March 2013 KIDS BE AWARE, INC. Volume 2, Issue 3 Health Tips for parents by inserting sticks into peeled bananas and freezing.10 tips : Nutrition Education Series: 7. Bugs on a log1. Smoothie creations Use celery, cucumber, or carrot sticks asBlend fat-free or low-fat yogurt or milk the log and add peanut butter. Top withwith fruit pieces and crushed ice. Use dried fruit such as raisins, cranberries, orfresh, frozen, canned, and even overripe cherries, depending on what bugs youfruits. Try bananas, berries, peaches, want!and/or pineapple. If you freeze the fruitfirst, you can even skip the ice! 8. Homemade trail mix Table of Contents Skip the pre-made trail mix and make your2. Delicious dippers CEO’s Corner ...............2 own. Use your favorite nuts and driedKids love to dip their foods. Whip up a fruits, such as unsalted peanuts, Highlights .........................2quick dip for veggies with yogurt and cashews, walnuts, or sunflower seedsseasonings such as herbs or garlic. Serve mixed with dried apples, pineapple,with raw vegetables like broccoli, cherries, apricots, or raisins. Add whole- Featured Articles:carrots, or cauliflower. Fruit chunks go grain cereals to the mix, too.great with a yogurt and cinnamon or Healthy Recipes..............3vanilla dip. 9. Potato person Body Wellness ................4 Decorate half a baked potato. Use sliced3. Caterpillar kabobs cherry tomatoes, peas, and low-fat ...........................................5Assemble chunks of melon, apple, orange, cheese on the potato to make a funnyand pear on skewers for a fruity kabob. face.For a raw veggie version, use vegetableslike zucchini, cucumber, squash, sweet 10. Put kids in chargepeppers, or tomatoes. Ask your child to name new veggie or fruit creations. Let them arrange raw4. Personalized pizzas veggies or fruits into a fun shape orSet up a pizza-making station in the design.kitchen. Use whole-wheat Englishmuffins, bagels, or pita bread as thecrust. Have tomato sauce, low-fat 10 Tips for Parents in setting goodcheese, and cut-up vegetables or fruits examples:for toppings. Let kids choose their ownfavorites. Then pop the pizzas into the 1. Show by exampleoven to warm. Eat vegetables, fruits, and whole grains Our Mission and Vision with meals or as snacks. Let your child see that you like to munch To increase disease5. Fruity peanut butterflyStart with carrot sticks or celery for the on raw vegetables. awareness among childrenbody. Attach wings made of thinly sliced and parents; To promoteapples with peanut butter and decorate 2. Go food shopping together! healthy behaviors, reducewith halved grapes or dried fruit. Grocery shopping can teach your child the spread of infections, about food and nutrition. and to reduce health-6. Frosty fruits Discuss where vegetables, fruits, grains, related issues in ourFrozen treats are bound to be popular in dairy, and protein foods come from. Letthe warm months. Just put fresh fruits your children make healthy choices. nation’s children.such as melon chunks inthe freezer (rinse first). Make ―popsicles‖ (cont. pg 5)
Page 2 KIDS BE AWARE, INC. CEO’s Corner... Annual Dance for YourHowdy! Health on May 4th and hopeGreat News! We are setting up to organize this event withinour center at 600 West our own center. Parents andCummings Park Woburn, MA Children are invited to sign up01801 . The process is not over for our program beginning checks. At Kids Be Aware,yet as we awaits the end of March, as we hope to Inc. PO BOX 2173 Woburn,exemption status from the EEC have received our EEC MA 01888( Early Childhood Education) exemption by then.licensing body. The current need of our I thank you in advance for organization is to obtain your support and hope thatWe are currently looking for volunteers to help us with the you find it in your heart tovolunteers to help us with center’s upcoming activities. help us decrease healthchildren’s activities. Together, we can raise disease disparities among ourI’m always overjoyed to bring awareness among children children.more good news to you all each and parents. Also I wanted to bring toand every month and hope We have been growing our your attention the talk showthat you enjoy reading us as face book community and that I host every othermuch as we enjoy writing invite you to have friends and Saturday from 12:00PMthese articles for you. families like our page. We are Eastern time until 1:00PM. also selling T-Shirts, Mugs and Please listen to us online asI have decided to get my Notebooks, as fundraising we bring to you manycertification as an early items and we hope that you subjects and resourceschildhood educator so we can will help us in our continue necessary for your day tolicense all of our centers in the efforts to sustain our day life. We strive to bringupcoming future. The organization’s mission. better life to all and we workexemption limits the activitieswe can conduct while the On Behalf of KBA, we are hard everyday to accomplishlicense provides for more asking for in-kind this.flexibility. Hiring a center donations. All donations are “Teach me about health sodirector is not an option as we tax deductible. that Tomorrow I may teachhave limited funding. The only From our modest beginnings, others” Together we can!best option is for me to become and with only a little bit of Cheers and Peace to You!certified and apply for a help, we are growing and weprofessional license director II Jeannette Bryant, CEO still need your financialas I already have the required Kids Be Aware, Inc. support that will enable us todegrees. expand our Kids Be Aware mission, and to uphold ourWe are eager to partner with “We strive to partner vision for children with schools, churches,organizations all around town everywhere. and organizations towhose mission and vision are focus on the health andin line with ours. While we You may donate by going at well-being of ourare pleased in the many our website: http:// children”milestone of our organization, www.kidsbeaware.org orwe are conducting our first simply by mailing in your
KIDS BE AWARE, INC. Page 3 Healthy Treats for children Cheese Kabobs Peppermint Stick Hot Chocolate The protein in this kid-friendly Nutritional Information snack keeps energy levels high until dinnertime. We like to stick Amount per serving salt-free pretzel sticks into Calories: 194 cubes of low-fat cheese to make"satellite snacks," but you can also make cheese Calories from fat: 18% Fat:more interesting to kids by cutting it into fun 3.9g Saturated fat: 2.3gshapes with a cookie cutter and making kabobs Monounsaturated fat: 0.0gwith your favorite fruit. Polyunsaturated fat: 0.0g Protein: 7g Carbohydrate: 34g Fiber: 0.8g Cholesterol: 10mg Iron: 0.6mg Sodium: 96mg Calcium: 32mg http://www.cookinglight.com/food/lunch-box- recipes-kids-00412000072333/page5.html The vegetable group is where you Naturally sweet and find many of na- juicy, fruits are also low ture’s healthiest in calories, fat, sodium, foods. Vegetables and cholesterol and are are full of fiber, bursting with an array of vitamins, and miner- vitamins and minerals. als and are low in Fruit may already be a calories, fat, so- staple in your house, so if dium, and choles- that’s the case, keep itterol. Vegetables are divided into five sub- up! Remember to intro-groups based on nutrient content—dark- duce kids to all types of fruit because each offersgreen vegetables, orange vegetables, beans its own assortment of nutrients. And try to chooseand peas, starchy vegetables, and a group for whole fruit or cut-up fruit over fruit juices to getall others. Serve your child a variety of vege- more fiber and fewer calories per serving. Be sure totables from all the subgroups each week. cut fruit into appropriately sized pieces for younger children.Nutrients: Fiber and abundant vitamins and Nutrients: Carbohydrates, fiber, folate, vitamin C,minerals, which vary by vegetable potassiumServings: Approximately 1 1/2 to 2 cups for Servings: Approximately 1 to 1 1/2 cups for kids and 1kids and 2 to 3 cups for adults 1/2 to 2 cups for adultshttp://www.cookinglight.com/food/lunch-box-recipes-kids-00412000072333/ http://www.cookinglight.com/food/lunch-box-page5.html recipes-kids-00412000072333/page5.html
Page 4 KIDS BE AWARE, INC. Body Wellness Healthy eating continues to be a central issue in this country for all ages and all ethnicities. Thanks to the expansion of information available to the general public, everyone has an equal opportunity to take an active role when choosing foods for healthier meals. For this year, March 2013, has been designated as National Nutrition Month. We at Kids Be Aware would like to participate in this by offering a newsletter that is packed with information and recipesthat you may find useful in your quest for healthier choices.For years, this country has utilized the food pyramid to educate the general population in making healthyselections. Since 2010 however, the purpose of the food pyramid was reinvented in, ―ChooseMyPlate‖. Thewebsite listed above, has wonderful tips that help you get started and includes shopping tips especially ifyou are feeding your family on a low-income.http://www.choosemyplate.gov/print-materials-ordering/getting-started.htmlThe new icon is very easy to understand and follow. The guidelines suggest that half of your plate be fruitsand vegetables. In the remaining half, you will need a whole grain and a protein. Beverages with sugar arereplaced with skin or low-fat milk. What is NOT suggested in these guidelines are ―second-helpings‖. Thismeans that our old way of thinking in which we need to indulge in second or third helpings in the samemeal, is now inappropriate and unhealthy.According to the Centers for Disease Control, eating healthy and exercise are two ingredients leading tohealthy eating http://www.cdc.gov/nutrition/. Simple first steps in this new direction can include the newfood plate guidelines and incorporating exercise into your everyday life.Let’s face it, the times we are living in is fast-paced, stressful, and financially challenging. However, it doesnot cost anything to make up your mind to start on the road to healthier living. What’s more important, istaking that first step- making a mental decision to change unhealthy habits. As parents and grandparents,we get to model healthy choices every single day. It is not always the quickest, or the most convenient, butit will always be the healthier decision. It costs nothing but time to take a walk. When is the last time youand your children have simply taken a walk?Once you as the parent have decided to go healthy, there are several resources worth checking out:1. http://www.cdc.gov/bam/ - BAM! Body and Mind, found on the Centers for Disease Control’s website, isa child-focused website geared towards teaching children steps toward healthier living. This well-roundedresource is an excellent tool parents and grandparents can have at their disposal and if you are hesitant inhow to start the subject, gather your children together and check out this website together.2. http://www.nourishinteractive.com/ - This interactive website incorporates MyPlate guidelines, recipes,games, and other resources that parents and children will find useful and fun!3. http://kidnetic.com/-T his website is a kid-friendly resource and one that can inspire children to thinkabout healthy living through games and learning sessions.While these are just some of the remarkable resources available, the whole point is to GET STARTED!Susan Ruiz, ChairKids Be Aware, Inc.
KIDS BE AWARE, INC. Page 5 Nutrition Traps Health Tips for parents (cont.) Below is a quick reference list for nutrition traps to3. Get creative in the kitchen avoid. Some of them should be rather obvious, howeverCut food into fun and easy shapes withcookie cutters. Name a food your child helps make. Serve some may surprise you.―Janie’s Salad‖ or ―Jackie’s Sweet Potatoes‖ for dinner.Encourage your child to invent new snacks. Make your Being home alone – When left home alone kids haveown trail mixes from dry whole-grain, low-sugar cereal anddried fruit. free range of whatever is in the kitchen and no one there4. Offer the same foods for everyone to approve of what they’re eating.Stop being a ―short-order cook‖ by making differentdishes to please children. It’s easier to plan family meals School Vending Machineswhen everyone eats the same foods. Food portions that are too big – pay attention to how5. Reward with attention, not foodShow your love with hugs and kisses. Comfort with hugs much your child is actually consuming and the portionand talks. Choose not to offer sweets as rewards. It lets sizes that are given on food packing.your child think sweets or dessert foods are better thanother foods. When meals are not eaten, kids do not need TV in the bedroom―extras‖—such as candy or cookies—as replacementfoods. Rewarding them with treats6. Focus on each other at the tableTalk about fun and happy things at mealtime. Turn off Overly strict diets: both clean your plate and limitthe television. Take phone calls later. Try to make eating what you eat methods – You should never go to the ex-meals a stress-free time. tremes with your child’s diet. This isn’t teaching them7. Listen to your childIf your child says he or she is hungry, offer a small, healthy habits, in fact it’s negatively affecting their men-healthy snack—even if it is not a scheduled time to eat.Offer choices. Ask ―Which would you like for dinner: tal connection with food. To curb this problem youbroccoli or cauliflower?‖ instead of ―Do you wantbroccoli for dinner?‖ shouldn’t prohibit all sweets or likewise require a child to8. Limit screen time eat everything on their plate if they’re full.Allow no more than 2 hours a day of screen time like TVand computer games. Get up and move during Unhealthy habits of parents – You’re the one settingcommercials to get some physical activity. an example so it should be a good one9. Encourage physical activity Make physical activity funfor the whole family. Involve your children in the Not involving kids in the food buying and preparing proc-planning. Walk, run, and play with your child—instead ofsitting on the sidelines. Set an example by being physically esses – Getting kids involved with buying groceries andactive and using safety gear, like bike helmets. making meals will expose them to the choices they will10. Be a good food role model have to make when they are adults and also serve asTry new foods yourself. Describe its taste, texture, andsmell. Offer one new food at a time. hands on learning to make healthy nutrition not only makeServe something your child likes along with the new food.Offer new foods at the beginning of a meal, when your more sense but be more enjoyable.child is very hungry. Avoid lecturing or forcing your childto eat. Health Tips By: www.ChooseMyPlate.govwww.ChooseMyPlate.gov
Page 6 KIDS BE AWARE, INC.Kids Be Aware, Inc.PO BOX 2173Woburn, MA 01888 Monthly Highlights “We strive to partner with schools, churches, and organizations to focus on the health and well-being of our children” Center Opening! RADIO! March 2013 Listen to our Talk Show on BBS Radio Station 2 Kids Be Aware, Inc Every two weeks Woburn, MA Beginning at 12:00PM We are seeking NEW Member Enrollments! We are also seeking Volunteer We are on the Web! for various roles. Visit us at: www.kidsbeaware.org Contact us and Volunteer! Please visit us on Facebook! KBA Board Members Jeannette Bryant CEO firstname.lastname@example.org 781-354-2701 Tiffany Henderson Treasurer email@example.com 678-431-6543 Susan Ruiz Chair firstname.lastname@example.org 301-302-4215 Teresa Godley-Chase Co-chair Teressa.email@example.com 240-515-4222 Renee Sullivan Co-Chair firstname.lastname@example.org 478-718-1306 Regina Rainey Board Member email@example.com 864-303-2151