What to know for August

BREAST FEEDING AWARENESS MONTH

Every woman has their own journey through life, but becoming a new mom is its own journey in life. Making the decision of how your child is going to feed is vital. It is important to make a good investment in your baby’s future. A good investment would be to breastfeed your baby. Your breast milk gives your baby a healthy start that will last a lifetime.  There are many great benefits to breastfeeding, such as the special connection between you and your baby and it saves approximately $1,500 per year on formula. Did you know that mothers who breastfeed their babies have a better weight status than moms that use artificial baby milk? They also have a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes and certain cancers. Also, children that are breastfed typically score higher on IQ tests and are sick less often.

August is National Breastfeeding Awareness Month. Only about 71.8% of women in Florida have ever tried breastfeeding and it is somewhat lower in Okeechobee County. The Department of Health offers a variety of programs, materials and resources to encourage breastfeeding. The Florida WIC offers counseling and breastfeeding materials to pregnant and breastfeeding clients. Healthy Start also promotes healthy behaviors like breastfeeding. Visit your local WIC office or call if you have any questions in making a good investment in your child’s health by breastfeeding.

BACK TO SCHOOL

HOW TO PACK A HEALTHY LUNCH:

Think smarter: water, whole wheat, whole grain, vegetables, fruit, nuts, soup, lean or extra lean meat, low in saturated fats

Dunk away: apples and pears dunk in low fat plain yogurt or peanut butter; carrot and sweet pepper strips dunk into hummus, salsa or homemade bean dip; whole grain crackers dunk into soup.

Ideas for Lunch: Grilled chicken, sweet potato, spinach, strawberries OR Grilled chicken, lettuce/spinach, tomato, onion, avocado, whole wheat pita pocket, half slice cheese or shredded

LET THE KIDS HELP PACK THEIR OWN LUNCH J

Helpful Tip: substitute ground turkey for hamburger meat when making tacos.