GOING GLUTEN-FREE

Gluten is a particular kind of protein that is not found in eggs or meat but is in barley, rye, wheat and triticale (a cross between wheat and rye). Going gluten-free means avoiding these grains. A gluten-free diet is essential for those who have celiac disease, a condition that causes inflammation in the small intestines, or gluten allergies.  Symptoms of celiac disease include anemia, constipation or diarrhea, bloating, gas, headaches, skin rashes, joint pain and fatigue.

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A DIET FOR HEALTH & WEIGHT LOSS

Have you noticed? Look around and you’ll see a majority of Americans who are either overweight or obese. Look in supermarkets and you’ll see a plethora of food products, many of them processed or high-fat and/or sweet laden.  Consuming such a diet often leads to poor health and weight gain. It is not surprising that the leading cause of death in the United States is heart disease. A number of diseases, including pre-diabetes, diabetes, stroke and depression, are linked to how we eat .....

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ANTIBIOTICS IN OUR FOOD

Just what is in the food we eat? Considering the food chain, did you know adding antibiotics to food dates back to the 1940s? Antibiotic use has led to a dramatic reduction in illness and death from infectious diseases, yet there is a downside to this practice. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and others encourage health care professionals and patients to use antibiotics more wisely and seek education and understanding about both the risks and benefits of using them.

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3. Educational tour of the zoo, aquarium and local parks

These kinds of visits will help your kids learn about different animals, parks, fish and more. They can write down all that they observe and learn in a journal or take photos or make drawings. Even visiting the local farmers’ market can benefit your kids. They can meet the farmers and learn where their food comes from. Ask the farmers if they open their farms to visitors so your kids can learn even more.


4. Plant a garden of herbs and vegetables

Besides being a cheap, long-term summer activity, gardening will teach your kids all about herbs and vegetables. They will be proud of their garden as it grows, though they will need the guidance of an adult, and relish tasting their produce.


5. Just be with your kids

Get together with your kids and be active with them. The National Summer Learning Association recommends playing a sport at the local park, going for a walk or creating a scavenger hunt. Play follow the leader or hide and seek with your kids. You can even plan a family picnic right in your back yard, which can be a nice change for everyone. After eating, have fun playing a board game together.

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.


1. Summer camps

Enroll your kids in local summer camps and programs. This is a great way to get them acquainted with the outdoors. Different organizations offer day and overnight camps, but be prepared to shell out some extra cash for private summer camps.


2. Baby pool or water sprinkler

If your kids are still too small to go to the local swimming pool, you can install an inflatable pool in your back yard that is just their size. Sprinklers add to the enjoyment of cooling off in the summertime heat. Let your kids bring out cups, bowls, scoops, pitchers and anything else they can use to catch and pour water.

KEEPING KIDS ACTIVE IN THE SUMMER

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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A tea party can be a good activity, too. The kids can participate in assembling the sandwiches and small snacks. Let them take out their tea sets and have fun serving you.


Some more way to make learning fun with your kids includes building things together or volunteering at an animal shelter or other such places. The sky is the limit to keeping your kids active this summer. The more time they spend outdoors, the better it is for their overall development.