KIDS' KORNER

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     AG00094_.gif (7855 bytes) Did You Know??

The good news about children's diets these days is they are lower in fat.  That means they are more heart healthy than those of kids 20 years ago.  But according to the experts, not low enough.  The diets of our children still exceed daily recommendations for total fat, saturated fat and cholesterol.

ED00007A.gif (2916 bytes)    In 1988 fat totaled 36 percent of calories in children's diets.  By 1993 that number had dropped to 34 percent.

ED00007A.gif (2916 bytes)  The calorie intake of 10-year-olds stayed almost the same from 1973 to 1988 but they were three pounds heavier in 1988.

ED00007A.gif (2916 bytes)  For children and adolescents alike, desserts are one of the top five major contributors of total fat.

ED00007A.gif (2916 bytes)  As children approach adolescence and young adulthood, most get less than two-thirds of the daily recommendations for vitamins and minerals.

ED00007A.gif (2916 bytes)  School meals contribute significantly to a child's nutritional intake, especially for vitamins A, B12, calcium, riboflavin, phosphorus, magnesium and zinc.  Home School meals should too!

ED00007A.gif (2916 bytes)  Children and adolescents have an increasingly sedentary lifestyle because of technology. 

ED00007A.gif (2916 bytes)  Skipping breakfast changes the way our brains work and can diminish school performance. 

ED00007A.gif (2916 bytes)  Studies show that family involvement is more important to student success than family income or education level.

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Using The "Play Approach" To Educate Children About Nutrition And Fitness

When children play, they are doing more than having fun.  They are learning every minute.  They love to experiment, explore, and discover new horizons.  They do all this with boundless energy and insatiable curiosity.  (Don't we wish we still had that energy!!).

Good teachers have always known how to tap these qualities.  As our children's educator, why not turn the "play" approach toward promoting healthy lifestyle habits while teaching kids about nutrition and fitness.  The "play" approach is learning by doing, involving the children themselves along with their families and others.

This program will show how we can teach our children to prepare, season and combine foods themselves to encourage independence and creativity as well as healthy, delicious eating.  The program also teaches children to explore, choose and create new ways to be physically active.  We want our children to take responsibility for their own choices and assume ownership for their actions and their bodies by adopting healthy habits.  Best of all, we want them to know that these habits can be adapted throughout their lives.

See below to view or download the curriculum.  Or, go to "Monthly Topic"  or "Products" above for more information on the home school curriculum for grades 1-6.

For articles about home education, and access to current products, groups and events click www.home-school.com.  For a cool site on youth and nutrition, go to http://www.nichd.nih.gov/msy/ .  Also see "Links" icon above. 

 

Go to "Monthly Topic" for description of curriculum.

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