Healthy Highlights

Distracted Eating

A literature research on distracted eating was conducted by the Penn State 5210 Research Team which lead to the publication of a new tool sheet to explain the negative effects of distracted eating. This sheet will be added to the 5210 Families Toolkit soon.  You can see the new distracted eating tool sheet by clicking…

5210 Highlight – Scott Air Force Base, Illinois

5210 Healthy Military Children is flourishing at Scott Air Force Base (AFB). One of the many successful programs is the 5210 Great Outdoors Challenge. Designed and implemented in 2016 by Darla Klausner, Program Director for 5210 Healthy Military Children at Scott AFB, the 5210 Healthy Military Children Great Outdoors Challenge encourages families to stay active…

How Much Sleep Do Children Need?

Getting enough sleep is essential for children to be healthy. Children who get enough sleep have improved attention, behavior, learning, memory, emotional regulation, quality of life, and mental and physical health. Children who get an insufficient amount of sleep can develop attention, behavior, and learning problems. Insufficient sleep can also increase the risk of accidents…

Growing Up Digital – Managing Children’s Screen Time

With the rapid growth of technology, parents may find it challenging to manage or limit their children’s screen time. Screen time is free time spent sitting or reclining in front of televisions, computers, tables, and similar screens. Too much screen time is linked to behavioral problems, obesity, irregular sleep, impaired academic functioning, aggression, and less…

May I have some more juice, please?

New recommendations for fruit juice. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released new recommendations  on fruit juice intake in late May of 2017.  One of the most significant changes from the previous recommendations is to limit intake to less than 4 oz of juice per day for toddlers under 4 years of age. Previous recommendations…

Picky Eaters

Here are some ways to encourage trying new fruits and vegetables!! Don’t expect them to love it instantly. It can take 10-20 exposures to a new food for children to like it. To minimize food waste, try buying frozen vegetables or fruits that can be defrosted in small portions. Try different ways of cooking the…

8 ways to drink more water

8 ways to drink more water Use these 8 tips to add flavor to your water! Get used to drinking more water by gradually increasing how much you drink each day. Play around with herbs and spices to give your flavored water something extra, like cinnamon sticks or mint leaves. If your fresh fruit is…