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Can a Pear a Day Keep the Doctor Away?

Yes! Although apples get a lot of attention for their health benefits, pears pack a punch when it comes to healthful foods. Pears are one of the highest fiber filled fruits, providing six grams per medium-sized fruit helping you meet nearly 25% of your fiber daily requirement. A diet high in fiber has many health benefits, including reducing cholesterol levels, preventing colon cancer, and reducing constipation to name just a few. Pears also contain a fair amount of vitamins C, K, B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), and B6 (pyridoxine) and minerals calcium, magnesium, potassium, copper, and manganese; all of these are important in supporting your immune system and preventing disease.

 

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Did You Hear? Free Breakfast and Lunch!

Did you hear the news? All students can enjoy breakfast and lunch at school for FREE! The USDA has extended its Summer Food Service Program through December 31, 2020.  This means that breakfast and lunch will be available to ALL students grades Pre K through grade 12 each school day at no cost to families. Per the USDA and federal food service programs, this includes complete meals only.  Individual items will be charged accordingly.  For example: If a student chooses to buy only milk (or an extra milk), it will cost $0.40.  However, if a student orders a full meal that includes milk, the meal is at no cost to the student. Parents still MUST complete free and reduced lunch applications for all eligible students for the 2020-2021 school year.According to the USDA, the summer serve free meal program may be cancelled before December 31, if funding is depleted. In this case, we will notify parents as soon as we receive the information.

Eat Right Bite by Bite

The 2020 National Nutrition Month theme promotes making mindful choices with small goals and changes that will positively affect your health. Good nutrition doesn’t have to be restrictive or overwhelming; every little bit of nutrition is a step in the right direction. Try these small steps to have a cumulative healthful effect.

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The Best and Worst Diets for 2020

Well, 25 health and wellness experts weighed in on the best and worst diets for 2020 and there are some popular ones that are listed as the worst. Before we dig in to see what the experts had to say, we need to know what the criteria is for the ‘best’ diet. Experts considered balance, maintainability, palatability, family-friendliness, sustainability and healthfulness when ranking the diets.
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