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One of the easiest ways to pack healthy lunches for kids is to prepare pizza. You can make mini pepperoni slices or regular sliced pepperoni and top them with shredded mozzarella cheese. You can also pack a yogurt smoothie in a thermos or a sealable plastic container. You can serve this with a spoon.

Healthy school lunches for children

As the obesity epidemic continues to spread, a healthy school meal for your kid’s lunchbox is becoming increasingly important for the health of children. Research has shown that children who are not properly nourished have trouble focusing in school. Eating nutritious meals can also help children fight off illnesses. Eating nourishing foods is good for the immune system, which makes it easier for children to fight off the flu, colds, and other ailments.

Providing healthy school lunches for children is the responsibility of the school. Unfortunately, a majority of children are not provided with the nutrition that their bodies need to thrive. Providing a nutritious meal helps combat sickness, malnutrition, and poverty. To help combat these issues, schools must make sure that their children are served only the best and most balanced meals.

Children should also be encouraged to pack their own lunches. Having a say in what goes into their lunch is a great way to boost their confidence and teach them about the importance of macronutrient balance. If possible, consider taking a cooking course or workshop for children, so they can prepare healthy lunches themselves.

Recipes

Lunchboxes can be a challenge, but with a little creativity, you can make lunches that are both healthy and tasty. Wraps and sandwiches are great options. Wraps are a good choice because they can be made ahead of time. Mac and cheese is another great option. This two-ingredient meal is easy to make and a great choice for kids.

Egg rolls are a healthy way to pack eggs in a lunchbox. Boiled eggs get soggy and are tough for kids to eat, so egg rolls are a good choice. Egg rolls are also easy to make and are packed with fiber, protein, carbs, fat, and folic acid. Bananas are another good option, as they are packed with potassium. Potato patties are also a great option for lunchboxes. Just cook the potatoes until they’re golden on both sides and your kids will enjoy the delicious treat.

Another easy snack is a pizza pocket. You can use jarred pizza sauce but add finely chopped veggies. You can also make a Greek salad. This salad is full of colorful vegetables and is a fun alternative to the typical green salad.

Tools

When you pack lunches for your kids, you can do so much more than just pack a few boxes of snacks. There are tools you can use to make meal preparation easier, such as spoons, forks, and measuring cups. Some tools are even reusable. For instance, a lunchbox chalkboard lid can replace paper notes and can save you money on paper. Similarly, a miniature salad … Read More...

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SPRINGFIELD — Baystate Health will launch a free Military Veterans Virtual Healthcare Lunchtime Series on Wednesday, Nov. 3, with “Overview of Military Culture and the Health Risks of Military Service.”

Led by Janet Fraser Hale, professor emeritus of UMass Medical School, she will explain how military service may impact a veteran’s behavior and health.

The Wednesday virtual lecture series — featuring experts in military culture and health care — will begin at noon and end between 1 or 1:30 p.m. depending on the topic and session.

The series is a collaboration with VA Central Western Massachusetts Healthcare System, Central Hampshire Veterans’ Services, and the Western Massachusetts Veterans Outreach Project.

It is Baystate’s second project with the community partners.

Additional dates and topics and presenters include:

  • Nov. 10: “Community Reintegration: On Homecoming and Belonging” – John Paradis, member of the Western Massachusetts Veterans Outreach Project. Paradis will describe how the impact of military service contributes to a veteran’s sense of self and the veteran’s need for continued meaning and purpose when returning home from service.
  • Nov. 17: “VA Suicide Prevention” – Kate Nye, a suicide prevention coordinator with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, will explore the issues concerning suicide and mental health in the veteran community and talk about important ways to take part in suicide prevention and how to help veterans in crisis.
  • Dec. 1: “Traumatic Brain Injury in Combat Veterans” – Jill Thurman and Lee Ashendorf, experts who work with veterans with TBI, will discuss what has been called the “signature wound” of the recent conflicts in Southwest Asia and will review treatment coordination and management of veterans with persisting symptoms following a TBI.
  • Dec. 8: “Achievements and Challenges Facing Military and Veteran Families” – Kathryn Basham, professor emeritus at Smith College School of Social Work, will discuss the impact of military service and deployments on military families and children and the corresponding factors in supporting them.

January sessions will review how the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs works with local community providers in scheduling health care for veterans and will look at the unique environmental health exposures related to military service. A future session on the use of mediation training to help veterans resolve conflict is also being planned.

Continuing education credits are available. Advance registration is required by visiting https://education.baystatehealth.org/2021-military-veterans-healthcare/series/2021-military-veterans-healthcare-virtual-lunchtime-series.

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