Monday, October 19, 2009
The intake of food on daily basis is directly proportional to the strength of our body. If I start by asking a question What type of food do you take?
Child's Healthy Meal Planner
Use this easy calculator to see what foods your child needs!
Want to know what your child should be eating? Use this easy calculator to see what foods your child needs and how much!
You can also create a meal plan based on the recommendations or you can see how your child’s current eating habits measure against the recommended food plan.
Our calculator is based on the USDA 2005 food guidelines. Our goal is to help give you the information you need to guide your child to eat a balanced diet. By providing your child with the food they need from each of the food groups, your child will be getting all the vitamins and minerals necessary to help them grow and develop in a healthy way.
There are three ways that you can use the Child’s Healthy Meal Calculator:
1. You can find out what your child needs to have a balanced diet
2. You can create a personalized meal using the recommendations listed as your guide. The meal planner will guide you in determining what foods make up a serving and how much food does it take to meet the calorie needs of your child. You might be surprised at how those calories add up when providing foods from all the food groups. The body does not really need very much of the “Other Foods” (These are the foods that have very little nutritional value. They are mostly made of sugar and/or fat.)
3. You can compare your child’s current diet to the recommendations to see if your child is getting a balanced diet. One way to do this is to use the meal planner and create a meal plan that shows what your child is currently eating and then compare it to the recommendations.
Remember, a balanced diet means your child is getting all the vitamins and minerals their body needs.
Find out if your child is at a healthy weight
What is BMI?
Body Mass Index (BMI) is a number calculated from a child’s weight and height. BMI is a reliable indicator of body fatness for most children and teens.
What is a BMI percentile?
You will notice a percentile ranking. This percentile ranking was calculated based on the BMI number and where it falls on the CDC BMI-for-age growth charts (for either girls or boys). Percentiles are the most commonly used indicator to assess the size and growth patterns of individual children in the United States. The percentile indicates the relative position of the child’s BMI number among children of the same sex and age. The growth charts show the weight status categories used with children and teens (underweight, healthy weight, at risk of overweight, and overweight).
BMI-for-age weight status categories and the corresponding percentiles are shown in the following table.
Weight Status Category Percentile Range
Underweight Less than the 5%
Healthy weight 5% to less than the 84%
At risk of overweight 85% to 94%
Overweight Equal to or greater than the 95%
How is BMI used with children and teens?
BMI is used as a screening tool to identify possible weight problems for
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
If I had a few wishes, I see things done right I'd end all the darkness, and bring eternal light I'd see His love shared, and everyone would care As He meant it to be. Every child'll have a smile, and be living in style Love would touch every soul, it would always show Sickness and misery, are things that wouldn't be And love is all that we'd see
Repeat Chorus: The sun would always shine, we'd leave tears behind We'd love all our neighbors, and we'd all be real kind We'd all have someone, we'd all get to laugh As He meant it to be Repeat Chorus:
Saturday, May 16, 2009
It is quite obvious that the grocery stores of school around the world are filled with a variety of food. This would lead to what to give the pupils at a given time? How can they detect the food that is healthier? This quagmire has been put to an end by the introduction of a new healthy foods for schools. This is melt to make pupils in schools to eat healthy and also to detect healthy food. What is erudite in the classroom can be used in school lunches, fund raising events and vending machines. Healthy Foods for your School gives a pathway to ensure food choices in schools are hale and hearty.
One has to know that each group of food is associated with a particular nutrient. For instance, vegetables and fruit are very low in salt and sugar. My nutritionist told me that it takes about 3 days for milk to digest in the human digestive this is quite unbelievable when I first heard. But I quite agreed with him because he is the professional. It is quite advisable to provide meat for your teenage pupils while fish is better for those that are above 25 yrs.
Healthy Foods for My School has the answers. Compare the Nutrition Facts table on packaged foods to the standards outlined for each food group.
Here’s what others who have used the tool are saying about it:
“I never knew what to look for on the label and now I do. It’s much easier to know what foods to put in our vending machine and canteen.”
“We have school nutrition guidelines so one uses it all the time. One like the Tips for Making the Best Choices sections. These tips help me know what foods to choose most often for our students.”
Healthy Foods for My School help out schools in making healthy foods and beverages accessible more often. The tool is appropriate for settings besides schools including institutions, workplaces, and hobby facilities and wherever you see packaged foods.
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
There is no arguing the effectiveness of vitamins and minerals for optimum health. It is a fact however that people are often left confused by all the information out there, about what are the right quantities needed to meet the body’s daily requirements.
Recommended Daily Intake
The Recommended regular Intake or Reference Daily Intake refers to the levels of each nutrient that should be consumed on a daily basis. All calculations are based on the assumption that the person is healthy. When you look at food labels the information offered is based on these recommendations.
What are multivitamins?
Multivitamins are specially prepared supplements meant to add vitamins and minerals to our daily diets. It is unlikely that anyone can meet all their dietary needs just from food. Vitamin supplements are meant to fill the gap, and promote good health. They come in various forms, such as pills, soluble powders and liquid gel capsules among others.
Not surprisingly, there is still much debate as to the necessity of taking vitamin supplements. For the most part however, doctors seem to agree that it would be wise to take a vitamin supplement to give the diet a boost. One thing that many doctors seem to agree on is that more expensive does not necessarily mean better when it comes to multivitamins.
It is important to note that diets rich in antioxidants help prevent heart disease and cancer. However this has lead many to believe that they need to take these in large doses. Nothing could be further from the truth. Taken in large doses, antioxidant vitamins could actually have an adverse effect on the health. For this reason, most doctors suggest avoiding individual vitamin A, C and E supplements, as you can get these from your multivitamin in safer doses.
Doctors are also quick to point out that taking multivitamins, no matter how high the quality, does not mean that you can just eat what you want. A sensible diet and healthy lifestyle are still the hallmarks of well being. The recommendations for multivitamins that each person should take will vary depending on a number of factors. These include
• Gender, particularly if dealing with a woman of childbearing age
• The individual’s overall health
After menopause, women begin to lose bone mass. Therefore they would need a multivitamin with higher calcium content, or a special calcium supplement. The recommendation is that after turning 50, women need between 1,200 to 1,500 milligrams of calcium to maintain bone strength. Since it is best taken in doses of roughly 500 milligrams, a calcium supplement may be the best bet for women in this category.
Also, multivitamins become more important for people over age 60, as at that time the body may have difficulty absorbing some nutrients from food. Women who are pregnant or who are hoping to become pregnant should take a folic acid supplement, or a multivitamin that contains it. It has been shown that folic acid help to prevent birth defects. Individuals who have been placed on blood thinners should avoid vitamin K. This vitamin has been shown to interact with these types of medication.
In conclusion, one should not allow ourselves to believe that dose after dose of vitamins is the equivalent of a healthy lifestyle. Doctors are keen to stress that we should try to eat the minimum five servings of fruits and vegetables everyday. No matter how good your vitamins are, they can never replace a well balanced diet.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
The use of water in our daily activities cannot be over emphasized and also should not be kept aside. Most people around the globe are not aware of the useness of water. In this article we would discuss how water can be use to cure some common diseases like hypertension, cancer, dry cough and many more.
ONe would be able to say that God is merciful and has given us natural remmedy to combat or heal some ailment that are a treat to the human race.
When you wake up in the mornintg before brushing your teeth, drink 4x16ml glasses of water.
Brush and clean the mouth but do not eat or drink anything for 45 minutes
After 45 minutes you may eat and drink as normal.
After 15 minutes of breakfast, lunch and dinner do not eat or drink anything for 2 hours.
Those who are old or sick and are unable to drink 4 glasses of water at the beginning may commence by taking little water and gradually increase it to 4 glasses per day.
The above method of treatment will cure disease of the sick and others can enjoy a healthy like
High Blood pressure - 30 days
Gastric 10 Days
Diabetes - 30 days
Constipation 10 days
Cancer 180 days
T.B. 90 Days
Arthritis patients should follow the treatment only for 3 days in the 1st week, and from 2nd week onwards daily.
This treatment method has no side effects, however at the commencement of treatment you may have to urinate a few tiimes. It is better if we continue this and make this procedure a routine work in our life
Drink Water and stay healthy and active. This makes sense.