Archive for September, 2011

Guest Blog: Mark From Ironwill, On Pesticides & Buying Organic

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

By Mark Scherzer – Ironwill Kids

Mark’s Pointers For Buying Organic

On Pesticides

One of the areas we cover in our Ironwill Kids program is the importance of learning where food comes from and how it’s grown. This allows us to make informed choices that can lead to better health and a safer environment. We discuss how healthy soil is made up of organic matter and explore methods for controlling bugs without the use of pesticides.

As I’m sure you’re aware, a lot of our fruit and vegetables are sprayed with chemicals to keep the insects away, and this practice has health consequences. For instance, there are studies that link exposure to pesticides with ADHD in children. This leads to the obvious question — as parents, what can we do? (more…)

Guest Blog: Connie Evers – Eight Pointers For Fueling Active Kids!

Monday, September 19th, 2011

By Connie Evers MS, RD, LD – Nutrition for Kids

Connie’s Healthy Eating Blog – Pointers For Fueling Active Kids

Feeding the Young Athlete

Kids were made to move. Youth sports, dancing, biking and other activities contribute to better overall health and fitness, motor skill development, a healthy weight, and even academic success. School-aged kids should strive to be physically active a minimum of at least one hour each day. Joining the FitClub34 is a fun way to motivate kids to get involved in sports and other fun physical activities.

For children who compete in sports, the added activity increases the need for calories, nutrients (especially carbohydrates) and fluids. Too often though, kids in sports are treated to low-performance fuel such as sweetened beverages, fried chips, candy bars or donuts.

Guest Blog: Connie Evers On Picky Eaters

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

By Connie Evers MS, RD, LD – Nutrition for Kids

Connie’s Healthy Eating Blog – Parenting Picky Eaters

Ten steps that parents can take to raise life-long healthy eaters

Picky eating is a topic I’m very familiar with. As a registered dietitian, the question parents most often ask me pertains to their child’s finicky eating behavior. As a mom of a picky eater and a former picky eater myself, I feel their pain! At about age 5, I clearly remember a food jag where I refused to eat anything besides peanut butter on a bread heel. Since a loaf has only two heels, you can imagine the frustration of my poor mother. The payback was when my daughter developed into a full-blown picky eater – complete with a “grapes and buttered pasta” food jag. As a preschooler, she ate the same breakfast cereal every day for a year.