a healthy dose of thanks!

In Montclair, many classrooms are now up and running with Fresh Fridays (and even Wellness Wednesday Healthy Classroom Snacks)! Having a weekly fresh snack schedule is a great way to organize fueling students with healthy and fresh snacks on a regular basis.

peeled and ready to eat clementines for the whole class!
peeled and ready to eat clementines for the whole class!

Signup genius can make coordinating fresh class snacks simple. Please let us know if you need help getting Wellness Wednesday Healthy Classroom Snack or Fresh Fridays running in your classroom. We can also help set up a Signup Genius for your class!

Classroom Celebrations: The month of November is an easy time to focus celebrations on the fresh autumn produce being harvested. Although there are many ideas on the web for making turkey sculptures out of a wide range of fruits and veggies, seasonal food can be simpler than that. For example, provide apples and pears or make recipes with cranberries, pumpkins or corn. There are many options for healthy snacks and celebration treats that use these delicious ingredients!

Turkey inspired snack creations:

Healthy Turkey Snacks

Fruit Turkey

Harvest Recipes:

Classic Apple Sauce

Pumpkin Apple Muffins

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

If you have any healthy celebration ideas, we would love to hear them! healthandwellness@bradfordpta.org

You can always refer to The Bradford Food Guide for ideas:

The Bradford Food Guide

thirsty?

hydration's key
                                                                               hydration’s the key

Huge thanks to Sarah Otazo for sharing this post on the importance of Hydration. Making sure to get enough water, whether you’re in school or out, is a key component to health and wellness. And during the scorching heat of summer, it’s an even bigger priority. As reported by the recent CNN article Your kids probably aren’t drinking enough of this (link attached), dehydration can lead to “cognitive impairment, headaches and even nausea in severe cases”.

So, we all know hydration is important, but how much is enough? A quick rule of thumb is to simply divide your weight in half and that number is the minimum number of ounces you should drink in a day. For example, a 60 lb child should drink roughly 30 ounces or a quart per day. An easy way to keep track of how many ounces you drink is to measure it out at the beginning of the day and make sure the container is empty by the end of the day. And that amount is just the minimum.

Beverages with caffeine can dehydrate you further and sugary drinks may not be the best way to stay hydrated either. Both caffeinated and sugary drinks may contain ingredients that are non-nutritive.

Lastly, as we head into the summer, it’s crucial to be mindful that sweating from exercise or heat is dehydrating.  Increasing water intake another 25-50% of your daily intake can make up for sweating or consuming non-hydrating drinks. So reap the benefits of increased energy, better health and vitality by staying well hydrated this summer!

Check out these great links that address the same topics!

http://www.cnn.com/2015/06/15/health/kids-teens-water-dehydration-summer/index.htm

http://weelicious.com/2015/06/01/water-best-drink/?utm_source=Master+Weelicious+List&utm_campaign=1af9c61d36-RSS-Daily-Email&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_9644fa1dcf-1af9c61d36-24445929

Sarah Otazo is the mom of a Bradford third grader and is currently working towards her certification as a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner.

Springtime Fuel- Fresh Air!

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Non-Food Focused Fun

This is the perfect time of year to plan a celebration around an outside activity instead of food. Extra playtime, playground time or a fun group game is a festive option for any celebration. There was a tagline on another school district’s website that had a creative saying- Let’s Party, Let’s Play! Relays, a beanbag toss, Minute to Win It or a scavenger hunt are just some great ideas.