Did you know that a diet with lots of sugar in it as has a number of adverse health effects. So, in addition to getting out to PLAY 60, you should really lay off the sweet stuff.
Sugar Makes You Sick
Sugar weakens you immune system. And nobody wants a weakened immune system.
Sugar Harms Your Teeth
Sugar leads to tooth decay. So, unless you enjoy trips to the dentist you should eat healthier.
Do you know other cool ways to cut down on sugar? Post a comment and share it with the rest of us.
Need a cool snack? Use a blender to blend your favorite fruits with some low-fat, or fat free yogurt. Pour it in to small paper cups or popsicle molds. Add a popsicle stick and freeze for at least 8 hours to make a delicious popsicle to help cool you down in the summer heat!
At one time or another we have all asked ourselves the same question: What would Robert Griffin III look like if he was made of chicken?
Well, wonder no more becuase here he is made of than 300 pieces of Subway chicken. The three-foot tall statue was part of an event to honor it's newest endorser. You may remember Ndamukong Suh's staute of meat from last year (click here to take a look).
Go check out the national finalists in the Physical Activity Skit Challenge at www.fueluptoplay60.com and vote for your favorite!
By Sue A. James, MS, RD, LDN
Even kids benefit by including heart healthy foods in their diets. There are lots of choices when it comes to eating. Choose to eat nutritious foods that will provide energy and protect the heart. What are the best heart healthy foods?
Vegetables – choose a variety and eat 4 to 5 servings a day. Some popular vegetables are green beans, broccoli, carrots, and spinach. Eat one large serving a day for extra vitamins.
Fruit – eat 4 to 5 servings a day. Choose to eat a variety of fruit with different colors—blueberries, oranges, strawberries and kiwi. Eat a different color of fruit at each meal and snack.
Whole Grains – eat at least 3 servings a day. Whole grains add fiber and B vitamins. Eat whole grain breads and bagels. Try brown rice and whole wheat pasta for dinner tonight!
Fish and Seafood – eat 2 servings a week. This does not include fish sticks. Try some salmon, tilapia, or haddock for a heart healthy protein option.
Dairy Foods – Drink or eat 3 servings a day. The calcium and vitamin D is not only important for growing kids, they keep your bones strong. Drink one glass of fat free milk or eat low fat yogurt at meals.
Nuts and Seeds – Eat 4 servings a week. Nuts and sunflower seeds are rich in healthy fats and vitamins. Limit the portion of peanuts, almonds and sunflower seeds since they are high in calories but include them weekly since they contain healthy fats.
Go to www.choosemyplate.gov for more information on healthy eating and nutritious food choices.
Red, green, and yellow apples are picked and ready for eating this fall. Apples are fiber and nutrient rich. Go to the grocery store and pick your favorite apple for eating today. Carry an apple for lunch or a snack after school. Here are some of the reasons to Fall for Apples now...
- Fiber: An apple has two types of fiber. One type of fiber helps digestion and the other type helps the heart stay healthy.
- Antioxidants: An apple contains antioxidants which protect the body from getting sick
- Lots of energy: An apples is rich in carbohydrates. Carbohydrates provide fuel for the muscles and the brain.
- Low in fat, cholesterol, and sodium: An apple is naturally low in fat, cholesterol and sodium. It is a healthy snack choice.
Remember to wash an apple before eating. They spray apples with a wax to keep them crisp and moist. It is the same type of wax that they use on chocolate candies to keep them fresh and edible. It washes off easily. Fall for Apples and enjoy every nutritious bite today!
By Sue A. James, MS, RD, LDN