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Cohen and Kohl's "Keeping Kids Healthy Program"

Patients and Families

Together, Helping Kids Stay on the Right Track to Health
Cohen Children's Medical Center and Kohl's Cares

As childhood obesity rates climb, an entire generation of children is at risk of growing up with chronic obesity-related health problems such as high blood pressure, heart disease, asthma and other conditions. 

One of the best gifts we can give our kids is to help them develop healthy eating habits – today.  As parents, we can help our children learn to make smart eating choices. Kids have great ideas and want to try new things. Let them get involved in their own good health!


                                        Enter our Iron-Chef Cook-off
                       First Place Winner receives a new Apple i-pad!!

Cooking with children can be a fun way to promote healthy eating habits, and offers both short-term and long-term benefits. Cooking at home can:
Try some ideas from this healthy habits checklist:

 

Here’s how it works:
Recipes are submitted online along with a photo of the completed recipe. Online submission will be accepted until April 5, 2013. Recipe submissions must fall into one of three categories; appetizer/side dishes, entrees, dessert/snacks. Five semifinalists from each category will be chosen and notified on April 12, 2013. These semifinalists will attend a cook-off at Cohen Children’s Medical Center on May 11, 2013 at 10 AM.   Click the link below to enter.

Enter Iron-Chef Cook-off

 

Eat meals together as often as possible.

  • Make eating more fruits and vegetables a game.
  • Who had the most servings today? Share results at dinner and give prizes to the winners.
  • Add a new whole grain food to your meal each week. Take turns finding new ones to try.
  • Get out and GO! Take a walk, ride bicycles, jump rope, play tag…have fun and stay fit as a family. 
    As parents, we can help our children learn to make smart eating choices—like starting the day with a good breakfast. Kids have great ideas and want to try new things. Let them get involved in planning their morning nutrition, and teach them to take ownership of their own good health!


Try some fun breakfast ideas from this healthy habits checklist:


  • Take the kids grocery shopping, and let them explore and choose healthy, delicious breakfast items. 
  • Plan and prepare items for breakfast the night before, and make it a fun family activity. 
  • Try a breakfast taco! Sprinkle shredded cheese on a tortilla, fold it in half and pop it in the microwave. Top off with some salsa.
  • Make eating breakfast a game. At the end of the week, ask who had breakfast every morning of the week. Give prizes to the winners! 
  • Take turns finding new, healthy, on-the-go breakfast items to try.
     

Be a role model for good health. Eat breakfast, stay fit and be physically active, together!


As parents, we can help our children learn to make fitness choices. Kids have great ideas and want to try new things. Let them get involved in planning their exercise routine, and teach them to take ownership of their own good health!
 

Try some fun “get going” ideas from this healthy habits checklist:

  • Turn off the television and, as a family, act out your own sitcom. Or make it a song-and-dance show!
  • When it’s too cold to play outdoors, take the family to an indoor playground.
  • Dig into gardening! Plant a garden and assign each family member their own section to care for and maintain.
  • Teach your kids to take the stairs instead of the elevator whenever possible. And practice what you preach! 
  • Plan a walk every day after dinner and chart your steps on a map on the fridge.



Be a role model for good health.  Get moving, stay fit and be physically active, together!

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