As a parent, putting healthy food on the table is one of your top priorities. Our week three National Nutrition Month tips can help you do that without breaking the bank or causing you extra stress.
Here are some tips to get you started:
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By Sam Kass, Executive Director of Let’s Move!
In the midst of a growing epidemic, First Lady Michelle Obama created the Let’s Move! initiative in 2010 to help kids grow up healthy and have the opportunity to live up to their boundless potential. Since then, Mrs. Obama has encouraged families across the nation to make healthy eating and staying active a top priority.
Four years later, parents, teachers, local leaders, and faith-based organizations have come together in communities across the country to support the health of all kids, and we’re already seeing results. March is National Nutrition Month, which gives us an opportunity to focus on ways to eat better and move more.
First Lady Michelle Obama harvests vegetables with students in the White House Kitchen Garden on the South Lawn, May 28, 2013 (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)
This March, bring healthy to your community with these fun tips, tools, and activities:
Eat Healthy! Let’s Move! offers parents and kids the support and information they need to make healthy choices. An easy tool to use, MyPlate is a quick visual reminder to make healthy food choices. Make half your plate fruits and vegetables! And, eating healthy doesn’t have to cost more. Click here to find out how to eat healthy on a budget or try some new healthy recipes!
Start Your Own Garden! In 2009, the First Lady broke ground on the White House Kitchen Garden with students from Washington DC’s Bancroft Elementary School. In the four years since it began, the Garden has produced hundreds of pounds of food, fed the First Family and visiting dignitaries, and supported local food pantries. To learn how to start your own garden, click here. Or, visit a garden near you to spend a day with your family at a Let’s Move! Garden for ideas on how to model your own garden at home or at school.
Get Active! To stay healthy, all kids need at least 60 minutes of play before, during, and after school. Let’s Move! Active Schools helps champions create active environments that enable all kids to get moving. Sign your school up today!
Incorporating a nutritious diet into our daily routine is key to leading a happy and healthy life. Follow Let’s Move!, HHS, and USA.gov’s lead during National Nutrition Month by providing your family with the nutrients they need to reach their full potential.
For more information about Let’s Move!, visit our website at www.letsmove.gov.
Identity theft is a commonly discussed topic for adults, and most know they can monitor their credit reports and receive fraud warnings when someone is attempting to use one of their accounts.
However, child identity theft is something most people don’t think about, but it can happen to anyone just as easily. Because parents and guardians don’t have open credit reports for their children, they don’t expect to need to check on any possible fraud.
Identity thieves can use a child’s identity to get a job, obtain government benefits, medical care and other financial loans.
How to Prevent It
You can help prevent child identity theft by safely storing all documents with your child’s personal information. This includes their date of birth, Social Security number and birth certificate.
Only share their personal information with people you trust, and when entering it online, make sure you are using a secure internet connection. Also check with your child’s school to see who has access to their personal information. Openly discuss with your child the importance of keeping personal information safe.
Properly dispose of all materials that contain your child’s personal information. Shred letters, forms and other papers that include this information. You should also permanently delete this information off any electronic devices before getting rid of them. Treat the safety of their personal information just as you would your own.
Learn more about child identity theft and how to spot it. (PDF)
Image description: A young girl listens while her military-duty family member reads aloud a children’s book on television, prerecorded onto DVD from her place of deployment. April is the Month of the Military Child. Approximately 225,000 military children have a parent who is currently deployed. More than 700,000 children have experienced the deployment of one or more parents since 2001. Learn about resources for military families.
Image courtesy of the U.S. Army.