Wednesday, June 26, 2013

First 5 Amador: July News & Announcements

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Investing in Our Youngest Children
Healthy Social, Emotional & Physical Development 
Early Learning * Quality Care * Family Support
July 2013
Rethink Your Drink

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Upcoming Events     

Thursday, June 6
Detert Park, Jackson
(The Toddler Playgroup will be here that day instead of Pine Grove.)

Kindergarten Bridge Program
Mondays - Thursdays
All 6 elementary schools.

Summer Reading Program
Reading is Delicious

For other events, please visit our Calendar

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Tip of the Month
 "Drink Water for thirst, and you should know, water is healthy. It helps you grow!"

Potter's Tips
 * Drink water when you are thirsty - it's the best choice

*Fill a pitcher with water and add fresh fruit slices for more flavor (see below!) 

*Limit juice to 4 to 6 ounces per day (less than 1 juice box), even 100% fruit juice contains sugar and should be limited

*Prevent tooth decay - don't put soda or juice in a baby bottle or sippy cup

*Drink low-fat or skim milk with meals - it will help your bones and teeth grow

For more ideas about rethinking your drink, please visit the following websites:
BanPac - Bay Area Nutrition & Physical Activity Collaborative

Thank you to First 5 Santa Clara for these great resources!  
Fun Water!
(That's healthy!)

Fresh fruit infused waters are easy to make. Slice up some fruit, veggies, or herbs & place them in a pitcher, add cold water, and chill for a few hours. Pour over ice, garnish with a piece of fruit and enjoy.

Some fruits you might want to try alone or in combination with other fruits:

Click on the image to open and print out some great recipe ideas!   

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Ready...Set...Grow!                                                                    Volume 31 
News & Announcements

Rethink Your Drink

Did you know that a regular sized juice box (6 oz.) has 4  
teaspoons of sugar per box? Or that a small carton of chocolate milk (8 oz.) has as much as 7 teaspoons?
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Sugar beverages have been linked to several severe health problems such as obesity and Type 2 Diabetes. Studies show that an average 4 year old eats almost 65 lbs. of added sugar a year, more than 17 teaspoons of sugar each day.

A large number of children as young as age two are drinking one or more sweetened beverages a day. The single biggest source of added sugar in our children's diet comes from these sweetened drinks, which are non-nutritious calories.

The Rethink Your Drink campaign, developed by First 5 Santa Clara, Kaiser Permanente and the Santa Clara County Public Health Department, is encouraging families to reduce or eliminate drinking sugar-sweetened beverages.

Rethink Your Drink asks parents and caregivers to choose healthy drinks like water for their children instead of sweetened beverages, sports drinks, juices, or punch. It also encourages children to learn to make these healthier choices for themselves.

Program Spotlight

Potter the Otter Loves to Drink Water
In an effort to provide families important information, First 5  Amador has teamed up with a savvy critter that knows the importance of drinking water.  Potter the Otter is here in Amador County! Through the distribution of books and activities, he is encouraging families to drink water instead of sugary drinks.

 If you are interested in additional information, please contact First 5 Amador at 257-1092.

Here are some free Potter the Otter activities to print out to do at home:
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First 5 Amador supports and designs programs for
children 0-5 years old and their families.
For more information please visit our website:
or call us at (209) 257-1092. 

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As a parent, you are your child's first & most important teacher!
Save money on books for your children--get them for free!  Sign your child up today and start receiving one free book a month from the Imagination Library.  This is a free program, available to all Amador County children 0-4 (from birth until their fifth birthday). 
All you have to do is read to your child! 
For more information click here.

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