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Activities under Mindfulness Mondays are targeted to help kids be more self-aware of their emotions, the emotions of others, and how to manage both personal and interpersonal interactions. Kids can log the time they spend thinking and talking about their feelings.

Click on this link to download the chart shown above that helps kids explain how they are feeling



Gardening With Kids

Joanna Cohen, MD, an attending in the emergency department (ED) at Children’s National, shared in the Rise and Shine Blog that children like to help their parents with outside activities during the spring and summer. It’s a great way for them to run around and get a little exercise.

However, many outdoor tools and gardening materials are dangerous for children and could cause serious injuries if left unattended. Follow these gardening and landscape safety tips for kids to keep your little ones safe!

Backyard safety tips:

  • Observe the current landscape of your backyard:
  • Are there tools or dangerous gardening chemicals left lying around?
  • Make sure there are anchors and supports to hang tools and other objects to keep them from falling.
  • When leaving power tools or other equipment idle remove keys and unplug all tools.
  •  Lock sheds and other outdoor buildings to keep kids from going inside unattended.
  • Make sure small children are out of the way and supervised while you use ride-on lawnmowers and other machinery.

To read more on this topic, click here.




Nicole Palmieri, who is currently studying Dietetics at the University of Dayton, shared with Healthy Lombard that we have all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and clichés must exist for a reason!

Breakfast, or whenever you have the first meal of the day, sets the tone for the rest of the day. Having a sugary bowl of cereal can lead to further sugar cravings later in the afternoon, for example.

However, suppose your first meal includes a variety of nutrients, such as protein, whole grains, fruit, and healthy fats. In that case, you will be satiated and more likely to continue eating healthfully throughout the day! Here are a few fueling breakfast ideas to start the day on the right foot.


Smoothies are a great meal to have on the go and can be tailored to fit your preferences! One of my favorite smoothies to make is blending about 6 frozen mango cubes, a banana, a handful of spinach, a serving of vanilla protein powder, 1 T. almond butter, 1 T. chia seeds, and a little water! This offers so many nutrients and keeps me full until lunchtime!

For more ideas, click here.

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Enjoy, and have a 

Fun and Healthy Summer.

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