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Living Well In Yalobusha County

A Healthy Breakfast Helps Start The Day

By Pamela Redwine

The United Y.C. MHV Club held their annual “Cookout at the Lake” for MHV Members and their families on Thursday, July 25 at Enid Lake.  The group enjoyed good food and fellowship.  A special thanks to Mrs. Julia Fernandez for serving as our hostess and to each of the MHV members for all of the delicious food.  Their next meeting will be Tuesday, August 20, at 9 a.m. at the Multi-Purpose Building.  If you are interested in joining please come.
Mrs. Pat Rodrigue was the guest presenter at the Family and Consumer Science “Older Club” and “Clover Buds” 4-H Club meeting on, Thursday, July 25th.  The youth enjoyed learning the art behind making pop-up books and cards.  They even got to make their own pop-up cards. The next 4-H Club meeting will be Thursday, August 15 at 4 p.m.  
This will be a combined club meeting with both the “Older” Club and the “Clo-ver Buds” Club. Youth ages 5-18 are invited to attend.
Our crochet group continues to meet.  Our next meeting will be Thursday, August 1 at 10 a.m. at the Multi-Purpose Building.  If you are interested in learning to crochet or maybe you enjoy crocheting but just don’t make the time to do it–this is the perfect group for you!  Bring your yarn and a hook and come join us.
The Healthy You Exercise class meets every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9 a.m.  The class is free and is open to the public.  Please wear cool comfortable clothes, good walking shoes and bring water to drink.

Why Breakfast?
    With school about to start, I started thinking of how my family’s summer routine would soon be changing.  Earlier bedtimes, earlier “get up times” and breakfast……..Many of us make excuses as to why we don’t eat breakfast–”I’m running late.” “I don’t have the time.” “I need a few more minutes of sleep.” “I’ll just have a cup of coffee.”         
    But as a parent, your behavior impacts your children. And this is one behavior you may need to rethink, because a nutritious breakfast is essential for the growth and development of your children.
Children are continuously growing and changing every day. A nutritious breakfast provides the fuel (nutrients) the body needs for children to ensure a sustained release of energy and a delayed onset of hunger. Eating breakfast also improves the intake of fiber, vitamins, and minerals.
Studies have shown that eating breakfast gives children the nutritional boost they need to get the learning process going and to stimulate learning. There are other benefits as well, such as helping keep a healthy body weight and helping children feel good. Children who eat breakfast learn better, achieve more, participate in the class more often, behave better, attend school more often and visit the school nurse less often.
Are you still asking why breakfast? -Perhaps not. Your next question may be how can I make breakfast successful? Eat breakfast yourself. “Showing,” teaches more than simply “telling.” Your child will follow what you do. Here are a few ideas to help you get started.
Try to manage your early morning time. You may want to start making breakfast the night before. You might mix juice, slice fruit, or make hard cooked eggs. Stock your kitchen with quick-to-fix breakfast foods.
Consider your child’s needs.  Give your child time to wake up. Many children aren’t hungry right away. Rushing puts pressure on breakfast eating. If you don’t have much time to make breakfast, try ready to eat cereal with fruit, peanut butter on whole-wheat toast, instant oatmeal with applesauce or a yogurt cup.
And on the mornings when you are not rushing, ask your child to help with breakfast. It can be a nice way to start your child’s day.

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