Healthier Moms – Sister Friends Together http://www.sisterfriends-together.org/ Thu, 17 Nov 2022 07:58:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://www.sisterfriends-together.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/default1.png Healthier Moms – Sister Friends Together http://www.sisterfriends-together.org/ 32 32 Crack the code for healthy eating! https://www.sisterfriends-together.org/crack-the-code-for-healthy-eating/ Thu, 17 Nov 2022 07:50:39 +0000 https://www.sisterfriends-together.org/crack-the-code-for-healthy-eating/ Source Name: HT School Category name: General Lupine Aptivate Achchi Bhook School Foodie Quiz 2022: Crack the code to healthy eating! Updated: 17/11/2022 India’s biggest food quiz ended with a resounding success on November 5 This quiz was meant to encourage kids to adopt healthy eating and mindful eating New Delhi […]]]>

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Lupine Aptivate Achchi Bhook School Foodie Quiz 2022: Crack the code to healthy eating!

Updated: 17/11/2022

India’s biggest food quiz ended with a resounding success on November 5

This quiz was meant to encourage kids to adopt healthy eating and mindful eating

New Delhi (India), November 17: A food quiz is an innovative way to help children adopt healthy eating habits, thanks to the curiosity it arouses in them for the world of kitchens. With this in mind, Lupin’s Aptivate – Natural Appetite Stimulant has partnered with HT School and Slurrp to host the 2022 Lupin Aptivate Achchi Bhook School Foodie Quiz. Designed for students in grades 1-6, this is of India’s largest food quiz. “A quiz for children, focusing on food, was a great initiative. This is in line with our brand vision of helping mothers feed their children nutritious, home-cooked foods and build appetites for the right kind of nutritious foods,” says Anil Kaushal, Head of Lupine Consumer Healthcare. Business.

The quiz was split into two rounds: the preliminaries, held asynchronously online on November 30, and the finals, hosted over Zoom on November 5 and moderated by three prolific quiz masters from across the country, Dr. Navin Jayakumar, Mr. Avinash Mudaliar and M. Meghashyam. Chirodkar. The winners of this quiz, which saw more than 10,000 entries from across the country in the preliminary round, will be announced on November 9 on the official website.

“We are thrilled to be part of a quiz that has had such massive turnout. Also, the participants’ overflowing enthusiasm and knowledge about food and its various aspects made us all the more motivated to work harder. towards our Aptivate brand vision of building the acchi bhook – the hunger for nutritious homemade food. Our association with this quiz has given us a better direction towards that goal. I’m sure kids and moms alike he team learned a lot of amazing and fun food facts on this trip,” says Kaushal.

The Lupine Aptivate Achchi Bhook School Foodie Quiz 2022 has been designed to help children understand and enjoy the food they eat by taking them through a plethora of interesting facts. This nationwide team quiz, which allowed children and parents to play together, strengthened their bond while taking them on a journey through the captivating world of food. The icing on the cake is of course the prizes worth 2.5 lakh up for grabs. In addition, all participants will receive digital certificates of participation.

Lupin’s Aptivate as a brand is committed to developing acchi bhook in children so that they have healthy growth during the growing years. It is an Ayurvedic syrup that helps develop the appetite and allows moms to offer healthier, homemade alternatives. A journey through the world of kitchens and an insight into the different aspects of food through a quiz is the right step in this direction. That’s why the Lupine Aptivate Achchi Bhook School Foodie Quiz 2022 has covered topics like cuisines of the world, science behind food, different types of diets, food and nutrition, food sources, facts foods, food groups, Ayurvedic foods, diet and health, food history. , and the origin of food.

(Disclaimer: The above press release is provided to you under an agreement with PNN. PTI takes no editorial responsibility for it.)

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Healthy snacks that even the pickiest teens will enjoy https://www.sisterfriends-together.org/healthy-snacks-that-even-the-pickiest-teens-will-enjoy/ Mon, 14 Nov 2022 16:00:00 +0000 https://www.sisterfriends-together.org/healthy-snacks-that-even-the-pickiest-teens-will-enjoy/ The health of our children is the top priority for most parents, and it doesn’t stop when they run out of diapers. It is likely that mothers will continue to worry about their child’s health when they all become teenagers and beyond. While teens are more independent and are beginning to make most decisions on […]]]>

The health of our children is the top priority for most parents, and it doesn’t stop when they run out of diapers. It is likely that mothers will continue to worry about their child’s health when they all become teenagers and beyond.


While teens are more independent and are beginning to make most decisions on their own, mothers may still be preoccupied with their food choices. This is especially true if they are still picky eaters. Moms may fear filling their bodies with unhealthy choices, which can have health consequences.

She may be looking for healthy snacks that her teenagers will approve of, which may mean playing with their tastes. Take what they already like and just tweak it to make it a little healthier. Although it may seem difficult, we have 10 examples to inspire moms.

RELATED: 10 Sweet And Simple Snack Ideas For Kids

10/10 Mini Muffins

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If your teen likes baking, you can make a batch of mini muffins and add a few healthy ingredients. According to Your Kids Table, this can be one of the best snacks because you can make a large batch and freeze the rest. You can add their favorite ingredients, but add sweet potatoes, zucchini, and even pumpkin.

9/10 Pop corn

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Popcorn looks like junk food, but it can also be a healthy snack. To make sure it’s a healthy snack, you’ll want to make your own, so maybe it’s time to invest in a popcorn maker, and your teens can have fun making it. their own and to play with different seasonings.

8/10 Snow pea crisps

A great way to give more vegetables is to present them in a way that appeals to a teenager who likes fries and other crispy things. Snow pea chips are great because they have good flavor and are crunchy. They are available at most grocery stores and come in a variety of flavors.

7/10 Yogurt popsicles

It’s a great snack for a hot day, and it’s close enough to ice cream to pass the tough test. All you have to do is freeze yogurt in popsicle molds and to make it even better you can add frozen fruit to the bottom. Your teens can create their own and customize them however they want.

6/10 Trail mix

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Trail mix is ​​a great choice because again, it’s something teens can make on their own. They can decide what’s in there. Now you want to make sure it’s not just candy and sugary items, so mom can pick out some options ahead of time for her teen to choose from. There can be sweet treats, but also nuts, granola, dried cereal and everything in between.

5/10 Apple and peanut butter

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It’s a great snack for a teenager who needs more protein. According to Healthline, apples and peanut butter go well together, and peanut butter is a great source of protein. Apples are incredibly healthy and both are pretty “safe” foods for a picky eater.

4/10 Homemade Granola Bars

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Granola bars are very healthy and can be filling. So it’s a great snack for teenagers who always seem to be hungry. There are a ton of recipes online, but you want to look for one that has oats, dates, cashews, and even chocolate. It will taste sweet, but keep them full for hours. This is another item they can help make themselves, and they can add whatever they want.

3/10 Fruit leathers

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Fruit is often considered a safe food for picky eaters, and that’s because it’s naturally sweet and appealing. According to Momables, there are tons of recipes online for fruit wraps, which are similar to fruit roll-ups, but much healthier. What’s great is that teens can pick the fruits they like, making them more likely to eat them.

2/10 Have fun with puff pastry

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Puff pastry is a great item for picky eaters, and it’s incredibly versatile. Mom can make them sweet or savory, depending on how her child feels and likes. Cheese is a popular topping, and most picky eaters love cheese. Get creative with dipping sauces, and the whole family will likely enjoy them.

1/10 snack bread

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Bread is an excellent product, because it is universal and can be made in many ways. If mom wants to make sure her teen has sweet bread he can eat. There are many sweet bread recipes, ranging from banana breads to pumpkin and zucchini recipes. You can even add chocolate or nuts to make it a bit more inviting.

Sources: Your Kids Table, Healthline, Momables

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Hands-on learning beyond the classroom https://www.sisterfriends-together.org/hands-on-learning-beyond-the-classroom/ Thu, 10 Nov 2022 16:00:46 +0000 https://www.sisterfriends-together.org/hands-on-learning-beyond-the-classroom/ Dietetics students at TCC gain real-world experience. You better watch what you eat! If you don’t, Christina Liew-Newville, Dietetic Technician Program Director for TCC South East, will. The same will be true for his students Deborah Johnson, Diana Moyo and Jennifer Adams. Oh, they may not be looking at you personally, but they and many […]]]>

Dietetics students at TCC gain real-world experience.

You better watch what you eat!

If you don’t, Christina Liew-Newville, Dietetic Technician Program Director for TCC South East, will. The same will be true for his students Deborah Johnson, Diana Moyo and Jennifer Adams.

Oh, they may not be looking at you personally, but they and many other dietetics students are spreading the message of healthy eating at sites around Tarrant County.

According to Johnson, students at some schools can take classes and take the exam to become a Registered Dietary Technician (DTR) without having any hands-on experience.

It’s not for TCC, where the focus isn’t just on the practice, but on the heart. The technician must have a thorough knowledge of diets and nutrition, of course, but must also be able to connect with their patients and clients. You don’t accomplish much by haranguing someone who is overweight or who lives on junk food.

Instead, students learn that obesity can be a symptom of underlying health or psychological issues. Moyo admitted to being critical at times “before I had all this information, but now I realize there are so many other reasons (besides overeating).”

“We’re not talking about restrictions and we feel like we want to restrict you,” Johnson said. “What we want is to help you discover a way of eating that makes your body healthier.”

That doesn’t necessarily mean healthy eating all day, every day, excluding the occasional sundae or grilled beef brisket. “The one thing we’re taught is that there’s a balance between food and life,” Johnson said. “You’re going to a birthday party or a graduation ceremony. It’s a matter of balance.

Students have many opportunities to contribute both their expertise and their empathy. On-site placements span three 16-week semesters – one for food, one for community and one for clinic – offering 450 hours of training. “We try to place them based on their interest and how far the site is from where they live,” Liew-Newville said.

This could be a hospital, food bank, daycare, home care facility, or public school cafeteria. Students spend two days a week per site for five to six weeks – enough time to gain general familiarity but not full immersion. “It sounds like you’re that new employee who hasn’t quite gone through all of the new employee training,” Adams said. “It’s a bit like being an intern.”

None of the three had done the clinical component, usually reserved for the last semester, so when asked to choose a favorite, they were limited to food and community experiences.

Moyo chose her service from Tarrant County’s WIC (Women, Infants, Children) program which provides services to pregnant, postpartum, and nursing women, as well as infants and children under 5 years of age. breastfeeding mothers and babies,” she said. “I can be with kids all day, so this was somewhere I wish I had more time,” she said. “I loved interacting with these people. After all, I was a mother and nursed four children.

Johnson opted for meals on wheels. “Their program is bigger and bigger than I thought,” she said. “Their whole process is flawless. I mean, they really have it all down. She went on to cite the organization’s frozen meal, pharmaceutical and pet programs, as well as a nutrition service that offers personal coaching.

Also, she says, the services are not limited to the elderly. “Maybe someone fell and broke their hip,” she said. “They may only be 40, but their whole family is in New York. Well, they’re going to be non-ambulatory for a while and may need some extra support.

Adams couldn’t choose between Texas A&M’s Agrilife program and a Mansfield ISD cafeteria. The first, she said, is “an expanded food and education program. The educators do a fantastic job of reaching everyone from kindergarten to the homeless population. It was remarkable to see the principles we learn in class being put into practice.

The school cafeteria, she says, practices — sometimes in a tight time frame — all the principles she learned in diet management classes. Every day, she said, was “boom, boom, boom,” checking inventory, preparing meals, serving meals and cleaning up so she was ready to do it all the next day.”

All three had a lifelong interest in food and nutrition, which brought them to the CBT program. Moyo’s curiosity led to extensive research on the internet and eventually to TCC’s website. “I didn’t know there was a dietetics program,” she says, “so when I found it, I thought it would be a way to learn the truth about food. Then I realized, “Oh, there’s a career in this.”

Johnson’s interest came from some of his own health issues. Her doctor put her on a diet, not only of drugs, but also of nutrients. “Then I started looking at different diet programs and saw that there was a way to turn what I had learned from research into a way to help others,” she said. .

Adams said she’s always been “a nutrition kid” and sees the TCC program as a good path toward her goal of establishing a private nutrition coaching practice. “It’s a huge market,” she says. “It’s remarkable how many people are looking for a coach. The idea is to take how a family eats and help the person doing the cooking or meal planning – and I hope that’s everyone – and teach them how to eat healthy and how to eat healthy n It’s not just salad every day, the rabbit food that most people think of, but it can be fun.

While Johnson and Moyo may be considering using a TCC degree as a stepping stone to bachelor’s and master’s degrees, Adams rules that out “for now.” She wants to use her background in business leadership, she said, “so I want to take all of these principles that I’m learning here and grow my own business.”

As dietetics students learn from their instructors and by spending time in the field, they also learn from each other. The department implemented a mentorship program this fall where incoming students are paired with those who have more experience and are able to answer questions and offer advice.

And the informal education doesn’t stop there. “People are constantly reaching out to other people in the program for advice,” Adams said. “So even though it’s not a formal process, we all tend to work together by mentoring each other. Everyone has a different perspective that can help me see things better.

“We’ve become a community,” Johnson added. “And one thing that I would like people to consider the program is that you are part of a small community within a large college. You are not alone in the sea.

“Most of the students in our program have a strong interest in nutrition, which is helping people with health issues,” Liew-Newville said. “They believe nutrition is important and they want to step in and have an impact. They want to teach people how to eat better so they can have a better life… a healthier life.

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After-school (screen-free) activities for tweens who like to be groomed https://www.sisterfriends-together.org/after-school-screen-free-activities-for-tweens-who-like-to-be-groomed/ Tue, 01 Nov 2022 16:00:00 +0000 https://www.sisterfriends-together.org/after-school-screen-free-activities-for-tweens-who-like-to-be-groomed/ For parents whose tweens like to keep things tidy, giving them chores is like giving them something fun to do. There’s nothing wrong with that, of course; it’s just that parents usually have the opposite problem. It’s not every day that you come across someone who enjoys cleaning, including adults. Tweens who like to be […]]]>

For parents whose tweens like to keep things tidy, giving them chores is like giving them something fun to do. There’s nothing wrong with that, of course; it’s just that parents usually have the opposite problem. It’s not every day that you come across someone who enjoys cleaning, including adults.


Tweens who like to be in charge of cleaning their room can also enjoy different cleaning activities. The great thing is that cleaning teaches and gives children a sense of responsibility and accountability. In the long run, instilling this duty in children at a young age can help them grow into capable, self-reliant adults. In fact, the University of Michigan conducted a study concluding that children who grew up in clean, organized homes may do better in school and at work.

Tweens are very capable. They can do so much more than when they were little. Pretty much any household chore adults can do, tweens can do too. However, they may need direction and guidance to ensure they are performing their duties properly.

For example, if a tween cleans the bathroom but doesn’t do it hygienically, that could be a teachable moment. Below is a list of activities tidy tweens can do after school, rather than being on their devices.

Related: After School Checklist for Middle Schoolers to Complete Before Dinner

10/10 Organize the bedroom closet

This may not seem like much to a child who already keeps their things clean, but sometimes a thorough cleaning helps. Purge the entire closet. They can choose clothes they no longer wear and/or position summer clothes in the back and winter clothes in the front. Wipe down shelves, if any. Some children may even want to coordinate the colors of their closets. Just get everything in a neat, dust-free way.

9/10 Dog brushing

Brushing the dog is indeed a cleaning activity. The better groomed the dogs are, the less hair falls on everything else. Even though they love their furry friend, do they like having their fur all over their clothes? Getting all the hair picked up/swept up afterwards is also important.

8/10 Clean the refrigerator

It’s a daunting task that doesn’t get enough done, but it’s the most important appliance in your home; your fridge. It needs constant maintenance, including a deep cleaning every 3-4 months, the USDA says. This means putting all food in a cooler, turning it off, removing shelves and drawers, and washing them with hot soapy water. While they’re putting things back together, they might want to check anything that’s past its expiration date.

7/10 Dusting

Dusting surfaces well is one thing. Add to these objects, the television, the top of the frames, the window sills, even the blinds could need to be dusted. Have your tween walk around with a dusting cloth and get it all.

6/10 Mopping the floor

Mopping the floor is a good time for a parent to step in with some advice. It’s more than just pushing a damp mop. In fact, it’s the worst cleaning technique according to the Public Medical Center. Pushing the mop without direction is what most people do, spreading dirty water and bacteria all around. The right way to clean:

  • Wet the mop
    : Immerse the mop head in the bucket of cleaning solution. Squeeze it to remove excess water.

  • Do figure 8s:
    Use figure 8 sweeping motions to cover the floor space.

  • Wring the mop often:
    Ideally before the water on the floor becomes dirty – to avoid spreading it and other bacteria.

5/10 Organize the drawers

Organizing drawers is a great activity for tweens who like to be neat. This can be a major decluttering project depending on the number of junk drawers in the house. Take everything out, throw away unnecessary things and wipe the inside of the drawer. According to Restoring Order, organization is like therapy. It’s very therapeutic and helps people feel better about themselves.

4/10 Organize the pantry

Tweens don’t have to get organized like The Home Edit, but getting things in order and wiping down the shelves helps. Parents might even ask their tween to gather a box of non-perishable foods that aren’t eaten and take them to a homeless shelter or food pantry.

3/10 Vacuuming

Tweens are young and full of energy; vacuuming them on the stairs can be a big help for parents. Vacuuming in general is a big help. Getting under furniture can be more difficult; parents may need to step in and help, so they don’t hurt themselves lifting anything.

2/10 Wash the windows

Tweens can easily create a window cleaning kit. What they need:

  • Newspapers:
    Newspapers can clean windows wonderfully. They may need to collect a few depending on the number of windows.

  • Paper napkins:
    Paper towels work if a newspaper isn’t available. Paper towels are also ideal for wiping down window sills and rails.

  • Q-tips:
    These are invaluable for cleaning the nooks and crannies of the window sill and window tracks.

  • Window washer:
    Whether it’s a store-bought recipe or a homemade recipe, make sure the tween is mature enough to use safely, and everything should be ready.

1/10 Organize the hall closet

It might not be a hall closet; maybe there is a back hallway or mud room. Wherever shoes and coats are kept. Tweens can put their shoes away, hang up their coats, and sweep the floor.

Sources: University of Michigan, USDA, Public Medical Center, Restoration of Order

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Sweet and Simple Mason Jar Snack Ideas for Kids https://www.sisterfriends-together.org/sweet-and-simple-mason-jar-snack-ideas-for-kids/ Sun, 30 Oct 2022 11:00:00 +0000 https://www.sisterfriends-together.org/sweet-and-simple-mason-jar-snack-ideas-for-kids/ Afternoon snack time is when the kids want something big enough to get them ready for dinner, but not too big to spoil their appetite. Parents want snacks to be quick and easy, especially if they have to be taken on the go to be eaten for after-school activities. So, snacks usually boil down to […]]]>

Afternoon snack time is when the kids want something big enough to get them ready for dinner, but not too big to spoil their appetite. Parents want snacks to be quick and easy, especially if they have to be taken on the go to be eaten for after-school activities.


So, snacks usually boil down to a piece of fruit or a pre-packaged processed item. But they don’t have to be. Indeed, by using mason jars to hold snacks, it is possible to collect healthy items that travel easily.

Mason jar snacks that are so sweet and simple kids won’t complain when they get hungry after a day at school.

While it’s great that mason jars offer portability to snacks that other containers may not offer, they also reduce the remaining carbon footprint. Indeed, the Mason jars being made of glass, they can be washed and reused after each snack.

And because they are not plastic, according to Zero Waste Family, there’s no leaching of chemicals into food to worry about either. Although more care needs to be taken to ensure they don’t break, mason jars are great options for holding healthy snacks whether on the go or at home.

RELATED: 9 Best After-School Snacks, Ranked

Here are some sweet and simple mason jar snack ideas for kids.

10/10 Tomato and mozzarella salad with crackers

A great snack for children who not only provides them with vitamin C for a healthy immune system, but the calcium to keep their bones strong is a salad of tomatoes and mozzarella.

Add a few crackers by placing them in a separate cup that can be placed over the salad in the mason jar so they don’t get soggy, and a complete, well-balanced snack has been prepared.

9/10 Bagel chips and nut butter

To make children happy protein for an afternoon energy boost, nut butters are always a good option. Pair the nut butter of your choice with bagel chips and a sweet and savory snack has been prepared. And the best part is that it takes virtually no time for parents to prepare ahead of time.

8/10 Pop corn

Is dinner in about an hour, but the kids are starving? A a mason jar filled with popcorn will help stave off hunger but will not fill them so that a delicious dinner can be eaten to create happy stomachs. Happy stomachs make for a good night’s sleep. That means a great day can be had the next day, all thanks to a little mason jar popcorn.

7/10 Vegetables and crackers with hummus

If kids are struggling to get their daily veggies without any kind of dip, a mason jar of veggies and crackers with hummus is just the ticket to ensure the colors of the rainbow are eaten daily. .

Although it may look like a jar filled with vegetables, when the hummus is added, according to Health linealmost eight grams of protein are also added to the snack. This means kids will feel full after their healthy snack, will have had servings of vegetables, protein, and whole grains, and will still be ready for dinner when it’s ready later. Sounds like a mason jar snack win-win for sure.

6/10 Yogurt with granola and berries

Yogurt is a delicious food that many should eat daily. It is because he can keep the bacteria in the gut in balance with pre and probiotics, but it also provides an abundant amount of calcium, protein, vitamins and minerals, according CNN.

Mason jars are the perfect container for making a serving of yogurt with granola and berries when kids are looking for a sweet afternoon snack. And with just the right amount of natural sugar in the snack, that sweet tooth will be taken care of in no time.

5/10 Whole Grain Potato Chips and Peppers with Guacamole

Are the kids doing serious homework after school, or is there a big test they’re studying for? Feed them whole grain chips with guacamole in a mason jar and watch their brain power soar.

According UPMC Health Beat, guacamole is good for kids because it’s made with avocados. Avocados contain a lot of monosaturated fats which help in the proper functioning of the brain. They also contain fiber and a good amount of vitamins and minerals that benefit body and cell health, making this snack a delicious winner for kids.

4/10 Layered fruit salad

Want the kids to eat the rainbow? Make it a mason jar filled with different fruits to make a fruit salad. But instead of just throwing fruit into the jar, layer it with color.

The delicious snack will engage the multiple senses and help keep kids energized until it’s time to sit down for dinner and settle in for the evening.

3/10 Trail mix

Parents will be hard-pressed to find kids who won’t enjoy eating trail mix for a snack. And because it can be changed often, it’s a snack kids won’t get tired of eating out of their mason jars.

According ScoutingWiresome great options to incorporate into trail mix include:

  • Peanut butter and chocolate candies

  • Peanuts

  • Cashew nut

  • banana chips

  • Chex cereal

  • Granola

  • Dried cranberries

  • pretzels

  • Dried apples

  • Pistachios

  • Chocolate chips

  • Sun-flower seeds

  • Dried blueberries

  • pumpkin seeds

These are just a few options to include. Parents can experiment to find the right combination for their kids, and this sweet, high-protein snack will be a long-time favorite.

2/10 Chia Seed Pudding

Chia seeds are full of Omega-3, antioxidants and fiberaccording Children stop the press. For this reason, they help in brain function. Something all kids could enjoy after school.

By putting chia seeds in pudding, they act as a thickening agent. This means the pudding that wouldn’t have curbed after-school hunger before can satisfy kids for hours. And because it can be stored in mason jars, multiple flavors can be made at once to give kids snack options when their stomachs start to growl.

1/10 Mini Charcuterie Board

A charcuterie board in a mason jar? Yes! And it’s a snack kids will want to repeat over and over again.

Affectionately referred to as “jarcuterie” by those who often make this snack, creating a mini charcuterie board in a mason jar is simple to make.

According delicious, there doesn’t have to be any rhyme or reason to the way the jars are installed. Different layers make jars interesting but not necessary.

Items to include, according to the publication, are:

  • Cheese

  • Meat

  • Pickles

  • Bread

  • olives

  • Fruit

Delicious, simple and covers many food groups. Sounds like a winner of a kids tea party for sure!

Source: Zero Waste Family, Healthline, CNN, UPMC Health Beat, ScoutingWire, Kids Stop Press, Delicious

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Fitness: What It Is, Health Benefits, and Getting Started https://www.sisterfriends-together.org/fitness-what-it-is-health-benefits-and-getting-started/ Thu, 27 Oct 2022 23:36:48 +0000 https://www.sisterfriends-together.org/fitness-what-it-is-health-benefits-and-getting-started/ Better physical fitness significantly reduces the risk of chronic diseases that develop over time, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and even cancer. “The one thing that will help prevent almost any type of disease is physical fitness,” says Grayson Wickham, DPT, CSCS, founder of Movement Vault, a mobility and movement company in New […]]]>

Better physical fitness significantly reduces the risk of chronic diseases that develop over time, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and even cancer. “The one thing that will help prevent almost any type of disease is physical fitness,” says Grayson Wickham, DPT, CSCS, founder of Movement Vault, a mobility and movement company in New York City.

In 2007, ACSM partnered with the American Medical Association to launch the Exercise Is Medicine initiative, with the goal of integrating physical activity assessment into routine medical care and providing resources for exercise for people of all levels. “The scientifically proven benefits of physical activity remain indisputable, and they may be as powerful as any pharmaceutical agent in preventing and treating a range of chronic diseases and medical conditions,” notes the initiative’s website.

Here is a breakdown of those benefits:

Exercise improves your mood

Regular exercise has been shown to be a buffer against depression and anxiety, according to research. Plus, other studies show that exercise can help manage the symptoms of depression and help treat it, notes a scientific paper. Exercise can help reduce inflammation, which has been shown to increase in people with depression. it’s also possible that physical activity also promotes favorable changes in the brain, the researchers say.

Learn more about how being fit boosts energy and mood

Exercise is good for sleep

Regular exercise can help you get more restful sleep at night. Of 34 studies included in a systematic review, 29 found that exercise improved sleep quality and was associated with longer sleep episodes. It can help set your biological clock (so you’re alert and sleepy at appropriate times), create chemical changes in the brain that promote sleep, and, as previous research indicates, can ease the pre-sleep anxiety that’s might otherwise keep you awake.

It should be noted, however, that high-intensity exercise done too close to bedtime (about an hour or two) can make it harder for some people to sleep and should be done earlier in the day.

Learn more about the intimate relationship between fitness and sleep

Exercise promotes long-term health

Exercise has been shown to improve brain and bone health, preserve muscle mass (so you don’t get frail as you age), boost your sex life, improve gastrointestinal function, and reduce the risk of many diseases, including cancer and stroke. Research involving more than 116,000 adults also showed that the recommended 150 to 300 minutes of physical activity per week reduced the risk of death from any cause by 19%.

Learn about the amazing ways being fit improves your health

Fitness helps you manage chronic disease

Exercise helps the body function, which includes managing other chronic health conditions. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), if you have osteoarthritis, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, dementia, or have had an accident stroke or cancer, physical activity can help. Exercise can help decrease pain, improve insulin sensitivity and blood sugar control, promote mobility, improve heart health, reduce the risk of other chronic diseases, and play a role in good mental health. .

If you have a chronic illness and are looking to stay active or become more active, a walking routine is usually a safe place to start. “The vast majority of people don’t need their doctor’s clearance to start walking, unless your doctor has told you specifically that they don’t want you to exercise,” says Sallis. .

He says he wishes more people would take physical activity as a baseline and that: “You need to get clearance from your doctor not exercise,” he says.

But if you’re excessively short of breath, have chest pains, or have any other concerning symptoms, call your doctor.

Learn more about why being fit helps manage chronic disease

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NON-PROFIT REGISTER | Women’s well-being is the subject of a virtual conference | Non-profit organizations https://www.sisterfriends-together.org/non-profit-register-womens-well-being-is-the-subject-of-a-virtual-conference-non-profit-organizations/ Mon, 24 Oct 2022 23:00:00 +0000 https://www.sisterfriends-together.org/non-profit-register-womens-well-being-is-the-subject-of-a-virtual-conference-non-profit-organizations/ COLORADO MENTAL HEALTH denver New: Women’s wellness is the topic of a free virtual conference hosted by Mental Health Colorado and taking place this week. Starting Tuesday, experts will address and discuss, in 60-minute afternoon panels, some of the unique mental health experiences faced by women and other people from marginalized genders. Each panel begins […]]]>

COLORADO MENTAL HEALTH

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New: Women’s wellness is the topic of a free virtual conference hosted by Mental Health Colorado and taking place this week.

Starting Tuesday, experts will address and discuss, in 60-minute afternoon panels, some of the unique mental health experiences faced by women and other people from marginalized genders.

Each panel begins at 2:00 p.m. and will be led by a national group of advocates, practitioners, and those who have experienced one or more of the various topics. The purpose of the conference is to promote a more holistic understanding of women’s mental health needs and to advance women’s well-being and empowerment.

The dates and topics are:

October 25, Trauma and Resilience, Eating Disorders and Weight Stigma

October 26, Criminal Justice and Empowerment, Perinatal Wellness, and Environmental/Social Supports for Women During Pregnancy and Postpartum

October 27, Intimate Partner Violence Prevention and the Impact of Burnout on Working Moms

· Oct. 28, prevention of violence related to intimate relationships, sexual assault and the perinatal period

Register by visiting mentalhealthcolorado.org/womens-summit/

About the organization: Mental Health Colorado is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that works to pass laws, change practices, and build a movement to create healthier minds throughout the lives of all people. Coloradans.

Website: mentalhealthcolorado.org

Do you have any news or announcements for the Nonprofit Registry? Email nonprofits@coloradopolitics.com and include a name and contact number if you need more information.

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Sarah Levy Opens Up About ‘How Tired She Was’ After Giving Birth https://www.sisterfriends-together.org/sarah-levy-opens-up-about-how-tired-she-was-after-giving-birth/ Wed, 19 Oct 2022 16:07:03 +0000 https://www.sisterfriends-together.org/sarah-levy-opens-up-about-how-tired-she-was-after-giving-birth/ Sarah Levy opened up about her postpartum experience on Instagram. (Photo via VALERIE MACON/AFP via Getty Images) Sarah Levy becomes aware of exhaustion and motherhood. On Monday, the 36-year-old took to Instagram to open up about her postpartum experience. In July, Levy welcomed her first child, baby James Eugene, with husband Graham Outerbridge. The Toronto […]]]>

Sarah Levy opened up about her postpartum experience on Instagram. (Photo via VALERIE MACON/AFP via Getty Images)

Sarah Levy becomes aware of exhaustion and motherhood.

On Monday, the 36-year-old took to Instagram to open up about her postpartum experience.

In July, Levy welcomed her first child, baby James Eugene, with husband Graham Outerbridge.

The Toronto native was interviewed by HATCH, a maternity and postpartum clothing company, who asked Levy a series of questions about postpartum life and how she’s coping.

When asked to describe both her pregnancy and postpartum experience in three words, the actress replied, “Miraculous, exciting and exhausting.”

Later in the chat, HATCH asked Levy what surprised her about postpartum, to which the “Schitt’s Creek” alum revealed she was “how tired.”

“Everyone warns you, they say you’re exhausted as a new parent, and you kind of think yeah, I know. I’m sure I’ll be exhausted. It’s a whole new level of exhaustion and that I wasn’t prepared for that,” Levy added.

At the end of the video, the Screen Actors Guild winner shared some advice for expectant mothers to take time for yourself.

“Read quietly, walk, hike, draw, paint. Whatever you do brings you joy and don’t feel selfish doing it,” she said. “My advice to new mums, which is so difficult because I feel like everyone has advice, but every day is different and know that the moment will pass no matter what. Don’t try to do more than what you are doing in this moment.”

In the comments, fans thanked Levy for her honesty and shared their experience with postpartum fatigue.

“Thank you for saying that! I feel like the word ‘exhaustion’ doesn’t even cover postpartum sleep deprivation and I was unprepared,” one follower commented.

“The sleep deprivation was the worst. He’s 23 now but I remember it like it was yesterday, it makes me tired!” shared someone else.

“You are doing amazing and thanks for staying true to life,” one fan wrote.

“You are so inspiring and I admire you so much! It’s refreshing to see something raw and real about postpartum here!” added another.

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CARLY THINKS ABOUT FRIENDSHIP https://www.sisterfriends-together.org/carly-thinks-about-friendship/ Mon, 17 Oct 2022 14:26:15 +0000 https://www.sisterfriends-together.org/carly-thinks-about-friendship/ Something that has been on my mind lately is friendships. More specifically friendships in adulthood. This is a question I get often and I have to admit it’s something I question myself. I find I’ve done a pretty good job of making friends, but it’s not exactly easy or something I’m naturally inclined to […]]]>

Something that has been on my mind lately is friendships. More specifically friendships in adulthood. This is a question I get often and I have to admit it’s something I question myself. I find I’ve done a pretty good job of making friends, but it’s not exactly easy or something I’m naturally inclined to do. I have to force myself to “get out”. I went to meet moms from local Facebook groups, contacted neighbors, exchanged numbers with moms in Jack’s classes, etc. It’s hard because I’m not of here, and Mike is, so I felt like I had to start completely from scratch. Maybe I can do an article about it in the future, although I still feel like I’m in the friendship “building” phase here.

I wanted to talk about something related to friendships which was a very difficult thing to accept, personally. There are two big blockages I have on this subject 1) that is kinda awkward to admit out loud and 2) there’s this stigma of not having a “ton” of friends. As if there had to be something wrong with someone if they didn’t have a million friends or drifted away from other people. Here’s the thing though, and ultimately why I decided to share it. I think that kind of stuff are so common. And this realization that I had, I hope, will lead to better friendships in the future. And maybe my experience will resonate with you.

It recently occurred to me that I haven’t always had the healthiest friendships. I don’t even blame the other people involved, these are all my own problems and it probably (uh definitely) goes back to childhood. I think I was so…. desperate to fit in as a kid, then in middle school and even worse in high school that I would do anything to maintain a friendship, even if it wasn’t reciprocated. See, that’s the part that really bothers me. Like what has been wrong with me that people didn’t want to be my friend? It was probably because I was so desperate to be loved and to have friends that I could never be myself.

It didn’t even occur to me before college and right after college that it was better to be myself and have people like me to me than having to be someone else to be loved. Which, uh. It makes sense now, but it was really an epiphany for me in my early twenties. It probably helped that I was also trying to figure out who I was, instead of just following what I thought I was meant to be. And this realization has been great in many ways. I’m a bit quirky and have my own ways of having fun but over the years I’ve cultivated some amazing friendships where they also like to have fun the same way I do and that’s just so much better everything around. (Sometimes I wonder about the friendships I missed in middle school and high school if I had done the things I had sought doing instead of doing the things I thought everyone liked to do.)

But even though I found friends who were much more aligned with me and loved me for meI don’t think I ever addressed that childhood fear of losing friendships. I always felt desperate to make and keep friends. As if I was constantly worried that someone “would be mad at me.” And I felt like I had to give everything to friendships, whether it was mutual or not.

And, look, I firmly believe that things are never worth relying on. Life comes and goes and sometimes you’ll be the cheerleader and sometimes you’ll be the cheerleader. And it might not even be a 50/50…. but it can’t be then imbalance. This this is where I made some mistakes. In this desperation to one day lose a friend, I had given a lot of myself to friendships without (sometimes) getting any friendship in return.

This all came to me when I felt so incredibly supported by a few of my close friends. I was laying in bed thinking, “Man, I’m so grateful for these friends of mine.” See how great some friends also pointed out how others might not be so great. I didn’t even want to admit it out of, again, embarrassment. My mind immediately jumped to “Well, what’s wrong with me!” But I just think I was holding on to some more scared friendships losing that in name only for what? Fear of embarrassment? Sometimes it’s not that deep and sometimes it’s as simple as a friendship that fades or falls apart and that’s really good.

What’s wrong, at least in my opinion, is not having the same levels of support, especially if it hurts you. It’s like any type of relationship and if it’s one sided, it’s not fair to the other person. Again, it doesn’t have to be exactly 50-50 and there can be natural ebbs and flows….. but it does need to be supported easily from both sides when and as needed.

I finally have those friends who love me, support me and celebrate me for me and nothing brings me more joy than loving, supporting and celebrating them for them! And in this new chapter of life that I am in, I continue to work to add to this group. It made me realize how much it is, worth investing in good friendships. The reward is priceless.

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Wrigley: Violent video games are ruining our children – InForum https://www.sisterfriends-together.org/wrigley-violent-video-games-are-ruining-our-children-inforum/ Thu, 13 Oct 2022 12:44:00 +0000 https://www.sisterfriends-together.org/wrigley-violent-video-games-are-ruining-our-children-inforum/ Parenthood is difficult. Raising a child is the hardest and most important job we have ever had. For the rest of our lives, our hearts will beat outside the protective shells of our chests. There is no retirement. We don’t age out of parenthood. My mother tells me that at 52, I continue to be […]]]>

Parenthood is difficult.

Raising a child is the hardest and most important job we have ever had. For the rest of our lives, our hearts will beat outside the protective shells of our chests.

There is no retirement. We don’t age out of parenthood. My mother tells me that at 52, I continue to be the object of her daily prayers, her worries and her joy.

Raising children is especially difficult in today’s world, with the added challenge of competing with the overwhelming complexities and indisputable necessities of technology.

We are in strange and somewhat uncharted territory. Our children are tasked with being on the cutting edge of technology in today’s world, yet the ramifications of unfettered digital use can have significant negative consequences for their development. The parents are desperate and frustrated.

To be fair, the pandemic has magnified the veracity of how quickly our reliance on technology has undoubtedly impacted our children’s digital education and habits.

Overnight, parents grappled with the two-story need to homeschool their children while they worked remotely from their kitchen tables. It was a historic turning point in our reliance on digital devices and technology. Parents depended on these spectacular machines to entertain, educate, occupy and entertain children.

While there are dangers associated with technology, this column will focus on elementary-aged children, video games, and the consequences that overuse has on behavior, social skills, friendships, attention, coping skills and development.

The video game industry is a sophisticated, multi-million dollar industry devoted to designing addictive products for helpless children and vulnerable youth.

I’m not anti-tech. I love my smartphone. I love social media and waste a lot of time scrolling, liking, reading and yes, lusting. It’s hard to maintain a healthy balance with my attractive little smartphone.

Long car journeys – as a passenger – are a perfect social media pastime. This Mother’s Day, we traveled to Fargo from Bismarck for a family brunch. We were half an hour from town when I realized I had left my phone on the kitchen counter. I was surprised and saddened by the emotions it aroused. At first I was anxious. Then I was angry. I consume a regular diet of habitual peeking into people’s window of life via social media.

Video games, depending on content and time spent playing, can be educational and have a positive effect on children, Wrigley writes.

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I sat at brunch and people watched. So many kids – toddlers – sitting at tables with iPhones and iPads propped up to keep them busy (and calm). I came home with 87 text messages. The break from screen glare was illuminating. I have a fully developed adult brain. It left me wondering how an impulsive 8-year-old can fight the reality of a constant barrage from a digital diet.

As a mother, licensed clinical child and family therapist, and school counselor, I am immersed in the lives of children. I am not an expert on the effects of technology on the developing brains of young children. I am obsessed with how our digital world affects the behavioral, social, academic, emotional and mental conditions of our children. I am gripped by what research – and personal experience – has shown me to be true.

This column is meant to start a conversation. To educate parents. To share personal ideas, concerns and fears. And, to hold each other accountable. Information is power, and together we are stronger.

Empirical data is becoming increasingly clear about the addictive nature of video games for children. There is a strong correlation between video games and aggression.

Children as young as kindergarten play for hours every day. Although it may not reach the level of addiction and aggression now, it is definitely a doorway. I’ve seen second graders playing games like “Call of Duty” which are censored for mature audiences (MA). These kids become numb to the act of gunfights, murder-laden murders, and bloody assassinations.
Here’s what my co-workers and I are seeing: Kindergarten students, during free play, draw violent pictures of guns and figures with decapitated heads, blood pouring from their necks, and chests full of bullets. He is a 5 year old child. These are not images found in children’s books.

I have worked with parents who have caught their 9 year old playing under the covers of their bed in the middle of the night. I have seen children kicking, screaming and hitting their parents when smartphones were not given to them to play video games. They are good children with good parents from loving and healthy homes.

Along with violence desensitization comes a host of other side effects, such as impaired attention, short fuses, quickness to anger and frustration, inability to connect, socialize and playing with other children, a phenomenally underdeveloped ability to cope and adapt, addictive-type behaviors and antisocial behaviors, among others.

Dr. Craig Anderson of Iowa State University presented an abstract of the most comprehensive meta-study ever conducted in this line of research. Anderson concluded that “violent video games are not only a correlate, but a causative risk factor for increased aggressive thoughts and behaviors”. He went on to say that “the results provide conclusive evidence that exposure to violent video games makes children more aggressive and less caring, regardless of age, gender, or culture.”

Anderson has spent most of his research career studying the effects of video games on children and aggression, and he thinks the debate is over, noting “now is the time to move on to a more constructive question like, “How can we make it easier for parents—within the boundaries of culture, society, and law—to provide a healthier childhood for their children?”

The good news is that parents are in control. That said, it’s a heavyweight.

Video games, depending on the content and time spent playing, can be educational and have a positive effect on children.

Parents need to be vigilant, proactive, and unapologetic in their screen time rules. Delay exposure to any digital device for as long as possible. It was my strategy, not because I knew better or was a better parent. Frankly, I was lazy and didn’t want or have the time to monitor kids’ internet usage.

Once the digital door opens, it’s hard to close. Connection, communication, and community are key to supporting, educating, and empowering parents about the potentially serious impacts that wireless technology and gaming have on the development of small brains. Each parent can make the decision to limit and control their child’s screen usage. It is not too late.

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