Category Archives: Health

Convincing Kids To Eat Their Veggies

Eating vegetables is never a kids favorite thing. But with this important food group containing tons of vitamins, minerals, and fiber, it is something our kids can’t go without. For some kids, they have nutrition gaps so large that a doctor may even recommend taking daily supplements to keep them healthy. Authority Reports can help to compare the different brands of supplements to ensure your child is getting the best. However, if you are still set on getting your kids to eat their veggies, try our tips and tricks for getting them to love their vegetables.

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Use Segmented Plates

One study done in a preschool split children into two groups during lunch time. The first group used segmented plates, with places for every food group. Each segment also had a picture of which food should go there. The other group used plain white plates. Children were allowed to serve themselves from family style bowls of the various lunch dishes. After three days, the groups switched which plates they ate off of. At the end of the study, it was found that when kids used plain plates they ate an average of only around 20 grams of vegetables, or the equivalent of three baby carrots. Eating off the segmented plates with pictures, however, caused the amount of eaten vegetables to go up to more than 28 grams, an increase of nearly 40%!

Blend Them Up

If you’ve tried everything and your kids won’t touch any vegetable, no matter what, try blending them up and hiding them in other recipes. Offer an apple and banana smoothie for dessert, with some hidden carrot. Or blend up peppers and onions into a soupy mixture and pour it into tomato sauce for pasta. Your kids will start getting the nutrients they need, without knowing they’re eating veggies. Once you’ve introduced these new vegetables through these new recipes, slowly start to share your “secret ingredients” with your kids. Once they realize they’ve been eating vegetables for a long time, they will be more open to trying new things.

Institute A Must Try Policy

This could be great not just for vegetables, but for anything! When sitting down to dinner, if there is something new on the table, whether a new recipe, a new vegetable, or just a new sauce for pasta, don’t accept an automatic “I don’t like it” from you children. Explain to them that they should always try everything offered. If afterwards, they still truly do not like it, then accept their taste preferences and allow them to make another choice. By having this policy that they should try everything, it opens them up to be a less picky eater in the rest of their life as well.

Follow Your Own Example

If you are telling kids to eat more vegetables or to try new foods, you should also be willing to do the same. This starts even earlier than you think! One study showed that women who ate green vegetables while pregnant often had children who liked green vegetables more than those who did not have mothers that ate greens during pregnancy. Even once your kids are born, introduce them to vegetables early, and make sure they see you eating vegetables as well.

Eating The Rainbow

We all know getting our kids to eat their vegetables is difficult. So, instead of fighting with them, make it fun. Both fruits and vegetables come in all colors of the rainbow, so if you kids are into competitions, see who can eat more natural colors. Red strawberries, an orange orange, yellow peppers, green spinach, blueberries, and purple carrots are all great ways to add fun to your food. Remember, this doesn’t count for things like blue gummy worms or purple lollipops! Each color of fruits and vegetables offer different needed vitamins and minerals, so this trick can really help make vegetables fun for your kids!

Overall, eating should be a fun experience, no matter what food you are tasting. By following these tips and tricks, you can turn eating vegetables from a chore into fun! After just a few new vegetables, soon you’ll see that your child is asking for veggies all on their own!

Mental health law is a Christmas gift to Filipino families – advocates tell Congress

Mental health professionals, family support groups, youth and advocates on Monday gathered to show support for the Philippine Mental Health Bill, urging the House of Representatives for its final approval of what they call “a Christmas gift to the Filipino family”.

In a press conference in Quezon City, a gathering of advocates called the Mental Health Alliance [MHA] in support of the said bill underscored the importance of integrating mental health in the country’s public healthcare system. House Bill No. 6452 or the Comprehensive Mental Health Act was approved on second reading last month by the House of Representatives. It will be up for third and final reading once Session resumes in November.

“Health is essential to development and there is no health without mental health”, said Dr. June Lopez of the Philippine Psychiatric Association [PPA]. “The passage of the Bill into law will seal the government’s commitment to promote mental health services to Filipinos who need it,” Dr. Lopez added.

According to data provided by the Department of Health and the World Health Organization, 7 Filipinos commit suicide every day and 1 in 5 Filipino adults suffer from a certain mental health concern, the most common of which are depression and schizophrenia. “This is a cause for alarm and should be addressed urgently”, said Dr. Lopez.

Prevention and Not Only Treatment

Dr. Lopez pointed out that both the Senate and House Bill recognize the importance of preventive and community based programs. “With the passage of the Bill, we can foresee the offering of programs that enhance the resilience of individuals, families and communities.” Dr. Bautista added.

As a rejoinder, Dr. Lopez remarked, “We especially laud both the Senate and House versions for considering the specific budgetary provisions to ensure the successful implementation of the law”

Pamasko

“Namamasko po kami sa liderato at mga miyembro ng Kamara de Representante”, urged Dr. Bolet Bautista of the Psychological Association of the Philippines [PAP].

Early this year, the Senate approved on third and final reading its own version of the bill. Once the House of Representatives approves the said bill on third and final reading, it will be finalized by a bicameral conference committee and transmitted to the President for signing into law.

“The ball now rests with the House leadership so we would like to respectfully ask our Representatives in Congress to heed our call: the Philippine Mental Health Bill is long overdue”, Dr. Bautista added.

Broad Support

The Youth for Mental Health Coalition [Y4MH], for its part, claimed that the bill enjoys a wide support base. “The issue of mental health has long been discussed in hushed voices. But nowadays, we feel a change in the public’s mood”, claimed Y4MH’s Patrick Wincy Reyes, a student leader.

“The passage of this bill into law will be celebrated by everyone, young and old. The commitment of the House leadership to this bill will be a victory for the 17th Congress”, Reyes added.

Support in Challenging Life Experiences

“The Mental Health Bill is not only for those with diagnosable mental health conditions. Rather, it is for all Filipinos. Its provisions target the protection and promotion of well-being and mental health of every Filipino”, Dr. Bautista pointed out.

This means there will be mental health services that will provide support to Filipinos undergoing challenging experiences like migration, marital conflict, life transitions, disaster experience, and war to name a few of such concerns.

Mental health in Marawi

In relation to this, the group pointed out that mental health concerns arising out of the experience of armed conflict, such as in war-torn Marawi, are also addressed by the Mental Health Bill. “Those who have gone through war experience much suffering, which could include a sense of being unmoored and hopeless”, said Dr. Bautista. She explained that psychosocial support provided to survivors of major crisis, such as the war in Marawi, will moderate stress reactions, prevent the development of more long lasting disturbing emotional problems, and help promote not just a sense of normalcy but hope and recovery. “Such support must reach civilian individuals and families as well as the soldiers who risk their lives and wellbeing in going to battle”, she furthered.

“All Filipinos are entitled to mental health, good relationships, and a life that offers many opportunities to thrive” Dr. Bautista concluded.

Press Release

Zero fireworks-related injury this year (hopefully)

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Image credit: N and People’s Tonight Editorial Cartoon, Oct. 15, 2016 issue

Time and again, the government through the Department of Health (DOH) has been warning the public against indiscriminate lighting of fireworks and firecrackers (and indiscriminate firing of guns) when Christmas and Holiday season nears. This year, I’m looking forward to the news that firecrackers will be banned nationwide. This is a welcome news to every one who detests the bad effects of fireworks and firecrackers to health and the environment. As a former newspaper reporter, I was assigned to cover the DOH for several years and had witnessed the gruesome effects of firecracker and fireworks explosion to its victims – those who lighted the firecrackers and the unsuspecting bystanders.

The DOH is targeting a zero fireworks-related injury this year. It is also supportive of  the community fireworks display while encouraging everyone particularly parents to discouraged their children to use and light firecrackers and fireworks for their safety.