Tree of Thanksgiving

This is the season to count our blessings and take a moment to think about what we are grateful for. Here’s an activity to help us do it. Find a branch, secure it in a vase, and use this template to make leaves out of colorful paper. Have everyone write one thing they are thankful for and hang the leaf on the branch.

Thanksgiving Tree

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Snack Fever: Have Young Children’s Eating Habits Changed?

Healthy and tasty snack!

Healthy and tasty snack!

 Snacking Is Part Of A Bigger Problem

Over one third of American children are overweight or obese.  We’ve heard this for so long; the statement has almost lost its impact.

But really – one third?

Not only are overweight children more likely to feel bad about themselves, but they may well be on a path of on-going over-weight and diminished health.

Won’t Young Children “Outgrow” Being Overweight?

Some young children DO grow up and out of being overweight.  But not all.  Children who are overweight are more likely to be overweight adults.  That means one third of our children are more likely to develop diabetes, liver and heart disease, asthma, cancer, sleep apnea, joint problems, and other health conditions.

What Causes Children To Be Overweight?

In addition to larger portion sizes, more processed and high calorie foods – changes in children’s snacking patterns contribute to the hefting of the nation’s children.

This is a short blog, so let’s look at one factor – the snacking – and what caring adults can do to protect children’s health.  [ more ]