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Friday, July 31, 2015

Partners for Affordable Housing — and Healthy Eating

What do housing and health have in common? In Mankato, the answer is Partners for Affordable Housing (PAH).

PAH strives not only to help clients secure long-term housing but also to improve the health and nutrition of their families being served. The shared goal of improved nutrition and cooking skills forms the basis of the ongoing partnership between SNAP-Ed Educator Rachel Jones and PAH. And the class series that brings it all together? Cooking Matters® Minnesota.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Stay Hydrated with Healthy Beverages in Summer

Summer is a great time for outdoor physical activity. But whether you’re working or playing outside, it’s important to remember to drink enough fluids, especially water, to keep your body hydrated. To be hydrated literally means to provide water in order to supply or maintain fluid balance. To be dehydrated means your body needs more water to get back in balance.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Summer Family Fun on a Budget

As the school year comes to an end, you’re probably thinking about ways to keep your kids busy and active this summer. According to a 2010 Kaiser Family Foundation study, youth ages 8–18 spend an average of more than 7½ hours a day, seven days a week, engaging with media, including television, cell phones, computers, and video games. This far exceeds the recommendation from the American Academy of Pediatrics to limit media use to no more than one to two hours per day. Instead of using media, kids should be encouraged to spend time on outdoor play, reading, hobbies, and using their imagination in free play.
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