“The first pitfall with trying to fuel and hydrate is that people start to overanalyze all the details,” Lim says. “Really listen to your body. Find a way to eat if you’re hungry, get yourself something to drink if you’re thirsty, ride within your limits.” Follow your gut, literally, in terms of food preferences. Start with what you like to eat, and go from there.
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Nutrition is on the menu for district meeting
“The [former guidelines] decreased entree sizes and made it difficult for kids [particularly older ones] to get enough calories and food to fill them and get them through the school day,” registered dietitian Megan Hartshorne, who is contracted with the district, wrote in an email. The USDA placed a maximum ounce limit on meals in hopes of combating childhood obesity, but main dishes were too small for some children, Hartshorne said. “We had a hard time fitting a sandwich on the menu because a slice of bread would put us over the limit,” Hartshorne said. “There was so much backlash nationwide from nutrition departments and especially students that the USDA released the maximum caps by December.” The district’s nutrition department is also working on how to limit hoarding when outside vendors bring food onto campus, particularly at Laguna Beach High School, as parents reported at a board meeting earlier this year. Parents were concerned that the first few students in line take a majority of the food, leaving little for those remaining in line. Last year Mandarin King brought food, including orange chicken, to the high school twice, said Shannon Soto, the district’s fiscal services director.
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Afterschool nutrition and activities improve educational success
Y afterschool programs, for example, promote healthy eating, a love for learning, and social and emotional development while complementing lessons learned during the school day. According to Thurnau, the Y is offering an Afterschool Meal Program in partnership with the Walmart Foundation throughout the 2013-14 school year to serve 3.5 million meals and snacks. At 1,400 sites nationwide, school-age children enrolled in the program will receivenutritious food along with learning enrichment activities to be healthy and succeed in school. In addition, Y Afterschool Programs are implementing healthy eating and physical activity standards in early learning and afterschool programs. Some of these standards include serving fruits and vegetables at every meal, setting limits on screen time and devoting time for physical activity. The Y also offers five tips for busy parents and caregivers to provide their kids with brain-boosting healthy snacks and fun physical activity after the school day is over: 1: Offer a variety of foods Its important for parents to encourage children to eat a wide variety of nutritious foods that support physical and mental wellness. Whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables should be at the heart of snack times. Save time by cutting veggies for snacking every Sunday and putting portions into resealable bags or containers; kids can just grab, snack and go whenever theyd like. 2: Be creative when introducing new foods While some kids are adventurous eaters, many are resistant to trying new things.
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