Healthy Choices

hard choiceThe Greenhouse Learning Center teaches our children how to make healthy choices now to make it easier to develop healthy habits that will last for a lifetime. The following are some examples of healthy choices taught:

Healthy Diet

Choose foods that have low amounts of trans fats and saturated fats creating habits that will reduce the risks of heart disease.

Eat healthy fats in moderation. Poly-unsaturated, mono-unsaturated and omega-3 fats are all good lifestyle choices.These good fats lower your LDL cholesterol and raise your HDL cholesterol, which correlates with decreased risk for heart disease.

Minimizing consumption of sweets, soft drinks, sugary fruit juices and white bread. Choose whole fruits, freshly-squeezed juices and whole grain bread instead.

Choose lean meat, beans and tofu for their protein content.

Enjoy whole grains such as whole wheat bread, whole wheat pasta and brown rice

Eat low-fat dairy products. Skim milk and reduced fat cheeses will reduce your fat intake while ensuring that you receive enough calcium. Eat fruits and vegetables for their high vitamin and mineral content.

Healthy Lifestyle (Active Lifestyle)

Fit-Kid-Banner-Health-BicyclesEnjoy rigorous daily activities. Both high-intensity gardening and general outdoor play can exercise your body. Choose outdoor activities instead of becoming a “couch potato”.

Start and finish physical activities with stretching. Gentle stretching will warm up your muscles before you work out and will relax your muscles after you work out.