Healthy-Start Blog

A Healthy Recommendation for Your Students, Parents and Staff as You Start the School Year

                             DRINK MORE WATER

Why drink more water?

Water is called a “miracle fluid” because of all the good things it does for your body:

 Helps to keep body temperature normal.

 Helps with digestion, and to keep skin looking healthy.

 Brings nutrients to body cells.

 Eliminates waste; can avoid constipation.

 Prevents dehydration.


Try your best to do the following, and encourage your students

 and parents to do the same:

  1. Drink water between AND with meals.
  2. Enjoy in fun cups and glasses.
  3. Add a lemon, lime, or orange wedge to water to make it a bit fruity.
  4. Add sliced cucumber and fresh mint to make it fragrant and fresh.
  5. If you like, try fizzy seltzer water or club soda.
  6. And always keep this in mind: Choose water instead of sugary drinks.

One last tip;

Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink water!

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Fathers Matter! Involve Fathers in Your School Events!

In a recent report from the Society for Research in Child Development, the Society discusses how fathers matter to children's development.  The detailed report is the result of the Society’s meeting of experts on fatherhood who discussed the challenges and recommendations for best practices for incorporating fathers in future studies on parenting and children's development.  

Although mothers have dominated studies of parenting in the past, current father studies from a variety of sources show the positive impact on children when fathers are engaged in their lives.  When fathers are positively involved, children do better intellectually and socially in pre-school, and have less psychological problems as they grow. As more studies on father impact are completed, more guidelines for early childhood educators will become available.

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End of year “Class Party” Healthy Food Suggestions


The children can participate in preparing these healthy party snacks, along with parent volunteers. It’s a good opportunity to provide families with these snack ideas to use at home.


Hollow out an apple with a small paring knife. 

Overfill it with non-sugar cereal, snack mix or a mixture of fruit



With a fork, whip together pouches or canned, drained tuna with a

dollop of mayo and fat-free plain yogurt. 

Top cucumber slices with this creamy tuna. or if you prefer, top

slices with hummus. 


Slide two green or red grapes and a cube of low-fat mozzarella

cheese on a toothpick. Or try grape tomatoes instead of grapes. 


In a blender, mix low-fat vanilla yogurt with frozen fruit and fat-free



Lightly toast English Muffins. Add tomato sauce (buy one with no

sugar added), sprinkle low-fat mozzarella cheese on top. If you have

a microwave available, microwave for 15 seconds to melt the cheese

for a tasty treat. 

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Why Pre-School Educators Should Consider Healthy Start Programs?

Healthy Start’s founder and principal developer, Dr. Christine Williams, is a well-known pediatrician from NY Columbia Presbyterian Department of Pediatrics where she practiced for many years.  Her main work at Columbia was driven by her desire to make a difference in the lives of pre-K and Kindergarten children by developing a health education program that was backed by evidence-based research.  Her efforts resulted in the Healthy-Start Curriculum Program funded primarily by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The Healthy Start comprehensive preschool program is very unique among early childhood health programs in that it has an excellent record of publications and evaluations. Healthy Start was shown to be effective in improving nutrition and health knowledge and attitudes among preschool children, making meals and snacks in the preschool centers healthier, and in reducing heart disease risk (lowering cholesterol levels).  Currently, Dr. Williams and her team are working to promote pre-school education around the country.  

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According to the NIEER’s (National Institute for Early Education Research) latest report issued last year, the District of Columbia, Florida, and Vermont have the highest percentage of 4 year olds enrolled in a state-pre-school program.  District of Columbia, Vermont, and New Jersey have the highest percentage of 3 year olds enrolled.

Wyoming, Utah, South and North Dakota, New Hampshire, Montana, and Idaho have no state funded pre-school programs for either 3 or 4 year old children.  Go to preschool-yearbook to find pre-school data, and how your state rates in all aspects of state-sponsored pre-school programs.

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