The Institute of Medicine reports that students in kindergarten through 12th grade get only four to six hours of nutrition education per school year. In a culture where more than a third of young Americans are obese, it's worth looking at what helps these students retain the information they need to maintain a healthy weight.
We all know a Germ Phobic Mom. She gasps in horror if another child grabs her little darling's plastic sippy cup. If your child so much as breathes on her child, she will rush him to the bathroom to wash his face and hands. "You just never know where those kids have been playing! For all we know, he could have been playing in dog poo!"
We are one week into summer vacation, and I've joined forces with a few other working moms who have semi-flexible schedules to give our kids one of those old-school, no-agenda, bike-riding, running-through-sprinklers, free-for-all, popsicle-eating-'til-there's-a-ring-of-red-around-your-mouth summer vacations.