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Our blog ‘Nourishing Thoughts’ keeps families informed on current nutrition news, fun kid-friendly nutrition tips to encourage healthy food, nutrition, and exercise choices, nutrition articles, and interactive tools for parents. Our healthy nutrition blog is for parents, teachers, and everyone who is interested in kids' health and nutrition.

Often, we will have weekly themes about healthy habits.  The topic is discussed on Mondays, we follow up with a fun informative infographic that provides key facts about the topic, finishing up on Friday with some great materials and resources to use to bring that topic to home, school or wherever you are working with children to promote healthier habits! Enjoy.

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About Maggie

I am a nurse and a mother of two.  I am also the founder of Nourish Interactive. I am very concerned about the health and well being of our children.  I started the Nourishing Thoughts Blog so that I could help parents keep up on the latest trends in children’s nutrition and exercise. 

I know that much like reading and writing is the foundation for learning, nutrition is the foundation for healthy children.  But with so many new studies, products and trends constantly being reported it is hard to keep up.  I just want to make it a little easier for parents by doing some of the legwork and providing you with up to date information.

Apr 20, 2009

Fast-food and childhood obesity - how close is the nearest fast-food to your child's school?

This should be of no surprise to anyone. It actually seems rather obvious! But a recent study conducted by UC Berkeley found the following stats: childhood obesity rates among 9th graders were increased by 5.2% when a fast food restaurant is within...
Apr 20, 2009

Family Fun Fitness Tips- Get Active Together- Teach the Kids to Celebrate Earth Day

Celebrate Earth Day – get outside with the kids. Connect with the natural world by exploring and helping the environment. Take a hike, pick up trash, plant a native tree or shrub. Hands-on activities in nature are good for your family’s healt...
Apr 17, 2009

Buying healthy foods doesn't have to be expensive - top 50 healthy foods that give you the best value

We often think that healthy foods tend to be the more expensive foods.  But that is not necessarily true.There are some simple rules you can follow that will help you buy healthier foods at an inexpensive price. by fruits and vegetables in season b...
Apr 15, 2009

Get kids in the kitchen having fun, helping to cook and learning to love healthy foods

Getting kids in the kitchen at an early age can really make a difference in their food preferences, eating habits and nutrition!I was reading an article written by KidsCooking411 discussing kids "natural interest" to cook.ÂShe's right.  Kids do love t...
Apr 13, 2009

KaBOOM gets kids moving and being active with playgrounds resource for families

Dancing with the stars, Julianne Hough has joined KaBOOM, to find 100,000 play spaces in 100 days.   The organization is planning to map and rate playspaces nationwide.  This will be a great resource for families.  But more importantly, it will also h...
Apr 13, 2009

Healthy Monday Tips - Keep the Family Healthy with Enough Daily Sleep

As days grow longer, don’t skimp on your family's shuteye, especially the kids!   Starting your week with enough sleep (7-8 hours or more for most adults) helps reduce stress, control appetite, lowers blood pressure, boosts the immune system, and ca...
Apr 10, 2009

Parents and kids - Join the nation for National TV Turnoff Week - April 20-26

Don't forget to plan for "TV Turnoff Week".  This year it will be celebrated on April 20-26.I wanted to remind you early enough so that you could have a family planning session.  TV is such a big part of most of our lives, that turning it off for a w...
Apr 08, 2009

4-year-olds have high childhood obesity rate- found across all races

It was very disconcerting to read the latest childhood obesity report on childhood obesity and our preschool population. The study was conducted by the National Center for Education Statistics and looked at 8550 preschoolers born in 2001. The child...
Apr 06, 2009

Does my Child Really Need Milk - Some Key Questions Answered

1.  Does my child need milk?Milk or milk products are so important for children because they contain nine essential nutrients and vitamins as well as protein.  Milk has: vitamin A vitamin D vitamin B12 calcium potassium phosphorus riboflavin ...
Apr 06, 2009

Healthy Monday Tip- Keep Saturated Fats Down by Substituting Meat One Day a Week

Making Mondays meatless moderates your family's saturated fat intake and balances nutrition. Delicious meals with veggies, whole grains and beans (instead of meat) can help prevent heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer – four leading preventable...
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