Helen Keller Hospital wants kids to be Healthy!

Below are some healthy tips for children:

As fall approaches, school has started, and everyone is settling back into routines, it is important to remember healthy lifestyle habits.

Here are a few ways to help you stay healthy!
1. Eat at least one meal a day as a family - with school, work, after school activities, and more, it is hard to be able to sit down and eat as a family. Talk to the people in your house about making it a priority to either sit down for a quick breakfast or set a time to sit down for dinner. This will ensure that you are all making healthy choices during that time of the day!

2. Get outside and get involved - whether it is an after school sport or just taking a walk in the evening, make sure you are getting out and getting exercise. This can be another way to involve the whole family!

3. Turn off the technology - Make an active choice to not go straight to a screen when you have downtime. This time is great for a family activity or learning a new hobby!

4. Ask to participate in meal planning - Let your parents know that you want to help with meal planning and prep. Go grocery shopping and choose healthy options!

5. Extracurricular activities - This gives you a chance to make new friends, explore new skills & talents, and increase your self-confidence.



the Best Part of Your Back to School Routine!

As you start back to school, there are a lot of things to remember. Here is one that you shouldn't forget - BREAKFAST!

Breakfast is a great start to your day. It gives the body the refueling it needs. Kids who eat breakfast tend to eat healthier overall and are more likely to participate in physical activities.

Skipping breakfast can make you feel tired, restless or irritable. Breakfast can help you keep your weight in check. It kick-starts your metabolism, the process by which the body converts food to energy.

What you eat is important, too. Pick foods rich in whole grains, fiber, and protein. Limit sugary foods. Here are some suggestions for healthy breakfast ideas:
whole-grain cereal with fruit and yogurt
whole-grain waffles with peanut butter or fruit
peanut butter on a whole-grain bagel
breakfast smoothies
veggie omelets
bran muffin and yogurt

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day!!!

Get Outside and Play!

This summer, don't sit inside in front of a screen. Get outside!

Here are some fun ideas to get you off the couch!
Ask a parent for an old sheet and some paint. Make some art
     on the lawn!
Reading a book? Take it outside and read under the shade of
     a tree.
Make a bike obstacle course and get your friends to play
     along. Consult an adult to make sure everything is safe.
Get the sidewalk chalk and draw! To make it even better,
     draw chalk games (like hopscotch) to get moving!
Go on a nature scavenger hunt. Make a list of things to spot
     and find. Get a group together to hunt!
Have a neighborhood parade! Get costumes, bikes, wagons,
     etc. and parade down the street. Make sure you have adult
Help your parents in the garden.
Start a lemonade stand.
Have a bike wash for other kids in the neighborhood.
Dont' forget the sunscreen!!!

Have fun!!!

Summer is here!

School is out and it's time for some SUMMER FUN!

Here are a few tips to keep you safe and healthy this summer!
Be heat aware - take breaks when playing outside, drink lots
     of water, and find a shady place to play.
Use sunscreen. Have an adult help you apply.
Make sure you have a chaperone when playing in or around
When playing outside, be aware of poison ivy. Remember
     "leaves of three, let them be!"
Avoid the direct sunlight during the brightest parts of the
     day - between 10 a.m. & 4 p.m.
It might be tempting to stay inside and play video games,
     but summer is a great time to get out and get exercise. Just
     use heat and sun safety precautions!
Instead of ice cream, opt for healthier snacks like fruit!
Talk to your parents about how to protect yourselves from
     ticks and mosquitoes!


Get Out and Play!

Get out and play - Tips for healthy fun alone and with friends
No matter the time of year, if you are by yourself, or if you are with friends, there's always a way to be physically active and have fun!

If you are alone:
Ride your bike or grab your skateboard and get moving (Don't forget your bike helmet!)

Jumping rope is a great way to get exercise!
( Challenge yourself and see how many times you can jump before you miss. )

Other things you can do when it's just you:
Practice hopscotch
See how long you can hop on one foot
Do jumping jacks

When you are with a friend:
Play ping-pong or tennis.
Have a handstand contest!
Invent dances to your favorite songs.

When there are a lot of you:
Have a skateboarding contest or play tag!
There are a lot of things you can do as a group including Baseball, Softball, Basketball, Soccer, Volleyball are great group games!!!

What to do when it is hot outside?
Swimming is great exercise! Make sure there's an adult around to watch you. No matter what you do outside when it is hot, make sure you drink LOTS of water!

Start Your Day the Healthy Way

Start Your Day the Healthy Way
It is very important to start off your day with a good breakfast. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. A healthy breakfast is a great way to give the body the refueling it needs after a night's sleep. Choose healthy breakfast options like fruit and grains over donuts and sweet breakfast pastries!

A delicious and nutritious breakfast is a great start to your day!!!!!

Here are some healthy breakfast ideas:
Whole grain cereal topped with fruit and yogurt
Whole grain waffles topped with peanut butter
breakfast smoothies (with lots of fruit and veggies)
Veggie Omelets

Make Being Healthy Your New Year's Resolution!

Healthy New Year's Resolutions
Make Healthy Food Choices - Grab healthy snacks, such as fruits, nuts or low-fat cheese

Drink Plenty of Water

Wash your hands!

Be Active - Get moving, whether playing a sport or dancing!

Get Enough Sleep!

Protect Yourself From Injury - Wear a helmet & protective Equipment

Eating Health During the Holidays

Holiday healthy eating habits
The holiday season is full of yummy food. With all of these tasty treats around, it might seem impossible to eat healthy. You don't have to let healthy eating habits slide just because it is holiday time!

HERE ARE SOME TIPS to help you and your family stay on track with healthy eating habits during the holiday season!

HAVE A HEALTHY SNACK before you go to a party or a big dinner. Snacking on fruit, raw veggies, or whole grain crackers will help you eat less at the event!

When you are at that holiday party, CHOOSE HEALTHIER FOODS, SUCH AS VEGGIES OR FRUITS.

It takes your brain some time to signal that you are full, so wait 10-15 minutes before going back for seconds. This will keep you from overeating!

Just say "NO!". It's not rude to say no to food. If you aren't hungry, don't be pressured to eat.

Everything is okay in moderation. Small portions of holiday goodies like fudge, cookies, etc. is okay. DON'T OVERDO IT!

When you are cooking with your parents, CHOOSE LOW-FAT AND LOW-CALORIE RECIPES.