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Parents Corner - August Newsletter 

Welcome to our August Newsletter. 
We have scanned the net to find topics we believe will help parents raising young athletes. No parent is perfect, however, here are some topics that might help you on you way to perfection.

Can Kids and Teens with Asthma Play Sport?
Healthy Snack Choices

Enjoy your reading and don’t forget if you have a topic you would like covered e-mail it to jason@readyrugby.com.au

Can Kids and Teens with Asthma Play Sport?

You might remember a time when kids who had asthma were discouraged from playing sports and told to take it easy. That's no longer the case. Being active, working out, and playing sports does more than help a child with asthma stay fit, maintain a healthy weight, and have fun - it can actually strengthen a child's breathing muscles and help the lungs work better.

To keep asthma under control, it's important that your child take his or her medicine as prescribed. Skipping controller medication can make symptoms worse, and forgetting to take a prescribed medication before exercise can lead to severe flare-ups and even emergency department visits. Your child should carry rescue medication at all times, even during workouts, in case of a flare-up.

It's also a good idea to keep triggers in mind. Depending on his or her triggers, you child may want to:

* Skip outdoor workouts when pollen or mold counts are high.
* Wear a scarf or ski mask when training outside during the winter.
* Make sure he or she always has time for a careful warm up and cool down.

These recommendations should be included in the asthma action plan you create together with your child's doctor.

You should also make sure that your child's coach knows about your child's asthma and his or her asthma action plan. For a young child, you might want to provide the coach with a copy. An older child should keep a copy with him or her, as well as any medication that could be needed to treat a flare-up.

Most importantly, your child and your child's coach need to understand when it's time for your child to take a break from a practice or game so that flare-ups can be managed before they become emergencies.

To read more go to http://kidshealth.org/parent/managing_asthma/charge/asthma_sports.html

Healthy Snack Choices

Healthy kid snacks include a long list of items, but tweens definitely like to eat sandwiches of different types as a snack after school. Many kids prefer eating sandwiches as an after school snack because they are easier to eat and make them feel full quickly. Vegetable and peanut butter sandwiches can act as a wholesome snack, along with a cup of milk.

You can also try giving your tween some crackers and peanut butter. A salad is another good option. Fruit mixes, cookies, homemade muffins, yogurt, and fresh fruit with dip also act as good after school snacks. The important thing to remember is that the snack should be healthy in order to get your tween through until dinnertime.

Why Snacks are Important

Kids who are still growing need to eat a lot of healthy stuff to grow properly. If a tween does not get healthy food to eat, he or she can develop a weakness due to the lack of some particular ingredient in their diet. Parents need to pay all due attention towards the diet of their kids.

Although three square meals are important for your tween's health, after school snacks can be considered as one of the most important times to eat during the day, as well. Tweens need a certain amount of calories to help their growing bodies become strong, and to help them be able to build up their immune system, in order to fight colds and other illnesses.

Watch the Labels

When picking out healthy snacks for your tween from boxed foods, pay attention to the packaging labels. Just because a package says "all natural," doesn't mean that it truly is. All natural can mean a lot of sugar content. Sugar is a natural ingredient, but has many empty calories. It is natural, not nutritious.

Keep an Eye on Portions

Healthy snacks are the way to go, for sure. But, you still need to be careful about the portions that your child consumes. You can get too much of a good thing, and moderation is definitely key. Keeping a regular schedule of snacks and meals will go a lot further in helping your tween maintain a good body weight. And, serving the appropriate portions of snacks will help your tween adjust to this routine.

Chances are when your tween comes home after a day’s work in school they are really tired and hungry. This is the most important time that they are ready to listen to you about food. A healthy snack at this time not only will be satisfying for your child, but it will also be good for his or her health. Choose snacks that you can prepare easily and that your tween also likes. Make sure that you rotate the snacks properly to ensure a balanced diet.

To read more on this topic go to

 http://parentingtweens.suite101.com/article.cfm/healthy_after_school_snacks