Back-to-School Germs: Hand Washing

hand-washingAs your children get ready to go back to school (if they aren’t there already), it is important to remind them to wash their hands often. According to my doctor, this time of year keeps her especially busy.

Colds, viruses and strep throat are common illnesses seen in those first few weeks of school. Kids spend the whole summer collecting germs, and once they start school, they are back in close quarters and those germs are easily spread. The best defense is good hand hygiene, including proper hand washing. Show your children how to wash their hands with soap and water, and for at least 20 seconds. If you have very little ones, tell them to sing the ABCs while they are washing.

Here are four other tips to help strengthen your kids’ immune system:

1. Get your kids to eat breakfast in the morning. Fuel them. Eating breakfast is the most important meal of the day and should include complex carbohydrates and protein to get them through the morning. Continue reading “Back-to-School Germs: Hand Washing”

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Nutrition Rx: Portable Food for the Whole Family

vegetable-wrapsAs we fit in last-minute travel excursions and summer day trips, it’s easy to stray from the healthful choices we’ve made all summer. The good news is that eating healthfully – in the air, on the road, or at the beach – is now easier than ever.

Here are five tips for packing portable food that provides stable energy and an abundance of nutrients.

1. Colorful Vegetable Wraps

All you’ll need to make your favorite wraps is a handful of ingredients: whole wheat tortillas, low-fat hummus, and your favorite vegetables. Try grated carrots, fresh spinach leaves, and radishes or bean sprouts for an extra crunch. Wrap up and take on a family or poolside picnic, include with fresh fruit for a healthful lunch, or keep on hand for a grab-and-go meal. Continue reading “Nutrition Rx: Portable Food for the Whole Family”

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