Posts in category "health and well-being"

The American Cheese Revolution is coming to Chicago

The American Cheese Revolution is coming to Chicago
We eat a lot of cheese at our house. Lots of it. But not all cheeses are created equally (obviously). And many cheeses are full of processed gunk that isn't good for kids (or their parents for that matter). For this reason, we buy a lot of Organic Valley cheese (and other dairy).  If you are an Organic Valley fan, there is a local opportunity to learn more about their products and health initiatives. Organic Valley’s American Cheese Revolution Tour, http://www.AmericanCheeseRevolution.com, a multi-city mobile tour and online pledge drive inviting parents to demand real food for real kids, is headed to Chicago October 19-21. Chicago foodies and families are invited to meet up with the tour to sample grilled cheese sandwiches, play in the photo booth and sign the Real Food Pledge. Organic Valley has committed to donate $1(up to $25,000) for each signature to Healthy Child Healthy World...

Sprout San Francisco to open in Chicago

Sprout San Francisco to open in Chicago
I am lucky to live in Wicker Park, one of the best shopping neighborhoods in the city. Of course, I don't really have a ton of time to browse boutiques and I usually have three kids (and six grubby, curious hands) with me so we don't tend to do a lot of shopping together in the 'ol neighborhood. BUT from time to time I need a new baby present or a gift for a kiddo's birthday party and I have fantastic local options. I used to frequent Grow Modern Kids for eco-conscious baby gifts and gear (until it shuttered last fall). Happily, Sprout San Francisco  is going to be opening its doors on April 21 in the same space at 1943 W. Division...

Raising Vegan Kids in Chicago

Raising Vegan Kids in Chicago
I am not a vegan and I am not raising my kids as vegans. But the whole concept intrigues me. On the one hand, we definitely are limiting animal protein in our diet and eating more vegetable and grain based meals. On the other hand, I am not sure that I want to live a life without cheese. Even though we are definitely bacon-eaters at our house,  I was interested in the idea of raising vegan kids and all of the issues that may arise (mostly in social settings). For example, what does a vegan kid do when the baseball team goes out for pizza or at a classmate's birthday party when everyone is digging into a conventional cake and ice cream...
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A Lunch Break (for a great cause!)

A Lunch Break (for a great cause!)
School lunches and childhood nutrition are hot topics right now -- as they should be. This is one of those issues that has been overlooked for a long time and is now finally getting the attention it deserves. If you are free for lunch (a really delicious lunch) tomorrow, there is a way for you to do your part in supporting the healthy school lunch crusade. On Wednesday, February 29, Michael Kornick from MK (one of my favorite Chicago restaurants) will be hosting a Lunch Break for Schools fundraiser to raise money to support the Chefs Move to Schools program’s efforts to encourage healthier eating by kids – including eating more vegetables. Inspired by the recent news of the updated White House recommended school lunch menu and the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, the fundraising event will raise funds to promote healthy eating habits and proper nutrition amongst children...

What's Eating Your Child?

What's Eating Your Child?
If you could quickly and effectively cure your child’s ear infection, moodiness, or frequent colds with food instead of drugs, which option would you choose? In WHAT’S EATING YOUR CHILD? leading nutritionist Kelly Dorfman empowers parents to become Nutrition Detectives by revealing simple ways to uncover the clues behind a child’s health problems and find... Read more »

Mama, get your move on with Stroller Strides

I don’t know why I’ve never taken a  Stroller Strides class before. I am their target audience. I have three kids. I own at least 10 different strollers (albeit in various states of disrepair). I exercise from time to time. Seems like a perfect fit, right? Well, until a few weeks ago, I had never... Read more »
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New at the Nature Museum: Nature's LunchBox

Next time you take the kiddos to the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, you should definitely pack your lunches and take advantage of the new permanent exhibit called Nature’s LunchBox, sponsored by Dominick’s. This formerly bland and boring lunchroom space is now a vibrant, interactive learning space. Nature’s LunchBox illustrates the life cycle of food —... Read more »

The Wee Weekender (March 12th-14th)

A young artist hard at work at the Lillstreet Art Center. Looking for something fun for the whole family to do this weekend? I’ve got an idea or two for you. Family Farmed Expo. This is an event that has a little bit for everyone in the family. The Family Farmed Expo takes places from... Read more »

Kids Write to Eat

You may have noticed that I have been posting a lot about issues surrounding food and kids recently. While I am at it, I thought that I would mention another important event coming up this weekend. Children of all ages are encouraged to attend Green City Market and Slow Food Chicago’s “Kids Write to Eat”... Read more »
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Fed Up With School Lunch: A teacher blogs anonymously about school lunches

One brave  teacher has had it with the food served to Illinois school kids and she has decided to do something about it. Since the beginning of January 2010, an anonymous teacher has been eating the school lunch every day. On her blog Fed Up with School Lunch, she posts a photograph and shares her... Read more »