Copy-Kids

We all know kids can sometimes copy what they see or hear, sometimes they copy things we don’t want them to.  However what if they copied something we wanted them to– like eating healthy foods!

Copy-Kids does just that, it displays happy children making healthy choices and this will for sure entice your littles to do the same.  I sat with my now 4 year-old son and watched Copy-Kids and he asked “Mama do we have some veggies for me to eat?”  I have to be honest, because we needed to go shopping all I had in my fridge was tomatoes & mixed salad.

I let him know what we only had tomatoes and lettuce,  and he said “sure, that’s fine.”  {Okay my boy is a veggie lover so this wasn’t a big surprise}   I got a little snack size bowl and gave him his mini salad.  My son sat down eating his healthy snack watching the children on the televison eat their yummy veggies and fruits.

I was even eager to eat veggies… no truly after watching the video we went grocery shopping!  I just had HAD to buy avocados, after seeing the kids on Copy-Kids eat avocados…. I NEEDED an avocado.  I believe this DVD would be perfect for the  littles ages 1-3.  Children learn by example and if you want your children to start out eating healthy this would be perfect.

 

Former Miss Venezuela Loses Her Battle to Breast Cancer

The former Miss Venezuela Eva Ekvall has lost her battle to breast cancer at the young age or 28.  Ekvall has been fighting breast cancer for two years– she found out she had breast cancer after giving birth to her daughter.  Ekvall’s battle has been closely watched by many Venezuelans, Ekvall wrote a book through the process “Fuera de Foco” which translates “Out of Focus”.

 

The book has candid pictures of the beauty queen and emails to family and loved ones.  Ekvall, died in Houston leaving behind her husband John Fabio Bermudez,  2-year-old daughter, and parents. The passing of Eva Ekvall is just another reminder how precious life is, we all need to take our health seriously– this holiday take time for yourself.  Our hearts and thoughts are with Eva’s family.

 

What’s your kids’ cereal packing?

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A new study by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) has discovered many children’s cereal pack more sugar than….. a TWINKIE!  With the growing number of childhood obesity the EWG decided to see if cereal makers were following government proposed guidelines.  The EWG however found that only one in four children’s cereals meets the government panel’s voluntary proposed guidelines, which recommend no more than 26 percent added sugar by weight (EWG, 2011).

Are you afraid that what you are serving your children this morning may be on the list of worst sugary cereals?

Per EWG’s findings:

10 Worst Children’s Cereals

Based on percent sugar by weight

1.) Kellogg’s Honey Smacks 55.6%
2.) Post Golden Crisp 51.9%
3.) Kellogg’s Fruit Loops Marshmallow 48.3%
4.) Quaker Oats Cap’n Crunch’s OOPS! All Berries 46.9%
5.) Quaker Oats Cap’n Crunch Original 44.4%
6.) Quaker Oats Oh!s 44.4%
7.) Kellogg’s Smorz 43.3%
8.) Kellogg’s Apple Jacks 42.9%
9.) Quaker Oats Cap’n Crunch’s Crunch Berries 42.3%
10.) Kellogg’s Fruit Loops Original 41.4%

Some cereals are better than others. Nutrition expert Marion Nestle recommends:

  • Cereals with a short ingredient list (added vitamins and minerals are okay).
  • Cereals high in fiber.
  • Cereals with little or no added sugars (added sugars are ingredients such as honey, molasses, fruit juice concentrate, brown sugar, corn sweetener, sucrose, lactose, glucose, high-fructose corn syrup and malt syrup).

Please tell us what you think.

Do you think the sugar in these cereals have an effect on children’s behavior for the rest of the day?  Should there be a change or should parents monitor children’s consumption?

 

Sesame Street cares– Food For Thought

Sesame Street has always advocated for children’s growth and safety. Sesame Street is still making a difference everyday with children’s education, but they have added making sure children eat to their list of advocacy.  Sadly in the United States 1 in 6 Americans struggle with hunger.  Hunger is a growing epidemic and Sesame Street wants to educate viewers how to eat in troubling times.

Per Sesame Street:

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: EATING WELL ON A BUDGET is a bilingual, multimedia program designed to help support families who have children between the ages of 2 and 8 and are coping with uncertain or limited access to affordable and nutritious food.

 

The program provides videos to educate viewers on the growing increase in hunger and ways to get food on the table; as well as games to educate children on healthy foods.  The viewer will also learn how to eat healthy on a limited budget.

Lilly is a new muppet introduced who is struggling with hunger and gets food from her local food pantry, she helps to inform Elmo of what a food pantry is.  You will also view the struggles of real families facing hunger such as single father John and his three beautiful children.  The stories of these families are quite enlightening and need to be shared—this is what the United States is facing.  Please go check out Food For Thought.

Giuliana Rancic makes a shocking announcement

Monday October 17th Giuliana Rancic of E! News and star of her own reality show Giuliana & Bill, went live on air to make a shocking announcement.  Many thought perhaps she was going to share news of a baby, since her reality show has chronicled her journey of trying to become a mother. Giuliana & Bill’s season finale left viewers wondering if their third attempt with in vitro fertilization would work.

This morning on Today Giuliana gave this statement:

“Through my attempt to get pregnant for the third time, we sadly found out that I have early stages of breast cancer. It’s been a shock. A lot of people have been asking, we saw that you went and got IVF, are you pregnant? But sadly, we’ve had to put that off.”

Giuliana is only 36 years old, and did not think she needed a mammogram.  Her doctor urged her to get a mammogram before trying to become pregnant.  Thankfully Giuliana and her doctor caught this in the early stages.  The Tots to Teens Family wishes Giuliana, Bill and their family the best– we know she will beat this battle.

 

 

When is the last time you sanitized your cellphone?

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After reading this you will want to make sure you do so TODAY.  Researches from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and Queen Mary, University of London tested 390 samples from different cities and found:

  • Although 95 per cent of people said they washed their hands with soap where possible, 92 per cent of phones and 82 per cent of hands had bacteria on them.
  • 16 per cent of hands and 16 per cent of phones were found to harbour E. coli bacteria that are associated with stomach upsets.
  • Those who had bacteria on their hands were three times as likely to have bacteria on their phones.

(CBC News,2011)

Yuck!  Now go grab your phone and give it a nice little wipe down.