SAFE CAMPING

Some people love the great outdoors and are willing to pitch a tent in the nearest glade and set up a rustic campsite. Other people prefer to camp with all the comforts of home in an RV or trailer. (This is often called “glamping.”) Whatever your preference, being prepared is essential for a safe and successful camping trip.  “Being prepared for emergency situations is critical when people are out in remote areas with limited access to phone service, hospitals and emergency help,” said Don Lauritzen.

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LET YOUR KIDS STOP AND SMELL THE ROSES AT THE ARBORETUM

Are you looking for something that can provide your children a very special opportunity? Something that at the same time will allow them to experience stimulating sensations? The place you seek is right here in Lexington on the campus of the University of Kentucky. The Arboretum is Kentucky’s state botanical garden and includes the Home Demonstration Garden, the Rose Garden and the Fragrance Garden.  Start your exploration with a stop at the Dorotha Smith Oatts Visitor Center, which is open Monday through Friday....

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KEEPING KIDS ACTIVE IN THE SUMMER

Kids these days are heading down the path leading to a sedentary lifestyle, and that makes it important for adults to spark a passion for activity in them. This will keep their bodies, brains and development on track. Summer is the right time to get them moving.

Here are five ways to encourage your kids to live and love an active and healthier lifestyle outdoors.

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are eating enough fruits and vegetables is to serve a variety of colors at each meal. For example, blueberries, carrots and red bell peppers are all different colors and they are all good for your overall health.


Replace at least half of the refined grains such as pasta, bread and rice with whole-grain foods. Serve whole-grain cereals and bread; these are high in fiber and include quinoa, popcorn, whole-wheat bread, oatmeal and brown rice. Limit refined grains and try to eat more bran.


When it’s snack time, offer healthy alternatives such as pears, sliced apples and celery sticks or whole-grain bread served with peanut butter, low-fat cheese or soynut butter. Instead of cake or cookies, snack on unsweetened, fat-free yogurt or sugar-free ice pops. Choose fruits and vegetables instead of chips or French fries.


Get outside in the sun with your child to improve vitamin D levels naturally. Aim for at least one hour of active play daily, and limit TV, computer, cell phone and video game time to no more than one or two hours a day.

A healthy, nutritious diet helps children grow and learn. It also helps prevent weight-related diseases, such as diabetes and obesity. Children need different amounts of specific nutrients at different ages. They need to eat three meals daily and have healthy snacks in between. The more active your child is, the more calories he or she needs. Here are some ways to encourage your child to follow a nutritious diet:


•  Limit junk food and fast food. Choose baked chips, unbuttered popcorn and pretzels instead.

•  Use less fat, salt and sugar. Substitute healthy cooking oils such as canola for butter or margarine.

•  Offer fat-free milk or water instead of sugary fruit drinks and sodas. If you child likes juice, ensure it is 100 percent juice without any added sugars.

•  Serve more low-fat milk and milk products such as fat-free yogurt or try soy drinks enriched with calcium and vitamin D if your child cannot digest lactose.

•  Steam, boil, broil or grill food instead of frying them.

•  Serve fresh, frozen or canned salmon, light tuna and shrimp.

•  Choose healthy proteins such as eggs, nuts and lean meats.


Make sure half of what is on your child’s plate consists of fruits and vegetables. A fun, easy and tasty way to ensure your children

HELP YOUR CHILDREN GROW AND LEARN

HARLEENA SINGH

Harleena Singh is a professional freelance writer with a background in teaching and education. She has a keen interest in food and health related issues and can be approached through her website freelancewriter.co. Checkout her blog and network with her on Google+, Twitter, and Facebook.

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Involve your children in meal planning and preparation. Together you can cook large batches of stew or soup and freeze them as a time saver. This helps teach children healthy ways of cooking.


Sit down and eat with your child. Family meals eaten together help you bond better. Do not eat in front of the TV and have everyone put their phones away so you can have a conversation.


Every small change in your family’s eating habits and physical activity can have a huge impact on your children’s health.