Posts for: June, 2017
Water/fluid intake is always important, but even more important in these hot dry summer months.
Water comprises about 70% of our total body weights. Recently, the Institute of Medicine and the American Academy of Pediatrics has recommended total fluid/beverage intake instead of water-only intake. Obviously, the beverages we drink should be mostly water or unsweetened beverages. An easy way to make sure we are drinking enough fluids is to make sure we have clear urine.
Recommended daily water intake by age:
5-8 years----5 cups (1 liter)
9-12 years--7 cups (1.5 liters)
13+ years---8-10 cups (2+ liters)
Adults---men 13 cups (3 liters) and women 9 cups (2.2 liters)
With moderate exercise we should add 1.5 to 2.5 extra cups per day. Drink up!
Summertime...and the living is...easy? Not for most families, because between sports, camps, sleepovers and the like, the one thing that usually suffers is family time.
Only 59% of families eat dinner together at least 5 times per week.
Much research has been done on the benefits of eating together as a family. For families who eat a meal together at least 4 times per week, it has been shown that:
---There is decreased risk for obesity, substance abuse, delinquent behavior, depression and eating disorders.
---There is an increase in healthful eating, GPA, chances of graduating from high school, self esteem, and children feeling like their parents are proud of them.
Family meals are our chance to realx, reconnect, recharge, laugh, tell stories, and to develop a sense of who we are as a family. Dinner conversation is a more potent vocabulary booster than reading!
So invite your family to dine together--you will be glad you did!