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The Healthy Family Meals Newsletter, Issue #98 TV Turnoff Week 2008, April 21-27!
April 21, 2008

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In a study of preschoolers (ages 1-4), a child’s risk of being overweight increased by six percent for every hour of television watched per day. If that child had a TV in his or her bedroom, the odds of being overweight jumped an additional thirty-one percent for every hour watched. Preschool children with TVs in their bedroom watched an additional 4.8 hours of TV or videos every week. – Dennison, et al. 2002

One student was quoted regarding the postitive effects of Turn-off Week, “I kept a journal to keep track of my activities and once I limited my screen-time, Turnoff Week changed me a lot. It helped me grow into a person who is not too busy to be considerate, to take time to get math problems right and whose life no longer revolves around TV, but around me and my family.”

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children over the age of two limit their screen time to no more than one to two hours per day. Excessive screen time, particularly television, has an adverse impact on children and their families. It is associated with increased risk of obesity, less nutritious meals and snacks, and increased violence.

Obesity in children and adolescents is reaching epidemic levels in the U.S. and results in diseases associated with older adults such as type 2 diabetes and hypertension striking at an early age.

Turnoff Week is a great opportunity for school staff, PTA representatives, community libraries, or other youth-oriented programs or organizations to work with children and their families to find fun, active alternatives to hours in front of a screen.

To help you plan and promote a week without screen-time, an updated Organizer’s Kit and Posters are available free upon request to New York State schools, organizations and interested individuals while supplies last.

To obtain training site information and to register, contact the Center for SCREEN-TIME Awareness at or 202-333-9220.

Here's to less TV watching this week in our families and more great conversations about each other's lives!

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Ingredients and Instructions:

Refreshingly light and healthy, cranberry-apple granola – made with pecans and maple syrup – adds crunch to tangy yogurt. A tasty, easy-to-make treat for breakfast, lunch or dessert!

1-6 oz bag (1 1/3 cups) Cranberries, dried

1 cup Apples, dried and chopped

1 cup Apple juice, unsweetened

¾ cup Maple syrup

1 teaspoon Cinnamon, ground

½ teaspoon Salt

4 cups Old fashioned rolled oats

1 cup Pecans, chopped

½ cup Oat bran

½ cup Wheat germ

½ cup Sunflower seeds

24 oz (2 2/3 cups) Vanilla yogurt, fat free

Preheat oven to 300°F. Place cranberries and apples in large bowl; set aside.

Bring apple juice, maple syrup, cinnamon and salt to boil. Pour over cranberries and apples; let sit 15 minutes.

Mix oats, pecans, oat bran, wheat germ and sunflower seeds together in separate bowl. Stir into cranberry mixture until blended. Spread onto 15½x10½x1-inch jellyroll pan.

Bake at 300°F about 1 hour, stirring every 10 minutes, until golden brown. Remove from oven; cool. Store in sealed container or plastic bag. Makes 9 cups.

To assemble parfait, place 1/3 cup yogurt in bottom of parfait glass. Layer with 1/4 cup granola. Repeat ending with 1/4 cup of granola. Serve immediately. Makes 4 parfaits.

This recipe was taken from the website, visit for more healthy family recipes!

What will your family do for healthier MEALTIMES?

Celebrating Healthy Families 2008

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Kindy --Your Family Dietitian

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