Tuesday, December 28, 2010

New Vitamin D Recommendations

Research shows that vitamin D may play a role in lowering the risk of certain types of cancer, cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, immune and infectious disorders, physical performance and some autoimmune diseases. Engage in outdoor activity whenever possible and let the sun work its magic. Just 20 minutes of direct sunlight (prior to applying sunscreen) will stimulate adequate vitamin D production in individuals under age 70.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Help Your Kids Have a Healthy Holiday

Eat Right

- Set a good example for children by eating fruits, vegetables, and whole grains with meals or as snacks.

- Let children decide on the dinner vegetables or what goes into salads.

- Offer children a choice of fruits for lunch.

- Use cut-up vegetables as part of afternoon snacks.

- Let children select and help prepare a whole grain side dish.

- While shopping, allow children to pick a new fruit or vegetable to try later at home.

- Decorate plates or serving dishes with fruit slices.

Be Physically Active

- Give gifts that encourage physical activity - active games or sporting equipment.

- Be active and get your family to join you. Have fun together. Play with the kids or pets. Go for a walk, tumble in the leaves, or play catch.

- Instead of sitting through TV commercials, get up and move. Remember to limit TV watching and computer time.

Kids in the Kitchen

- Depending on their age, children can help shop for, clean, peel, or cut up fruits and vegetables.