- School Age Snacking
- Folic Acid Awareness Week
- Education Survey Continues
- Thank You MOST!
- Stories from the Heart blog
Happy New Year
Snacking for School Age Children
A study appearing online December 17th in the journal Pediatrics found that offering healthier snack options can decrease children’s calorie intake. The study had third to sixth grade children were given one snack: potato chips, cheese, vegetables, or a combination of cheese and vegetables. The authors conclude that children can consume fewer calories when snacking, if provided nutrient-rich snack foods like cheese and vegetables instead of unhealthy snack foods like potato chips.
What snacks do your children eat? Is it easy or hard to have certain snacks? Share on facebook or the School Age Forum.
National Folic Acid Awareness Week
January 6-12, 2013 is National Folic Acid Awareness Week, designed to spread the message of the importance of folic acid intake for the prevention of birth defects. The National Council on Folic Acid (NCFA) notes that women of childbearing age need an extra 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid each day, and can get it by taking a daily multivitamin or eating fortified foods. Although all enriched cereals and grain products in the US are fortified with folic acid, only one-third of US women of childbearing age consume the recommended amount from their diet. Because 50% of all pregnancies are unplanned, women should take folic acid before pregnancy to reduce the risk of birth defects of the brain and spine, called neural tube defects (NTDs) by up to 70%. Check out the NCFA Web site for more information on folic acid.
Education Survey Continues
The Education Survey is still open. Lisa Share,PhD (a mother of triplets) created a survey for MOST, approved by Walden University, to ask families the questions most frequently asked. She plans to share the research with multiple birth organizations. If you have multiples that are three and older who either attend school or are educated at home, please complete this survey on Survey Monkey. It will take no more than ten – fifteen minutes and will help many other families who ask the same questions.
Please share this link with any of your multiples friends or local multiples’ groups. If you have any questions or comments, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Factors Families Consider when Selecting the Educational Placement of Multiples is found at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/multiplessurvey
Thank You MOST!
A thank you from one of the adopted families from this past December.
To our Dear Donor Family, I truly could not express the amount of thankfulness and awe I have for you all… your thoughtfulness and kindness is so sweet and so appreciated. Thank you- Thank you- Thank you!!! The expression on my childrens face when they read the letter from MOST was priceless. Their jaws dropped and they ran to hug me and jump up and down. I told them not to expect much under the tree and your gift changed that. I look towards a time when I can pay the kindness forward as well and brighten someones holiday as you did for us! We wish you many blessings and Angels be with you. Much love…
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