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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!!

 

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!!!

 

#NutritionEducation

My favorite part of my job is teaching kids about nutrition and health!! It gives me the opportunity to use my background in science and nutrition and my passion for teaching!

I actually decided to study Nutrition and Health in order to be able to understand better the link between food and chronic diseases, and to be able to teach young kids the importance of eating healthy.

Changing habits can be a real challenge for adults, especially in regard to food and health. If we teach kids that eating vegetables and fruits make them strong and healthy since they’re young, they’ll carry this food pattern into adulthood. And, as studies suggest, they’ll influence their parents’ habits too.

Kids are curious, they soak up information like a sponge. They ask questions, are willing to learn and try new things. I love interacting with them. Every time I leave a classroom I feel blessed and inspired by their enthusiasm and interest.

Below there’s a picture of one of my recent lessons to 1st and 2nd graders of an elementary school in Calabria, in Southern Italy. We had lot of fun learning about food groups and Mediterranean Diet. Can’t wait to start another project.

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#MeatlessMonday

What is Meatless Monday?

Meatless Monday is a global movement to help people reduce their meat consumption by 15%.

Meatless Monday is an initiative of The Monday Campaigns; it began in 2003 and it was launched in association with the Center for a Livable Future (CLF) at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Meatless Monday is now active in 36 countries.

Why Meatless?

Because going meatless one day a week may reduce your risk of chronic diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and obesity. In addition, reducing meat consumption can help reduce our carbon footprint and save precious resources like fossil fuels and fresh water.

Why Monday?

Monday influences our mood and health outcomes and, according to research, on Monday people are more willing to engage in healthy behaviors.

How it works?

It’s easy. Don’t eat meat on Mondays!!

You can get tasty and healthy recipes, along with more information about the benefits of going meatless on Monday and the history of the movement by clicking the links below.

http://www.meatlessmonday.com/

http://www.mondaycampaigns.org/ index