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The Healthy Family Meals Newsletter, Issue #100 Sleeping Babies Stay Thin!
May 29, 2008


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Kindy's Musings....

Now every week, as your family dietitian, I will be scoping out the most relevant research and news that you can use to help your family make healthy nutrition and wellness choices.

NEWS & ARTICLE CLIPS

...about the food industry we shop in as parents and educators...and family nutrition and health issues today.

How many of you feel guilty when you take a nap or actually get more than 6 hours of restful sleep at night? Read the new findings below advocating that sleep is more than important, it is essential to balanced health and nutrition.

Sleeping babies stay slim: Infants who fail to get enough sleep are prime candidates for overweight later in childhood, according to a new Harvard University study.

Researchers who recorded the sleeping habits of over 900 children ages six months, one year, and two years found that the more sleep babies got, the less likely they were to be overweight at age three.

Infants who slept less were twice as likely to be overweight as children who slept more, according to results of the study published in the April 2008 issue of The Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.

The research results on sleep were also correlated with television viewing. Children who slept less and watched more than two hours of television a day were at the highest risk for childhood obesity.

The two (factors) are acting independently, said Dr. Elise Taveras, a professor of pediatrics at Harvard, though in combination, they are particularly risky.

Taveras said that for parents, what is most important is to practice good sleep hygiene techniques.Those include: -No TV in the bedroom -No caffeinated drinks, and so on.

Getting a good night's sleep, she emphasized, this not just to be at our best the next day; it's really to assure good health.

For further information, see the study results at: http://archpedi.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/short/162/4/305.




Read the latest food trends and happenings with the links below:

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SCHOOL TURNS COURTYARD INTO GARDEN CLASSROOM

RISING PRICES IMPACT WHERE CONSUMERS SHOP FOR FOOD

THE FIRST TEA MUSEUM IN USA


UN-STUFFED PEPPER CASSEROLE

Thank you for sharing this favorite recipe Anna from Missouri!

Ingredients and Instructions:

Un-Stuffed Pepper Casserole

1 lb 99% lean ground turkey, beef or chicken

2 packages Success Brown Rice

1 green pepper chopped

1 red pepper chopped

1 cup fresh mushrooms diced

1 jar of spagetti sauce

1/2 cup water

8oz of 2% shredded cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 375 degrees

Brown and drain meat

Mix next 6 ingredients with meat

Place in 9x13 pan and bake for 30 minutes

Sprinkle cheese on top and bake an additional 5-10 mins until it is melted.

Enjoy!



What will your family do for healthier MEALTIMES?

Celebrating Healthy Families 2008



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Kindy --Your Family Dietitian


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