Monday, February 26, 2018

Why Mealtime is Important

Here at HTB, meal time is one of the most important times of day.  We use meal and snack time to socialize and talk about what we are eating!  We encourage children to talk at the table and discuss the foods they are eating.  While they are eating and socializing, they are building skills for the future!  They are making decisions about if they like a food or not and learning communication skills by describing what they are eating.  We talk about what colors foods are, if they are salty or sweet and if we need a spoon or fork to eat the different types of foods.  We also read a variety of books about meal times and new foods!  Last but not least, we pray before each and every meal, welcoming Jesus to our table!

For many, family mealtime has been lost in our over scheduled lives.  For many families, school, work schedules and extracurricular activities can make it difficult to find time to eat together and some go days or weeks without sitting down as a family to share a meal. However, family meals are important and should be considered part of our daily requirements.
Researchers have found that families who share meals together on a regular basis, whether it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner reap many benefits.
  • Family meals are more nutritious. A Harvard study found that families who eat together are twice as likely to eat their five servings of fruits and vegetables as families who don’t eat together.
  • Kids who eat family meals tend to eat a wider variety of foods and become less picky eaters.
  • Family meals provide an opportunity for family members to come together, strengthen ties and build better relationships. They build a sense of belonging which leads to better self-esteem.
  • Family meals offer parents a chance to be role models. They can set an example of healthy eating and polite table manners.
  • Family meals help prevent obesity. Research shows that people tend to eat less during family meals because they eat more slowly, and talk more.
  • Research shows that kids who eat family meals have a lower chance of engaging in high risk behaviors such as substance use and violence, and fewer psychological problems.
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Tips for eating more meals together:
  • Make family meals a priority in your household. Focus on the importance of being together as a family more than on making an elaborate meal.
  • PRAY!
  • Start with small steps. Increase the number of family meals by one extra meal a week.
  • As a family, plan a menu for the week and make a grocery list.
  • Let the kids be involved. Let them help prepare food or set the table.
  • Work as a family to clean up afterwards.
  • Turn off the TV.
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It’s worth a try.  More family mealtime could mean large rewards for your family!

Monday, February 19, 2018

Fight the FLU!

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Flu shots are not foolproof and how well they work can vary season to season and how well the virus strains in the vaccine match up with the viruses circulating in the community. According to the Centers for Diseases Control, the vaccine was about 52 percent effective during the last flu season and about 60 percent effective the year before. However, the vaccine can also lessen flu symptoms if you do catch a cold.

So what's a good healthy person to do? Here are 6 easy ways to stay healthy during the cold and flu season.

  • Exercise and meditate (not necessarily in that order): New research suggests that regular exercise and meditation may be among the best ways to reduce acute respiratory infections. Run on the treadmill, do yoga, walk, stretch and sniffle less. 
  • Get your share of protein: Protein helps your body to produce immune cells, which in turn help fight infection! Good sources of protein includes: fish, eggs nuts and seeds, lentils, beans and tofu. An added bonus is that many of these foods also contain valuable infection fighting zinc and magnesium.
  • Minimize stress: Stress puts lots of wear and tear on many of your body's systems. Your immune system, for one, is adly compromised, making it tougher to fight off germs. Try some meditation to deal with stress.
  • Be anti-social: While it's true that being around friends can boost good health, this does not apply to when they are coughing or sneezing. Staying three feet or more away will help keep you in the "safe zone." 
  • Carry your own stash: You'll be surprised at how much you touch your face, so keeping hand sanitizers around can be very handy.
  • Get enough Zzzz's: Getting less than seven hours of sleep a night can increase your susceptibility to germs. Sleep helps your body function at its optimal level by producing protective substances that help you fight infections or inflammation.
Take charge of your health this cold and flu season!

Friday, February 16, 2018

Preschool Knows How to Party!

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Preschool 1 had a blast at their awesome Valentine's Day Party!  Thank you to our wonderful parents that brought in all of the goodies!  We love holidays here at HTB!

Friday, February 9, 2018

How Many Hugs?

We have a winner folks!  
Dr. Krystal Lewis guessed the closest number of hugs in the jar.  Her guess was 130 and there was 133 hugs in the jar!  

How many hugs did you guess were in the jar?

Happy Friday!

Wednesday, February 7, 2018


Here are a few photos of when Elsa and Olaf took over HTB! 

The children loved the special visitors and every room played "Let It Go" and had a dance party!  Some of the older children asked Elsa for more snow!

Everyone had a blast!

Elsa was provided by KS Engagements.  She can do birthday parties and more!  Pick up a business card at the front desk!