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Winter
8 Ways to Encourage Physical Activity this Winter
01/04/2019
As we head into the freezing cold Minnesota winter season, our children often struggle to find ways to stay active. Avoid the urge to snuggle in a blanket and watch movies every night! Physical activity has many health benefits –muscle strength, heart health, flexibility and coordination. Let’s set the bar higher this winter and get moving! Instilling a healthy lifestyle in childhood will roll over into adulthood. Here are a few activities that you might not think of as “exercise” that your family can try this winter!
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Got Milk? Why Dairy is important for Children
12/11/2018
Consuming dairy is important for bone health, as it provides the necessary nutrients - calcium, potassium, vitamin D, and protein – for building bones and teeth. Childhood and adolescence are critical periods to encourage a diet with adequate dairy intake, as the body is continually building bone mass. By age 30, the bones will reach their maximum strength and density, as known as peak bone mass. Not eating enough dairy can put children at increased risk of osteoporosis later in life, as well as cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and high blood pressure.
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Person Eating
Breakfast Power Plays
09/12/2018
School is back in session! Let’s jump-start the year by eating a healthy breakfast each day. Feeling too crunched for time in the morning? The Breakfast Power Plays won’t slow you down. In fact, these quick meals will boost alertness and brain power, which can lead to better school performance. Step up to the plate and try these out!
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Farmers Market
Dude, Where’s the Food?
06/04/2018
Summer is right around the corner, which means kids are at home, and are hungry. Where can families get affordable healthy food?
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Family at play
"Play is the Highest Form of Research" - Albert Einstein
05/11/2018
A family that plays together stays together but can also be much more happy and healthy. For many families, play is the missing ingredient that glues the family together. What can you do to introduce more play into your family routine?
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Healthy Eye
20-20-20
04/12/2018
20-20-20 Rule The 20-20-20 rule, what does this mean and why is it important? Every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break and focus your eyes on something at least 20 feet away. It’s a simple rule to follow to promote eye health. Screens are a large part of our lives, so taking measures to keep our eyes healthy and strong should be a top priority.
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Family Meals
How to Have Better Family Meals at All Ages
03/20/2018
Between school, work, hockey games and band practice, how is a family ever supposed to sit down and enjoy a home-cooked dinner at six o’clock at night? The former idea of a family meal does not always apply to our societies’ hectic and busy schedules. However, research shows that eating family meals can have a large impact on a child’s social, emotional and physical health, as well as performance in school. So how can we achieve this lofty goal? Between school, work, hockey games and band practice, how is a family ever supposed to sit down and enjoy a home-cooked dinner at six o’clock at night? The former idea of a family meal does not always apply to our societies’ hectic and busy schedules. However, research shows that eating family meals can have a large impact on a child’s social, emotional and physical health, as well as performance in school. So how can we achieve this lofty goal? Click here to find out more.
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A+ Report Card
Six Ways to Get More A's
02/15/2018
Does a child’s health impact their grades in school? YES! What can students do to improve their health and grades? Consuming at least one fruit and one vegetable daily and not drinking sugary beverages are just a few. Click here to find out the other three tips!
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To Be Healthy as a Whole, Mental Wellness Plays a Role
01/10/2018
What affects how we act, learn, work, communicate, relationships with others and how we feel about ourselves? Our mental health. Good mental health is a key component to living a healthy life, and it’s often overlooked. What can we do as parents to improve our children’s and our own mental health?
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Nuts and Fruit
Protein Power
12/14/2017
What’s the secret to a snack that has staying power and will help you and your kids last between meals, school, work and all of the extracurricular activities?? Protein! This nutrient is a hunger-busting powerhouse because it slows digestion, keeps blood sugar steady and helps keep cravings at bay.
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This page is sponsored by the Farmington Area Public Schools Wellness Committee with support from Dakota County Public Health and the Statewide Health Improvement Partnership. 

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