Healthy Children - December 2011


Quick Tips and Info for Today’s Busy Parents

Serve your kids breakfast before school.
A simple meal of whole grain cereal, fruit and milk provides nutrients. Healthy bodies need nutrients like calcium, iron, folic acid and zinc. Breakfast may also help control weight. A recent study showed that 9 - 10 year old girls who ate breakfast for 10 years were leaner than girls who did not eat breakfast.
It is risky for young kids to drink alcohol.
Kids who drink alcohol before the age of 15 are 6 times more likely to form alcohol problems than those who drink after the age of 21. About 700,000 U.S. 12 - 14 year old kids drink alcohol. Almost 50% get it from family or at home. Do not drink alcohol with your teens. Tell them to wait until they are 21 to drink.
Exercise outdoors.
Research shows that you will have decreased tension, confusion, anger and depression. You may also be more likely to repeat your exercise routine. Walk, run, bike and hike. Take your small weights, and do some strength training.
Beware of relaxation foods and drinks.
They contain high amounts of a hormone called Melatonin. They may also contain Valerian root and other herbs. Brownies like Lazy Cakes look harmless. However, they contain 8 mg of melatonin. One bite can harm a young child.

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