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10 Fun Ways to Get Your Children to Eat More Fruits & Veggies

When both of my children were toddlers they were great about eating a large variety of fruits and vegetables. They hadn't yet developed the green foods fear. Is that taught in school? Now that they are both in school they have taken the "no green food" pact and have become much more fruit and vegetable picky. It seems that one day strawberries are acceptable and the next day it is a forbidden fruit. Even though I get frustrated with them for being picky I know that it will do no good to force them or make them feel bad about not eating certain foods. My job as a parent is to introduce and reintroduce a variety of fruit and vegetables to them. Here are 10 ways I've supported and motivated my kids to try and enjoy fruits and vegetables.

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Categories: nutrition, health-notes,


Fact or Myth: Sugar Causes Hyperactivity

Question: Does sugar cause hyperactivity in children?

Answer: No, sugar does not cause hyperactivity in children. There is no scientific evidence to support this theory. The hyperactivity that parents observe in their children is likely situational. Think of the times that you typically offer high sugar foods. Many times these foods are consumed around celebrations, games or play time with friends or in other words, stimulating times where children are likely to be excited and more boisterous.

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Dealing with Tantrums and Terrible 2's

Tantrums are common in toddlers. Try these parent-behaviors to lessen the toddler frustration.

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Finally, a game!

Mollie Protzman interviewed me for her blog post Energizing Kids with Exercise Games that focused on different games to get kids active. Here is another idea when being outside isn't accessible, or even if you're just sitting in the living room for an evening.

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Categories: development, health-notes,


S-P-I-N for School Success

I tell parents to remember S-P-I-N to create success for their kids in school. This acronym makes it easy to remember the areas that really impact school performance.

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Activities and Games to Increase Balance for Toddlers

Does it seem like your toddler spends more time falling on the ground rather than walking? Kids can be experts at falling down. It doesn't matter if they are playing their favorite sport or just walking across the room, your kids learn about the wonders of gravity. Movement is a way children interact with their environment to discover and learn from it. Regardless of cultural or ability level, movement is essential for all children to engage in active play.

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Get Active with Andrew: The Happy Dance

In this blog we will be talking about how you can integrate music into movement. If there is one thing I have noticed either as a little boy myself or when I teach, it is that students/kids move BETTER with music. Kids naturally will follow a beat and move along with it. Really, all you have to do is move with them, and they like it even more!

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Categories: development, health-notes,


Are You Looking for a New Doctor?

 

Being pregnant, having a new baby - or a number of other reasons cause more than 13% of people to look for a physician each year. My family has certainly had that challenge. Here is what I have learned about what to look for.

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Categories: parenting, health-notes,


Get Active with Andrew: Flexibility

With all exercise and activity, taking the necessary precautions before starting is always a good idea. Learning how to stretch properly will help improve movement and avoid injury! It's also a fun way to get kids active.

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Categories: development, health-notes,


Get Active with Andrew: Locomotor Fun

Now, when I say locomotor, this isn't about a train. Rather it's about the locomotion of kids, and how they should know how to move by the time they reach 3rd grade. Can you even imagine how difficult it would be for you to be active as adults if you didn't learn these basic skills! Don't take them for granted!

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Get Active with Andrew: The Big Three

This blog covers the 3 main muscle groups: Core, Legs and Arms. These are muscle groups you should have your kids focus on when doing exercises. With exercise and being active, it's all about balance with being healthy!

In Physical Education, we are looking for a few things:

  • Good cardiorespiratory endurance
  • Building on upper body, core muscular strength/endurance
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Categories: development, health-notes,


Get Active with Andrew: Body Part Identification

Salutations!

My name is Andrew Mantzaris. I am a local Physical Educator for elementary students, sports coach, and life-time mover. My job entails getting children and young adults moving. I don't just want kids to get involved in sports or going outside, but to really enjoy and be passionate about being active as they grow up. Whether it's with friends, family or classmates, the limits of having fun while being active are endless.

These blogs are a resource for you as the adult to work with the kiddos when they don't have the opportunity to go to P.E. at school or if you have some extra time at home.

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Barbeque; red, white and blue; and fireworks. Indpendence Day is almost here and with it comes one of the most dangerous times of the year. 

National Safety Council Nebraska has put together handy graphics of safety tips and Omaha's city ordinance info.

Have a safe and wonderful Independence Day!

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Staying Hydrated

Summer will be here and gone before we know it! In those hot summer months, hydration is a major priority, especially for children. Many children and adults don't recognize when their body feels thirsty and interprets it as hunger instead. In order to stay hydrated this summer, make sure everyone in your house is drinking when they are thirsty, getting enough to drink, and making the right drink choices.

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Feeding Babies and Toddlers

It is so important to also let your child explore new foods. To help you understand why this is important consider this scenario. Imagine you are blindfolded and told that you are going to be fed some food. No one tells you what it is. "You will like it. It is yummy," they tell you. What would you want to do before eating the food? Probably smell it. Maybe even touch it to see if you can learn any more about it. The same is true for your baby. Eating new foods is a whole experience for a baby just like it can be for us as adults.

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