7 Healthy Gift Ideas for Kids

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Still looking for holiday gifts for those little loved ones in your life? We have ideas, all health-focused. These gadgets and toys are one way to help kids move more and eat well, habits that can help keep them healthy as adults.

And if you’re looking for health-focused gift ideas for your adult friends and family, we have those too.

1. Hula hoops, lighted or not – This gift is for all ages. You can get one for you and one for your child so you can hoop together! Read more… “7 Healthy Gift Ideas for Kids”

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    Teens Less Likely to Choose Sugary Drinks with Health Warning Label

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    Whether it’s soda or energy drinks, teenagers consume a lot of sugary beverages. Health warning labels on sugary beverages may help sway a few teens away from these drinks, at least hypothetically, finds a recent study.

    The study was published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

    Helping teens drink fewer sugary beverages is important because too many can lead to weight gain – with teens taking in an estimated 280 calories a day from sugary drinks, according to one study. That weight gain can stick into adulthood. And too much body fat increases the risk of many common adult cancers, along with other chronic diseases. Read more… “Teens Less Likely to Choose Sugary Drinks with Health Warning Label”

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      Flavor Up Your Family’s Snacks with Herbs and Spices

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      Getting your kids to eat fresh, whole foods could be as simple as getting a little creative in the kitchen! By using herbs and spices, you can alter the flavor profile of any food to satisfy the taste buds of the pickiest eater. Herbs add a burst of flavor and texture to any food, while spices can heat things up or simply add some complexity to a simple dish. The added benefit is that herbs and spices allow you to use less salt when cooking!

      kids activities blogThis is a huge perk for parents, because children 6 to 18 years old consume about 3,300 mg of salt per day, while the recommended amount is 2,300 mg or less. By preparing vegetable-based, savory s­nacks at home with herbs and spices, you’re helping to cut back on the amount of sodium they’re consuming from sweets and other processed choices. You’ll be doing yourself a favor, too, by cutting back on your own salt consumption. Plus herbs and spices are packed with phytochemicals that have health promoting properties!

      Here are some ideas to help incorporate these flavor purveyors into your home and kitchen. Get ready to spice up your menu this summer and cut back on sodium! Read more… “Flavor Up Your Family’s Snacks with Herbs and Spices”

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