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Healthy Kids: A Mom’s Secrets To Keeping Kids Healthy

Posted on March 26, 2018 in Uncategorized

We all want healthy kids. But what can we do to help them stay healthy? The average child gets sick 10 times a year. That number is simply too high and there is no reason why it should be that high. Once or twice a year colds or other viruses are understandable, but 10 times a year? Think of all the missed school for them and missed work for you and the fun family times that have to be rescheduled or canceled completely. There are some simple things we can do as parents to turn sick kids into healthy kids.

The first step to a healthy kid is a healthy diet. Kids need lots of good nutrition. Foods that are full of sugar, fat, starch, and are highly processed are not nutritious. Good nutrition starts at home. There are many simple little changes you can make immediately to get the entire family eating healthier. Fresh fruits, vegetables, lean protein, and whole grains need to be provided daily. It may seem easier and cheaper to buy the frozen, packaged and processed versions, but it’s really not. You will find that buying healthy is actually cheaper than buying junk. Look up some healthy recipes, make a shopping list and go to the store thinking healthy. Stay away from potato chips, soda and candy. Instead buy whole grain crackers, pretzels, and fresh fruits. We all crave salty and sweet treats, so use these healthy substitutes instead. Kids eat what is available to them; it is your job to make sure they have healthy choices.

The next step to a healthy kid is to focus on the environment around our children. Harmful hazards can be found all over the home. The first thing you need to do is go clean out your cabinets. Any cleaning products that are not safe need to go. Many cleaning products contain harmful chemicals. If your children have asthma or allergies they are especially susceptible to the irritating upper respiratory effects of toxic chemicals. I use only safe, non-toxic cleaning products in my home and would have it no other way. You don’t have to buy the expensive “all-natural” products, but buy from a brand you can trust. There are many safer products available, but not all are created equal. Look for products that are super-concentrated; they will give you the best bang for your buck and also help protect the environment.

Finally, healthy kids need adequate exercise. If they are home with you, get them up off the couch and moving with you. There are plenty of easy, kid-friendly exercise videos available to choose from or you can make up your own routine. My kids and I like to play tag, take walks, and go to the park. If the weather is bad, move the activity indoors. Jumping-jacks, jump rope, yoga for kids, and other fun activities can be done indoors at home. Or you can enroll them in karate, gymnastics, dance class, or after school sports activities. Be creative! The possibilities are endless. It doesn’t matter what activity you choose, as long as the kids are active and having fun. The key to getting kids to exercise is to make it fun. Switch up the routine and don’t be too pushy about exercising at home. The best way to get your kids active is to lead by example. If they see you making an effort to stay fit, chances are they will join in.

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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.

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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!