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Florida Healthy Kids Program – Keeping Informed About Insurance

Posted on March 20, 2018 in Uncategorized

For people who are raising families in Florida, there are plenty of great opportunities. The state has a wonderful education system, as well as a number of outdoor activities and various programs that are sponsored by the state to help families in need. When it comes to health insurance, Florida again scored high on the list. One of the reasons that Florida has such a good reputation in terms of health insurance is because of the Florida Healthy Kids program. This program is funded by the state of Florida. It is designed to provide affordable health insurance for young people 18 and younger. Some families learn that they will have to pay no more than 15 dollars a month in order to provide reasonable health insurance for their children.

There are many good things about the Florida Healthy Kids program. Most importantly, it gives some financial relief to those families who are having trouble making ends meet. Instead of having to pay for full family plans, which can be very expensive, the program allows working parents to save hundreds and even thousands of dollars per month by insuring their kids through the state. Not only is this good for the financially vulnerable, but it is also good for promoting good health among Florida’s growing youth population.

As with any program, however, the Florida Healthy Kids program also has a downside. The most common complaint you will hear about this program is that there is not enough flexibility within the program. Many parents complain that they have to drive an hour just to get their children to a physical. Others say that when it comes to special needs and appointments with specialists, there is not much in the way of assistance. This is when the private carriers begin to look more appealing.

If you are interested in searching for alternatives to the Florida Healthy Kids program, you should begin with an online search. One new service that many people don’t yet know about is a website that allows you to get free quotes from a number of major carriers so that you can find out what kind of coverage you can expect and how much you can expect to pay. This is a great way to get fully informed before you commit to the state sponsored program. Maybe the state program is the best idea. The truth is you won’t know until you look around and get more informed.

If you need assistance in locating particular coverages at a pre-determined price, we can help save 50% on medical insurance.

Raising Healthy Kids

Posted on March 14, 2018 in Uncategorized

Raising healthy kids is not as difficult as people make it out to be. However, parents would need to know about the advantages and benefits of a healthy diet as opposed to a junk diet. A junk diet may be very easy to prepare, but it is definitely going to be made up of processed foods, lots of salt, chemical preservatives, soy products and other ingredients which are going to be potentially harmful for the body in the long run. On the other hand, if the child gets used from childhood to a diet of whole grain products, cereals, lentils, beans, fresh and organically grown fruit and vegetables, he is going to include them in its diet automatically when he grows up.

Now, how best can a parent get a child to eat fresh fruit and vegetables, when the parent is not used to including those items in his diet, himself. It is a case of “monkey see monkey do” so if the parent eats plenty of processed foods, food stuffs made of high fat, soybean products, high-fat dairy products, etc., the child is definitely going to acquire a taste for them. This is why, if you are thinking of raising healthy kids, you need to take a bit of trouble about their diet. You may want to encourage them to snack between meals on fruit and nuts. You will also like them to crunch on raw vegetables, when they are feeling peckish.

A child’s eating habits develop and mature from the age of two to eleven. They love experimenting with different foodstuffs. So, if you can encourage them to believe that fresh fruit and vegetables are really good for them and they are going to grow as strong as, say, their favorite star or cartoon character, well, this is one way of encouraging them to eat healthy.

Do not leave the choice of foodstuffs to a child; given the choice, he is always going to eat something to which he is used, instead of trying something new. Instead, you may want to encourage him to spend a little quality time with you in the kitchen by preparing his choice of food. Put out the different ingredients like fresh fruit and vegetables in different bowls, plenty of whole grain or full grain breads, healthy fats, spices, and even different varieties of cooked beans and then allow them full leeway to indulge in their imagination and creative spirit.

Children are definitely going to eat what they have prepared themselves! This bit of psychology, especially when they do not know that they are eating healthy food is going to help you a lot in the long run because they are going to know how to appreciate different food combinations while eating freshly prepared healthy meals!

Preparing a healthy meal does not mean slaving over the stove for hours. All you have to do is go to the supermarket, get plenty of fresh vegetables and fruit (remember to consult your kids for their choices and recommendations), beans and legumes, olive oil, coconut oil or any other low-fat oil and other unprocessed foods, and then enjoy the fact that you are eating healthy and your children are eating healthy!

Healthy Kids Thrive in the Kitchen

Posted on March 6, 2018 in Uncategorized

Do you remember the kitchen from your childhood? Do you remember how it was the heart and soul of the home? Not only did all the meals get created there and many meals get eaten there, but that is where major decisions were made, “heart to heart” conversations were had and where visitors might have been greeted.

Today, in my own kitchen, it isn’t much different. The same important things are happening there. The kitchen is also where homework gets done, art projects get praised, and blogs get written. And very importantly, it is where lifelong lessons about food and nutrition are taught and learned.

As parents, raising healthy kids is a top priority for all of us. We don’t want it to be a temporary thing either. My personal mission is to raise lifelong healthy eaters. I try to move beyond the idea of “eat what is on your plate because I said so” and try to develop a basic, kid-friendly understanding of the importance of healthy eating. I believe that the more we talk about nutrients, the importance of “eating the rainbow”, why real food is more beneficial for our bodies and minds than processed food, as well as other things, the more likely my kids become flourishing, healthy kids now and flourishing, healthy adults in the future.

One of the best places to help healthy kids thrive in the way I am describing is in the kitchen. Bring them right into the heart and soul of the house! Let them watch, let them observe, let them question.

And then let them cook.

Kids of all ages can be hands on with food prep to some degree. It just takes a little planning, maybe a little preparation before you invite them in to join you, but it can be totally manageable. This is a rich learning experience for them and we should try to do this as often as we can.

Besides… it is FUN! If you are doing it right, you will share lots of laughs, good conversation and great quality time together. I am going to help you do that.

Before you jump up and call everyone into the kitchen, I want to share some things you should think about FIRST.



1. Set Up Beforehand

You don’t have to necessarily do much, but taking a few minutes to set up a few things means that you can focus on the kids and the food more instead of details that can be taken care of beforehand.

How much of this you do really depends on the ages of your children and their familiarity with the kitchen. With younger children you may take out all the ingredients and tools, have everything already measured and ready to be poured into a bowl for mixing. With older kids or kids more familiar in the kitchen, they may take out the ingredients as you read them or they read them off, they may do their own measuring, and so on.

No matter how much or how little you do, there is always something to do beforehand. Some additional things may include:

– Taking out extra dish- or paper towels in case of spills.
– Clearing off the cooking area, including the sink and oven if necessary.
– Deciding on a recipe.
– Setting out all the kitchen tools required.
– Taking ingredients out of the pantry and refrigerator.

2. Create work stations and set up some rules

The last thing we want is kids running into the kitchen, pushing for a first chance to use the peeler and having a screaming match break out. When my kids come into the kitchen, everyone has an assigned spot and job to begin with. We may rotate. We may not. But it is very clear as to who is going where right from the beginning.

Rule are important, too. The kitchen can be a dangerous place without rules. So we establish some right from the beginning, then change or add to the list as need arises.

Some rules you might include are:

– Wash your hands before and after cooking.
– Tie your hair back.
– Use your apron.
– Never touch the stove, it might be on.
– Ask before adding an ingredient.
– Only use the stove or a knife when Momma is with you.

Use rules that make sense for your kids and kitchen.

3. Relax and have FUN

If you can accept that messes will be make, shells might make it into the dish and an ingredient might be accidentally left out, then you have the right frame of mind to relax and enjoy the experience with your kids. The most important thing is not that the final product turns out perfect. The much more important thing is that kids are having a rich, hands on experience in the kitchen with YOU. What they learn will stay with them for a long time. They are more likely to connect healthy food and healthy eating with warm, positive feelings by the opportunities you give them to be hands on in the kitchen. So relax, smile, laugh off the “oopsies” and “uh oh’s” and have FUN!