Healthy Tip # 49

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Welcome to a new category of my blog simply called ‘Healthy Tips.” Many times, when I write articles for various publications, I need to find sources for the story. Recently, I wrote an article for Yahoo Shine (click here) about keeping kids healthy. I was looking for experts and parents to chime in and give their favorite ‘tips’ to help kids (and their families) lead a healthy lifestyle.

The feedback for the story was amazing. The sources had some fantastic points of view that could not be ignored, and I thought their opinions should be viewed on the Your Health Journal web site.

So, enjoy my new series, with some ‘great’ insight from some ‘great’ people giving exceptional and educational points of view.

Healthy Tip From Laura Reissmann

“Each meal set a goal to get the most colors of the rainbow in your meal. This provides a fun way to get variety in the foods that you are consuming. For example if you have green beans, yellow squash and red watermelon you get 3 colors from the rainbow checked off your list. You can even create a rainbow chart in which you can color in which colors you eat at each meal.”

“Pay attention to calorie listings on menus. This provides an easy way for parents and kids to see the calorie count on menus and make a healthier choice. Make it a contest. Who can find the lowest calorie item or who can find the choices that are between 300-500 calories?”

– Laura Reissmann, Health and Wellness Coordinator, Madison, WI, Physicians Plus Health Insurance.