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(BPT) - You may consider child hunger to be a world away problem, however, the reality is there are 16 million children right here in America who are faced with hunger. That’s one in five children who don’t know where their next meal will come from. When you think about that statistic, one of these children can easily be your own neighbor – or even your child’s best friend.
(BPT) - You’ve survived the back-to-school season, and transitioned from lazy summer days to the familiar routine of early rising and the roar of school buses in the neighborhood. But before you usher your children out the door tomorrow, you should know a few things about that lunch you may have packed bleary-eyed in the wee hours of the morning.
(BPT) - With school bells ringing across the country, parents are adjusting to new schedules and planning lunches and snacks accordingly. Fortunately, providing kids with nutritious foods doesn’t have to be a time-consuming task – and your kids will be thrilled with your new mealtime creativity.
(BPT) - The lazy days of summer are nearly over. Back-to-school season means back to a busy life with a seemingly never-ending schedule of classes, sporting events and extracurricular activities. Making healthy choices can take a back seat to convenience when on the run. While pre-packaged foods are tempting for those hectic days of fall, nutritious homemade snacks and meals can be just as easy and quick. They are also much better for you and your children.
(BPT) - If schools and parents received report cards on the lunches they’re serving kids, most wouldn’t receive a passing score. Many lunches, whether served at school or brought from home, are made with bleached flour, artificial sweeteners, food coloring, high-fructose corn syrup, artificial preservatives, hormones and trans fats. Studies have shown that these ingredients are linked to weight gain, defects in insulin and lipid metabolism, hyperactivity, increased risk of tumors, cancer, digestive issues, asthma, premature heart attacks, diabetes, and overexposure and resistance to antibiotics. Some of these ingredients are even banned in other countries.
(BPT) - It’s more important than Christmas to your daughter and your son looks forward to his even more than summer vacation. A birthday is a big day for any child, and especially for kids 3 to 6. Yet busy parents can find it challenging to come up with creative ways to make a child’s birthday truly special.
How about this weather we’re having lately? Not too shabby, right? It’s only February and already the tiniest green buds are appearing on my trees in the backyard. And I’ve had to dig out shorts for my kids to wear to school. These brag-worthy temperatures have even enabled us to shut down both the heater and AC in favor of open windows and fresh air. It’s official: I have spring fever. While I’m absolutely enjoying the warm, sunny days, spring fever also has a bit of a drawback—at least for me. I tend to get in a bit of a mom rut this time of the school year. It’s possible that I look more forward to summer break than my kids do. It’s a vacation for me, too, after all. Summer break means alarm-free mornings and laidback afternoons at the park or the pool. It means not having to help with homework. The very best part, though? Summer break means that I don’t have to come with any more nutritious and delicious (not to mention visually appealing) packed lunches!
What your children eat during the school day not only affects their health and wellness, but proper nutrition can benefit them academically as well. Take care to pack lunches and snacks that will serve your children well on both counts!
1. SENATORS REACH DEAL ON STUDENT LOANS
Snack time can make or break an otherwise healthy diet. So keeping tabs on what your kids are munching on between meals is important.
Last week I was at Costco for my weekly grocery shopping trip. Just as I was wrestling the last of my items - a ginormous honeydew melon - onto the conveyer belt for checkout, I heard the cashier question my purchases, “is all of that stuff for a birthday party?” I looked up to find that he wasn’t actually talking to me. The lady behind me had a cart full of convenience foods: Rice Krispy Treats, juice boxes and enough sugary fruit snacks to send a bear into hyperglycemic shock.
Tim Kreider, an Opinion writer for the New York Times, recently tackled the topic of how busy we are. The topic caught my attention because, frankly, it fits way too much of my own life.
In 2002 a pastor at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church had a vision about the church helping a school in need. He mentioned his idea to the congregation during a church service, asking attendants if they could help identify a school in the Amphitheatre School District that could use their help.
With children back in school, it is important to arm them with a nutritious diet. While the lure of fast food and quick meals can be enticing, fueling kids with healthy foods and a well-rounded diet can be easier than parents think.
Peace event, unity rally go 'til Friday
December 6, 2006 - Hustling back and forth from her minivan to the front doors of Copper Creek Elementary, Amy Davis can carry bigger loads than her petite, 5-foot-tall frame lets on.
November 15, 2006 - Editor's Note: Because of the violent conditions and parents some of the foster children endured, GAP Ministries has requested the children not be identified or the location of the 10 GAP Ministries homes revealed.
May 31, 2006 - Another school year has packed up its backpack and sauntered off into summer.
September 7, 2005 - From students to council members, civic leaders to area business owners, the residents of the Northwest and Foothills showed they are willing to leap to attention and help in any way they can to provide relief to those affected by Hurricane Katrina.
July 20, 2005 - Since its shaky beginnings in the 1980s, Continental Ranch has been a cauldron of controversy, a place where neighborhood activism takes on its true meaning - perhaps a world within its own bounds.