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"We have to do everything we can to give children a healthy and supportive family

"We have to do everything we can to give children a healthy and supportive family environ- ment." - Hillary Rodham Clinton

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In This Issue:

Poison

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Prevention

Healthy

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Eating

Habits

Seussical

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Green Eggs

Healthy Kansas Kids

A Program of Child Care Aware ® of Kansas

Volume 3 Issue 3

March 2011

Poison Prevention

Parents know that young children are curious by nature. Curiosity is good for the development of little brains and bodies. But curiosity can turn dangerous if kids are get- ting into cabinets under the kitchen sink where hazardous chemicals are stored or into the medi- cine cabinet where adult medicines are kept.

March 20-26, 2011, is National Poison Pre- vention Week, a week designated by Congress since 1961 to highlight the dangers of poisons and how to prevent them. Information is available for parents to help them understand how to prop- erly store hazardous ma- terials such as cleaning products or medication – out of their children‟s reach.

Child-resistant packaging is credited with saving hundreds of children‟s lives since it began in the 1970s. However, there is no substitute for active supervision and child- proofing.

“If a product label says „keep out of reach of chil- dren,‟ there‟s a reason,”

says Alan Korn, director of public policy and gen- eral counsel for Safe Kids USA. “Keep those dan- gerous things up high and

in a locked cabinet. Al- most half of poison expo- sures for children under

the age of 5 are caused by medicine. Children have faster metabolisms than adults and any- thing they ingest will be absorbed into the blood- stream very quickly.”

Each year, emergency services and poison control centers in the United States receive over a million calls as a result of accidental poi- soning of children ages 5 and under. Nearly 90 percent of these toxic exposures occur in the home. Over half of the accidental poisonings involve non- pharmaceutical products such as cosmetics, cleansers, personal care products, plants, pesti- cides, art supplies, alco- hol and toys.

Here are a few safety tips to help make your home safer:

Lock up poisons out of sight and reach of kids. This includes makeup, medicine, cleaning products, pesticides, art sup- plies, beer, wine and liquor. Safety latches come in a variety of sizes and designs and can be found at home im- provement stores.Here are a few safety tips to help make your home safer: Read labels to find

Read labels to find out what is poison- ous. Know which plants in and around your home can beand designs and can be found at home im- provement stores. dangerous. Never leave poisons where

dangerous.

Never leave poisons where kids can reach them, even for a sec- ond.

Buy child-resistant packages when avail- able.poisons where kids can reach them, even for a sec- ond. Don‟t take medicine or vitamins

a sec- ond. Buy child-resistant packages when avail- able. Don‟t take medicine or vitamins in front
a sec- ond. Buy child-resistant packages when avail- able. Don‟t take medicine or vitamins in front

Don‟t take medicine or vitamins in front of kids. Don‟t call them “candy.”

vitamins in front of kids. Don‟t call them “candy.” Keep the poison control hotline number, 1-800-

Keep the poison control hotline number, 1-800- 222-1222, and local emergency numbers by every phone.

1-800- 222-1222, and local emergency numbers by every phone. Call 911 if a child is choking,

Call 911 if a child is choking, can‟t breathe or is having a seizure. Otherwise take the product to the phone and call the poison control hotline.

For more home safety tips, please visit the website, www.usa.safekids.org. For information about other poison prevention re- sources, please visit the website, www.poisonprevention.org

For information about other poison prevention re- sources, please visit the website, www.poisonprevention.org

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Healthy Eating Habits

Struggling with a picky eater? Is your child in a food rut, asking for the same foods week after week? Teaching children healthy eating habits is a challenge for many par- ents. Here are some ways that parents can help their children ex- pand their food horizons

parents can help their children ex- pand their food horizons and experience the enjoyment of new

and experience the enjoyment of new and healthy foods.

Prepare meals together

Kids are more likely to eat foods, even unusual ones, they helped create. Put your kids in charge of a few things and everyone‟s enjoy- ment of the family meal will increase. Look through cook- books together or get inspiration from a children‟s book like Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss. After you‟ve selected some healthy recipes, assign jobs. Toddlers can be given a job, like tear- ing washed lettuce for a salad or placing napkins at each place setting. Preschool age children can pour and stir ingredi- ents before baking.

Older kids can chop fruits and vegetables, with su- pervision. Thank children for their help and re- member to overlook the less-than-perfect.

Shop together

In addition to preparing meals, kids should be involved in selecting foods. It‟s the best way to teach them about healthy foods. Children will enjoy the shopping experience if you give them a job to do, such as finding an item to match a coupon, counting or- anges or yogurts for each family member, or putting twist ties on pro- duce bags. Make a game out of selecting fruits and vegetables by asking your child to create a rainbow in the cart using fresh, frozen and canned items. This is also a way to encourage trying new foods and introduce the concept of shopping for seasonal produce.

Eat together

Family meal time is a great way to socialize

and share the events of

the day.

time for children to try new foods and see their

It can also be a

parents eating healthy food. Studies show that kids who sit down to eat with their families have healthier attitudes towards food and eat more nutritious foods if the parents are a role model for good nutrition and eating habits.

Eating together also allows families to dis- cuss making healthy food choices. Intro- duce the easy-to- remember categories of Go and Slow foods. Go foods can be eaten anytime your children are hungry. They should be avail- able for snacks and be a part of every meal. Go foods are nutritious! Slow foods can be eaten some- times, but less often than Go foods. Slow foods are higher in fat, added sugar, and calories. Often, they don‟t have the nutri- ents little bodies need to grow strong and healthy. At meal time, reinforce the concept by asking kids if the items they are eating are Go foods or Slow foods.

if the items they are eating are Go foods or Slow foods. Seussical Green Eggs On

Seussical Green Eggs

On March 2nd, celebrate the birthday of Dr. Seuss by reading Green Eggs and Ham with your child. Follow the book with a batch of these healthy eggs and watch them disappear!

2
2

t. margarine

lb. baby spinach,these healthy eggs and watch them disappear! 2 t. margarine washed and drained 3 T. low

washed and drained

3
3

T. low fat milk

4
4

large eggs

large egg whitesspinach, washed and drained 3 T. low fat milk 4 large eggs nonstick cooking spray pinch

and drained 3 T. low fat milk 4 large eggs large egg whites nonstick cooking spray

nonstick cooking spray

milk 4 large eggs large egg whites nonstick cooking spray pinch of salt Melt 1 t.

pinch of salt

Melt 1 t. of margarine in

a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the spinach and cook until the spinach wilts, stir-

ring often. Add milk and cook to evaporate,

about 1-2 min. Transfer to a food processor and puree until smooth. Whisk eggs, puree, and salt together. Spray a skillet with nonstick spray and set the pan over medium heat. Add remaining 1 t. marga- rine and heat until melted. Add egg mix- ture, reduce heat to low, and cook 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally.