Mar 12 2017

Nerdel Celebrates National Nutrition Month 2017

ChooseMyPlate.gov helps to educate about a healthier lifestyle!!! MyPlate is a reminder to find your healthy eating style and build it throughout your lifetime. Everything you eat and drink matters. The right mix can help you be healthier now and in the future. This means: Focus on variety, amount, and nutrition. Choose foods and beverages with less saturated fat, sodium, and added sugars. Start with small changes to build healthier eating styles. Support healthy eating for everyone. Eating healthy is a journey shaped by many factors, including our stage of life, situations, preferences, access to food, culture, traditions, and the personal decisions we make over time. All your food and beverage choices count. MyPlate offers ideas and tips to help you create a healthier eating style that meets your individual needs and improves your health. Take a look at A Brief History of USDA Food Guides to learn more about previous food guidance symbols. All food and beverage choices matter – focus on variety, amount, and nutrition. Focus on making healthy food and beverage choices from all five food groups including fruitsvegetablesgrainsprotein foods, and dairy to get the nutrients you need. Eat the right amount of calories for you based on your age, sex, height, weight, and physical activity level. Building a healthier eating style can help you avoid overweight and obesity and reduce your risk of diseases such as heart disease, ...

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Oct 04 2016

Prepare for the Hurricane! Don’t Delay!

Nerdel wants you to be prepared for a tropical storm, hurricane, tornado or any severe weather condition.Please be careful and the best way to deal with severe weather is to PREPARE AHEAD OF TIME!!! The following is an important message from the CDC(CDC.gov) and FEMA(FEMA.gov). You can't stop a tropical storm or hurricane, but you can take steps now to protect you and your family. Hurricanes are massive storm systems that form over the water and move toward land. Threats from hurricanes include high winds, heavy rainfall, storm surge, coastal and inland flooding, rip currents, and tornadoes. These large storms are called typhoons in the North Pacific Ocean and cyclones in other parts of the world. The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale classifies hurricanes into five categories based on their wind speed, central pressure, and wind damage potential. With wind speeds of 111 miles per hour or more, Category 3, 4, and 5 hurricanes are major according to this scale. Category 1 and 2 hurricanes can also cause damage and injuries. If you live in coastal areas at risk, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) encourages you to begin preparing yourself for hurricane season. The Atlantic hurricane season is June 1 through November 30 each year. Please follow these important hurricane preparedness tips from CDC: Preparing for a Hurricane: Take basic steps now to ensure your safety should a storm hit. ...

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Jul 01 2012

It’s Hot Outside-Drink Water and Keep Hydrated!!!

It’s  summer  and that means the start of camp and  sports programs. The weather is hot and getting hotter! So that usually means playing outdoors in the 90 degree heat!  Staying well hydrated is a problem for many children during these hot months.  Dehydration is a real concern for children because they tend to forget to drink enough to properly re-hydrate themselves before, during or after a long day of outdoor activities. Children loose vital minerals and electrolytes not only through sweat, but through breathing as well. In hot weather the water loss goes up dramatically. Many sports programs have long practice sessions. Contrary to popular belief it is also possible to become dehydrated while swimming or participating in outdoor water activities. If children do not consistently drink throughout the day to replenish lost water, electrolytes and minerals they can suffer serious injury in the form of heat exhaustion or more severe heat stroke.  These are potentially dangerous conditions, and if untreated, can be life threatening. Staying well hydrated is easy to do, and you don’t need those fancy sugar drinks to do it.   Remembering to drink is the key.  Keeping a water bottle handy at all times is advised, when participating in outdoor sports.  Parent tip: If it’s a group activity, as in a school or afterschool sports program, be sure to question the coaches as to how often they ...

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Jan 14 2011

Best Diet in the Universe:Secrets Revealed – Graehm Gray

Wow, by the response from my last blog, you guys and gals are ready! It seems that many of us are ready to get the weight off.  I am proud of all of you honest folks-yes, we let it out-we are honest-we gained weight and we are not happy campers. And now, you took the first five steps: 1. You got rid of all of the junk food in your kitchen-had to be done 2. You have weighed yourself-good or bad-had to be done 3. You set a weight loss goal that is realistic-had to be done 4. You made an exercise schedule and finally you went for (or have scheduled) a checkup with your medical provider-had to be done. Great job! Had to be done! Must be done! You are well on your way to success. Now you are all wondering, what’s next? What other secrets can you tell me? Tell me Graehm, please, please!   So let’s talk food! That’s right “da food!” What type, how much and when can I eat it? Isn’t that what we all ask several times a day? In my family, we ask it before we even finish our first meal of the day. We need to know! And we need to know now! We all think about food incessantly. It makes us feel good knowing what ...

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Dec 26 2009

Graehm Gray-Be Fit, Get Fit or It Won’t Fit!

It’s that time of year again. Gifting, re-gifting, wrapping and shopping. That’s combined with eating, parties, candy and leftovers. Oh, lets not forget that extra bit of weight we all seem to pack on over these holidays which comes from the extra calories and lack of exercise. Does this sound like our kids? Can we all say-Childhood Obesity!!!It’s contagious - all that candy and cake and food, we can’t seem to resist the temptation. For those Nerdel News readers living in the wintery north, the recent blasts of severe weather certainly limit your outdoor activities. So bring it on inside my friend! And for my loyal readers in the good weather states, what’s your excuse? Yes, I would agree that walking in the mall is exercise. It counts on a pedometer toward your goal of 10,000 steps a day (which is approximately equal to between 3 to 5 miles). But when you are eating your way through these holidays, it will take extra calorie burning, that’s right that means exercise, to maintain your present weight. During these several weeks, our calorie intake may go up an extra 1000 calories a day, maybe more. Let’s not forget that a pound of fat is equal to 3500 calories. So it’s easy to see that an extra thousand calories a day that’s not burned off will cause you to gain at least one ...

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