Posted on December 9, 2018
I had an epiphany the other day as I loaded the car from yet another grocery store trip. Produce is heavy! (That wasn’t the extent of it-stick with me here). Produce has some good, solid mass. When you pick a grapefruit you want one that is heavier than it looks. In this particular shopping excursion I had purchased 30 grapefruit, and they were all heavier than they looked. It took some muscle to just load up the grapefruit! I also had oranges, apples, bananas, pears, carrots, lettuce, broccoli, yams, squash, etc, etc, you get the idea. It had been awhile since I’d done a good shopping so I also had some healthy cold cereal that my kids will actually eat on those crazy days when we’re in a rush. After heaving the produce into the car that bag of cold cereal almost flew out of my hands as I loaded it up with the same enthusiasm.
“You are what you eat” rang loudly through my head. I thought of my children-they are all heavier than they look. They are solid kids-not fat-solid. Their cousin counterparts weigh much less than my kids and I’m always surprised when I pick the cousins up-they are so light!!
I thought of my kids and looked at the food in the back of my car. 85% of it was produce. Good, healthy, colorful, solid, delicious produce. This produce is the mainstay of what my children eat-and they are healthy kids! In my mind I saw my children being synonymous with the grapefruit I had just purchased. They are heavier than they look, just like the grapefruit I had so carefully picked out. Every time they eat they are taking nutrient dense food into their bodies and building strong healthy bones and muscles. They don’t drink milk or eat a lot of packaged food, and in that moment I committed to doing even better at making sure my children get the produce they need to keep growing strong and healthy.
Fruits and vegetables are a mainstay in our home, and the kids will often ask for their favorites when we go shopping. Just this week my eight year old begged for kiwi while my 6 year old begged for fresh green beans at the grocery store. You read that right-green beans!! My 3 year old was so sad that there wasn’t any corn on the cob in sight, but settled for strawberries this time.
It doesn’t take much to convince me to buy their favorite fruits and vegetables during our weekly shopping-after all, you are what you eat!
Posted on December 3, 2018
It’s a parents’ job first and foremost to take care of their children. This means providing and raising children in a healthy and safe environment and providing the best care possible. Raising healthy kids begins with having a healthy pregnancy. Having a drug and alcohol free pregnancy in conjunction with a balanced diet and exercise is definitely the best start to raising healthy kids. Many women believe that drinking in late trimesters is not harmful to the baby, but according to the CDC, there is no safe amount of alcohol a woman can drink while pregnant. The best way to avoid dangerous complications such as Fetal Alcohol Syndrome is by completely abstaining from alcohol throughout the pregnancy.
Breastfeeding is a great way to give infants a healthy head start. The CDC recommends breastfeeding as the ideal form of feeding and caring for infants. Breast milk provides infants with an array of nutrients and antioxidants necessary to develop a strong immune system.
It is also important to make sure children are receiving all necessary vaccinations and checkups. Vaccinations prevent against avoidable diseases and checkups ensure children are healthy and reaching the necessary growth checkpoints.
Providing a healthy balanced diet is an obvious must when raising healthy kids. Diets that are rich in fruits and vegetables are rich in essential vitamins and minerals essential for growth. It is extremely important that children are receiving the essential nutrients to grow and develop properly.
Though fast food can be convenient in a busy world, it is important to establish healthy eating habits at a young age. Child obesity is a growing problem that just leads to further heath issues with age including heart disease, diabetes, and certain cancers. Avoiding fast food restaurants and poor eating habits is especially important for children to ensure future healthy eating patterns.
Having a regular exercise routine is also a very important part of raising healthy kids. Involving kids in organized sports is often extremely enjoyable for children and beneficial in many ways. Sports provide a great and entertaining way to promote exercise. Organized sports also help children develop socialization skills. Active children often turn into active adults when regular exercise patterns are established at a young age.
And lastly, it is most important for parents to lead by example. Children learn by observation, so it is important for parents to represent a healthy active lifestyle for their children to follow, while constantly and consistently providing love and support for their children.
Posted on November 25, 2018
The FHKP, which stands for the Florida Healthy Kids Program, is a government funded organization that is aimed towards providing health care to children between the ages of five and eighteen. The board of directors for the program consists of representatives from not for profit organizations, hospitals, as well as dentists and doctors. The FHKP provides coverage for children at a very low cost, and is a great opportunity for those that can’t afford to buy private health insurance for their kids. Here, we’ll go over a little bit of general information about the Healthy Kids Program, as well as why you might want to sign up.
The Florida Healthy Kids Program provides insurance for as little as fifteen to twenty dollars per month for each child. This is in stark contrast to some private health insurance companies, which can charge upwards of fifty dollars per month for children’s health insurance. The Healthy Kids Program also provides low cost full pay options, in order to try and make health coverage available to every single child between the ages of five and eighteen in Florida.
Health insurance is important not only for adults, but for children as well. Don’t take the risk of waiting until your child is injured or becomes ill to get health insurance, as you may find yourself unable to afford it or breaking the bank. The process of applying for the Florida Healthy Kids Program is simple, easy, and fast. All you need is your family’s most recent tax return form, a wage and earning statement, a few current pay stubs (for the last four weeks), and your child’s social security card. If your child does not yet have a social security card, you can simply provide the date you applied for it. You will also need proof of your citizenship and identity.
By taking advantage of the Florida Healthy Kids Program, you can provide your child with affordable, reliable health coverage. There are currently over two hundred thousand children enrolled in the Healthy Kids Program, and the program places a strong focus on personal health, cultural awareness, immunizations, doctor’s visits, emergency and hospital care, and compassion, in order to provide every child with the best treatment for their particular needs. You love your kids, so isn’t it time to get them the health care they deserve? Don’t let your kids go without health coverage another day.
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