Healthy Tips

Nutrition and Portion Sizes

Hi kids this is Cowboy Ted - Founder of the Cowboy Ted's Foundation for Kids with the Healthy Tip of the Day for kids.
Today's topic is nutrition and portion sizes. Did you know that many kids your age are overweight? Being overweight is hard on your heart, lungs, bones and joints, and muscles and tendons and can lead to increased risk of diabetes and heart disease. To keep your body fit and strong - make sure you get 60 minutes of exercise everyday - drink lots of water - eat from the five food groups and make sure to use proper portion sizes at each meal. A true portion size is an amount that can easily fit in the palm of your hand or about the size of your clenched fist. Most burgers, fries, and fast foods are double the proper portion size. Another food nutrition tip is to eat a small healthy snack between breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Eating 6 small meals will give you more energy throughout the day. Put up your fist - don't super-size your portions.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Hydration

Hi kids this is Cowboy Ted - Founder of the Cowboy Ted's Foundation for Kids with the Healthy Tip of the Day for kids.
Today's topic is to hydrate your body with lots of water. Did you know that the inside of your body is made up mostly of water and fluid or liquid? That's right - our body is made up of a lot of water, which means we need to keep adding water to our body to make it work right. Many kids are dehydrated a good portion of the day and that means our body isn't working as well as it could be. We need to drink at least 6 to 8 cups of water each day to keep our body working right - that equals 48 to 64 ounces each day. We need even more water if we are exercising or working outside in the heat - we lose a lot of water in the course of a day. Therefore we need to add water to make our heart, kidneys, muscles, and even our brain work properly - so make sure you drink 48 to 64 ounces of water every day. Hydrate your body for good health.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Washing Your Hands

Hi kids this is Cowboy Ted with the healthy tip of the day for kids.
Today's topic is Washing Your Hands - did you know that when we get sick - it's usually because we brought the germs and bacteria into our own body with our own hands? We touch a lot of things during a typical day and a lot of those things we touch are not very clean. So to keep yourself strong & healthy - I recommend two things. First - try and keep your hands away from your eyes - nose and mouth because those are the places that most germs use to get into our body and make us sick. And the second thing to remember is to wash your hands often.
If you think washing your hands as long as it takes to say the alphabet - is long enough - you are right. Don't forget that healthy kids are no accident. Keep yourself strong & healthy - be sure to wash your hands often and when you can't wash your hands - be sure to keep your hands away from your face.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Exercise

Hi kids this is Cowboy Ted - Founder of the Cowboy Ted's Foundation for Kids with the Healthy Tip of the Day for kids.
Today's topic is exercise. Did you know that kids need 60 minutes of exercise everyday to stay healthy? The Surgeon General also recommends 30 minutes of exercise five times a week for adults. Exercise is food for your muscles, your lungs, and your heart. But did you know that we also need to exercise in order to keep our bones strong? That's right, physical activity helps keep bones strong and healthy. Make sure to eat from the five food groups and exercise for 60 minutes everyday. Play sports, run around at recess, ride your bike, go rollerblading or hiking, even just taking a walk with your parents or grandparents will help keep both of you healthy - so make sure you get at least 60 minutes of exercise everyday.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Dental Care

Hi kids this is Cowboy Ted - Founder of the Cowboy Ted's Foundation for Kids with the Healthy Tip of the Day for kids.
Today's topic is proper care of your teeth. We need to take care of our teeth so that our teeth last our entire lifetime. We need strong healthy teeth to eat foods that help us grow strong and healthy. A white and bright smile is always nice too. We can keep our teeth healthy by brushing two to three times a day and don't forget to floss. Make sure you see the dentist twice a year for checkups and to take care of your mouth, teeth, and gums properly.
Drinking dairy or soy products also provides us with vitamins and minerals that keep our teeth strong and white & bright and shiny. Drinking too much soda or eating too many sweets can lead to cavities, tartar, and tooth decay. So - brush at least twice a day - eat and drink dairy or soy products and visit the dentist twice a year and you will be on your way to creating strong healthy teeth and a confident smile.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Mental Exercise

Hi kids this is Cowboy Ted - Founder of the Cowboy Ted's Foundation for Kids with the Healthy Tip of the Day for kids.
Today's topic is mental strength. Did you know that you need to exercise your brain just like you exercise your muscles? That's right - we need to exercise our brain just like we exercise our muscles and reading is a great way to exercise our brain and increase our strength in the form of knowledge and memory. Reading for 30 to 60 minutes a day will give our mental health the same workout that 60 minutes of physical exercise provides for our body.
Reading will help you increase vocabulary, knowledge, and memory on a number of subjects and also helps us practice the proper use of grammar and punctuation. So remember that exercising our brain through reading is every bit as important as physical exercise each day. So make time to read for 30 to 60 minutes each day too for a balance of strength for both mind and body.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Be Tobacco Free

Hi kids this is Cowboy Ted - founder of the Cowboy Teds Foundation for Kids with the healthy tip of the day for kids.
Today's topic is tobacco. I hope you already know and agree that there is no safe form of tobacco. Smoking is dangerous to the person smoking and second hand smoke is dangerous. So keep yourself healthy - don't smoke and stay away from second hand smoke. If someone you know is a smoker ask them to give your lungs a break and ask them not to smoke in the house and not to smoke in the car. Move away from anyone who is smoking and protect yourself from second-hand smoke. Keep in mind that spit tobacco or chewing tobacco is dangerous too. People that chew tobacco are 50 times more likely to get oral cancer than non-users and people diagnosed with oral cancer are 50 percent more likely to die within five years. Oral cancer can also lead to the removal of your teeth, tongue or jaw bone. Chewing is not safer than smoking - it is still tobacco which causes cancer and can lead to death. Remember - there is no safe form of tobacco. Give tobacco the boot and stay healthy.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Strong Healthy Bones and Teeth

Hi kids this is Cowboy Ted - Founder of the Cowboy Ted's Foundation for Kids with the Healthy Tip of the Day for kids.
Today's topic is is building strong healthy bones and teeth - we all know that we need to exercise to build strong muscles, but sometimes we forget that we need to exercise to keep our bones strong too. Exercise is great for your bones and muscles and kids need 60 minutes of exercise everyday to stay healthy. But please don't forget that your bones and your teeth also need calcium to stay strong and we get calcium by eating the right foods.
Did you know that dairy and soy products are a great source of calcium and help us build strong bones and teeth? Kids need three helpings of dairy or soy products everyday to maintain good health. Milk, cheese, yogurt, and ice cream are all great sources of calcium. Talk with your parents and teachers or go to the internet and find.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Safety Around Animals

Hi kids this is Cowboy Ted with the Healthy Tip for Kids. Today's topic is How to keep yourself safe around animals.
Spending time with animals can be a lot of fun. Lets go over a few tips to keep you safe around animals.
First off, give animals some personal space and don't get too close until they are familiar with you. Never put your face too close to animal. They may bite or scratch you.
Don't ever run up to animals, they may feel threatened, which could result in a bite or injury to you. Never pick up a baby animal and move it away from its mother.
Never feed animals that don't belong to you, especially wild animals. Feeding wild animals causes them to become dependent on humans and also makes the animal a risk to the next human it encounters along the trail.
Wild animals carry diseases that are not common in domestic pets. Contact with an animal in nature can spread germs to you and cause you to get very sick or even die. Wild animals can cause serious injury when they try and eat from your hand. A number of wild animals are also very large and could crush or run over you as they are trying to get food.
Never put your head or body in front of or over the head of a horse. If they raise their head up it will knock you down or break bones. Don't walk directly in front of a horse when you are leading it or you could get stepped on by the horse. Always walk to the side of the animal with at least 24 inches of space between your feet and the animal's feet.
Healthy kids are no accident. Be smart and keep a safe distance away from animals and never feed animals that don't belong to you.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Water Conservation

Hi kids this is Cowboy Ted of Cowboy Ted's Foundation for Kids with the Healthy Tip for Kids.
Today's topic is Water Conservation - we all know that water is very important in our life. Therefore, it is important to conserve and use water wisely. We all know that we need to drink water to make our bodies work well. So, we need to make sure we conserve water in order to have clean drinking water for good health.
Did you know that the average American uses 140 to 170 gallons of water in average day. Little things can make a big difference as we try to conserve water each day. Turning off the water while you brush your teeth and then turning it back on only to rinse can save about five gallons of water each time you brush your teeth.
Low flow shower heads also save water, yet still give you plenty of water pressure to take a shower and get yourself clean. It takes about six gallons for water each time you flush the toilet. Put a water saving brick in the water holding tank on the back side of your toilet can also
save a lot of water.
Don't forget that healthy kids are no accident. Keep yourself strong & healthy - remind yourself and others to conserve water. Do your part to save water.

 
 
 
 
 
 

10,000 Steps to Fitness

Hi kids this is Cowboy Ted with the Healthy Tip for Kids. Today's topic is 10,000 steps to fitness.
Most kids already know that the surgeon general recommends 60 minutes of exercise or physical activity each day for kids to stay healthy. Exercise and physical activity helps to strengthen your muscles and also helps you develop stronger bones and helps to increase the health of your heart and lungs.
The 10,000 steps per day program is a good way to get started on a healthy fitness routine for kids. Kids actually need 12,000 to 15,000 steps per day to stay healthy, but 10,000 steps per day is a good place to start. 10,000 steps may sound like a lot of exercise, but it actually adds up pretty fast.
Think about the number of steps you take going from one place to another in the course of one day.
Some medical experts estimate that kids can usually cover 10,000 steps during 30 minutes of exercise.
The best way to count 10,000 steps is by using a pedometer. A pedometer is a device used to measure your steps. The pedometer is attached to your belt or the waist band of your pants and records the number of steps. Some health departments offer free pedometers. Check out the Internet for information on pedometers.
Encourage your parents
and grandparents to take 10,000 steps each day too. Adults need 30 minutes of exercise five times a week. 10,000 steps per day will help your parents and grandparents stay healthy.
Taking at least 10,000 steps each day could put you on track to reach 100 years of age.
Healthy kids are up to you. Make sure to get at least 10,000 steps per day and try for 15,000 steps per day. Ask your parents to join you on the 10,000 steps per day challenge.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Hi kids this is Cowboy Ted with the Healthy Tip for Kids. Today's topic is recycling and the positive impact you can make on the earth. You have probably heard the phrase reduce, reuse and recycle.
Kids can help protect your home, school, neighborhood and community by reducing the amount of things we use, finding things that can be used more than once and recycling items that can be used again by others. There are lots of things kids can do to reduce the use of certain resources. One easy way to reduce using more water than you need is to simply turn the water off while you brush your teeth. And turn the water pressure down and use less water to wash your hands or the dishes. Ask your parents to help reduce the amount of gasoline they use for their car. Ask them if you can walk or ride a bike. Ask them to turn the engine off when they are waiting in line or picking you up from school or other activities. Idle-free cars also reduce the amount of exhaust fumes that go into the air we breathe. Try and think of things that can be reused. Plastic bags are a good item to reuse. How about saving the bread bag after you are done with a loaf of bread? You can use the bag to store stuff in the fridge or to hold a sandwich for your lunch. Many towns and cities have recycling programs and you can place your aluminum cans, glass & plastic bottles, paper and plastic bags and newspapers, magazines and other paper into a bin and it will be recycled and used again. Healthy kids are up to you - There are tons of creative ideas you can think of to reduce, reuse and recycle. Kids can make a big difference by doing a few little things everyday to reduce, reuse and recycle.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Get Outdoors and Enjoy Nature

Hi kids this is Cowboy Ted with the Healthy Tip for Kids. Today's topic is making time to get outdoors and enjoy nature.
How many of you like to spend time outdoors? Spending time outdoors actually helps you to become healthier. How many of you enjoy spending time in nature?
The fresh air is good for our lungs and the sunshine provides nutrients and vitamins that our body needs to be healthy. Nature has also been known to create a calming effect for the body and helps reduce heart rate and lower stress.
So what exactly is nature? Nature normally refers to time spent with living plants and animals in an outdoor setting. The act of enjoying nature usually refers to active participation or observation of living things in an outdoor environment. Nature normally indicates the absence of inanimate objects like couches and TV's. Enjoying time in nature can include hiking, mountain biking, walking in the woods, or near a river. Nature can be time spent on the lake, in the rain or riding horses.
How about watching a summer thunderstorm from a safe outdoor viewpoint? How about a walk through the woods when the leaves are changing colors in the fall or feeling the leaves crunch beneath your shoes? Do you like to experience the quietness of snow fall or the echo of your voice when it snows? What about your first time on the grass in the early spring? These are all examples of getting outdoors and enjoying nature. So, once again, how many of you like spending time in nature? Well, what's holding you back? Make time to get outdoors and enjoy nature. Most adults are OK with kids spending time outdoors too. Healthy kids are up to you. Make sure you spend some time outdoors to enjoy nature.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Reading During the Summer Months

Hi kids this is Cowboy Ted with the healthy tip for kids. Today's topic is Summer Reading Programs.
School is out for the summer, but reading for 30 to 60 minutes each day is still very important. Reading books and other material helps you develop mental strength and brain power. You need to exercise your brain to develop better mental skills - just like you exercise your muscles to develop physical skills?
Reading is a great way to exercise your brain and increase your strength in the form of knowledge and memory. During the summer months you may have to be a little more creative to find opportunities to read each day. Most libraries have summer reading programs for kids. There are also a lot of books on the Internet. In fact, there are eight web-books from my Billy the Bull books series here. The books can be read online or downloaded with your parents help and printed on your home printer or at the public library. The web site also includes a list of 25 of my favorite books for young readers and a list of my favorite authors. My reading list is called Reading Rodeo. Reading for 30 to 60 minutes a day will give you the same mental-health workout that 60 minutes of physical exercise provides for your body. Reading will help you increase vocabulary, knowledge and memory. Reading also helps you practice the proper use of grammar and punctuation. Exercising our brain through reading is just as important as physical exercise each day. Healthy kids are up to you. So, make time to read for 30 to 60 minutes each day this summer and create a balance of strength for your mind and body.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Alcohol Awareness

Hi kids this is Cowboy Ted with the Healthy Tip for Kids. Today's topic is alcohol awareness. The use of alcohol often increases during the summer months during outdoor events and celebrations. I want you to know some facts about alcohol.
Many health experts consider alcohol to be a drug just like tobacco. Alcohol changes the way your brain works and has an impact on your body. Many alcohol products are flavored to taste like apples or cherries to try and hide the nasty taste of alcohol. Alcohol companies are marketing to kids in subtle ways The alcohol and tobacco companies try to attract attention to their products by using fancy images and lights on their signs. Kids and parents should be aware of the placement of tobacco and alcohol signs in stores. Most are at a level that is easy for kids to see. You may have noticed that beer displays at stores use cars or sports as part of the displays. Don't be fooled into thinking the beer is good for athletes or drivers. There are consequences that come with alcohol. Guess what usually happens the first time someone tries alcohol? They throw up. This is a signal that the human body does not work well with alcohol. Alcohol impairs the brain and slows down our ability to react and make decisions. People that drink alcohol should never drive a car and kids should never get into a car with someone who has been drinking alcohol. Healthy kids are no accident - be sure that you know the facts about alcohol and make smart decisions. Never ride in a car with someone who has been drinking. People that drink and drive are risking the lives of passengers and the other people on the road.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Staying Healthy During the Summer

Hi kids this is Cowboy Ted with the Healthy Tip for Kids. Today's topic is how to stay healthy during the Summer. School is out for summer and there are a few little things that you can do to keep yourself healthy during the summer recess. The biggest health tip to remember in the summer months is hydration, which means make sure you drink a lot of water. The weather is warmer and kids normally spend more time outside and water is your best friend in the summer and will help you stay healthy. Summer usually means warm days spent in the sun and the sun is very good for our bodies and helps provide vitamins for healthy bodies. Don't forget the sunscreen when you are spending time in the sun during the summer. Every time you get a sunburn, it damages your skin and is also painful. So, lather up with sunscreen this summer. Picnics and bar-be-ques are very popular in the summertime. Remember to choose some healthy foods from the five food groups. Watermelon is great and takes care of the fruit in the five food groups. BBQ steak, hamburgers or chicken cover the meat and poultry food group. Ice cream and yogurt are popular summer snacks and fall into the 3-a-day dairy suggestion. Corn on the cob, fresh tomatoes and baked potatoes are very popular summer foods and cover the vegetable section of the five food groups. Cereals and grains are easily covered in the summer with peanuts, granola bars, and sunflower seeds. Lastly, make sure to get 60 minutes of physical activity or exercise this summer with swimming, hiking, riding bikes or how about making up your own backyard obstacle course? Healthy kids are up to you - make sure you practice your healthy habits during the summer.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Healthy for the Holidays

Hi kids this is Cowboy Ted with the Healthy Tip for Kids. Today's topic is keeping yourself healthy for the holidays.
Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years are great Holidays and are a lot of fun. It is the time of year to spend with family, get gifts and feast on some great Holiday meals. Go ahead and have some fun, but keep a few things in
mind during the Holidays and you will keep yourself healthy.
Everyone is ready for a few days away from school. Don't forget to get 60 minutes of physical activity to keep your body strong and healthy. Snow boarding, ice
skating and sledding are great winter activities during the Holidays when you can spend a full weekday doing your favorite winter recreational activity. A game of football can also be fun with family members that you don't get to
see very often.
You will most likely be around a lot of people during the Holidays and more people lead to lots of germs. Be sure and wash your hands often and wear warm clothing when you are outdoors. You don't want to
spend any of your days away from school - sick in bed.
Meals are a big part of the celebration during the Holidays. Enjoy the great food choices, but keep in mind that proper portion sizes will keep you healthy. Hold up your
fist and that gives you a guideline for a proper portion size. Also try and choose from the five food groups. Go ahead and have some desserts, but make some healthy choices too.
If you help with the decorations, be careful and
keep yourself safe. Lots of accidents and trips to the hospital occur during Holidays.
Healthy kids are no accident. Keep yourself safe and healthy during the Holidays. Enjoy the time away from school and time spent with family
and friends.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Stress Relief

Hi kids this is Cowboy Ted with the Healthy Tip for Kids. Today's topic is stress relief and relaxation techniques.
The human
body can do some amazing things and reacting to truly stressful situations in life is an important function of keeping yourself healthy. Say you are standing on a train track and a train is coming toward you, the body's reaction can
save your life.
Anxiety about issues at school or a girl or boyfriend may seem important at the time, but your body perceives all signals of stress or anxiety as life or death and responds to protect us. This is called fight or flight.
Fight or flight is the body's response to an emergency. The body begins to prepare itself to fight for protection or prepares for flight to escape danger.
The body's natural reaction in fight or flight is to send the blood away
from your hands and feet to allow you to run or punch without feeling the pain, but this sends all of the blood to your heart and lungs and other vital organs. This causes us to breathe faster, heart to race, our face to feel hot and
sweaty and sometimes light-headed. This could save your life in a true emergency, but this is very hard on the body without a true emergency.
When kids "stress-out" your body sees it as a life or death situation and reacts with
the same fight or flight response as it would in an emergency.
If you feel anxiety - try to relax. Take a few deep breaths and close your eyes and remind yourself it is not a matter of life or death. You can also meditate for a moment.
Close your eyes and visualize yourself breathing in air that is blue and pure and replacing the gray or brown air that is causing anxiety and release it from your body.
Healthy kids are no accident. Help your body react to
true emergencies and not just anxiety - take a deep breathe and remind yourself it is not life or death.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Fear at Bedtime - How to Outsmart Nightmares

Hi kids this is Cowboy Ted with the Healthy Tip for Kids. Today's topic is dealing with fear of
bad dreams and how to possibly outsmart nightmares.
That's right, fear can be a positive emotion in your everyday life. Fear is the natural emotional response to danger and it causes our body to try and defend itself against
danger. The human body has a natural fight or flight response, which prepares you to fight to defend yourself against danger or take flight and run away from danger.
There are also some negative aspects that are often associated
with fear. At times we feel fear when there is no real danger. For example nightmares, which cause you to be afraid of going to bed.
Dreams and nightmares are mostly controlled by our subconscious mind, which is when we are
asleep and our brain is not actively aware of what we are doing. Most nightmares are the result of something we saw, but didn't really think about during the day or nightmares occur after we watch a scary movie right before bed
time.
So, if you have bad dreams, one way to eliminate the fear is to put the scary thought into your conscious mind so you can have control of the thoughts and images and you are able to deal with it before you fall asleep and
your subconscious mind takes over.
If you are repeatedly having dreams about monsters or bad things - think about monsters or bad things right before you go to bed and how you will deal with monsters or bad things.
This
will actually allow your brain to actively process the information about the bad dream and move the fear away from your subconscious mind before you fall sleep.
Healthy kids are no accident. When you are afraid of something,
ask yourself if you are in real or imaginary danger and then take action to either fight, take flight or relax.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Self Esteem and How to Like You

Hi kids this is Cowboy Ted with the Healthy Tip for Kids. Today's topic is self esteem and why you should
like you.
Self esteem is the way we feel about ourselves and sometimes we base that feeling on how we think others feel about us.
The way we think that others see us can be misleading. You need to believe in yourself and
not place too much emphasis on how others see you. Have confidence in your abilities, your appearance and your personality. Make sure that you like yourself before you try and get others to like you.
Also keep in mind that
when it comes right down to it, you are the one person that you can always count on and you are the only one that has total control over you.
Think about your number one best quality. What do you like best about you? Now
list four more things that you like about you and write them down on paper. Need some help?
Are you a good listener, do you work hard in school, do you treat others as you want to be treated, are you honest and
trustworthy? Hmm, that sounds like a pretty cool person. Celebrate that fact and focus on your good qualities and remind yourself about them from time to time. You don't have to share those thoughts with anyone but you.
Now that you have discovered that you are a pretty good person, it is time to set a couple short-term goals that can be reached in a time frame of three months to one year. As you contemplate your goals - think about some of the
things that you have accomplished in the past year. See, you really are someone you should like and admire.
Healthy kids are no accident. Learn to like yourself and you will discover self confidence and you will be healthier.

 
 
 
 
 
 

How to Handle Anger without Violence

Hi kids this is Cowboy Ted with the Healthy Tip for Kids. Today's topic is how to handle anger
without violence. Anger is a natural emotion, but not knowing how to control your anger can lead to big problems. Uncontrolled anger can lead to violence.
Everybody has thoughts of frustration or anger and that is a natural
emotional response to frustrating situations. There are many ways to channel your anger so that it does not lead to violence or verbal abuse toward others.
Try to remember that most things that make people angry are simple
misunderstandings.
The best way to react to the thought of anger is to take a deep breath and remind yourself that it is not a life or death situation. Take another deep breath and think about the consequences you will face if you
react with violent or verbal abuse toward the other person. Lastly, try and determine if it is just a misunderstanding.
Another positive way to react instead of anger is to give yourself time to think about it. Many people refer to
this technique as "take a walk and cool off" or "sleep on it" which means to give it at least a few hours or overnight to see if it really deserves your anger. Many times we forget what made us angry in the first place.
Violence and
verbal outbursts are never an acceptable way to deal with thoughts of anger. Take a deep breath and try to let the thoughts of anger go away. If someone does react to you in anger with violence or verbal abuse - you should report it
to the police.
Healthy kids are no accident. Don't let anger control you. Take charge of your emotions and find a healthy alternative to deal with thoughts of anger.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Living by the Golden Rule

Treat others as you want to be treated
Hi kids this is Cowboy Ted with the Healthy Tip for
Kids. Today's topic is Living by the Golden Rule, which is to treat others as you would like to be treated.
Living by the Golden Rule is a fairly simple concept. Treat others as you would like to be treated. Most people like to be
treated with kindness and honesty.
The majority of people prefer to be treated with fairness and without hostility. This action basically becomes an automatic response. Others will act toward you in the same manner as you act
toward them. On the other hand, if someone behaves poorly toward you, there is an impulse for you to respond in the same way toward them.
Try to ask yourself how you would truly like to be treated before you respond to
others. After you determine how you would like to be treated by others, you can put that thought into action and serve as a role model for others.
The pattern will indicate the kind of behavior you would prefer to extend toward
others and have extended back to you.
A simple technique is to practice the Golden Rule until it becomes a habit for you. Treating others as you wish to be treated will become a natural reflex for you. There will be a lot less
hostility and bullying will be replaced with mutual respect.
Treat others with respect and honesty and usually that is the way people will treat you in return. There is an old saying, "What goes around - comes around," which
means that you will eventually get back everything you have given to others, both good and bad.
Healthy kids are no accident. Live by the Golden Rule and show respect and kindness toward others and they will do the same.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Strength Training & Fitness for Kids

Hi kids this is Cowboy Ted with the Healthy Tip for Kids. Today's topic is strength training &
fitness for kids.
The Mayo Clinic and other health organizations that specialize on youth health issues have gone on record as saying the strength training is OK for kids - if it is done properly.
Strength training can be a
healthy activity for kids. Now before we get started, don't go and tell your parents that Cowboy Ted suggests that kids start lifting weights so that you can bench press your own body weight. I am not suggesting weight training for
kids.
Strength training should not be confused with weight lifting or body building, but can include light resistance such as the lifting of light weights that can be lifted at least 8 to 10 times without difficulty.
When done
properly, strength training can help increase a kid's muscle strength & endurance, help protect muscles & joints from injury, improve performance in just about every sport, strengthen bones, tendons & ligaments,
boost metabolism & help kids maintain a healthy weight and improve self-esteem
Most strength training can be achieved with the weight of a kid's own body during push ups, sit ups or jumping jacks. Kids can also benefit
from the use of elastic bands or dumbbells that weigh less than three pounds.
I have designed a fitness program on my web site that kids can do along with their parents. My program suggests that kids perform the exercises with
no weight or a one-pound dumbbell and I suggest a three to five pound dumbbell for parents.
Strength training can be beneficial for kids - if they follow some simple rules and don't overdo it.
Healthy kids are up to you. Talk
with your parents about strength training programs for kids and see if you can design a program to help you stay strong and healthy.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Halloween Safety

Hi kids this is Cowboy Ted with the Healthy Tip for Kids. Today's topic is how to stay safe on Halloween.
Halloween
can be a lot of fun or a little bit scary or both. A few safety tips can keep you safe on Halloween. First off - make sure your parents honestly know where you are going and what you will be doing on Halloween.
Make sure to
have a flashlight with you when you are trick-or-treating and try and wear a costume with some reflective material that can easily be seen by cars. Be careful crossing streets and only go to homes that are well lit and easily seen from
the street.
The best idea is to go as a group and only go to homes of people that are well-known to your parents. Its always a good idea to go with an adult. A lot of older kids like to pull pranks and cause trouble on Halloween.
They are less likely to do this in front of adults.
Another good idea is going to a community sponsored trick or treat event like a mall or Trunk-or-Treat at a local Church. Friends gather and pass out candy from their cars.
Carving Jack-O-Lanterns and pumpkins has become a popular activity at Halloween. Be careful and only do this activity with supervision and guidance from a parent.
Courtesy goes a long way on Halloween - just like every
other day. Be respectful of people's homes and property. Don't run across the grass or jump on or off of porches. Not only does this show respect for others, but it can save you from an injury that could cause your fun night to
come to a painful end.
Healthy kids are no accident. Halloween and trick-or-treat activities can be a lot of fun. Make sure to stay safe and treat people and property with respect.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Healthy Family Habits

Hi kids this is Cowboy Ted with the Healthy Tip for Kids.
Today's topic is healthy family habits. You can help your
entire family become healthier. A few little things add up and lead to a healthy family.
It is a lot easier to stay healthy when you are practicing healthy activities together with others and the best place to start is with the members of
your own family.
Kids know the basics of being healthy. We all need to exercise, eat from the five food groups, drink or eat dairy products, get plenty of rest, visit the dentist twice a year, wash your hands and stay away from
other people when you or they are sick.
Sometimes it helps to politely remind our parents about these healthy tips. The best reminder is to lead by example and show them how to be healthy through your own actions. Then ask
them to join you.
When is the last time you asked your parents to exercise with you? Perhaps it is time to ask your mom or dad if they will take a walk with you or go to the park and play Frisbee. Ride your bikes together as a
family. It is fun to go hiking as a family too. An unplanned game of tag on the lawn can be great fun for kids and adults.
Remind your parents that exercise and just laughing releases endorphins, which are natural chemicals in our
body that help us relax and make us healthy.
Talking with your parents daily about topics that are important to you leads to emotional health and also helps your parents to feel connected with you. Believe it or not, simply eating
meals together as a family actually leads to healthier families.
Healthy kids are up to you. Encourage your parents to join you and get healthy as a family.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Stand Up For What You Believe

Hi kids this is Cowboy Ted with the Healthy Tip for Kids.
Today's topic is stand up for what you believe. It
is important for kids to believe in themselves and part of believing in yourself is taking a stand on topics and issues that are important to you.
Kid's personalities are individual and unique. Part of your personality is shaped by a
personal belief system, which means that kids naturally develop a strong opinion for things that are important for them personally.
The opinions and beliefs of your parents, friends and people you admire contribute to your belief
system. But, what you decide to make part of your own personality and belief system is entirely up to you.
If religious beliefs are important to you - don't let anyone talk you out of your set of beliefs and priorities. Consistently
standing up for what you believe makes you feel good.
Many people strongly believe in the rights and freedoms we enjoy in America. They show this personal belief by proudly flying the American flag to honor America on
holidays like the 4th of July and Sept. 11th Some people really feel inclined to stand up foe what they believe and they display the flag everyday.
Some kids think it is important to stand up for smaller kids and stand up against
bullies. Lots of kids think it is good to protect the environment and to encourage others to recycle and conserve energy and resources.
Decide what is truly important to you and then get in the habit of standing up for what you
believe in. Stand up for things that are important to you and society will take notice.
Healthy kids are no accident. Decide what is important to you. Stand up for what you believe. This leads to good emotional health, which is
essential to overall health.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Your Right to be Safe

Hi kids, this is Cowboy Ted with the Healthy Tip for Kids.
Today's topic is protecting the safety of kids and how to
report violations of your right to be safe.
Every kid has protection from abuse by adults or other kids. There are laws that guarantee that others must respect your rights to health and safety.
Laws protect kids from living in
fear of violence. Kids should never allow anyone to do anything that violates your right to feel secure and safe. Adults or members of your own family members are not allowed to cause kids to live in fear either.
Nobody has
the right to treat you with disrespect, verbally or physically. If you think someone is verbally or physically abusing you or one of the members of your family, you should report that person to your teacher, principal or the police.
Kids are in charge of their own bodies and nobody, including adults and members of your own family, can touch you without your permission. Any person that touches your body in a way that makes you uncomfortable, should
be immediately reported to your teacher, school principal or the police.
Kids never have to live in fear. There are many people and organizations that help protect kids who are being mistreated by others.
Child Protective
Services (CPS) is an organization that is designed to help keep kids safe. CPS locations and phone numbers are listed in your local phone directory and on the Internet. Kids can always call and ask for help
Bikers Against Child
Abuse (BACA) is an organization that helps protect kids from adults who try and intimidate or scare kids. Kids can identify BACA members online at www.bacausa.com
Healthy kids are up to you. If anyone is abusing you mentally or physically, you should report them to the police.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Staying Germ Free

Hi kids this is Cowboy Ted with the Healthy Tip for Kids.
Today's topic is how to keep yourself germ-free.
I hope
you already know that germs make you sick. Washing your hands is the best way to stay germ-free. Keeping your hands away from your eyes, nose and mouth will also help you to stay germ-free. Basically keep your hands away
from your face and wash your hands often during a typical day.
Sneezing into your elbow instead of your hand is another good way to stay germ-free. If you sneeze or cough into your own hand and then touch your face you
will carry the germs back to your own body.
Germs can live for hours on doorknobs and other surfaces that we touch everyday. Keep in mind that a lot of people touch the same objects that we touch in the course of one day.
We can wash our hands, but it will also help if we wash doorknobs and toys and equipment that are touched by multiple people during the day.
Personal space is also important in keeping yourself germ-free. Some germs are
airborne and can pass without touching, but most germs are passed from contact with another person. Try and keep some personal space between you and other people and that will create a germ-free barrier to protect you from
germs.
Many germs are passed to unsuspecting kids by people who are sick and don't stay at home. When you are sick you should stay home and avoid contact with others. This will help you to recover and get healthy again
and it will also protect other people from being infected with germs and bacteria from the person that is sick.
Healthy kids are no accident. Keep yourself germ-free by washing your hands, don't touch your face and sneeze or
cough into your elbow instead of your hand.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Peer Pressure

Hi kids this is Cowboy Ted with the Healthy Tip for Kids. Today's topic is peer pressure. We normally define peer pressure as
the influence someone else has on us. Kids should make decisions that are good for them and not let friends or family talk them into doing something that is wrong or dangerous.
Everybody likes to have friends. Our friends are
considered to be our peers, but sometimes our friends try to talk us into doing something that is dangerous, dishonest or something that we know is wrong.
Smart kids make decisions for themselves. Don't let others talk you
into doing something that you don't want to do. A lot of kids get into trouble or get hurt because of the influence of a peer trying to encourage us to do something that is not in our best interest.
If you know something is wrong,
have the courage and confidence to stand up and make the decision that is best for you.
A good question to ask yourself before making a decision based on the suggestion from a friend or member of your family, is if your mom
and dad would approve of your action, if they were there with you at that exact moment and place. If the answer from your parents would be no, then you basically know the right answer for you.
No is an easy word to say - there
are only two letters N - O and you should have the personal courage to say no to your friends, brothers, and sisters. You are the only one who has total control of your own actions. You will also be held responsible for your
decisions from both good and bad choices.
Healthy kids are no accident. Don't give into peer pressure from your brothers, sisters, friends or even adults - do what you know is right.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Staying Safe at Night

Hi kids this is Cowboy Ted with the Healthy Tip for Kids. Today's topic is about keeping yourself safe at night and a
personal reminder from me that "nothing good happens after midnight."
Healthy choices for kids include, getting enough sleep to keep your body well rested and working properly. Most kids need about eight hours of sleep
each night to rest their bodies and recover from all of the activity of the day. The human body needs rest to function properly. Staying out too late at night creates some very negative consequences.
It is healthy for kids to get
enough rest at night and it is also unhealthy to be out late at night. More accidents happen after dark and more kids get into trouble when they are out late at night. It is more difficult to see at night and more people are hit by cars.
Most cities have a curfew for kids to be in their homes by a certain time at night and this makes it against the law to be outside late at night. Innocent kids have been seriously injured at night by car accidents, criminals and simply
being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Drive-by shootings, crimes and accidents can make you an innocent victim.
Keep in mind that "nothing good happens after midnight." There are more drunk drivers on the road after
midnight. More drug deals and other crimes are committed late at night. More crimes against kids occur in the night-time hours when kids are away from the safety of their homes.
Keep yourself safe at night. Be in your home
before the posted legal curfew for kids. Make sure you get enough sleep at night to allow your body to stay healthy.
Healthy kids are no accident - don't risk your safety by being out late at night.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Personal Space

Hi kids this is Cowboy Ted with the Healthy Tip for Kids. Today's topic is personal space. Personal space is the amount of
distance you want for just you without others crowding you or getting too close to you. Most people like to have some personal space, which is a comfortable distance between themselves and another person.
Personal space
is commonly called our imaginary bubble. It serves as a boundary to keep others at a safe distance from your body. For most people a good measurement for personal space is the length of your outstretched arm in front of or to
either side of you.
How many of you get uncomfortable if someone has their face too close to your face? I call these people space invaders and I think it is OK to politely ask someone to back up a little and give you a little more
personal space.
Some people invade your space to threaten or intimidate you and others don't seem to know any better. People that violate personal space can create fear or at the very least be annoying, but it is basically
socially unacceptable to be in someone's personal space.
You don't want to be the space invader either, make sure and give other people some personal space. Please get in the habit of staying at least one arm length from
people unless they invite you to get closer to them.
It is also a very good idea to give animals some personal space. Never get your face too close to a dog or cat's face or they may feel threatened and bite you.
Healthy
kids are up to you. Don't be a space invader. Make sure you give other people some personal space and if someone gets too close to you - go ahead and ask them to give you a little more space.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Bullying

Hi kids this is Cowboy Ted with the Healthy Tip for Kids. Today's topic is bullying.
Nobody likes to be picked on by a bully.
Everyone has the right to be safe from bullies at school and in your neighborhood.
If someone is picking on you or teasing you repeatedly, then you should report that person to your teacher, school principal, an adult or the
police.
Someone that is older or bigger than you or someone in a position of authority and who uses their size or position to try and scare you or intimidate you, is engaging in bullying behavior, which is wrong and is
unacceptable in society.
Make sure that you don't use your size or age to make someone younger than you do something they don't want to do. Think about your own behavior and actions and make sure you are not bullying
someone with words or aggressive gestures.
Sometimes brothers and sisters and even parents or your aunts and uncles are guilty of bullying behaviors and may not be aware of it. If the behavior of someone else makes you
uncomfortable - you should tell that person or tell another person that you trust to help you get bullies to stop picking on you.
Bullies don't respect others and they don't respect themselves. There would be no bullies in the
world - if everyone showed respect to everyone else. Basically, treat others as you would like to be treated.
Bullies are not just bigger kids that try to intimidate others with threats or acts of violence. People who tease other
people and call names or disrespect others are also classified as bullies and should be reported to an adult.
Healthy kids are up to you. Report bullies and make sure you aren't acting like a bully to your brothers and sisters or any
smaller kids.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Using Medicine Safely

Hi kids this is Cowboy Ted - founder of Cowboy Ted's Foundation for Kids with the Healthy Tip for Kids.
Today's
topic is how to use medicine safely. Part of staying healthy is taking medicine properly to help your body heal itself when you are sick. Medicine can help us get healthy again when we are sick. Your parents know how much
medicine is safe for you. Never take medicine without supervision from an adult.
Taking the wrong medicine or too much medicine can really hurt our bodies and lead to very serious consequences. Medicine contains
ingredients that help your body to heal, but if you take the wrong medicine with the wrong ingredients for your illness - it can actually make you very sick and even send you to the hospital. Taking the wrong kind of medicine or
taking too much medicine can even lead to accidental death.
It is very dangerous to take drugs or medicine that does not belong to you. Kids should only take medicine that a doctor has recommended for you. Kids should also
only take medicine with the help and supervision from your parents.
If you see a another kid taking medicine without a parent's help, be sure and tell an adult right away and this could save that kid's life. Never take medicine
without help from your parents. Only take the amount your doctor and your mom or dad give to you.
I know about this first-hand. I took medicine without my parents when I was very young and it sent me to the hospital with an
emergency room visit to pump the medicine out of my stomach to save my life. Don't ever take medicine without help from an adult.
Healthy Kids are up to you - Only take medicine that has been prescribed to you by a doctor
and never take medicine without your parent's help.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Good Nutrition

Hi kids this is Cowboy Ted with the Healthy Tip for Kids. Today's topic is good nutrition. How many of you would like to live
to be 100-years-old? It is possible to live to be 100 if you take care of your body now and practice healthy habits.
One of the best ways to keep your body healthy - is to eat the right foods and practice proper nutrition habits. You
know about the five food groups that make up healthy foods. I am sure that you know that too much sugar and soda have a negative impact on our bodies.
Another good idea is to take a multi-vitamin designed for kids - this will
help to make sure you are getting the daily level of recommended minerals and vitamins that lead to a healthy body.
The food pyramid is another good example of good nutrition habits and can be found on the Internet at http://www.mypyramid.gov  The food pyramid will help you to figure out what foods are right for you and how much you should eat each day based on your age and body type.
I am confident that you already know that dairy products are part of a nutritious diet and that young people should have three helpings of dairy products every day. The five food groups also include meat, poultry, cereals, grains,
fruits and vegetables.
Next time you think about a snack and having candy or a soda - perhaps you can change your mind and have a healthy snack like fruit, nuts or cheese and be on your way to living a healthy lifestyle and
moving toward reaching 100-years-old.
Healthy kids are up to you - make healthy choices with the foods you put into your body and you will be on your way to the century mark of living to be 100-years-old.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Through with Chew

Hi kids this is Cowboy Ted - of the Cowboy Ted's Foundation for Kids with the Healthy Tip of the Day for Kids.
Today's topic is spit tobacco in recognition of National Through With Chew Week Feb 15-21. I hope you already know and agree that there is no safe form of tobacco.
If someone you know uses chewing tobacco - ask
them to Give Spit Tobacco the Boot during Through with Chew Week during the third week in Feb. Remind them that a trip to the dentist is also very important for people that use spit tobacco - in order to catch dental problems
before it is too late.
Chewing tobacco contains over 29 different chemicals that the Surgeon General's Office has identified as ingredients that increase the risk of Cancer.
Keep in mind that spit tobacco or chewing tobacco
is dangerous. People that chew tobacco are 50 times more likely to get oral cancer than non-users and people diagnosed with oral cancer are 50 percent more likely to die within five years. Oral cancer can also lead to the removal of
your teeth, tongue or jaw bone.
Chewing tobacco is not a safe alternative to smoking - it is still tobacco, which causes cancer and can lead to death. Encourage others to Kick the Can during Through With Chew Week Feb. 15-
21.
Remember - there is no safe form of tobacco. Healthy kids are no accident - stay tobacco-free and stay healthy.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Seat Belt Safety

Hi kids this is Cowboy Ted - of the Cowboy Ted's Foundation for Kids with the Healthy Tip of the Day for Kids.
Today's topic is Seat Belt Safety. I hope you already know and agree that car seats, booster seats and seatbelts save lives.
Experts have conducted research and it has been proven that seat belts can save your life in an
accident. Make sure to buckle up every time you get in the car or truck and ask your mom and dad to buckle up too. Ask the driver of your car to slow down too.
Driving too fast increases the risk of accidents and chances for
injuries. Even when you are traveling at a slow speed in a car, an impact can cause you to be thrown from the car and that can lead to serious injury and possibly even death. Seat belts save lives.
I know first-hand about the value
of seat belts after I was involved in a roll over accident in the snow while driving in Utah. My children were in their seatbelts and despite being upside down and a little shaken up - we were buckled up and un-injured.
Remind
your parents to buckle up too. It doesn't make much sense to buckle up the kids and not the parents. The kids depend on the parents to meet their basic needs and if parents are injured or killed in a car wreck that will leave the
children in a very tough position. Buckle up and stay safe on the roads.
Most states also have seat belt laws. There are a lot of other cars on the roads and accidents happen - especially in bad weather and at excessive speeds. Try
to behave in the car and try not to do things that will distract the driver.
Healthy kids are no accident - buckle up and ask your parents to wear their seatbelt every time you get in a vehicle.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Fire and Fireworks Safety

Hi kids this is Cowboy Ted with the Healthy Tip for Kids. Today's topic is about Fire and Fireworks Safety. I want to
give you a few tips to avoid setting a fire or causing an injury during the 4th of July celebration.
Independence Day and the 4th of July are great Summer Holidays and celebrations for the entire family.
Unfortunately, a lot of
fires are started and people are injured during the 4th of July celebration. I know about this firsthand after suffering a painful burn on my arm during a 4th of July fireworks event when I was a kid. Now, I choose to only watch fireworks
displays that are conducted by experts with the assistance of the fire department.
You can enjoy approved fireworks and still keep yourself, your family and your neighborhood safe. I hope you will keep a few things in mind to
keep you safe from fireworks and painful injuries caused by fire.
First, never light matches or fireworks without your parents. Make sure you obey all laws. Talk with your parents about only using officially approved fireworks in
your neighborhood. Keep a hose nearby for safety & put water on the area after the fireworks.
Remind your parents and family members that illegal fireworks are hazardous to your health & safety. Report people that use
illegal fireworks. Never-never use bottle rockets, firecrackers, cherry bombs or other fireworks that are not safe or legal in your town. In fact, some cities prohibit all fireworks due to the increased danger of fires to the area.
Kids
have lost fingers, been burned, caused permanent damage to their eyes or burned down homes, fields and other buildings from using fireworks improperly.
Healthy kids are up to you - Be safe with fireworks and enjoy
Independence Day.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Making a Difference in Your Community

Hi kids this is Cowboy Ted with the Healthy Tip for Kids. Today's topic is Making a Difference in
Your Community.
I visit schools and kids all the time and I know that kids are really concerned about keeping themselves and their community safe and healthy. I have also occasionally heard some adults say that kids just don't
care anymore.
I can guarantee that kids care about plenty of things in their community. Kids can change the world. Many changes start with just one kid wanting to make a difference.
One easy way to make a difference in
your community is to coordinate an ad teardown campaign or kids Letter to the Editor writing campaign in your community. Have you ever noticed that beer and tobacco companies still get away with marketing to kids at stores in
your community?
Look around the next time you go to a convenience store and see how many ads seem to be placed at eye level for kids on store doors and windows. Alcohol and tobacco companies are fooling kids and
adults into looking at those ads. How about the rugs and spare penny containers at stores? Many are sponsored by beer or tobacco companies.
What can kids and parents do? Ask the store manager or owner if they realize that
they too are placing these products in front of kids? Many stores aren't aware of it.
Ask if you can schedule a day for kids to come in and tear down these materials. Kids can also write a Letter to the Editor of your local
newspaper, TV or radio station and expose this issue. Go to www.throughwithchew.com/adteardown.aspx (there is a link on my web site too) and
check out all of their great ideas for kids to impact communities.
Healthy kids are up to you - Remember that kids can make their community a better place to live.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Safety in the Kitchen

Hi kids this is Cowboy Ted with the Healthy Tip for Kids. Today's topic is Safety in the Kitchen.
The kitchen is a great
place to spend some time with your parents and it is the main place to be for preparing healthy meals. The best idea is to always have a parent with you while you work in the kitchen.
Water and other liquids are an essential
ingredient in the kitchen, but spilled liquids or dripping water can create a very slippery floor and cause you to slip or fall on a wet floor. If you spill water or other liquid - clean it up right away. This will keep others safe too.
Kitchen appliances are great tools to make meals a lot faster and easier, but kitchen appliances can also cause serious injury. Many appliances have sharp parts and use electricity. Always be careful with appliances. Never put your
hands or fingers inside kitchen appliances, toasters, ice makers or garbage disposals. Make sure appliances are turned off and unplugged after you use them and when you clean them.
Knives and other sharp kitchen utensils are
very useful when preparing food for meals, but can also cause serious injuries if used improperly. Make sure to always hold knives by the handle and away from the blade. It is always a good idea to let adults take care of the tasks that
require the use of knives.
Don't forget that kitchens are a common place to find germs and bacteria. Make sure you clean up counter tops and tables during and after your time spent preparing food. Use special care when
preparing meat and be sure to clean up the spot the meat touched to avoid bacteria and germs that can make you and others very sick.
Healthy kids are up to you - Be careful with sharp objects in the kitchen, clean up spills
quickly and never put your hands into appliances, garbage disposals or ice makers.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Keeping Yourself Safe on the Internet

Hi kids this is Cowboy Ted with the Healthy Tip for Kids. Today's topic is Keeping Yourself Safe on the
Internet.
Computers and Internet have made a lot of things available to us. Kids can do homework on the computer and E-mail friends and check out lots of cool stuff without ever leaving home. Your parents can help you find
information, along with fun and useful games and activities on the computer. Disney and PBS have great kid's web sites.
Always make sure your parents know what web sites you are visiting on the Internet. It is always a good
idea to have your parents take a look at the Internet sites you want to visit. They can make sure they are safe for you to use.
My web site is www.cowboyted.com and it is filled with
lots of activities and information for kids, but only visit the web site with your parent's permission.
There are a lot of great web sites for kids, but there are also web sites that aren't made for kids - so it is a good idea to check
with your parents before you visit any web site.
The Internet can be very helpful in our everyday activity. I want to remind you to be careful and responsible when you use the Internet. Keep in mind that not all people that use the
Internet are honest. Bad and dishonest people also have access to the Internet.
A few simple tips will keep you safe on the Internet. Always talk with your parents before you get on the Internet or visit any web site. Never give
your name, address or phone number to anyone on the Internet. Never post your photo on the Internet.
If you are uncomfortable about something you see or someone you text or chat with on the Internet - let your parents know
right away or talk about it with your teacher.
Healthy kids are no accident - Keep yourself safe on the Internet with these few tips.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Spending Too Much Time Indoors

Hi kids this is Cowboy Ted - of the Cowboy Ted's Foundation for Kids with the Healthy Tip for Kids.
Today's topic is about Spending Too Much Time Indoors.
A lot of kids are becoming unhealthy due to too much time spent indoors. Warm weather signals a great time to get outside.
Obesity levels among children are at
an all-time high, which mean kids are too fat and that could lead to serious health problems now and later in life. Summer is here and is the perfect time to spend some time outdoors.
This is the perfect time for some of your
favorite activities like picnics, barbeques, time to play lawn sports like badminton, croquet, horseshoes and sand volleyball. How about a family hike or family swim day? How about a family day at the park?
Health experts have
conducted research and it has been proven that kids are not getting enough exercise and many kids are not spending enough time in the sunshine to absorb valuable vitamins from the sun. Make sure to drink lots of water too.
Americans are spending too much time, watching TV, on the computer, using a cell phone and playing video games and this is not healthy. Try to get your parents outside too. Drop the TV remote and set the video game down
and spend some time outside.
Sunshine is good for you and your body needs the vitamins provided by the sun. Kids should spend about 20 minutes max in the sun without sun screen to absorb valuable vitamins. No more than
20 minutes without sunscreen, which could lead to a sunburn.
Healthy kids are no accident - spend some time away from the TV and video games. Get outside - run around and add some physical activity into your daily schedule.
Make time for a trip to Zion National Park during the 100-year birthday celebration this year?

 
 
 
 
 
 

Water Safety

Hi kids this is Cowboy Ted - founder of Cowboy Ted's Foundation for Kids with the Healthy Tip for Kids.
Today's topic is
Water Safety. The weather is warming up and that means kids will want to head for the water for swimming, boating and just cooling off in the water. Keep a few things in mind and water can be a lot of fun.
Make sure you have
taken swimming lessons and you are a good swimmer before going swimming in a pool or lake. Make sure you know how deep and how cold the water is before jumping in. Water that is too deep or too cold can cause problems
for all swimmers.
Keep yourself safe in the water. Never swim alone. Always swim with a friend or family member that can help you in an emergency. Always tell your parents before you are going to get in the water. Don't
play rough in the pool.
Always make sure to wear a life vest or flotation device when you swim in lakes, rivers, and streams - this could save your life. If the water is too cold - you can get hypothermia, which is bad for your
body and can cause big problems for your health.
Never swim in canals as the sides are muddy and slippery and make it difficult to get back out of the water - plus the currents can quickly carry you downstream and cause
problems for even experienced swimmers.
Healthy Kids are no accident - keep yourself safe in the water. Never swim alone. Always wear a flotation device. Don't go in too deep for your ability. Make sure the water is not too
cold and never swim in canals or really dirty water.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Be A Good Brother or Sister

Hi kids this is Cowboy Ted - founder of Cowboy Ted's Foundation for Kids with the Healthy Tip for Kids.
Today's topic is How to Be a Good Brother or Sister. You have probably heard your mom and dad say it a million times to "please be nice to your sister or brother." Nobody likes a bully and not being nice to your brothers and
sisters is actually a form of bullying and creates stress for both people and stress is hard on our bodies.
In fact, the Golden Rule is to "Treat Others as You Wish to be Treated." So, try and treat your brothers and sisters the same
way that you would like to be treated. Did you know that being nice to your brother or sister will actually make you more healthy?
That's right - when you are nice to your brothers and sisters it makes your body healthier
because it makes them feel good inside their body and makes us feel better on the outside of our body too. Being nice to your brother or sister reduces stress for both of you and this is good for your body and your overall health.
Being nice to your bother and sister will make your parents happy too. When we are happy - it releases good chemicals into our body that are called endorphins that help us relax and feel good on the inside of our body. Being
nice to your brother and sister will reduce your heart rate and your respiration, which means you will breathe slower and that is good for your body.
Healthy Kids are no accident - Be Nice to Others and especially your brothers
and sisters and it will make them and you healthier.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Hiking Safety

Hi kids this is Cowboy Ted - with the Healthy Tip for Kids.
Today's topic is hiking safety. Hiking is a great way to stay
healthy. Please keep a few safety tips in mind when you go hiking. Choose trails that are well marked and trails that match your level of hiking experience and skills. Be sure to wear comfortable and durable footwear and hiking boots
are always recommended.
Carry plenty of water and a small first aid kit. Always plan ahead and be aware of weather conditions. If it looks like it is going to rain - you may want to postpone your hike for another day or at the very
least - make sure to stay on higher ground and avoid narrow canyons that could lead to flash floods with water levels that can reach higher than your head.
Using a hiking stick or pole is also a good idea.
Always hike with at
least one other person for safety reasons. Stay away from the edge. People die each year from falls suffered after getting too close to the edge of cliffs and steep rocks. Be on the lookout for snakes and other wild animals and give
them a chance to move away from you.
If you happen to see a cougar or mountain lion - don't panic - just make lots of noise and reach your arms up toward the sky to appear to look larger - never run from a cougar - they will
win that race every time.
Please remember to follow the rules of good hikers and Leave No Trace, which means do not leave anything behind on the trail always haul out with what you went in with.
Wear clothing that is
appropriate for the weather conditions and prepare for possible cold weather and always be sure to hike with at least one other friend or family member and let people know when to expect you to return from the hike.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Stranger Danger

Hi kids this is Cowboy Ted - founder of Cowboy Ted's Foundation for Kids with the Healthy Tip for Kids.
Today's topic
is Stranger Danger. You have probably heard many times that it is not safe to talk to strangers. I just want to remind you to keep yourself safe from danger that could come from strangers.
All people are not trustworthy. Don't put
yourself in unsafe situations with strangers. Always try to walk with at least one friend or a group of friends. If someone you don't know asks you to get in a car or go anywhere with them - just say no and run away from them and be
very loud and let others in the area know that this is a stranger and they are making you uncomfortable.
Never get into a car with someone you don't know and if a stranger approaches you - quickly go to a place with lots of
people. Go back into the school or a crowded place and let an adult know that a stranger is bothering you. You can even yell out the words Stranger Danger.
Healthy Kids are no accident - Keep yourself safe from strangers.
Don't ever accept a ride or get in a car with someone you don't know and always try to stay in a group. If a stranger approaches you - make noise and let others know that you do not know this person.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Show Respect for Your Parents and Others

Hi kids this is Cowboy Ted - founder of Cowboy Ted's Foundation for Kids with the Healthy Tip for
Kids.
Today's topic is Respect Your Parents and others. How many of you try to listen to almost everything your parents say? How many of you know that the best way to earn respect from others, is to first show them respect?
Treating others as you would like to be treated is the basic idea of respect.
If you show respect to your parents and listen to them, you will earn their trust and respect and they will let you do more of the things you like to do in
life. If you show respect to your teachers, they too will show respect to you. The same works for your friends too. If you show respect to others then they will normally show respect back toward you.
Respect for others and for
yourself makes you feel good on the inside and this actually makes you healthier on the outside. This is called emotional health and good emotional health is part of an overall healthy lifestyle and is just as important to your health as
exercise and good nutrition habits.
Healthy Kids are no accident - Showing respect to your parents and others will make you feel good about yourself and this will result in shared respect for all and actually lead to a healthier life
for you.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Bicycle Safety

Hi kids this is Cowboy Ted - founder of Cowboy Ted's Foundation for Kids with the Healthy Tip for Kids.
Today's topic is
bicycle safety. Riding your bike is a great activity and keeps you healthy. Please keep a few safety tips in mind when you ride your bike.
Always wear your helmet. Many bike accidents result in head injuries and helmet can save
your life and protect you from some painful collisions. Wear bright colors or reflective clothing when you ride and it is always a good idea to ride with at least one other person for safety reasons.
Please remember to follow the
rules of the road and obey all laws for bicycles. Ride in the bike lanes whenever possible and ride with the flow of traffic and be sure to stop at all stop signs and red lights.
Keep in mind that bikes are often difficult for drivers of
cars to see - especially if you are riding with the sun to your back. Make eye contact with drivers and wait for them to wave you across when crossing in front of cars - even in cross walks.
Healthy Kids are no accident - make
sure you wear a helmet when you ride your bike. Wear reflective clothing and try to ride with at least one other friend or family member.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Be Kind to Animals

Hi kids this is Cowboy Ted - founder of Cowboy Ted's Foundation for Kids with the Healthy Tip for Kids.
Today's
topic is being Kind to Animals. How many of you love to spend time with animals? How many of you have a dog, cat, horse or other pet?
Did you know that time spent with animals also makes you more healthy? That's right,
research shows that time spent with animals is relaxing and reduces stress and lowers your heart rate and respiratory rate.
In short, spending time with your pets makes you feel good on the inside and that makes you healthier on
the outside. Experts refer to this good feeling on the inside of your body as good emotional and mental health.
Your pets rely on you to feed, water, exercise and clean up after them and for most people that leads to a sense of
friendship with your pet. Spending quality time with animals is healthy for you too.
Keep in mind that not all animals are friendly or familiar with kids. So, it is always a good idea to approach pets you don't know with caution and
don't assume that all pets are kid-friendly.
Healthy Kids are no accident - spend time with your pets and remember to always be kind to animals and this will lead to a healthier life for you.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Conflict Resolution

Hi kids this is Cowboy Ted - of the Cowboy Ted's Foundation for Kids with the Healthy Tip for Kids.
Today's topic is
Conflict Resolution - Conflict resolution is just a fancy way of saying settling a disagreement. What if two people want the last helping of dessert - is that a conflict? Two people want to sit next to the window on a road trip - another
conflict. Two or more people want to be first in line - is that a conflict?
There is an easy way to resolve all conflicts. Arguing, shouting and pushing will not solve the conflict or disagreement. The quickest and easiest way to
resolve a conflict is to do rock, paper, scissors. Everyone has done rock, paper, scissors to decide something in life.
Don't you think rock, paper, scissors will resolve any conflict? Absolutely, and then you can get on with
whatever you were doing and nobody gets hurt or upset.
So to keep yourself strong & healthy - Don't forget that healthy kids are no accident. Next time you have a disagreement and can't decide who is first in line or who
gets the ball on the playground, or who sits next to the window - try rock, paper, scissors.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Goal Setting

Hi kids this is Cowboy Ted - of the Cowboy Ted's Foundation for Kids with the Healthy Tip for Kids.
Today's topic is Goal
Setting. A goal is anything that you want to accomplish in life. How many of you want to go to college? Is that a good goal? Yes. Another good goal would be getting 100% on a school assignment. Reading for at least 20 minutes a
day is another good goal.
How many times should we try to reach a goal before we give up? How about as many time as it takes? If you play sports or music, then you know you have to practice to get better. We set goals in
sports and music and practice is part of the goal.
I work as a radio announcer. You know what they said at the first station that I interviewed for a job in radio? You can't work in radio because you don't have a radio voice.
What would have happened if I quit the first time someone told me I couldn't do something? We will never no what we are capable of if we quit the first time we try something.
Radio was my goal and I tried as many times as it
takes. I studied, practiced and watched the people I thought did well in radio and now I have worked for 10 radio stations, including Radio Disney in Salt Lake City. That would not have happened if I quit.
So, set goals for
yourself, study, practice and always try As Many Times as it Takes and you are sure to reach your goals.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Good Air Quality

Hi kids this is Cowboy Ted of Cowboy Ted's Foundation for Kids with the Healthy Tip for Kids.
Today's topic is Good
Air Quality - we all know that second-hand smoke from people that smoke cigarettes is dangerous for our lungs and our overall health.
Did you know that cars and trucks make dangerous smoke called exhaust fumes? Make sure
to stay at least 25-feet away from cars and trucks that are putting exhaust fumes into the air.
Exhaust fumes are very similar to second-hand smoke and both are bad for us.
Talk with your parents about exhaust fumes from cars.
Invite them to look on the Internet with you and explore how turning off your car engine is actually better for conservation of fuel.
Staying idle-free is a lot better for the environment and is one step toward making sure the air we
breathe is clean and healthy.
So, to keep yourself strong & healthy, stay away from idling cars. And ask your parents to turn their cars off when they are waiting to pick you up from school or other activities.
Don't
forget that healthy kids are no accident. Keep yourself strong & healthy - remind others to be idle-free.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Sun Safety

Hi kids this is Cowboy Ted - of the Cowboy Ted's Foundation for Kids with the Healthy Tip for Kids.
Today's topic is sun safety
- did you know that when you go out in the sun - there is a risk of getting too much sun exposure and dangerous ultra-violet rays from the sun?
The sun offers us important vitamins for our health, but too much sun can lead to skin
problems including skin cancer. The general rule is whenever you are going to be out in the sun for longer than 20 minutes - you should be sure to protect your skin.
Use sun screen and wear hats and clothes that will cover
your skin and protect you from the sun. Make sure to find a shady area too and spend a good amount of the time in the protection of the shade.
So to keep yourself strong & healthy - try and limit your exposure to direct sunlight
and remember to protect your skin with clothing, hats and sunscreen.
Don't forget that healthy kids are no accident. The sun is good for us in small amounts but too much sun can lead to a painful sunburn and possibly lead to skin
cancer. Surgery is the most popular cure for skin cancer and that can be painful too.
Keep yourself strong & healthy - be safe in the sun.