|Learning from Nicolette next to a flower garden.|
I listened with one ear for my own health and one for information to share with the children I teach and families I work with. As Nicolette spoke about the terrific benefits of drinking water, eating healthy fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, whole grains and whole dairy foods, steering clear of toxins, ample sleep, rest, laughter, and meaningful relationships, I thought about how the students and I might make these lessons visible in the classroom this year.
Further, Nicolette shared lots of healthy snack suggestions such as hummus with raw veggies, guacamole, salsa, and bean chips, a handful of nuts, fresh fruit, plain yogurt with fresh fruit, and smoothies with fruit and almond milk. She noted how processed chemicalized foods, sugar, trans fats, and artificial sweeteners are energy zappers. And, reiterated what we all know which is that sugary drinks and soda are the leading source of sugar in the American diet--a source that zaps energy, causes cavities, and leads to health problems. Instead, she recommended that children add fresh fruit to water to give it a taste they like.
|I found this leave on the farm after the talk.|
Nicolette's long term experience and interest in healthy living makes her a terrific speaker--she approaches the topic with an open, welcoming attitude. I think she' be a perfect speaker for a PTO event that focuses on what parents and teachers can do to help children and themselves live healthy lives
By a Thread: 21 Tips on Resilience for the Partly Unraveled, about resilience which provides the reader with a number of exercises that will help him/her to build resilience and enjoyment in life. I plan to use the book to guide a number of healthy student activities too.