Opportunity for Health Care Providers to Learn About Preventing Childhood Obesity

Healthcare providers are invited to learn more about preventing and treating childhood obesity on April 11, 2013, from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Hotel Arista in Naperville. 

The Summit, “Strategies for Pediatric Obesity Prevention and Control,” is free and is intended for healthcare professionals working with children and their families. Continuing Medical Education credits are available. Registration is at 7 a.m. with the program from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. and a local Resources Fair from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Read more

Help Support Smart Snacks in Schools

Parents, students, school staff, community partners and others are invited to comment on USDA’s newly proposed rule supporting “Smarter Snacks in Schools.” These new nutrition standards will ensure that schools offer healthier snacks for our children, while limiting less nutritious foods and beverages sold in school vending machines, snack carts, a la carte, and school stores during the school day.

Parents and schools can and should work together to make certain children are eating healthfully. Many children consume up to half their daily calories at school, and most are eating a snack. Let’s make sure our children are eating healthy options!

The proposed rule:

    Promotes snack foods with whole grains, low-fat/fat-free dairy, fruits, vegetables or protein as the main ingredient. Read more

Good Habits Are the Foundation to Good Health

WaiLana.com shared this healthy tip:

Good health is like growing a garden—we must actively cultivate it. You can’t just throw a bunch of seeds out the back door and expect a garden to appear. Healthy plants require good soil, sunlight, water, and weeding. If you neglect these basic principles for even a couple of days, your once perky plants will be drooping on the dirt.

Likewise, we can’t neglect the body’s basic requirements and expect to stay healthy. Cultivating good health requires proper nutrition, hydration, exercise, and rest. While the signs of neglect may not show up overnight, failing to establish good habits will catch up with us sooner or later. So if you’re feeling lethargic, irritable, or see other symptoms creeping up, it’s time to get back to the basics.