Entries in UMA on health and nutrition (9)

Monday
Oct282013

Halloween Treats

We simply can't avoid it...Halloween candy!

Want a healthier solution? Try this fun and tasty alternative.

(Click photo)

 

Friday
Oct162009

In support of World Food Day!

In support of World Food Day, here are couple of links. The first, is take a quiz that increases your knowledge of food issues.

Go to: http://www.freerice.com/

The second, is an article about foods for children with ADHD: http://health.msn.com/health-topics/adhd/slideshow.aspx?cp-documentid=100163625

Friday
Aug212009

5 Easy Steps to Bring Better Meals to your local school

Often in running your own classroom, you can get tied up just thinking about what goes on inside the four walls of your school. How about being an advocate for children everywhere? Here is something you can pass on to parents, other teachers and your community at large that is good for children.

5 Easy steps to bing better meals to your local school:

http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/schoollunchrevolution/support-your-school.php

Monday
Jul132009

Neurological Benefit of Montessori Education

Here's a great article from Lori Bourne of Montessori for Everyone. It offers some insights on some recent clinical work done by Dr. Steve Hughes on neurodevelopmental benefits of classical Montessori education:
http://www.blog.montessoriforeveryone.com/the-neurology-of-montessori.html

Thanks Lori!

Tuesday
Jun302009

Cooking with Children

What better way to bring Practical Life into the home but through planning and preparing a meal with your child. Healthy cooking gives us a deeper appreciation for the natural goodness that comes from the soil and other foods we eat. Plus it can help us with skills in pouring, mixing, organization, teamwork and more... .

Here's a link to some great recipes to use with children:
http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipes/search-results.php?convenienceId=1

UMA is serious about your overall health and the health of children!

Saturday
Jun272009

New Urbanism: Rooftop Farming

There are several ways for us to make a difference in our children's lives. Perhaps this video will stir some imagination on how we can help our children see the earth as alive and a part of who we are!

http://www.babelgum.com/html/clip.php?clipId=3021540

Enjoy and Learn...!

Tuesday
Apr282009

Eight Sleep Tips for Every Child


It's a privilege for UMA to find great writers on subjects you and your parents can use. One childhood specialist that we are featuring is Elizabeth Pantley. Here is a great article by her on healthy habits for a child's sleep:

Up to 70% of children under age five have sleep problems. Sleep issues are complicated and have many causes. They’re hard to deal with because when children aren’t sleeping, parents aren’t sleeping, and that lack of sleep affects every minute of every day for every person in the family because lack of sleep isn’t just about being tired. Sleep has a role in everything -- dawdling, temper tantrums, hyperactivity, growth, health, and even learning to tie his shoes and recite the ABCs. Sleep affects everything.

The following ideas are of value to almost any sleeper, of any age. These tips can bring improvement not only in your child’s sleep, but also in her daytime mood and last, but not least – improvements in your own sleep and outlook as well.

# 1 Maintain a consistent bedtime and awaking time.

Your child’s biological clock has a strong influence on her wakefulness and sleepiness. When you establish a set time for bedtime and wake up time you “set” your child’s clock so that it functions smoothly.

Aim for an early bedtime. Young children respond best with a bedtime between 6:30 and 7:30 P.M. Most children will sleep better and longer when they go to bed early.

# 2 Encourage regular daily naps.

Daily naps are important. An energetic child can find it difficult to go through the day without a rest break. A nap-less child will often wake up cheerful and become progressively fussier or hyper-alert as the day goes on. Also, the length and quality of naps affects night sleep – good naps equal better night sleep.

# 3 Set your child’s biological clock.

Take advantage of your child’s biology so that he’s actually tired when bedtime arrives. Darkness causes an increase in the release of the body’s sleep hormone -- the biological “stop” button. You can align your child’s sleepiness with bedtime by dimming the lights during the hour before bedtime.

Exposing your child to morning light is pushing the “go” button in her brain — one that says, “Time to wake up and be active.” So keep your mornings bright!

# 4 Develop a consistent bedtime routine.

Routines create security. A consistent, peaceful bedtime routine allows your child to transition from the motion of the day to the tranquil state of sleep.

An organized routine helps you coordinate the specifics: bath, pajamas, tooth-brushing. It helps you to function on auto-pilot at the time when you are most tired and least creative.

# 5 Create a cozy sleep environment.

Where your child sleeps can be a key to quality sleep. Make certain the mattress is comfortable, the blankets are warm, the room temperature is right, pajamas are comfy, and the bedroom is welcoming.

# 6 Provide the right nutrition.

Foods can affect energy level and sleepiness. Carbohydrates can have a calming effect on the body, while foods high in protein or sugar generate alertness, particularly when eaten alone. A few ideas for pre-bed snacks are: whole wheat toast and cheese, bagel and peanut butter, oatmeal with bananas, or yogurt and low-sugar granola.

Vitamin deficiencies due to unhealthy food choices can affect a child’s sleep. Provide your child with a daily assortment of healthy foods.

# 7 Help your child to be healthy and fit.

Many children don’t get enough daily physical activity. Too much TV watching and a lack of activity prevents good sleep. Children who get ample daily exercise fall asleep more quickly, sleep better, stay asleep longer, and wake up feeling refreshed.

Avoid activity in the hour before bedtime though, since exercise is stimulating – they’ll be jumping on the bed instead of sleeping in it!

# 8 Teach your child how to relax.

Many children get in bed but aren’t sure what to do when they get there! It can help to follow a soothing pre-bed routine that creates sleepiness. A good pre-bed ritual is story time. A child who is listening to a parent read a book or tell a tale will tend to lie still and listen. This quiet stillness allows him to become sleepy.

Work with these eight ideas and you’ll see improvements in your child’s sleep, and yours too.

Excerpted with permission by McGraw-Hill Publishing from The No-Cry Sleep Solution for Toddlers & Preschoolers (McGraw-Hill 2005)
http://www.pantley.com/elizabeth

Monday
Apr132009

The Eco-kitchen, (courtesy of PCC Natural Markets)

Here is a great article to share with parents and staff! And it may even be something you could work into lesson.
Go to: http://www.pccnaturalmarkets.com-Eco-kitchen

Wednesday
Jan142009

Something to Share with Parents and Staff: "11 Best Foods You Aren't Eating"

At UMA, food is important! So much so that we feel that we all need reminders as to what is good for the body. Montessorians are always making the connection between the mind and the body.
Here's an article from the NY Times on health and the food we eat. Something to share with your staff and parents:
http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/06/30/the-11-best-foods-you-arent-eating/