Friday, October 24, 2008

Weekly Tip

Healthy snacking is a great way to maintain energy levels throughout the day and decrease the chance of “binge eating” at the next meal (snacking is “good” not “bad” activity – as long as it is done in a healthy manner). Keep a variety of bite-sized munchies available at all times for quick on-the-go snacks for the whole family. One thing to keep in mind is a combination of protein and a small amount of carbohydrate help balance hunger and keeps blood sugar steady. Here are some snack ideas which meet this criterion:

· Hard boiled eggs & whole wheat toast
· Pear and string cheese
· Smoothies (choose small size)
· Mixed nuts and dried fruit
· Chips & salsa
· Soup and crackers
· Carrots and hummus
· Toast with almond butter
· Instant oatmeal with added flaxseed, raisins, walnuts
· Apple and peanut butter
· Whole wheat crackers and cheese
· Non-fat yogurt with granola
· Low-fat chocolate milk and graham crackers with peanut butter
· LUNA or LUNA Sunrise bars for mom
· Clif Kid ZBaRs or Twisted Fruit for the kids

As moms know all too well, kids love to interact with their food! So, give them some dipping options like cherry tomatoes or carrot sticks in hummus, celery sticks in peanut butter. They’ll have fun and eat at healthy snack at the same time!

Fitness Tip: Go for a family walk/stroll after dinner.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Mom's With a Mission

What is “Moms with a Mission”?
Women, especially moms, are invaluable change agents. LUNA Moms Club, powered by Stroller Strides, harnesses this power through its “Moms with a Mission” mantra. Our goal is to provide a platform for you to help better the community where you live and play through organizing and inspiring your LUNA Moms Club members to share information and to participate in activities focused on giving back to children, families and the environment. Not only will you be making a huge impact in your community but through your actions you will be teaching and inspiring the next generation to do so as well.
Quarter 4 Mission: Family Nutrition and Fitness
Without immediate intervention, this generation of children stands to be the first in history to have a shorter life span than that of its parents. Mothers are the primary decision makers when it comes to providing healthy foods, snacks and encouraging adequate exercise for their families. LUNA and Stroller Strides are passionate about educating our moms (and dads!) to make informed choices and model the behaviors that will help their children develop life-long habits. This Mom’s with a Mission initiative is about empowering mom with resources and knowledge about nutrition and healthy eating, while bringing awareness to the issue of inactivity and obesity in our youth. We believe these changes begin at home with mom. Through the choices parents make, they can inspire a generation towards health and fitness.

Did you know?
-That this is the first time in history when a generation is expected to live shorter lives than their parents
- One of every three kids is at risk of becoming overweight
- 92% of elementary schools in America do not offer physical education
- Eating the 12 most contaminated (non organic) fruits and vegetables each day, on average, exposes you to 20 pesticides each day
- Organic frozen vegetables are just as good for you as fresh
- Women who choose organic meat and dairy have more nutrients in their breast milk