Kids Eat Smart with Whole Foods® - youre in charge!
Want more ideas about what to pack in those school lunches? Tired of pulling your hair out trying to get more greens in your kindergartener? PBS Kids has partnered with Whole Foods Markets® to tell you and your kids why organic matters. Even more important? This partnership is working to help families learn more about healthy eating habits with the Fantastic Organic campaign!
You are in such luck I cant stand it. Whole Foods in Little Rock is our partner in crime (or in food) and happens to be in the biz of offering the kind of yummy stuff we want (and should be) bombarding our kiddies little bodies with. Instead of trips to the doctor and tiny plastic cup fulls of icky brightly colored medicine, lets keep them healthy with the earths natural remedy: fruits and veggies.
But my kid wont eat it! What do I DO you say? I say this with all the love and truth in my happy (and healthy thank you bananas and soy) heart: He or she WILL eat it and YOU can figure out how to make that happen with AETN and Whole Foods by your side. I am no official authority of any sort on food. I do, however refer to those who are and have seen the results I get personally with my family. I read. I pay attention to labels. I only purchase food that affects our bodies in a healthy way.
I have one critter (8 years old) who sneaks through the kitchen and eats raw sprouts by the handful (they are light and crunchy and cool looking) hoping I wont catch him and another little sweet pea (6 years old) who passes up sugary stuff for half an avocado. I no lie to you promise! We bought our own sprout growing kit recently, they help water and check often to see the progress, and then they crunch and munch very proudly 3 days later when they are sprouted. I keep all natural dye-free lollipops and they beg for one (ok, like 5) when they want a treat. Mommy, can I have a healthy sucker? I let them choose their vegetable and fruit for school lunch the choice is which one of each you get its not a matter of not getting one. I told them years ago that carrots make you see better so that the elusive soccer ball goes in the goal - and shazam, down goes the bowl of crunchy orange sticks. Food at my house is about how to use it to nourish your body so you can do the things you want to do and grow up strong…its not a sugary reward or based on the live to eat motto. Its eating to live.
Fantastic Organic uses online resources from PBS Parents, PBS Kids, and Whole Foods Market to help families learn to cook, shop and explore organic foods together. These fun, easy-to-use tools and educational resources are designed to help families make educated decisions about organic foods and encourage healthy lifestyles.
Online, you and your kids can explore exactly what organics are at pbsparents.org/fantasticorganic. On top of educational illustrations and animated shorts, the website features excellent recipes and tips for making simple, healthy organic meals and snacks, as well as shopping tips and interactive kids activities that give parents a hand when it comes to encourage little ones healthy eating habits.
Food is fun. We are the parents, we are in charge, and we can set a good example too. Now grab a bowl of frozen grapes to snack one while you make that healthy grocery list for the next school week and let us know what you come up with!
“Agri Arkansas” - June 2016
This month, join us to take a look at the Natural State’s global reach. What are the products that Arkansas farmers sell around the world, and how are we expected to fare in a declining export market? We’ll also have an update on a farm-to-fuel initiative in DeWitt and make a visit to the Olde Crow General Store at the junction of Highways 9 and 5 in the latest “Agri Arkansas” on Sunday, June 26, at 1 p.m.
“A Deeper Look: The Poverty Divide in Arkansas” airs June 27
Arkansas is currently ranked fourth in the nation with most people in poverty: one of every five people lives below the poverty line. How does this affect our state and what resources are available to help anyone who is struggling? Find out as we further the conversation about poverty and opportunity in “A Deeper Look: The Poverty Divide in Arkansas” Monday, June 27, at 9 p.m.
Turn Up the Heat With Sunday Night Drama
The weather isn’t the only thing heating up this summer! From “Vicious” and “Endeavour” to “Dancing on the Edge” and “The Tunnel,” get ready for new seasons, new series, a special series finale and more! Masterpiece PBS is ready for summer — with plenty of romance, mystery and even murder — and June is just the beginning.
Win an “I Can Readathon!” Event Kit - Facebook Contest
Travel to new places, different times and even new worlds this summer by reading together! You can help the kids in your life fight the summer slump and win a Harper Collins “I Can Read” event kit by entering our I Can Readathon! Facebook Contest June 13-30. Learn how you can enter and host a summer reading party for 20!
PBS KIDS ScratchJr Pine Bluff - Coding for Tomorrow
Through a grant from PBS and the Verizon Foundation, AETN Early Childhood Education has been proud to partner with Pine Bluff School District elementary schools to hold the PBS KIDS ScratchJr Camp. This camp, which directly addresses the Arkansas Department of Education’s goals to integrate computing concepts into the classroom, is revolutionary because it supports critical thought processing with computational thinking and problem solving. Learn five ways that Pine Bluff is laying the groundwork for students to achieve basic computer coding after the jump!