On Sunday, October 20, a population of local heroes amassed at the starting line. Some were dressed in brilliant Wonder Woman costumes; others came as Superman or Batman. Still others sported t-shirts and ribbons displaying the name of a loved one for whom the race was being run. No matter what the costume, everyone was there that day to achieve a common goal: supporting CHaD in its work on behalf of children of the Dartmouth area.
While we want our children’s reach to exceed their grasp, many children have a tendency to be careless—even reckless—at times. They haven’t yet developed the common sense that most adults have, and they may try things that have the potential to cause them injury. Childhood is prime time for cuts and scrapes, but some accidents can leave children seriously injured or worse. That’s why there are safety classes for kids. Sometimes it’s just not enough for parents to tell their kids to be careful and to warn them of all the potential dangers around them. Kids will often try things anyway, in spite of their parents’ warnings. Instructors trained to teach children how to stay safe may have a bigger impact on kids than their parents’ repeated warnings, which are often considered in the category of nagging. Here are two examples of safety classes kids can take to prevent serious accidents.
It’s widely known how important it is to start instilling good eating habits in kids at a young age. Once unhealthy foods are introduced, it can lead to an uphill battle to remove them from kids’ diets. Eventually, they may find their way into your child’s diet—that much is true. But the less exposure children have to sugar, salt, and other poor choices, the less they will want them, which can ensure that your child continues on into adulthood with a healthy diet. Read on for the food and drink choices that your child should avoid or at least limit.
New Hampshire is home to the beautiful White Mountain National Forest, including a section of the Appalachian Trail. Thousands of miles of trails offer spectacular views for moderate effort. There are trails of every level, including many for beginning hikers and those just looking to try their hand (or feet!) at hiking. New Hampshire’s mountains also include forty-eight 4,000-footers for seasoned hikers looking to bag some peaks. Wondering what hikes might be right for you and your crew, and what you need to bring along? Read on.
When it comes to participating in sports, fueling your body right is as important as getting in some solid practice before the big game. A good rule of thumb is to consume about half the number of calories that you expect to burn during the game, run, or practice. In terms of which nutrients your body needs, you’ll want about 50% to 60% of those calories to come from complex carbohydrates. Simple sugars (including some sports drinks) can cause a spike in blood sugar that’s followed by a drop that could leave you dizzy and fatigued. Avoid fatty foods before games as well; they take much longer to digest than carbs and can make you feel sluggish. It’s also a smart idea to test your pre-game snacks before a couple of practices to ensure that they agree with you and don’t upset your stomach.