Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Health VS. Disease

Points that I stopped to ponder today...

"Those who think they have no time for healthy eating will sooner or later have to find time for illness." – Edward Stanley

I first saw this in ADA’s Daily News while working on another Healthy Kids Challenge project, and although it's a modified version of the original, it made me think. Here's the original Edward Stanley quote:

"Those who think they have not time for bodily exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness."

How many times have people told me, I don't have time__(fill in the blank)__? And the truth is, if you don't MAKE the time to take care of yourself now, you really will be forced to find the time to care for your sick-self later. By the way, this quote was spoken in 1873.

I think it’s a choice. Today, I chose to make time for my health. It's not easy to make healthy choices in today's world, yet the challenge of our work is based on helping kids and families make healthier choices every day. That is, solving how to make time for healthy eating, and how to make time for "bodily exercise", and showing you it can be fun and rewarding along the way.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Moving More

One thing all our dietitians at Healthy Kids Challenge continually strive for is ways to Move More - and it just happens to be my favorite part of the "Eat, Move, Enjoy Healthy Balance" motto.

Call it what you want
> physical activity > exercise > active play > working out >
just find a way to move your body!

Here's the secret: Pick an activity you already LIKE to do, and just do it MORE!

Me, I love to jog. It is my favorite way to move. Yep, I ENJOY jogging, and I can do it every single day and never tire of it. Sure, I switch my training from intervals to longer runs, just for variety, but I love to jog.

Someone out there is thinking "I don't like activity. I don't like to sweat." I bet I can help you find something you enjoy. You're probably already doing something and don't even know it!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Finding that Healthy Balance...What's the Solution?

I wish I could say Healthy Kids Challenge has THE solution. The fact is, no one has just one. We all have our theories, don’t we? For the record, our very mission is to help people take action for kids to eat, move, and enjoy healthy balance.

For me, I feel balanced when I:
  • eat well AND
  • move more AND
  • take a moment to consciously enjoy the balance each of those things bring to my life.
It’s tricky even for me to get all three in one day – to eat, move, AND enjoy – but on the days you get it right, you feel GREAT!

No guilt. No excuses. No self-pity. Just plain healthy and balanced.

What’s your solution?

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Eat Your Colors.....of Fruits and Veggies!

Remember to eat your colors of the rainbow with fruits and veggies. Color categories are red, green, yellow/orange, white, and blue/purple. Healthy Kids Challenge has some fun ways for you to get your kids involved in eating more fruits and veggies.

1. Let kids help plan the colors for the day. Preschoolers will love learning their
colors and eating them too!

2. Have kids keep a rainbow chart of colors eaten that day on the refrigerator.
Proudly display their artwork, and talk about how your kids are helping
guide healthy change for the entire family.

3. Consider fresh, canned, frozen and dried for a wonderful rainbow of color, as well as nutrients! From raw baby carrots to a fresh apple, fruit cups, and celery sticks, most can be a ready made grab and go for meals on the run, a backpack lunch, or a midday pick me up snack. Del Monte, a Healthy Kids Challenge Partner in Health, is a great resource for healthy mealtime solutions with fruits and veggies.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Fruits & Veggies: More Really DOES Matter

Why so much conversation about eating more fruits and veggies? Fruits and Veggies, Every Day the Tasty Way is one of Healthy Kids Challenge six healthy messages. The reasons for so much fruit and veggie chatter seem almost endless! Fruits and veggies add so much flavor, appeal, color, variety, and health benefits to any meal or snack plan. Seems simple, but, where to start?

Our team at Healthy Kids Challenge recognize how challenging it is for families to eat healthy these days. Busy lives require simple, quick meals made easy. Planning is the key. Keep a grocery list and make weekly trips to the grocery store. Avoid those rushed stops after work that end up in extra dollars spent and frustration with “what are we going to eat tonight?” thinking.

Using that grocery list, keep a well stocked pantry, refrigerator, and freezer that includes a variety of fresh, frozen, canned, and dried fruits and veggies. Check store specials, encourage all family members to participate in the fruit and veggie planning, shopping and preparation too!

Consider signing up for the Healthy Kids Challenge free E-challenge of the month, My Healthy Challenge. The September issue offers challenges focusing on eating more fruits and veggies because……more REALLY does matter!