Encourage Kids to Exercise: Introducing the NBA/WNBA 2014 Fit Team

Recently, the NBA and WNBA partnered with the first lady’s Let’s Move! program to promote a week of healthy living. An extension of that partnership was the creation of a council of experts, players and coaches called the NBA/WNBA Fit Team. According to their site, “The NBA/WNBA FIT team is made up of NBA Family members including players, coaches, officials, trainers and health-related experts who serve as ambassadors and positive role models for kids and parents. As a FIT team member, they will attend grassroots fitness events, promote valuable fitness information and continue to make good healthy life choices.” Some of the cool resources offered by the Fit Team can be found: Youtube – Fit Videos Pick Your Workout contains workout resources for adults, kids and families. No Kid Hungry Power Breakfast Recipes The site is filled with resources and information. My hope is that the Fit Team provides you with something you need to encourage your kids to exercise and eat...

Begin the New Year with These 3 Eat Well Tip Sheets from Let’s Move!

Everyone loves first lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! Initiative. What’s not to love about a movement to get us moving, especially our children? Childhood obesity is a growing concern as is adult obesity. I believe we should begin this New Year with a resolution to make healthier choices in our homes, and Mrs. Obama and others have provided us with some tools and resources to make healthier food choices for our families. Concerned about purchasing healthy foods on a budget? Well, Choose My Plate provides this wonderful guide, Eating on a Budget – The 3 P’s, that provides practical advice. Need some guidance on choosing the right produce for a balanced meal? Ten Tips for Affordable Vegetables and Fruits is awesome for answering those hard questions. Who likes to count calories? I don’t and if you’re like me, then coming up with menus is even harder when counting calories. Once again, there is help with this guide to Sample Menus for a 2000 Food Pattern. Scour the site for more useful information as well as print these tip sheets out and keep them handy in the kitchen or wherever you plan your family’s...

Books: Teaching Our Children about Careers

What did you want to be when you were four years old? How about when you were 10 years old? If you are like most adults, as children the career you said you wanted to do was guided by what you’d seen in books or on television. Maybe someone in the family or the neighborhood did something that fascinated you enough to say, “When I grow up I want to be a —!” It is never too early to expose children to careers, especially those careers that make our lives better like nursing, law or something like construction. Christianbook.com has a great catalog of books for both parents and children. Here are some I found that could help you begin a reading program that engages and inspires questions about career choices in young ones. For parents I found Achieving Your Dreams: Starting Early to Help African American Children Develop a Vision of Their Dream Careers by Cajetan Ngozika Ihewulezi (Tate Publishing, 2009). There is also a similar book for Latino American children. Want to read to your small one? Lyle at the Office is a book by Bernard Waber that follows the work adventures of the Lyle the crocodile as he takes a job at an advertising agency. Do you have a tween? Anastasia’s Chosen Career by Lois Lowry seems like a winner. This fiction book is about a 7th grader who has to do an assignment requiring research into careers. Here are a few more books I found interesting from other sources. Career Day by Anne Rockwell The Berenstain Bears: Jobs Around Town Richard Scarry’s What Do People...

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