Every Kid Healthy Week









Adeola Ayodeji, MD, FAAP

Every Kid Healthy Week was created to celebrate school health and wellness achievements. Observed the last week of April each year, this special week shines a spotlight on the great efforts school partners are doing to improve the health and wellness of their students and the link between nutrition, physical activity and learning. Everyone in the country can get involved and be a part of the celebration to help support sound nutrition, regular physical activity and health programs in schools.

At Cornerstone Family Healthcare, our pediatrics department is constantly working to improve the health of children in the communities we serve. Dr. Adeola Ayodeji, MD, FAAP a pediatrician at Cornerstone explained some important ways to help kids stay healthy while in school since they spend a large portion of their time in the classroom!

A nutritious lunch is a major factor in staying healthy in school. Students need to have healthier options for food and remove choices that are unhealthy. If a packed lunch is given to a child, the My Plate model of nutrition is a great example of what to include in your child’s lunch box.

Some things to include rather than sweets and snacks could be:

  • Pre-cut veggies in a clear container
  • 6-8 ounces of 100% fruit juice
  • Lots of water
  • Apple sauce
  • Fresh Fruit
  • Deli meat roll-ups
  • Crackers and Hummus

Vegetables and fruits rather than snack foods are easy to include in lunch because they can be prepared beforehand and stored in the refrigerator.

Younger children tend to get multiple snack times during the school day. This is a great time for those pre-cut veggies and fruits! And don’t forget lots of water.

For older kids, unless there is a medical condition, there is no need for multiple snacks a day. Have a good breakfast and a good lunch. Even if students have a later lunch, eating breakfast should help with hunger cravings throughout the day. Foods given to older kids should be limited on saturated fats and sugars. High cholesterol can also be an issue in older kids because of their diet. It is encouraged for kids to learn how to check out food labels and be conscious of what they are consuming.

Another important factor in staying healthy in school is making sure kids get enough exercise. It is recommended for kids six years old and under to get at least 60 minutes each day of active play. With more vigorous activity at least three days per week.

Younger children get recess time most days as well as participating in gym class, but older children tend to avoid gym or physical activity in general.

It is crucial that kids are actually participating in gym no matter how old they are in school.

Middle school kids are tough when it comes to participating in physical activities. Girls in gym class commonly stand off to the side and not participate, while young men will be much more active.

If you would like more information on ways to help your child stay active in their daily activities or would like to make an appointment to visit with one of Cornerstone’s pediatricians visit our website at www.cornerstonefamilyhealthcare.org or call at (845) 563-8000.

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    Monica Francis, PA

    Avi Silber, MD, FAAP
    Tracy Lucas, FNP
    Adeola Ayodeji, MD, FAAP

    Chanchal Singh, MD
    Sneha Shrivastava, MD
    Penelope Guccione, FNP

    Julie A. O’Connor, CM, LM, MS
    Marian Seliquini, CM, LM, MS

    Koreen E. Thomas, FNP
    Andrea Giovinazzo, FNP-C

    Kate Michalak L.Ac., RPAC

    Alban Burke, DDS

    Neha Dada, O.D.

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