We have updated the Cotswold PTA Board meeting minutes through the beginning of 2017. If you’re interested in seeing what your PTA does, check it out. Click here.
Via the North Carolina PTA:
N.C. Child released the Child Health Report Card this week.
While there are many promising trends in North Carolina, there remain several points of concern. A few highlights:
- The rate of overweight and obese children has increased.
- The rate of kids who get adequate physical activity has decreased.
- Nearly half of N.C. children live at or near poverty.
To read the report and learn more about the health of every child in North Carolina, visit NC Child.
As we continue our efforts to talk with the children about making healthy food choices, we are concentrating on snack choices. Children who bring in healthy snack choices will be featured on the morning news announcements. Please help your child to make healthy food choices for snack and lunch.
We are starting with Vitamin A. Vitamin A is important for normal vision, the immune system and reproduction. Vitamin A also helps the heart, lungs, kidneys and other organs work properly. Vitamin A is found naturally in some types of fish like salmon. It is also found in green, leafy vegetables and other green, orange or yellow vegetables like broccoli, carrots and squash. Fruits which are high in vitamin A are cantaloupe, apricots and mangos. Vitamin A is also found in dairy products and fortified breakfast cereals.
From Nurse Jackie Degnan:
Trends in Nutrition & Health in 2017:
Nearly half of registered dietitians believe consumers will be less interested in dieting and more interested in mindful eating in 2017. Healthy eating never really goes out of style, but what is trendy changes based on people’s preferences as well as new research.
Top 6 for 2017:
1. DIGESTIVE WELLNESS: Digestive well-being is fundamental to good health. The gut is where absorption of macronutrients, vitamins and minerals take place. It is the gateway to your cells. Eating more fermented, probiotic and prebiotic rich foods promote a healthy gut.
2. PLANT-BASED FOODS: Some studies show a link between diets high in animal protein — especially processed meats like hot dogs, deli meats, and bacon — and a greater risk of cancer and heart disease. A plant-based diet may lower the risk of type 2 diabetes. Don’t make the mistake of assuming that something is healthy solely because it is plant-based. Even plants lose their health benefits if you over process them.
3. PERSONALIZED NUTRITION: Everybody is different physiologically. We have varying genes, different body compositions, metabolism, and food preferences. What works for one person, isn’t necessarily optimal for the next. Not everybody can afford genetic testing and custom diet design, but you can do your best by sticking with whole and minimally processed foods.
4. CLEAN EATING, NOT CLEANSING: The “detox” will be out. The idea of stripping back and depriving oneself of food to gain good health is over. Fad diets, restriction, and hunger will never bring about sustainable change. Most people are seeking a change that they can maintain without feeling deprived.
5. MORE HEALTHY FATS, LESS SUGAR: For the longest time we have heard “cut the fat”. In 2017 we will be hearing “add the healthy fat.” Include more healthy fats in your diet, such as nuts, olive oil, avocado, and seeds like flax seed. Cut back on added sugars like in soda — not the sugar in foods naturally like in fruits.
6. EXERCISING: Exercise is described as a free medicine. Any activity helps to manage your health. DIET is one of the most important components of good health, but to neglect exercise would be a mistake. Make sure you are doing BOTH.
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