A Great Interactive Nutrition Site for Kids

In researching helpful information sources for National Nutrition Month, I came across a great website dedicated to teaching children about healthy eating. Founded by a former ICU nurse who became concerned about the number of young teenagers she encountered professionally who were already suffering morbid obesity, the site displays this mission statement:

Nourish Interactive’s mission is to offer fun, innovative solutions that empower children to make healthy choices. We support parents and teachers with free interactive games and tools that promote a healthier lifestyle.

The teaching resources the site provides for parents and teachers are extensive and well organized, the children's games and activities both entertaining and informative.  The site mascot is the cute and engaging Chef Solus, who leads kids through a variety of games, food choice scenarios and recipes. 

The sheer volume of activities and learning exercises could keep adults and children occupied for hours -- but the site addresses that issue also, periodically reminding kids that they need to take a break from the computer after 20 minutes and participate in at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day.

I have to say, this is one of the best designed educational sites I have found in many thousands of hours on the Internet, and its mission is an important one.  But don't take my word for it, visit http://www.nourishinteractive.com/ yourself.  If you agree, please pass the word by sharing it with other parents and educators.

Article by Kim Washetas, contributing writer and enthusiastic whole health advocate.

8 Healthy Summer Snack Ideas for the Young and Old

Summer is here and in most places school is out. Keeping our children on a good eating pattern is harder in the summer as most do not keep the same schedule as winter. Here are a few snack ideas to keep them healthy and on track with their healthy eating habits.

  1. Peel a ripe banana and cut it in two inch pieces. Roll each piece in vanilla yogurt, crushed dry cereal and freeze. This is also a good way to put use to the last stray bites of cereal in the box. Mixing different cereals can be fun also.
  2. Mix peanut butter and lightly crushed corn flakes in a bowl. Make quarter size balls with the mixture then roll in crushed nuts. Walnuts or pecans work best. Store left overs in an air tight container. Use within 3 days.
  3. Fresh fruits [apples of any kind] and vegetables [celery or carrots] can be spread with peanut butter to make an appealing snack.  Most children will try something if it is pleasing to their eye.
  4. Make kabobs using a pretzel stick. Push a cube of cheese, pineapple, apples or grapes on the pretzel and watch the snacks disappear.
  5. Add some low fat shredded cheese to a corn tortilla, roll it up and heat for 20 seconds in a microwave. Use a bowl of salsa for a dipping sauce.
  6. Toast a frozen whole grain waffle, spread a heaping tablespoon of vanilla yogurt over the top, then add a few strawberries. You will have happy children.
  7. Blend a tablespoon of honey in 3/4 cup of small curd cottage cheese. You will have a great tasting dip for active children. It can be used with fruits or vegetables.
  8. Baked corn chips and a mild homemade salsa will keep them coming back for more.

Quick Salsa Recipe 1 large tomato, cored and diced 1 8-10 inch celery stalk, ribbed and sliced thin 1 medium red onion, chopped small 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, chopped

Mix all ingredients in a small bowl. If the mixture is dry add one teaspoon of virgin olive oil and two tablespoons of vegetable juice. That will give it enough moisture to be dipable and add an extra little kick to the taste.

Lead your children by your example. If they see you eating these healthy snacks, so will they.


Faylee James is a Life Coach/Writer/Speaker from Northeast Tennessee, who has an above average interest in people, cooking and living life to the fullest. Her website http://www.HassiesKitchenTable.com is in honor of her mother who passed away recently. For more recipes and thoughts, visit her website or blog at http://www.HassiesKitchenTable.blogspot.com Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Faylee_James Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/2468603

5 Things to Keep Handy When You Have a Sick Child


Parents who have an infant keep a diaper bag packed at all times. Parents of a child diagnosed with a chronic condition or newly diagnosed acute illness need to be equally prepared. Here are five things to keep packed in a tote for easy grabbing for that emergency room visit or unexpected hospital admission.

  1. Keep a list of current medications and current medical history in your bag. When you are flustered in an emergency situation, you can easily forget to mention an important piece of information about your child, especially if your child is on chemotherapy or other intermittent medication. Write it down.
  2. Keep a change purse with a roll of quarters and a few singles zipped into your tote bag. Emergencies tend to happen when you are low on cash in the wallet. A change purse with at least vending machine money will keep you prepared for that unexpected hospital admission.
  3. Keep a sweater or sweatshirt for yourself. Hospitals are always cooler than you expect and nerves will make you shiver. It is the little things that make a difference and being comfortable eases your stress level.
  4. Keep a favorite comfort stuffed toy or blanket for your child, a book, or other item that helps to distract your child during painful procedures like blood draws and exams. Keep an extra dose of Tylenol or other as needed medications your child may need on an intermittent basis. Children who need anti- nausea medications or seizure medications may need a dose if travel has lasted longer than expected or some other unforeseen circumstance occurs. Keep those medicines in a childproof container in your bag.
  5. Keep a notebook with emergency phone numbers, notes from previous admissions, or any other information you may not always recall immediately. The notes you have made may make a difference in the immediate care of your child in an emergency.

Parents who have a small tote bag packed with these items can survive until family can bring other belongings for that unexpected hospital stay. Have the bag in the car to easily grab if and when it may be needed.

For more information on children coping with illness or death and dying issues, or health and safety tips for children visit http://heartfeltwords4kids.blogspot.com

Visit http://www.freewebs.com/heartfeltwords4kids/ for an interactive website where kids can blog or read articles geared towards them.

Terri Forehand is a pediatric critical care nurse and freelance writer. She has a passion for kids of all ages, especially kids who are fighting against tough illnesses and diseases. Visit her blog and website for more information. She is currently working on fiction for kids.