Bilingual version of my eBooks

L’ Alfabeto della Frutta/Fruit Alphabet and L’ Alfabeto della Verdura/Vegetable Alphabet are now available on Amazon.

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These bilingual books  will help children enrich their vocabulary in Italian and English and get familiar with fruits and vegetables.

Studies show that food preferences and eating patterns are established early in life and tend to be carried into adulthood. Therefore, it’s very important to teach children about nutrition and healthy eating habits.

Learning fruit and vegetable vocabulary and fun facts about different fruits and vegetables will encourage children to try them because the more they learn about the foods on their plates, the more likely they are to eat them.

Colourful illustrations and short and simple sentences will help children learn the alphabet, the names of fruits and vegetables, adjectives to describe them, colours and seasons names and discover interesting facts about fruit and vegetable.

Perfect for children studying Italian or English as their second language.

The eBooks are registered in KDP Select so if you have the Kindle Unlimited subscription you can enjoy them for free!

Thank you and Happy reading! Grazie!

You can find them here↓

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07FMVMSF9

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07FMWDFNX

 

L’ Alfabeto della Frutta/ Fruit Alphabet e L’ Alfabeto della Verdura/Vegetable Alphabet sono disponibili nella versione bilingue.

Questi due eBook aiuteranno i bambini ad arricchire il loro vocabolario della lingua italiana e inglese e ad avvicinarli al mondo della frutta e della verdura.

Insegnare ai bambini sin da piccoli l’ importanza di una corretta alimentazione li aiuta ad acquisire sane abitudini alimentari che consolideranno e porteranno avanti durante la crescita.

Con questi libri, i bambini impareranno nomi e curiosità su frutta e verdurra e questo li incoraggerà ad apprezzare questi cibi nutrienti e importanti per la loro crescita perchè, più i bambini conoscono il cibo che portiamo in tavola, più saranno interessati a mangiarlo.

Colorate illustrazioni e brevi e semplice frasi aiuteranno i bambini ad imparare l’ alfabeto, i nomi dei frutti e delle verdure, gli aggettivi per descriverli, i colori e le stagioni.

Ideale per bambini che studiano italiano o inglese come seconda lingua.

I due eBook sono registrati in KDP Select quindi se siete abbonati a Kindle Unlimited li potrete leggere gratis!

Grazie e buona lettura!

Li potete trovare qui:

https://www.amazon.it/dp/B07FMVMSF9

https://www.amazon.it/dp/B07FMWDFNX

 

L’ estate sta iniziando…

Fra pochi giorni inizia ufficialmente l’ ESTATE, momento di meritato riposo per i bambini, necessario per ricaricare il corpo e la mente dopo tanti mesi trascorsi a studiare fra i banchi di scuola.

Finalmente è tempo di vacanza, tempo di giochi sulla spiaggia o a casa con gli amici, di escursioni in montagna, di viaggi alla scoperta di culture e luoghi nuovi.

E fra un bagno in piscina e una partita a calcetto, troviamo il tempo per fare un ripasso, per tenere la mente allenata e non dimenticare quanto imparato durante l’ anno scolastico.

Meglio se il ripasso viene fatto in modo giocoso, con attivita’ divertenti e coinvolgenti.

L’ Alfabeto della Frutta eL’ Alfabeto della Verduraoffrono tanti spunti per attivita’ da svolgere con i bambini. L’ uso del tablet, del pc o di un lettore di ebook renderanno il momento di “studio” un passatempo divertente!

Ecco alcune proposte.

Per  i piu’ piccoli:

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Per i piu’ grandi:

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I miei libri per bambini/ My books for kids

Ho pubblicato su Amazon due libri illustrati, “L’ Alfabeto della Frutta” e “L’ Alfabeto della Verdura”, per insegnare ai bambini l’ ABC e avvicinarli al mondo della frutta e della verdura, in modo colorato e divertente!

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L’ idea nasce dalla mia esperienza di educatrice alimentare, un lavoro che amo molto perche’ mi permette di unire le mie competenze in ambito scientifico-nutrizionale e la mia passione per l’ insegnamento.

Educare i bambini ad avere un rapporto sano con il cibo e’ importante tanto quanto insegnare loro l’ ABC.

Insegnare ai bambini sin da piccoli l’ importanza di una corretta alimentazione li aiuta ad acquisire sane abitudini che consolideranno e porteranno avanti durante la crescita.

Fondamentale farlo in modo divertente per catturare la loro attenzione e stimolarne la curiosita’.

Una delle attivita’ che propongo spesso e’ il gioco dell’ alfabeto. I bambini pescano una lettera a cui associare il nome di un frutto o di una verdura, cerchiamo insieme di descriverne le caratteristiche e condividiamo qualche idea su come mangiare la frutta e la verdura elencate.

I bambini si divertono molto a ripetere l’ alfabeto, a colorare immagini, a conoscere nuovi cibi, e sono stimolati a sperimentarli anche a casa con i loro genitori.

L’ Alfabeto della Frutta” e “L’ Alfabeto della Verdura” rappresentano un percorso esplorativo che bambini e adulti possono compiere insieme, per scoprire nomi e curiosita’ su frutta e verdura, alimenti importanti per una corretta crescita e un sano sviluppo. Buona lettura e buon divertimento.

Lingua: Italiano. Formato: Kindle (Si possono leggere su pc, tablet o telefono scaricando l’ app gratuita Kindle)

Disponibili qui ↓  Grazie.

L’ Alfabeto della Fruttahttp://www.amazon.it/dp/B07DHBLQQQ

L’ Alfabeto della Verdurahttps://www.amazon.it/dp/B07DH9FYFH


I published two illustrated books for kids, “L’ Alfabeto della Frutta and “L’ Alfabeto della Verdura“, to teach kids the alphabet and help them love eating fruits and vegetables.

They were inspired by my experience as a Nutrition Educator, a job that I really enjoy because it gives me the opportunity to combine my background in science and nutrition and my passion for teaching.

Helping kids to develop a healthy relationship with food is as important as teaching them the ABC.

Food preferences are formed in early childhood. If we teach kids the importance of eating a balanced diet, they will develop healthy habits that they’ll carry into adulthood.

With these books, kids can learn the alphabet in a colorful way, while discovering the names of fruits and vegetables, foods that will help them grow strong and healthy.

Italian-English version available soon.

You can find the version in Italian here↓  Feel free to share with your Italian-speaking family and friends. Thank you.

L’ Alfabeto della Fruttahttps://www.amazon.com/dp/B07DHBLQQQ

L’ Alfabeto della Verdura”  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07DH9FYFH

Global Running Day 2018

ODE TO RUNNING

Running: I love you.

Running: Thank you.

 

It’s Global Running Day, a celebration of running that encourages people to get moving.

No matter how fast, how far, where, get moving!!!

It’s very important to be physically active to live a healthy, happy, long life.

Running has so many benefits. It can improve physical and mental health.

Running can help you maintain a healthy weight (combined with a healthy diet).

It can improve heart health, build strong bones, strengthen muscles. It can help keep joints healthy, it can improve brain function.

When we exercise, our body releases endorphins, lovely chemicals that trigger positive feelings. That’s also why running can diminish perception of pain, reduce stress and anxiety, boost self-esteem, make you feel more energized and happier, improve sleep.

Should I add more?? 😊

I run for all the reasons mentioned above and many more.

When people ask me why I run, even when it’s freezing or very hot, or when I don’t really feel like it, I show them pics of my face after a run or a race. That big smile says it all!!

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I love running, and I’m grateful my body can do it!!!

Hope you’ll give it a try. Happy Global Running Day !!

And don’t forget, Run is Fun!!

 

Never Stop Learning

I’ve been spending some time in NYC and while here I’ve been attending seminars, workshops and events related to food, nutrition and education. As a nutrition educator, I make sure I keep updated with dietary guidelines, nutrition research and teaching strategies. If I want kids to learn how to eat healthy, I need to make sure I use the best and most efficient teaching techniques to engage them.

An interesting workshop I attended was the Educator Boot Camp, hosted by Practice Makes Perfect, an organization that creates summer enrichment programs. The workshop’s focus was on Socratic Seminars, Rigorous Questioning and 100% compliance.

I acquired useful teaching strategies which can be applied to any subject, including nutrition. We learned the benefits of using Socratic Seminars in class, planning an effective Socratic Seminar discussion, planning for Rigorous Questioning. We understood the rational for having 100% compliance and acquired methods to ensure it.

I found the workshop very interesting because we also had the opportunity to practice what we were learning.

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During my stay in NY I also attended events related to nutrition and food education organized by Edible Schoolyard NYC, a non-profit organization committed to changing eating habits of kids through gardening and kitchen classes integrated into the school day. They’re an important source of inspiration, motivation and teaching material for my work.

In January, they held a workshop on composting with worm bin. It was organized with the Lower East Side Ecology Center.  Indoor composting needs care but I thought it was more difficult to sustain, especially in a classroom. Instead, I learned that once you know how it works, it can be very easy and fun for kids.

 

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Recently, I also met with the Liza Engelberg, Director of Education at Edible Schoolyard New York City. She invited me to observe programming at a public school in NYC. Second-graders were learning things about strawberries, such as how to describe the various parts of the fruit and new tasting words. Eight-graders were learning how to make banana-strawberry pancakes from scratch.

The enthusiasm of the kids reminded me why I love so much teaching nutrition in school, and motivated me to go back to Italy and reach more schools and serve more kids with my programs.

I’m truly convinced that incorporating food/nutrition education into the school curriculum not only is an efficient way to instill healthy eating habits, like shown by many studies, but it’s also a fantastic educational approach that can improve academic performance and overall development of children.

 

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Movember is back!!

It’s that time of the year again- Movember is back.

What’s Movember? It’s an annual campaign that takes place in November to raise awareness and funds for men’s health.

It’s held by the Movember Foundation, a global organization that focuses on men’s health with the ultimate goal of reducing the number of men dying prematurely.

The campaign aims at generating a conversation about men’s health and raising funds for the Foundation’s projects that address three of the biggest health issues faced by men: prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention.

The Movember Foundation is committed to helping men living healthier, longer. To do so they need our help.

Here’s how to get involved.

Grow. Men can grow a moustaches through the month to raise funds and inspire conversations about men’s health.

Move. Men and women are invited to being physically active. Walk, run, cycle, swim. Set a goal and challenge yourself, friends, family. Do something good for you and men’s health while having fun and raising funds.

Host an event. Campus, workplace, sport club, community center, home. Gather your friends, colleagues, family, neighbors. Throw a party, have dinner together, organize a sport tournament, anything that can help to generate a conversation and donations for men’s health while having a good time.

One more thing I suggest to do is talking to your husband, boyfriend, brother, father, friend about the importance of screening and regular health checkups and inviting them to see a doctor. For several reasons, men tend to neglect aches and pains, minimize symptoms and are reluctant to talk to doctors. However, prevention is the key to a healthier life.

So, have a conversation with men about the importance of discussing health issues and getting screened, and encourage them to visit a physician. Avoid nagging; just be loving and supportive.

Click here to learn more about the Foundation, the Movember campaign, the work they fund and other ways to get involved.

Let’s help them stop men dying too young!!

 

Happy, Healthy Halloween !!

Halloween is fast approaching, and so a large amount of sugar that kids will be eating between parties and trick-or-treating!!

Recent reports show that American children can eat up to 3 cups (almost 400 grams) of sugar on Halloween!!

That is almost 16 times the maximum daily recommendation of 6 teaspoons (25 grams) suggested by the American Heart Association for kids.

Yes, that’s way too much and it’s a big threat to kids’ health considering that high intake of sugar is linked to cavities, tooth decay, obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer.

Unfortunately, sugar consumption is high not only on October 31. Data show that an average American child eats 95 grams of sugar a day, almost 4 times the daily recommendation.

Therefore, it doesn’t make sense to prohibit children from enjoying sweet treats on Halloween; it’s more logical to reduce the amount they eat.

If you’re concerned about your children eating too many sweet treats on Halloween, here’s some simple strategies you can adopt to reduce the amount of sugar they consume.

  • Make children eat some healthy, protein-rich snacks or a hearty dinner before going trick-or-treating. It will fill them up and will prevent them from eating all the treats at once
  • Set an amount of candy that your child can have on that night, and save the rest for next days/weeks/months
  • Cut the sugar from the other meals of the day. For example, for breakfast, instead of sugary-cereal, choose plain yogurt or granola bar without added sugar
  • If you throw a party, offer some healthy alternatives to the usual candy bar and cookies plates. Check below.

I collected some colorful, funny ideas for a happy and healthy Halloween from the internet. Prepare these treats with your kids and have fun together!!!

Banana ghosts and orange pumpkins

banana mandariniVery easy to prepare. Peel the bananas, cut them and use some chocolate chips for eyes and mouth. For the orange pumpkins, peel the tangerines or clementines, place a celery stick in the center for the stem.

Pumpkin Veggie Platters

carrotsolivescucumbersSuper easy, healthy and funny/scary veggie tray. Shape a spooky pumpkin face using baby carrots and black olive. The stem can be made from broccoli or a celery stick. Add some sliced cucumbers on the bottom.

Use baby carrots for the face, sliced cucumbers or zucchine for the pumpkin’s smile. Fill small bowls with veggie dip (humus, Greek yogurt) and use them for the pumpkin’s eyes and nose.

Spooky Spider Eggs

halloweeneggsThese eggs are yummy and will fill kids up. You need hard boiled eggs and black olives. Slice eggs in half lengthwise and place yolks in a bowl. Mash the yolk, add some olive oil, few drops of lemon, and stir until well mixed. Then spoon the yolk mixture back into each white egg half. For the spider, place half black olive in the center of the yolk to make the body, and slice the other half to make the legs.

Monster Fruit Cups

monster fruit cupYou don’t need to be a professional painter to make this, just a marker, plastic cups and fruit!! Kids will have lot of fun creating monster faces!!

Almost done. You now need the centerpiece 😉

Pumpkin Centerpiece Fruit Skewers

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Don’t even need to carve the pumpkin. Just use a marker to put a smile on it 😉 And lots of fruit skewers of course!!

Have a Happy & Healthy Halloween!!!

 

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