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The importance of eating a healthy diet to help children learn and grow

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Families today understand that healthy eating is more important than ever before. According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), 17% of all children and adolescents in America are obese. This is triple the rate of childhood obesity from only one generation ago. But did you know that eating a healthy diet can help your child to learn in and out of school, and to grow?

According to the National Institute of Health, it is critical that children begin the day with whole grains, proteins and fruits. Sugary cereals may be tempting with cute cartoon characters and sweet flavors, but they aren’t a healthy way to start out the day – or to sustain it. The “sugar high” from those cereals is often followed with a crash and children in school need to have a continued energy level so they can focus, concentrate and stay energized about their day from math problems to gym and everything in between.

Another big challenge is when children skip breakfast entirely. Krista Casazza, assistant professor in the nutrition sciences department at the University of Alabama at Birmingham believes that learning can be affected when children wind up not eating breakfast.

About 8 to 12% of all children in America miss breakfast, according to William Cochran, M.D., FAAP, a past member of the American Academy of Pediatric’s Committee on Nutrition. Cochran is also vice chairman of the Department of Pediatrics of the Geisinger Clinic in Danville, PA. By the time these children enter their teen years, about 20 to 30% of them are skipping breakfast entirely. A poor habit to develop.

Eating regular, healthy meals will help children to focus their attentions on learning and have plenty of energy and enthusiasm for school. They will be able to focus and work hard in their lessons. Fueling a child with healthy meals also means they will not be tempted to seek out unhealthy snacks in large portions after school because they are hungry.

Encouraging healthy eating habits is a positive habit you can give your child that will last them their entire lifetime. According to WebMD, teaching a child to eat healthy can help them to stay in a healthy weight range and to continue with normal growth. Children who learn to eat healthy as children often continue this healthy habit as adults, staying within a healthy weight range. Continue reading

Why Homeschooling Is Becoming a Popular Choice

Parents are faced with a myriad of decisions surrounding their children’s education. Location, cost and quality are just a few. The latest trend in the United States is homeschooling. In fact, more than 2 million children are homeschooled today, which is almost double the number of kids learning at home 14 years ago. The number of primary school children whose parents choose to forgo traditional education is actually growing seven times faster than the number of kids enrolling in schools. (At times the need for a homeschool tutors can be advantageous for parents needing a little help. The tutoring fees would be applicable to public school students as well.)

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Reasons to Learn at Home

The concept of homeschooling began when parents pulled children from schools citing a concern about the lack of values or “negative” values that were permeating public school curriculum. However, parents are now increasingly choosing alternative schooling for other reasons. A Department of Education study found:

  • 31 percent of parents cited concerns about safety, drugs or peer pressure
  • 30 percent opted for homeschooling because they could provide religious instruction
  • 16.5 percent were dissatisfied with public schooling academia
  • 14 percent said their children had special needs better met in a home setting Continue reading
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Richmond, Virginia is for (Foodie) Lovers

Richmond is steeped in American history, but there is something for almost everyone to enjoy here. From art galleries to botanical gardens, sporting events to museums, unique boutiques to top-notch salons and spas, Virginia’s capital city is uniquely diverse and never ceases to impress and entertain tourists and locals alike. Virginia may be for lovers, but eating in Richmond will prove to be a foodie lover’s paradise if one ever existed. Some of these tasty eats are available year-round, while other events happen just once a year—so be sure to plan in advance! In addition, some annual festivals are free to attend, while others require that you purchase tickets for entry. Many ticketed festivals are known to sell out quickly; if one is calling your name, it is strongly recommended that you purchase your ticket in advance. You are definitely not going to want to miss out on a single bite.

Carytown

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Richmond’s Carytown neighborhood should be at the top of any foodie’s “must-eat” list. This “mile of style” is home to literally hundreds of restaurants, bars, and local stores. Carytown enjoys several festivals throughout the year, including their very own Food & Wine Festival. Participating local restaurants will be offering samplings of Thai, Indian, and Mexican food—and of course, good old burgers and fries—though this list is far from comprehensive. The festival also spotlights some of the best regional wines available. Don’t forget about Carytown’s annual Watermelon Festival, where you can get to enjoy as much of this tasty fruit as you can handle—in addition to delicious watermelon-inspired cocktails at nearby bars and eateries. Continue reading