Nutrition in Your Kids’ Schools: What You Can Do

Ending childhood obesity may start in the home, but the fight doesn’t stop at your pantry. The health habits you’re trying to instill in your child may be undermined by what he or she is being served in the cafeteria and classroom. Prevent the formation of unhealthy habits by starting a dialogue with your child’s school about the fight against childhood obesity.

Nutrition in Your Kids’ Schools: What You Can Do

Begin the conversation about childhood obesity with your school by making an appointment to meet with the school nurse or guidance counselor. Take the time to find out what, if any, measures the school is already taking to combat childhood obesity. Have they cut back on offering sodas in the cafeteria? Do they have fitness options for kids who aren’t involved in organized athletics? Healthcorps set out to uncover how many steps kids were actually taking. They handed out pedometers to a school in New Jersey and it turns out they’re only getting 7,700 steps a day. This is far below the recommended amounts; girls need at least 12,000 and boys need 15,000 steps a day. 

Whether your school is committed to offering healthy options or has yet to start a health initiative, it’s important to address the following:

Visit to the Cafeteria
At least once a day, your child eats a meal at school. Do you know what your child’s cafeteria looks like? How about what foods they serve? Ask to be taken on a tour of the cafeteria and take note of how the foods are arranged.

Shift Focus Away from Desserts
It can be hard for even the most health-conscious kid to resist the temptation of sugary treats if they are attractively displayed. Urge the school to help your child make the right choices at lunch by insisting that if desserts are being offered, they be less readily accessible than healthier options. Improving the availability of salads and whole fruit will help make it more appealing.

Increasing Fiber Options
Fiber is the number one thing you can add to your child’s diet to help fight and prevent obesity. Fiber helps the body digest and feel full faster. Most packaged foods don’t contain enough fiber and children need at least 25 grams a day. Petition the school to increase their fiber-rich offerings (i.e. fruits, carrots, celery, whole grain breads).

Outside the Cafeteria
Insist the school think beyond the cafeteria when developing health initiatives. If there are vending machines on or around campus, they pose as much of a threat to your child’s health as nutrition-free lunches. Children shouldn’t have unfettered access to super-sweet, non-nutritional snacks all day long.

Unconventional Solutions
Improving the appeal of healthy, nutritious foods may be as simple as improving their quality. If the produce at your school is looking less than fresh, find out if the district can get involved in a farm-to-school program, where farmers deliver fresh, local items to schools.

7 Essential Items to Have for a Pandemic Date, According to a Relationship Expert

Celebrity divorce attorney and relationship expert Vikki Ziegler says you should treat COVID-19 like an STD.

Just when we thought relationships and dating could not get any more complicated, the pandemic took this matter to a whole new level. Celebrity divorce attorney and relationship expert, Vikki Ziegler receives an abundance of questions about this exact topic, every single day. Her fans and followers message her via her social media channels, in the hopes of finding the right way to safely date during these times. So, if this topic has crossed your mind, rest assured you are not alone.

For those who used to "swipe left and right," on the regular, Vikki recommends slowing down for the time being, no matter what type of antibacterial wipes are being used between your swipes. Serial dating during COVID-19 can be dangerous and also very selfish at the same time. This might be a good time to either take a break from dating altogether, or invest more time in one relationship and being monogamous, at least for right now. "Everyone should treat COVID-19 as they do an STD, while dating and practice safe EVERYTHING, even beyond just intimacy," says Ziegler. "This will simplify the process and make the do's and don'ts much less complex."

She recommends that new partners keep the dating virtual prior to both being tested and or having the vaccine. "Screendating" can still be both fun and safe at the same time. She suggests that you still wear your favorite new dress, get that fresh haircut or blowout and act as though you are still going out, even if the date is happening in the privacy of your own home. She has suggested some ideas such as virtual movie nights, happy hours, cooking classes, and the most obvious, the at-home and virtual dining date. This would entail both partners ordering food to each of their respective homes, but using the same menu as if they were dining in person.

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