friends are struggling, being bullied or making risky choices, I will talk with a trusted adult and attempt to find a way that I can help them.
  • I will be careful about whom I choose to date, and always treat the other person with respect and without forcing them to do something or using violence. I will expect to be treated the same way in return.
  • I will resist peer pressure to try tobacco-cigarettes, drugs or alcohol.
  • I agree not to use a cellphone or text message while driving and to always use a seat belt.

 

 

Healthy New Year's Resolutions for Children

new year resolutionThe following examples of healthy New Year’s resolutions for children are from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).  Click here to learn more about the APP.

Preschoolers

  • I will clean up my toys and put them where they belong.
  • I will brush my teeth twice a day, and wash my hands after going to the bathroom and before eating.I won’t tease dogs or other pets – even friendly ones.
  • I will avoid being bitten by keeping my fingers and face away from their mouths.
  • I will talk with my parent or a trusted adult when I need help, or when I’m scared.
  • I will be nice to other kids who need a friend or look sad or lonely.

Kids, 5 to 12 years old

  • I will drink reduced-fat milk and water every day, and drink soda and fruit drinks only at special times.
  • I will put on sunscreen before I go outdoors on bright, sunny days. I will try to stay in the shade whenever possible and wear a hat and sunglasses, especially when I’m playing sports.
  • I will try to find a sport (like basketball or soccer) or an activity (like playing tag, jumping rope, dancing or riding my bike) that I like and do it at least three times a week!
  • I will always wear a helmet when riding a bike.
  • I will wear my seat belt every time I get in a car. I’ll sit in the back seat and use a booster seat until I am tall enough to use a lap/shoulder seat belt.
  • I’ll be friendly to kids who may have a hard time making friends by asking them to join activities such as sports or games.
  • I will never encourage or even watch bullying, and will join with others in telling bullies to stop.
  • I’ll never give out private information such as my name, home address, school name or telephone number on the Internet. Also, I’ll never send a picture of myself to someone I chat with on the computer without asking my parent if it is okay.
  • I will try to talk with my parent or a trusted adult when I have a problem or feel stressed.
  • I promise to follow our household rules for videogames and internet use.

Kids, 13 years old and older

  • I will try to eat two servings of fruit and two servings of vegetables every day, and I will drink sodas only at special times.
  • I will take care of my body through physical activity and eating the right types and amounts of foods.
  • I will choose non-violent television shows and video games, and I will spend only one to two hours each day – at the most – on these activities.  I promise to follow our household rules for videogames and internet use.
  • I will help out in my community – through giving some of my time to help others, working with community groups or by joining a group that helps people in need.
  • When I feel angry or stressed out, I will take a break and find helpful ways to deal with the stress, such as exercising, reading, writing in a journal or talking about my problem with a parent or friend.
  • When faced with a difficult decision, I will talk about my choices with an adult whom I can trust.
  • When I notice my friends are struggling, being bullied or making risky choices, I will talk with a trusted adult and attempt to find a way that I can help them.
  • I will be careful about whom I choose to date, and always treat the other person with respect and without forcing them to do something or using violence. I will expect to be treated the same way in return.
  • I will resist peer pressure to try tobacco-cigarettes, drugs or alcohol.
  • I agree not to use a cellphone or text message while driving and to always use a seat belt.

 

 

Holiday Potion Control For Kids

 

Our friends at OrganWise Guys has some great suggestions for portion control which can come in really handy for holiday meals.  Talk with your kids about these portion control tips, then show them the video and you’re well on your way to a happy and healthy holiday meal!

Thanksgiving Gratitude Crafts for Kids

Looking for activities to entertain your kids while teaching them about gratitude this Thanksgiving? We’ve created a list of our favorites:

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Thanksgiving Tree – On one side of your leaf, write what you are thankful for and on the other side, something nice you have done for someone.

 

 

 

 

Gratitude Mobile

 

 

 

Gratitude Mobile – Similar to the Thanksgiving Tree, this project helps kids express what their thankful for.

 

 

 

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Mayflower Gratitude Boat – This is a great craft to do with kids, and it doesn’t require much in way of materials, just a paper grocery bag, tape, copier paper, scissors, a skewer and crayons.

 

 

 

gratitude rolls

 

 

Gratitude Rolls – These rolls put a fun “foodie” twist to expressing our gratefulness in a unique and creative way that will impact your children for years to come.

 

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Be Thankful Garland – A decoration that displays your gratitude.

 

 

 

thankful turkey

 

 

 

Thankful Heart Turkey – Teach your kids to be thankful with a thankful heart turkey where they can write who or what they are grateful for this year.

 

 

 

 

Do you have a favorite Thanksgiving gratitude project for kids?  Share it with us at healthykidstoday@wphf.org

U.S. Youth Obesity Rates Hold Steady

Adopted from HealthDay News

Although obesity rates continued to climb among U.S. adults over the past decade, they have stabilized for children and teens.

More than 36 percent of adults and 17 percent of America’s kids were obese between 2011 and 2014, said researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. These are the latest years for which national statistics are available.

Adult obesity rates climbed from slightly over 32 percent in 2003-04 to almost 38 percent by 2013-14, said lead researcher Cynthia Ogden, an epidemiologist in the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics.

Among youths aged 2 to 19, she said, 17.2 percent of children were obese in 2014, compared with 17.1 percent in 2003. “There is basically no difference [in the obesity rate in this group],” she said.

Obesity is a major cause of chronic disease, including heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, dementia and arthritis, said Dr. David Katz, director of the Yale University Prevention Research Center, in New Haven, Conn.

Widespread efforts to encourage people to eat healthy and exercise may be having a positive effect, Katz said.

For the report, researchers used data from National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys. Other key findings for 2011-2014:

  • More women (about 38 percent) were obese than men (about 34 percent). No gender difference was observed among children and teens.
  • Obesity was higher among middle-aged (about 40 percent) and older (37 percent) adults than younger adults (about 32 percent).
  • More whites, blacks and Hispanics were obese than Asians.
  • Nearly 9 percent of preschoolers were obese, versus more than 17 percent of kids aged 6 to 11. Among teens, more than 20 percent were obese.

Adult obesity was defined as having a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or more. BMI is a calculation of body fat based on height and weight. For example, someone 5 feet 9 inches who weighs 203 pounds or more has a BMI of 30. Among youth, a BMI in the 95th percentile or higher for their age and sex was deemed obese, the CDC said.

More information

For more on obesity, visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Lake Sybelia Elementary Dolphin Dash 5K

DD5K LOGOThe Greater “Porpoise”

With children’s health on the minds of parents, teachers, and school and community leaders, Lake Sybelia Elementary PTA created Dolphin Dash 5K to promote healthy habits for school families while raising money for critical technology needs.

 

Race Day Schedule – Nov. 14
7:30 am – 8 am: Packet Pick Up & Late Registration
8:30 am: 5K Run/Walk (chip timed)
9:30 am: Kid’s Mile Dash (K-5th Grades, Not Timed)
9:45 am (or after last finisher): Awards Ceremony and Bounce Party (if fundraising goal is met)

Directions and Parking
Lake Sybelia Elementary is located at 600 Sandspur Rd., Maitland, FL 32751. Parking available at Hillcrest Courts LSE dolphindash signand surrounding residential areas. *Arrive early to find parking.

Course
The 5K course starts at LSE and winds around beautiful lakes Sybelia and Catherine, ending back at the school. For more information and a detailed map, visit www.lakesybeliapta.org.

Restrictions
For safety reasons, bicycles, in-line skates, skateboards and dogs will NOT be allowed in the race. Strollers are welcome.

Shirts
**Race T-shirts and sizes are guaranteed for all registrants before Nov. 1st. After Nov. 1st, t-shirts will be assigned in registration order while supplies last. Supplies are limited.

Awards 5K (chip timed)
Overall best three Female and Male Runners
Top Female and Male Masters (40+)
Top three Female and Male finishers in the following age groups: 10 & under, 11-15, 16-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59,60-69, 70 and over

Registration – One entry per person
Online: click here 
Mail or Drop off: Complete the registration form available at www.lakesybeliapta.org and mail/drop off at LSE Attn: LSE PTA, 600 Sandspur Rd, Maitland, FL 32751
On race day: at Lake Sybelia Elementary from 7:30 – 8 am (Cash, check and credit cards will be accepted)

Packet Pick Up
Thursday: November 12, 8 – 10 am & 3 – 6:30 pm at LSE
Friday: November 13, 11 am – 6 pm at LSE
Saturday: Nov. 14, 7:30 am – 8 am at LSE

Join Healthy Kids Today at Summer Camp

Camp GoNoodleHealthy Kids Today is going to summer camp and we want you and your kids to join us!

Camp GoNoodle is a free online program for kids to stay active and be creative this summer!  Many of our partner schools use GoNoodle for brain breaks, short physical activity sessions, during the school year.  We bet if you ask you child about GoNoodle, they’ll likely respond with a smile and a comment about how much they enjoy it when their teacher uses GoNoodle in the classroom.

Now that GoNoodle has launched a summer camp, we’re eager to not only share it with you but to also participate with you!

Here’s how it works (camp instructions are from our friends at GoNoodle):

Head to camp!

Each Monday in July, a new set of five adventures appears at campgonoodle.com.
Go on adventures!Each adventure uses GoNoodle.com’s active videos and games for inspiration, and challenges kids to use their imaginations, get moving, and be outside.Sing along!

Each week includes two brand new camp songs to inspire creativity and movement.

Connect with fellow campers!

Share your adventures using the #CampGonoodle hashtag to join the camp community. Each week, Campers of the Week are recognized as all-stars and earn exclusive Camp GoNoodle prizes.  Don’t forget to include @healthkids2day!

Earn badges!
Complete each week of adventure by printing the weekly badge to hang up, or wear loud and proud.Let Healthy Kids Today know when you earn your first badge (and we’ll do the same)!For more information, click here

Healthy Breakfasts Fuel the Brain

healthy kids breakfastEveryone has heard that starting your day with a healthy breakfast is important.  But did you know that researchers say when breakfast is skipped, it negatively affects a child’s memory, as well as his or her ability to pay attention and solve problems.  In order for kids to be ready to learn for their day, breakfast is essential.  And not just any breakfast, a healthy one.  Sugary cereals provide an initial spike in energy but are followed by a crash.  They do not provide the proper nutrients to sustain a child through the morning and added sugar is linked to childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes.  We have put together the important essentials that you should be serving your kids for breakfast.

 

Start with lean protein

Protein will help kids stay full and last until lunch time.  Eggs are a great source of lean protein.  Low fat yogurt or Greek yogurt or peanut butter on whole grain toast are also great sources of protein.

Add whole grains

Whole grain carbohydrates will keep your child focused and ready to learn.  Whole grains are nutrient rich and typically contain fiber, an important nutrient.  Try serving whole grain toast or oatmeal.

Brighten up breakfast with fruits and veggies

Fruits and vegetables are packed with vitamins and minerals.  This is an important part of a balanced meal.  Add in vegetables with your child’s scrambled eggs.  Serve an apple on the side or mix in berries into whole grain oatmeal.

 

When you combine these three simple components of a balanced and healthy breakfast, your child will have the foundation to start his or her school day ready to learn.  What do you make your children for breakfast?  Tell us in the comments below, on our Facebook or tweet us @HealthyKids2Day.

Talking With Your Teen – 3 Mistakes To Avoid

Parent Listening to Child 1Talking to your teenager can be an uphill battle.  Whether it is just to ask him/her how their day was or to have a serious talk, getting your teenager to talk with you can be hard.  Dr. Atilla Ceranoglu, a child and adolescent psychiatrist at Harvard Medical School, uses a great metaphor to describe child development.  Infants and toddlers are like puppies. You can cuddle them all you want, kiss them, and hug them endlessly — they cannot get enough of you. But teenagers are like cats: They tend to avoid you most of the time, and once in a blue moon they will seek out your attention. The moment you try to touch them, however, they run away.

As parents it is important of us to figure out how to not make our kids run away from us when we are trying to talk to them.  Just like you know not to run head first at a skittish cat, there are wrong ways to approach teens.  Our friends at Great Schools came up with three things to avoid doing when trying to talk to your teens.

  • Waiting for a crisis.  When tensions are high, your child is not going to be in a position to open up to you. Engage early and often, before there is a problem. This way you will develop a rapport with your child that will be very important when an actual crisis arises. “Remember, it’s impossible to build a bridge in the middle of a quake, but a bridge built earlier may be flexible and sturdy enough to ward off a quake when it comes,” says Ceranoglu. “A relationship is just like that. Its foundation and flexible nature are important ingredients of happiness.”
  • Taking the too-direct approach.  You’re probably not going to get a lot out of your child if you say, “Let’s sit down and talk.” Instead, do something together your child likes and let the conversation happen. Spending more time with him now will help build the bridges you’ll need later. “Your consistent presence in your child’s life will help your child feel comfortable with talking to you if something bothers him,” says Ceranoglu.
  • Letting the opportunity pass.  Your child may seem to be always pushing you away, but that doesn’t mean he really wants you to disappear! Be vigilant about observing his mood, and approach him when you see a chance to talk or do something together.

Even if you avoid all of these mistakes, your teen might not be much into talking.  There is nothing wrong with that.  Don’t try to force them to have a sit down talk.  What is most important is that you let them know you are there to talk or just listen whenever they need you.

Easter Egg Hunt in Winter Park

Easter egg huntCome down to Central Park’s West Meadow for the 59th annual Easter Egg Hunt in Winter Park.  Presented by the City of Winter Park, the Easter Egg Hunt is a fun-filled free event that provides as much excitement and laughs for adults as it does for youngsters. Children up to 10 years of age can begin lining up at 9:30 a.m. The hunt will begin promptly at 10 a.m. Children with special needs are also encouraged to join in the fun. Over 10,000 eggs will be placed throughout Central Park. As always, children who come up empty handed will still be able to enjoy special treats at the designated candy area.  For more information on the Easter Egg Hunt click here.