March-Nutrition



Many children and families today have busy schedules making it hard to sit down to homemade meals every day. But eating fast food on a regular basis can be unhealthy and can have negative effects on a child's health. Healthy eating habits are more likely to stay with you if you learn them as a child, so it's important to teach children good habits now. There are many ways you can teach and support your children in eating healthy. They include:

  • Start with breakfast. Eating a balanced breakfast with protein starts your child's day off right.
  • Make mealtimes a priority. Sitting down at the table as a family is an important part of establishing healthy eating habits.
  • Get kids involved in shopping for groceries and choosing which foods to eat.
  • Make small shifts to healthier foods. Find a few alternatives to unhealthy items in your fridge or pantry. Switch sugary cereals to whole grain unsweetened cereal or sugary fruit bars to whole fruits like berries or bananas.
  • Limit foods and drinks with added sugar, such as soda, and pre-packaged food.
  • Make fruits and veggies more appealing. To get your little ones to try more fruits and veggies, make it fun. Create a scene on their plate made up of fruits and veggies.

    Q: How do you make soup rich?
    A: Put 14 carats in it! 

    Keep scrolling for more nutrition facts and riddles!

    Read Across America & Happy Birthday Doctor Seuss

     

    March 2-3 we celebrate Read Across America and Dr. Seuss' Birthday!

    Dr. Seuss said it best, there’s no need to contest. “You can find magic wherever you look. Sit back and relax, all you need is a book.”

    Read: The Boy on Fairfield Street: How Ted Geisel Grew Up to Become Dr. Seuss by Kathleen Krull

    Events: Barnes and Noble Fairfield March 2nd 11 am

                  For more visit: http://www.seussville.com/Educators/educatorReadAcrossAmerica.php

    Q: What vegetable can you use to tie your shoe lace? 
    A: A string bean

    Daylight Saving Time Begins on Sunday March 10th

     
    "Spring forward, fall back" is one of the little sayings used to remember which way to set your clock. The idea is to move the clock forward by one hour so that there is more sunlight in the evening and less in the morning. Take this opportunity to help children learn and develop their time-telling skills. Use the extra daylight to plan a picnic in the park or go for a bike ride with the whole family. 

    Read: The Lost Hour: A Grand Globetrotting Adventure with Six o'clock and Friends by Nicola Pearson

    *Don't forget to change the batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors

    St. Patrick's Day is March 17th

    Happy St. Patrick's Day!

    Every March 17, we celebrate St. Patrick's Day in observance of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. St. Patrick's Day has evolved into a day of celebrating Irish culture with parades, music, dancing, special foods, and of course, a lot of green.  

    Visit: St. Patrick's Day

    for a few interesting St. Patrick's Day facts!

    Poison Prevention Week March 18-24


    National Poison Prevention Week raises awareness of poison prevention nationwide during the third full week of March every year. The week is an opportunity to highlight the dangers of poisonings for people of all ages and promote community involvement in poisoning prevention.

    Visit: Poison Control Information

    Cesar Chavez Day March 31

    Cesar Chavez Day is always celebrated on his birthday, 31 March. This day honors Cesar Chavez, an American labor leader and civil rights activist who co-founded the National Farm Workers Association in 1962.

    Click here to learn more about Cesar Chavez

    Did you know fiber is found in vegetables, whole grains and fruit and helps your body digest food.

    Tax Season is Here

    More than a dozen sites across Solano County are offering free tax preparation service for low- and moderate-income residents.The Vacaville’s Family Resources Center will provide assistance by appointment through April 13 to anyone who makes less than $51,000 annually. The center is located at 3112 Cernon St., Suite D. Those who are interested need to call 469-6608. Assistance is also being offered from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 16 and from 3 to 7 p.m. Mondays until April 13 at the Vacaville Cultural Center Library at 1020 Ulatis Drive. For more sites and information click below:

    Earn it, Keep it, Save it!

    First 5 Solano Calendar


    The 2019 First 5 Solano calendar is now available for distribution. The calendar provides tips for parents and caregivers, as well as recognizes observances for young children. There is also information on how to connect with local community resources to support children and families. We have included a tear out page that can be used to engage children in social emotional learning and a developmental milestones page to help parents monitor their child’s development. This year we included a special character throughout the calendar to encourage parents to interact with their kids all year long. The calendar is FREE for the community and available in English and Spanish.Click on I want to order a calendar or call 707-784-1332 to have calendars delivered directly to your door.



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