By Kimmi Devaney In my family, the holidays are a crazy busy time of year. Between trying to see everyone, coordinate travel schedules and shop for gifts, healthy eating and exercise can easily be pushed aside. The good news is that with so many healthy recipes, eating healthy doesn’t have to be a chore. More [...]
By Mary Nicholson It’s cooling off outside, but that doesn’t mean it’s time to sit around inside – au contraire! Oh sure, there’s still some leaf raking to be done, and when the snow starts to fall, there are a lot of outdoor activities that appeal to many. But what to do if you don’t [...]
On Child Health Day, the emphasis is to help raise awareness and a commitment to teaching children the benefits of good health and teaching parents how they can help and protect their children with good nutrition, year round fitness and exercise.
The proclamation of Child Health Day was in 1928 by Calvin Coolidge to increase awareness of health issues facing the children in the U.S. including health issues, healthy eating, fitness, child’s development, immunizations, preventing injuries, and more.
Today is National Swap Ideas Day. It used to be that idea swapping occurred between neighbors while visiting over the fence. Oftentimes, recipes were the ideas being swapped. However, today’s communication technologies make that quaint scene seem a little nostalgic, but it’s not completely gone. While I don’t even have a fence in my yard, I still get some good ideas from my neighbors, whether it’s about cooking or gardening or any other topic. To keep this from going all over the place, we’re going to narrow the topic of our “swaps” to how to get children to eat healthier foods and do more physical activity.
I have enjoyed my first couple of days helping out with the Milk the Moment and “got milk?” promotional programs at the Indianapolis Children’s Museum. We talked with lots of parents and their children, who stopped by our table to win a football which promoted the “Fuel Up to Play 60” program, get their picture taken with a real milk mustache, and have a free sample of milk with a crazy straw. Some parents said their children didn’t like milk so we suggested that they work to include other dairy sources in their diet each day. For example, including yogurt, string cheese, or even ice cream on occasion are all excellent ways to get three of dairy every day.
On my first day of interning, I was sent to the Indianapolis Zoo to help promote milk with the Milk Mobile! There, I was able to promote the 3 Every Day of milk and the “Fuel Up to Play 60” program sponsored by the National Dairy Council and the National Football League. Dean’s Dairy was able to sponsor the event and provide children and parents with free samples of their white or chocolate milk! The milk mobile also had a station for children and parents to get their milk mustache picture taken as well as the chance to enter a contest to win a trip to dine with the Food Network Star Tyler Florence in San Francisco by describing their family’s “Milk Moment”!
Ever worn your favorite NFL jersey to the barn? Have a unique idea for your cows to show your NFL spirit? Here’s an opportunity to combine your dairy and NFL enthusiasm and creativity on camera! The NFL is asking sponsors and partners such as America’s dairy producers to help kick off its “Back to Football Friday” school campaign and build excitement for the upcoming season. Through your dairy checkoff investment, your partnership with the NFL introduced the Fuel Up to Play 60 program to America’s youth. FUTP60 encourages kids to “fuel up” on nutrient-rich foods, including low-fat and fat-free dairy, and get 60 minutes of physical activity each day.
The end of August means it’s back-to-school time, and a fresh start for students and teachers alike. It’s an even better time to make your school an even better place to learn – and that’s where Fuel Up to Play 60 can help! How, you may ask? Fuel Up to Play 60 aligns with the goals of First Lady Michelle Obama’s call to improve the health of our next generation. This school wellness program provided by the National Dairy Council® and the National Football League®, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is now helping to make wellness part of the game plan in more than 60,000 schools across the country!
July is National Recreation & Parks Month with July 9th being National Recreation Day so let’s get out and enjoy all that God has created for us in our national, state, and local parks. Whether at home or away, try hiking, swimming, rafting, canoeing or whatever form of recreation you and yours enjoy. You’ll be spending quality time together, you’ll enjoy all the natural beauty that is around you, and because you’ll be expending energy, you’ll feel better both physically and mentally!!!
Are you or your father at risk of osteoporosis? Today, 2 million American men have osteoporosis, and another 12 million are at risk. Yet, despite the large number of men affected, osteoporosis in men remains under-diagnosed and underreported. So, this Father’s Day help your dad learn more about his risks of osteoporosis so that he can be healthy for years to come!