Spring into Health

You can support your child's physical, emotional  and mental health by the food and lifestyle choices that your family makes. Here are some great resources which will support you as a parent, and hopefully make your job a little easier.    

Weight Watchers Eat! Move! Play!: A Parent's Guide for Raising Healthy, Happy Kids.

This is a common sense parent's guide to developing smart, healthy eating habits in their children Whether it's 24/7 snacking, daily fast-food runs, or nonstop video-game marathons, nowadays it's tougher than ever to get kids to eat right and move more.

Yet it is possible to encourage nutritious eating habits and a healthy active lifestyle in your kids-if you have the right tools. Weight Watchers Eat! Move! Play! gives you trusted information on how to develop and maintain the right habits for keeping the whole family happy and healthy. Designed to help you become a healthier role model for your children, Weight Watchers Eat! Move! Play! demystifies the four vitally important elements for a healthy lifestyle, including developing a positive body image, a taste for wholesome, nutritious foods; smart eating habits; and a love of physical activity.

In addition, Weight Watchers Eat! Move! Play! " Presents five simple rules that all families can live by for keeping the household fit " Supplies quizzes and self-assessments for parents to understand their parenting styles better "Explains what a healthy weight is for a child, while providing advice on how to talk to children-and their pediatricians-about healthy weight and nutrition" Delivers hundreds of doable tips, ideas, and checklists to help parents implement the best practices for eating healthier and moving more " It also includes more than 75 kid-friendly recipes that encourage children-from, toddlers to school-age, to help out in the kitchen. When followed consistently, just a few simple household rules and practices are all it takes to get and keep your family living a healthy, active lifestyle.

Feed Yourself, Feed Your Family: Good Nutrition and Healthy Cooking for New Moms and Growing Families La Leche League International.

From pregnancy to breastfeeding through weaning and beyond, "Feed Yourself, Feed Your Family" is the comprehensive one-stop nutrition and cooking guide for mothers eager to nourish the whole growing family with healthy and delicious meals. Features more than 75 recipes.

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Recipes for healthy kids from Challenge.gov

This Web-sites details a challenge from Let's move! in association with the U.S. Department of Agriculture for school nutrition professionals, chefs, students, parents and community members to create healthy and tasty recipes to be included on school lunch menus across the United States. Potential contestants can find specifics on how to enter, important dates, judging criteria, and prizes. Find resources for finding a team chef, taking a great looking photo, determining nutrient analysis of recipes, and more.

Ask the Dietitian: Link to Health with Good Nutrition  by Joanne Larsen MS RD LD 

Created by Joanne Larsen, this Web site provides information on good nutrition. Visitors can read the featured article containing information on what to eat and drink when sick or click on any of the provided subject topics found on the left of the site, such as: alcohol, caffeine, fad diets, hypoglycemia, pregnancy & breast feeding, seniors, and much more! There is also a section on top ten tips to spot false nutrition advise.