Archive for May, 2011

Guest Blog: Nutrition for Kids’ Connie Evers on Having Fun

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

T.R.U.T.H. Principle 5: Have Fun

Let kids play with their food!

I’m the kind of mom who let my kids make a big mess when they were young. I firmly believe that kids learn best when they are totally immersed in an activity, whether digging in the dirt, crafting pottery, or of course, cooking in the kitchen.

My son, now 20, still makes the biggest mess in the kitchen. When he visits, he doesn’t just make some simple sandwich of meat and cheese. Instead, he piles it high with anything and everything he can find in the kitchen and garden — pepper rings, avocado slices, garden greens, tomato slices, basil leaves, pickles, mango slices, etc. (he’s the one who also painted aliens on his wall, but that’s another story…). The good news is that I’m pretty sure he packs his full daily allotment of fruits and veggies on that one sandwich.

If you want your kids to be adventurous (and healthy) eaters, you need to provide them with experiences that allow them to have fun and yes, play with their food. Here’s a few ways to get kids more engaged and involved in the kitchen.

– Set up assembly style eating once or twice a week. Start with baked potatoes, whole grain pitas, quinoa, or multigrain pasta and offer a variety of veggies, beans, cheese, sauces and other toppings that kids can choose from. You may be surprised at the combinations they come up with.

– Wrap it up! Start with a whole wheat or multi-grain tortilla. Add filling of your choice, roll up, and slice diagonally into 4-5 small servings. Try some of the following combinations or create your own.

Thinly sliced apples, sprinkle of cinnamon and light cream cheese
Nut butter, banana slices and a dab of honey
Hummus, thinly sliced cucumber and tomato slices, Parmesan cheese
Caesar salad with chunks of tuna or chicken
Pasta sauce, grated mozzarella and black olives (heat for 20 seconds in the microwave)
Black beans, corn and salsa
Shrimp or Crab, light cream cheese and cocktail sauce

– Make snack time into an art project by creating edible fruit and veggie sculptures. The veggie caterpillar below is an example from my book, How to Teach Nutrition to Kids*.

Veggie Caterpillars

You will need:
Thinly sliced mini-cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, lettuce leaves, whole cloves, thin onion pieces
Directions:
Using thinly sliced small cucumbers, arrange slices on a lettuce leaf, as shown in diagram. For the head, use a cherry tomato half. Insert whole cloves for the eyes and nose. Carefully poke small holes on the top of the tomato to insert thin onion pieces (shown in photo) for antennae.

  • *Source: How to Teach Nutrition to Kids, by Connie Liakos Evers (©2006, 24 Carrot Press)
  • New FitClub34 Video: Paul Recaps the Truth on Health Bowling Event!

    Thursday, May 26th, 2011

    In a new video for his FitClub34 program, Paul Pierce recaps his Truth Strikes Again celebrity bowling tournament at Foxwoods Resort Casino, where he and his Celtics team mates and friends raised money for his Truth on Health campaign and FitClub34.

    Be sure to check out all of Pierce’s exercise videos throughout the season on Celtics on Demand, exclusively on Comcast. Select the Get Local category from the On Demand menu, choose NBA TV, Boston Celtics and Paul Pierce’s FitClub34.

    Join FitClub34 at www.truthonhealth.org and learn fun ways to get fit & stay healthy!

    Guest Blog: Nutrition for Kids’ Connie Evers on Tracking Progress

    Friday, May 20th, 2011

    By Connie Evers, MS, RD, LD

    (Click here to learn more about Connie Evers and Nutrition for Kids)

    T.R.U.T.H. Principle 4: Track Progress

    Do you know how well your diet stacks up?
    It’s hard to tell if you don’t keep track.

    Over the years, I have visited hundreds of classrooms and talked to thousands of children about nutrition. I’ve learned that kids love to talk about food, prepare tasty, healthy snacks, and of course, eat their creations!

    But kids don’t often like to keep detailed food records. It takes time and it can be hard to remember everything that is eaten in a day’s time. So I came up with a simple tally system to help kids track their nutrition progress.

    Download and make copies of How’s Your Nutrition Condition? and share with your children or students. To make it even easier, encourage kids to cut out the MyPyramid tally. It’s easier to carry around and will fit right into a pocket.

    Moms and dads can use this tool to keep track too. Making better food choices works best when the entire family gets involved. Best of all, seeing your progress towards healthier eating is both motivating and habit-forming!

    Spotlight on the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation

    Thursday, May 19th, 2011

    Catholic school shares good fortune of award with four needy schools

    May 18, 2011 By Julie Filby

    When St. Thomas More School parent Alicia Berg visited the Discovery Channel’s website last year, looking for educational materials for her kindergartener, she came across a sweepstakes for a $35,000 playground makeover.

    Thinking ‘why not?’ she entered the sweepstakes.

    Several weeks later she was notified that her name had been selected from more than 31,000 entries.

    On April 27, Alicia and husband Tim, joined more than 600 students, teachers and staff, and guests for an assembly in the gymnasium at St. Thomas More School to receive the grand prize: $25,000 from Sports Authority in new sports equipment and supplies; and $10,000 from Discovery Education and the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation (HWCF) to revamp the school’s playground.

    Read the rest here: Denver Catholic Register

    Latest FitClub34 Video: Paul Shows Us Some Playground Exercises!

    Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

    In a new video for his FitClub34 program, Paul Pierce shows us some classic games with a fun twist like Hopscotch & Four Square that will get the blood pumping! Just bring yourself and a ball!

    Be sure to check out all of Pierce’s exercise videos throughout the season on Celtics on Demand, exclusively on Comcast. Select the Get Local category from the On Demand menu, choose NBA TV, Boston Celtics and Paul Pierce’s FitClub34.

    Join FitClub34 at www.truthonhealth.org and learn fun ways to get fit & stay healthy!