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Elena Serrano

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Building Healthy Meals Together Jul 7, 2014 HNFE-111NP
Calcium: Build Strong Bones

Calcium is an important nutrient for your body and for your health. Calcium helps your heart, muscles, and nerves function. It is also important for bone health.

May 1, 2009 348-019
Cook Together. Eat Together. Talk Together. Jul 7, 2014 HNFE-113NP
Energy Drinks: Are They Healthy for Children? Mar 17, 2014 HNFE-183P
Fruits and Veggies Jul 7, 2014 HNFE-112NP
Go Local, Virginia

Buying and eating locally grown foods – foods that are produced near you or in Virginia – offer numerous benefits for you and your community.

May 1, 2009 348-127
Healthy Eating for Children Ages 2 to 5 Years Old: A Guide for Parents and Caregivers

Rapid growth and development occurs during the preschool years, ages 2 through 5. A child grows about 2 to 3 inches and gains 4 to 5 pounds each year. Proper nutrition and opportunities to play and be physically active are critical to ensuring your child grows properly, learns to enjoy nutritious foods, and adopts healthy behaviors for maximum development and lifelong health.

This publication covers various topics of interest to parents and caregivers of young children and gives an overview of optimal feeding practices.

Dec 13, 2013 348-150 (HNFE-105P)
Healthy Weights for Healthy Kids, Smart Activities Lesson, Experience: Activitudes Dec 13, 2011 348-998
Healthy Weights for Healthy Kids, Smart Activities Lesson, Experience: Calorie Countdown Dec 13, 2011 348-999
Healthy Weights for Healthy Kids: What Is a Healthy Weight?

There is no one healthy weight for all children. Children come in different sizes and shapes. Some children are naturally petite. Others have bigger builds, larger bones, or greater muscle mass that can result in a heavier weight. They also grow at different rates. Any weight that supports growth, learning, development, fitness, and well-being can be a healthy weight.

Dec 10, 2014 348-270 (HNFE-213P)
Healthy Weights for Healthy Kids: What Should I Do if My Child Has a Poor Body Image?

It is important to promote a positive body image among youth since it can influence their concept of self worth, as well as confidence.

May 1, 2009 348-272
Healthy Weights for Healthy Kids: What Should I Do if My Child Is Overweight?

If your child is overweight, he or she is not alone. Overweight and obesity are growing at epidemic rates among American children and teens. The rate has tripled in 30 years and is expected to rise. In 2012, 18 percent of children ages 6 to 11 and 20 percent of adolescents ages 12 to 19 were considered obese.

Dec 10, 2014 348-273 (HNFE-215P)
Healthy Weights for Healthy Kids: What Should I Do if My Child Is Underweight?

Being underweight is not the same as being thin or slender. Some children have a naturally slight build and maintain it with a well-balanced diet and physical activity. This is normal and healthy. However, true underweight may be a sign of dietary, health, or emotional problems.

May 1, 2009 348-271
Healthy Weights for Healthy Kids; Smart Activities Lesson Experience: Laborsaving Devices Dec 13, 2011 349-001
Healthy Weights for Healthy Kids; Smart Activities Lesson, Experience: Activity Charades Dec 13, 2011 348-996
Healthy Weights for Healthy Kids; Smart Choices Lesson Experience: Tongue-Tastic Dec 14, 2011 349-018
Healthy Weights for Healthy Kids; Smart Drinks Lesson Experience: Be a Drink Detective Dec 14, 2011 349-010
Healthy Weights for Healthy Kids; Smart Drinks Lesson Experience: Mix It Up Dec 14, 2011 349-011
Healthy Weights for Healthy Kids; Smart Drinks Lesson Plans Experience: Filter-Buster Dec 14, 2011 349-012
Healthy Weights for Healthy Kids; Smart Foods Lesson Experience: Color Your Plate Dec 14, 2011 349-015
Healthy Weights for Healthy Kids; Smart Foods Lesson Experience: Nutrient Navigation Dec 14, 2011 349-013
Healthy Weights for Healthy Kids; Smart Foods Lesson Experience: Planning a Healthy Plate Dec 14, 2011 349-014
Healthy Weights for Healthy Kids; Smart Image Lesson Experience: What’s Important Is Inside Dec 14, 2011 349-006
Healthy Weights for Healthy Kids; Smart Image Lesson Experience: What’s “Normal” Supposed to Look Like Anyway? Dec 14, 2011 349-009
Healthy Weights for Healthy Kids; Smart Image Lesson Experience: You Can’t Judge a Book by its Cover Dec 14, 2011 349-008
Healthy Weights for Healthy Kids; Smart Image Lesson Plans Experience: Body Positive Dec 14, 2011 349-007
Healthy Weights for Healthy Kids; Smart Snacks Lesson Experience: Commercializing Ourselves Dec 13, 2011 349-005
Healthy Weights for Healthy Kids; Smart Snacks Lesson Experience: Grazing on Grains Dec 13, 2011 349-004
Healthy Weights for Healthy Kids; Smart Snacks Lesson Experience: Label Literacy Dec 13, 2011 349-002
Healthy Weights for Healthy Kids; Smart Snacks Lesson Experience: Sandwich Something Dec 13, 2011 349-003
Healthy Weights for Healthy Kids;Smart Choices Lesson Experience: Sense of Time Dec 14, 2011 349-017
Información Esencial Sobre la Seguridad de los Alimentos: Una Guía Para Padres y Proveedores de Cuidado de Niños

Los microbios o bacterias pueden ser benefíciales pero también perjudiciales. Los alimentos pueden tener microbios buenos y malos. Las bacterias “buenas” tales como las bacterias en el yogurt nos ayudan a digerir alimentos y la levadura que nos ayuda a preparar alimentos como el pan. Los microbios o bacteria “malas” pueden causarnos enfermedades. Para los niños pequeños, las bacterias malas pueden ser especialmente dañinas porque ellos todavía están formando su sistema de defensas o sistema inmunológico.

May 26, 2009 348-653S
Iron: Build Strong Blood

Iron is an important nutrient for your body and for your health. It helps your cells “breathe.” Iron works with protein to make the hemoglobin in red blood cells.

May 1, 2009 348-371
Kids, Food, and Electronic Media

What consequences can electronic media use have on children? The consequences are wide-ranging and can be both positive and negative.

May 1, 2009 348-008
Let’s Move! Enjoy Moving as a Family Jul 7, 2014 HNFE-122NP
Milk Matters Jul 7, 2014 HNFE-88NP
Nonnutritive Sweeteners: Are They Safe? Oct 24, 2013 HNFE-140P
Nourishing Children with Books May 1, 2009 348-950
Pescados y Mariscos en Virginia - Inocuos y Nutritivos Jan 12, 2010 348-961S
Popular Diets: If It Sounds Too Good to Be True, It Probably Is Dec 6, 2013 HNFE-141P
Safe and Nutritious Seafood in Virginia May 1, 2009 348-961
Sink Those Germs! Food Safety Jul 7, 2014 HNFE-121NP
Smart Activities Lesson, Experience: Silly Songs Dec 13, 2011 348-997
Sports Drinks: Are They Necessary for My Child? Nov 18, 2013 HNFE-142P
The Low-Carbohydrate Craze: Is it a healthy way to lose weight?

This fact sheet provides an overview of two of the most popular diets, along with the pros and cons of weight loss and health with these diets.

May 1, 2009 348-351
The Nitty-Gritty of Food Safety: A Guide for Parents and Childcare Providers Feb 2, 2012 FST-11
Trans Fats and the Food Label

Coronary heart disease (CHD) is a leading cause of death in the United States, with cholesterol being a major factor. Research has shown that high cholesterol can be the result of eating a diet with too much saturated fat and cholesterol. The latest research shows that another fat, trans fat (also called trans fatty acids), also raises low-density lipoprotein (LDL) or “bad” cholesterol levels.

May 1, 2009 348-350
Whole Grains Jul 7, 2014 HNFE-76NP