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Back to School

Posted on 09/4/2012

Today officially marks the start of back to school for many children. No more summer vacation, no more pool parties, and no more hours of playing endlessly outside. Summer is officially over in the eyes of children, parents and teachers alike...although the calendar doesn't officially recognize the first day of autumn until September 22nd.

Summer is a wonderful time of year, but so too is fall. Each season has its marvels that I greatly enjoy. I guess that's why I love living in the Midwest, since we are fortunate enough to have all 4 seasons. I greatly enjoy the fall for children go back to school eager to learn new subjects and re-connect with friends they have not seen for months. 

It is a wonderful time of year to remember that even with busy schedules it is truly important to eat a healthy, balanced diet. Don't sacrifice nutrition for convenience. With a little advance planning, eating healthy can go hand-in-hand with eating on the go. When my children were young, I would always make extra food on the weekend, such as a roast turkey or chicken to help with meals throughout the week. 

There are many creative things you can do to eat healthier, if you put your mind to it. It doesn't have to cost more to eat a well-balanced diet either. In fact, I am certain eating fast food costs much more than you think. It certainly costs more long-term in respect to your health.

Another important thing to remember is that many children while in their school's care during the day, are exposed to many unhealthy food choices. It is not limited to the lunchroom either. Those meals are getting a little better, but can be so much more nutritious. Keep demanding it and be active with the parent teacher organization at your children's school to make it happen. 

Many children have exposure in the classroom with treats, snacks and the like on a very regular basis. This type of food is not good for young minds in need of healthy nutrition. It is also quite unhealthy for their growing bodies that require proper nutrition. My advice, be vocal and let your beliefs be known. There is nothing wrong with a parent sticking up for their child in sake of his/her health. Afterall, nutrition is the basis of good health. Speak up and don't worry if you are going against the grain. I did just that, and look at me now. That passion drove me to who I became today. People recognize me as a healthy eating expert. Sure, it was an uphill battle with the soda machines 30 years ago. But, in my heart I knew it was the right thing to do and I stuck to my beliefs.

You won't change everyone's mind, but if you can make a small impact and help others who are on the fence or unaware of how profoundly damaging unhealthy diets are, then you have succeeded. Also, lead by example. Your children will feel empowered and not cave to peer pressure for wanting and expecting healthy food to nourish their growing bodies if they live and breathe it at home. It is their normal. It is normal.

Good health is the most important asset in life, without it nothing else matters!

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Great news! Our Seattle Sutton's 2012 Slim Down Contestants for DuPage County have lost a total of 329.3 pounds in 13 weeks! Only 2 weeks to go. They are in the final stretch and getting closer to their goal weights.  

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Seattle Sutton, BSN, RN

She made healthy eating her mission in life long before anyone else did, in hopes of helping her own obese father. A registered nurse by training and entrepreneur at heart, she lives, eats and breathes everything about healthy eating and helping to improve people’s eating habits and overall health. She enjoys never having to bother with grocery shopping, cooking and counting calories. Her favorite SSHE meal, although it’s hard to pick just one, is the Potato Gnocchi with Basil Pesto Sauce.

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