Category: Achieve Written by WDIV
If your child thinks "healthy" is another word for "boring," it's time to pack lunches that spice things up while still maintaining a healthy, nutritional edge. Here are some tips for doing just that.
The perfect lunch for kids needs to be portable. While a bowl of whole wheat spaghetti noodles topped with homemade marinara sauce may be fun, tasty and healthy, it isn't exactly the easiest lunch for a child to carry, nor is there a way to heat it up come lunchtime. When choosing lunches, choose items that can fit into plastic bags or Tupperware, are light in weight, and require little to no preparation. MamasHealth.com suggests avoiding things like eggs, meat, mayonnaise and yogurt if no refrigeration will be available. There's also the alternative of placing a freezer bag in with the lunch, provided the container and contents are waterproof and leakproof.
Kids like to play with their food. It's just a fact of life that parents have to deal with. You might as well make the food even more desirable and fun. Cheese wedges can be cut into fun shapes using small cookie cutters. The same can be done with Jell-o, sandwich squares and other soft food items. Characters from favorite television shows can also be fun; some healthy foods feature characters on the packages. Also, placing little personal notes or surprises in with a child's lunch can make him or her feel special.
Water is the healthiest drink. However, some kids won't go for that every day. According to MSNBC.com, some healthful options for packing the perfect lunch include 100 percent fruit or vegetable juice, low-fat milk, or lightly sweetened tea. Bread can sometimes get smashed. Try packing crackers, cheese and lean meat in small plastic containers. Kids can create sandwiches from those. If your kids won't part ways with peanut butter and jelly, try a 100 percent fruit spread. Tuna is another healthful sandwich option that can be used with either crackers or bread. Try mixing celery and carrots in with the tuna salad to get in those veggie servings. Raisins, carrot sticks, cheese cubes, sliced fruit, pretzels and trail mix (unsalted, unsweetened) can all make healthy-but-fun sides.
Don't Forget Yummy
Unless you want that lunch coming back home untouched with a hungry kid, the perfect lunch needs to also be tasty. One way to do this is to let the kids pick what they like from a list of healthy items. Even let them come to the store and shop for the preselected items themselves.
The perfect lunch is not going to be the same exact lunch every day. For the best results, be sure to mix up choices.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 September 2012 12:28
Category: Achieve Written by Blac Detroit
Much is said about the disparity of black males in areas of education. However, not much is done.
As founder and executive director of Minority Males for Higher Education, Edmund Lewis, Jr. works to bridge the gap between talk and action.
In 2010, the U.S. Census estimated the black male population to be 16,759; of that number, 6.3 percent were enrolled in school, as a college undergraduate or graduate. Fifty-three percent had graduated high school, but were not enrolled in school.
“These young men have an opportunity to either decide on going to community college, find a job, or stay in the hood and do nothing,” Lewis says.
Since 2008, his non-profit has provided young men with resources and opportunities for academic success, through mentoring, tutoring, teaching of life skills and professional development.
A firm believer in the first impression, Lewis, 26, even helps participants look the part of a young professional—providing haircuts, suits and neckties. Based in Farmington Hills, the program is available in Detroit-area schools.
Originally from North Carolina, Lewis has seen the cost of wasted potential first hand.
“Most of my best friends, who were great athletes, who were smart students, didn't make it out the hood,” he says. “They didn't have an opportunity to succeed because they let peer influence change their lives and they made a wrong decision.”
Lewis himself didn’t plan on attending college after high school, but now holds a master’s degree in social work from the University of Michigan. It’s the lack of exposure of higher education that holds back many African American males, he says.
“In other cultures, the discussion isn't ‘if’ you're going to college,” he says. “It's ‘where’ you're going to college.”
Lewis encourages the same mentality in his students. He doesn’t accept “‘No, it's not for me’ as an alternative to answer the question,” he says.
Participants of the program have gone on to attend Morehouse College, Oakland University and Michigan State University.
“I tell these young men, ‘This happened to me,’” he says. “’If I can go to college, you can do it, and what can I do to help you?’”
Last Updated on Monday, 03 September 2012 19:13
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