Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Kids Eat Right Month - The Kid Friendly Kitchen

Help your kids start young and master simple cooking tasks before moving on to more complex skills. Use these age-appropriate ideas to keep your kids excited, safe and well-educated in the kitchen! To learn more, visit Kids Eat Right at Kid-Friendly Kitchen Tasks Infographic


Back to School Nutrition
Resource Guide
Kids Eat Right Month

All over the country, children and parents are getting ready for the new school year to begin. With so much information about food and nutrition available on the Internet and in the news, Dietitians-Online has prepared the Back to School Nutrition Resource Guide.

Organizations, Associations, and Programs
School Nutrition Experts

Lunchbox Safety
Planning School Meals Using MyPlate

Organizations, Associations, and Programs
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is your source for trustworthy, science-based food and nutrition information. The worlds largest organization of food and nutrition professionals, the Academy is committed to improving the nation's health and advancing the profession of dietetics through research, education, and advocacy.

Kids Eat Right your source for scientifically-based health and nutrition information you can trust to help your child grow healthy. As a parent or caretaker, you need reliable resources and you can find them here, backed by the expertise of nutrition professionals.
Home Food Safety Tips The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and ConAgra Foods public awareness campaign, Home Food Safety, is dedicated to providing home food safety statistics, information about foodborne illness and safe food handling information and tips.
Choose MyPlate. The website features practical information and tips to help Americans build healthier diets.
Vegetarian Resource Group
Vegetarian Kids, Teens, and Family
Action for Healthy Kids believes there are ways to reduce and prevent childhood obesity and undernourishment. Learn how Action for Healthy Kids is working with schools, families and communities to help our kids learn to be healthier and be ready to learn.
Healthy Children The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and its member pediatricians dedicate their efforts and resources to the health, safety and well-being of infants, children, adolescents and young adults.
Healthy Children - Nutrition
Food Allergies in Children

Team Nutrition Campaign launched by USDA's Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) to encourage and teach children, parents, and caregivers to eat healthy and be physically active every day. Eat Smart. Play Hard.™ is about making America's children healthier. It's about practical suggestions that will help you motivate children and their caregivers  to eat healthy and be active. Eat  smart. Play Hard.™ Campaign messages and materials are fun for children and informative for caregivers. 

We Can
The We Can! GO, SLOW, and WHOA Foods fact sheet (pdf) can be posted on the refrigerator or used when grocery shopping.
The We Can! Parent Tips - Snack (pdf) 100 Calories or Less tip sheet can help consumers choose vegetables, whole grains, and fat-free or low-fat (1 percent) milk for healthier snacks.
  Fruits and Veggies More Matters
Gearing Up for Back to School
National Dairy Council® (NDC)

 Fuel Up To Play 60 sponsored by National Dairy Council and the National Football League, in collaboration with United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Fuel Up to Play 60 is an in-school program that encourages the availability and consumption of nutrient-rich foods, along with at least 60 minutes of daily physical activity.
The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) is a federally assisted meal program operating in public and nonprofit private schools and residential childcare institutions. It provides nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunches to children each school day. The program was established under the National School Lunch Act, signed by President Harry Truman in 1946.

The School Breakfast Program (SBP) provides cash assistance to  States to operate nonprofit breakfast programs in schools and residential childcare institutions. The program is administered at the Federal level by FNS. State education agencies administer the SBP at the State level, and local school food authorities operate it in schools.

School Nutrition Experts

Dayle Hayes, MS, RD
School Meals That Rock (Facebook)
Dayle Hayes is an award-winning Registered Dietitian, author, and educator. Dayle developed a program for parents, FIT KIDS = HAPPY KIDS; created 5 A Day BINGO, and produced several videos. As a parent and member of the School Nutrition Association, Dayle is dedicated to improving school environments. She collected success stories for Making It Happen; wrote a chapter on communicating with students in Managing Child Nutrition Programs: Leadership for Excellence; and developed Enriching Family Mealtimes, a kit for school leaders and educators. In 2008, she co-authored the Position of the American Dietetic Association: Nutrition Guidance for Healthy Children Ages 2 to 11 Years.

Caroline, RD at Giant Eagle® 
Pack an A+ Lunch for School

Lunchbox Safety

Kids Eat Right Month - Best Picks in a Vending Machine

August is Kids Eat Right Month, a new nutrition education, information sharing and action campaign created by Kids Eat Right, an initiative of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and its Foundation.

Portion Control Matters - Kids Eat Right

1. WebMD, Portion Size Guide
2. Kids and Portion Control, Jo Ellen Shield, RDN, Kids Eat Right
How to Avoid Portion Size Pitfalls to Help Manage Your Weight, CDC
What is the difference between a serving and a portion? NIH



National Dog Day
Health Benefits

Health Benefits of a Pet

Studies have found that:
• Pet owners are less likely to suffer from depression than those without pets.
• People with pets have lower blood pressure in stressful situations than those without pets.
• Playing with a pet can elevate levels of serotonin and dopamine, which calm and relax.
• Pet owners have lower triglyceride and cholesterol levels than those without pets.
• Heart attack patients with pets survive longer than those without.
• Pet owners over age 65 make 30 percent fewer visits to their doctors than those without pets.

Caring for a pet can help with those healthy lifestyle changes by:
• Increasing exercise. Exercise doesn’t have to involve boring repetition at a gym. Taking a dog for a walk, riding a horse, or simply chasing a kitten around are fun ways to fit healthy daily exercise into your schedule.
• Providing companionship. Isolation and loneliness can make disorders such as depression even worse. Caring for a living animal can help make you feel needed and wanted, and take the focus away from your problems. Most pet owners talk to their pets, some even use them to work through their troubles.
• Helping meet new people. Pets can be a great social lubricant for their owners. Dog owners frequently stop and talk to each other on walks or in a dog park. Pet owners also meet new people in pet stores, clubs, and training classes.
• Reducing anxiety. The companionship of a dog can offer comfort, help ease anxiety, and build self-confidence for people anxious about going out into the world.
• Adding structure and routine to your day. Many pets, especially dogs, require a regular feeding and exercise schedule. No matter your mood—depressed, anxious, or stressed—you’ll always have to get out of bed to feed, exercise, and care for your pet.
• Providing sensory stress relief. Touch and movement are two healthy ways to quickly manage stress. This could involve petting a cat or taking a dog for a walk.

Pets and older adults
The key to aging well is to effectively handle life’s major changes, such as retirement, the loss of loved ones, and the physical changes of aging. Pets can play an important role in healthy aging by:
• Helping you find meaning and joy in life. As you age, you’ll lose things that previously occupied your time and gave your life purpose. You may retire from your career or your children may move far away. Caring for a pet can bring pleasure and help boost your morale and optimism. Taking care of an animal can also provide a sense of self-worth.
• Staying connected. Maintaining a social network isn’t always easy as you grow older. Retirement, illness, death, and moves can take away close friends and family members. And making new friends can get harder. Dogs especially are a great way for seniors to spark up conversations and meet new people.
• Boosting vitality. You can overcome many of the physical challenges associated with aging by taking good care of yourself. Pets encourage playfulness, laughter, and exercise, which can help boost your immune system and increase your energy.

Resources and References

American Humane Association
5 Ways Pets Can Improve Your Health

Monday, August 23, 2021

From Our Garden:
Pasta, Mango and Green Bell Pepper with Ginger Thyme Dressing

Recipe: Pasta, Mango and Green Bell Pepper  
with a Ginger Dressing 

The last mango of the season. The tree produced 82 mangoes this year. We met our neighbors who came by to pick fruit from the tree. We made 6 Banana Mango Breads and 60 Muffins. Family and friends enjoyed these sweet and juicy mangoes. 

With this last mango, I wanted to make something different. There were two bell peppers ready for picking. What would blend well with this combination?

        •     Pasta - hot or cold
        •     Thyme from the garden
        •     Ginger dressing

From Our Garden:
Pasta, Mango and Green Bell Pepper with
Ginger Thyme Dressing
Serves 3

3 cup Pasta, cooked
3/4 cup Mango, diced
1/2 cup Green Bell Pepper, sliced

Ginger-Thyme Dressing (Serving size: 2 Tablespoon)
1/4 cup rice vinegar
2 tsp sesame oil
1 tablespoon soy sauce, low sodium
1.5 tablespoon grated ginger root
1 teaspoon brown sugar
3/4 teaspoon finely chopped fresh thyme
1/4 teaspoon finely chopped garlic
1/8 tsp white pepper

  1. Prepare pasta, mango, and peppers. Place in a bowl. Cover and refrigerate.
  2. Dressing. Whisk together all ingredients in a small bowl. Drizzle over pasta. 
  3. Serve Hot or Cold.

Nutrition Facts

Ginger Thyme Dressing

Serving size. 2 Tbsp

Calories (kcal)             37
Protein (g)                   1
Carbohydrates (g)       2
Total Dietary Fiber (g) 0
Total Sugars (g)          1
Added Sugar (g)         1
Fat (g)                         3
Saturated Fat (g)        0
Cholesterol (mg)         0
Sodium (mg)              193

Nutrition Facts
Serving size.
1.25 cup Pasta, Mango and Green Bell Pepper with
2 Tbsp Ginger Thyme Dressing 

Calories (kcal)             249
Protein (g)                   8
Carbohydrates (g)       46
Total Dietary Fiber (g)  7
Total Sugars (g)           8
Added Sugar (g)          1
Fat (g)                          5
Saturated Fat (g)         0
Cholesterol (mg)          0
Sodium (mg)              199

Choosing foods from your garden makes the meal special and tastes better.  

Saturday, August 7, 2021

National CBD Day
What is Jannabis Wellness?

Janice Newell Bissex, MS, RDN, FAND is a Holistic Cannabis Practitioner, Culinary Nutritionist, Cookbook Author, and Speaker.

Prior to her journey as a Holistic Cannabis Practitioner, I followed Janice's work in the field of dietetics and nutrition. She is well known and respected in our profession and her cookbooks and meal planning strategies are very popular. I am a fan of Janice and when she decided to expand her practice to include 
Jannabis Wellness products - it caught my attention.

I read about her father's relief from pain after using medical marijuana and I knew I wanted to know more. I have a son who is a quadriplegic with Spastic Cerebral Palsy and suffers pain constantly. Could this be an answer?
I read Janice's extensive References and Resources and an article in the April 2019 Issue of Today’s Dietitian, Janice Newell Bissex, MS, RDN describes Cannabis Use for Treating Disease. I decided to contact Janice and ordered PCR Hemp Oil Salve to massage my son's hamstrings.

My son was a bit hesitant about trying the salve, even though I told him it would not make him high. I decided to try it. Ten months ago I fractured my left wrist in addition to having arthritis and Dupuytren's contracture. I was unable to bend my wrist and lift heavy objects without pain. I massaged my left wrist for 10 minutes using PCR Hemp Oil Salve with CBD. I then proceeded to do my hand exercises and was able to lift a one-pound weight and bend my wrist without pain. It WORKED! My son is becoming curious.

Janice’s mission is to help others suffering from chronic pain, anxiety, insomnia, autoimmune disorders, IBD/IBS, and other debilitating conditions. She completed training at the Holistic Cannabis Academy, and now advises clients on access, proper cannabinoid ratios, dosing, best consumption methods, and cooking with cannabis in her consulting business, Jannabis Wellness.

Jannabis Wellness products are derived from medicinal hemp (legal nationwide according to the 2018 Federal Farm Bill). View list of products.

I found the literature and research compelling; and recommend the following readings:
1. References and Resources, Jannabis Wellness
2. Cannabis Use for Treating Disease, Janice Newell Bissex, MS, RDN, April 2019 Today’s Dietitian

Monday, August 2, 2021

August 3, National Grab Some Nuts Day

Nuts once considered a high fat, high-calorie food is now being recognized as a Nutritious Snack with essential fatty acids, omega fats, protein, and many vitamins and minerals.

Sunday, August 1, 2021

August 2, Ice Cream Sandwich Day

An educated consumer has the knowledge to make healthy choices.

August is Kids Eat Right Month - Share the Message

Kids Eat Right is a joint initiative from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (Academy) and Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation. The goal of Kids Eat Right is to educate families, communities, and policymakers about the importance of good nutrition.

August is Kids Eat Right Month, a nutrition education, information sharing, and action campaign created by Kids Eat Right, an initiative of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and its Foundation.

Kids Eat Right Month spotlights healthy nutrition and active lifestyles for children and families, offering simple steps to help families cook healthy, eat right and shop smart.

The Kids Eat Right website centers around the theme "Shop-Cook-Eat." The goal is to bring families together each day for nutritious meals by providing simple and easy-to-follow tasks.

 Share the Monday Message Campaign involves Academy member volunteers who distribute weekly advice through social media channels (such as Facebook, Twitter, blogs, etc.). The Kids Eat Right campaign provides resources to help Academy members become recognized leaders in childhood obesity prevention. Volunteers then educate the community on shopping ideas, cooking tips, eating right, and recipes.

Consumers, Caregivers, Educators, Journalists, Policy Makers 
To learn more about Kids Eat Right, visit Kids Eat Right

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
To become a volunteer, visit About Kids Eat Right 


August Food, Nutrition, and Health Events

Current News, Resources and Events in Nutrition, Food, Health, Environment, Safety, and Disability Rights. Encourages awareness and inspires ideas for Journalists, Educators, Consumers and Health Professionals. Wellness News is updated daily and includes weekly and daily events. To view the entire Newsletter online click here

Events, Celebrations, and Resources

Food Events

Kids Eat Right Month

National Water Quality Month

National Goat Cheese Month

1-7 World Breastfeeding Week

National Farmer's Market Week

Exercise with Your Child Week

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