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Around the Home: Select healthy snacks for children cooped up at home
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Depending on the weather, you may have some children at home during the daytime this week.

If they are looking for snacks, the University of Georgia Extension recommends choosing snacks from all the food groups in MyPlate (grains, dairy, protein, vegetable and fruit).

A few other tips include:

  • Serve the correct portion sizes
  • Have set snacking times
  • Avoid snacking too close to a meal
  • Keep sugar intake low
  • Have a fruit bowl on the table and cut vegetables in the refrigerator

Visit for tips on the food groups and healthy menus.

Take advantage of the family time together and show your children how to cook or prepare some of your family’s favorite snacks or recipes.

Let them help out in the kitchen or start working on a family cookbook, online recipe-themed family blog or social media page.

It couldn’t hurt to go ahead and take a look at your calendar and plan out meals for the rest of the month.

By the way, if you have teens, consider encouraging them to join the Hall County Library System Teen Advisory Board. The group meets at 5 p.m. on the first Tuesday of the month in the Blackshear Place Library.

For more information call 770-532-3311 or visit

Check the library calendar for details on a variety of activities ranging from fitness to arts and crafts.

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Have you registered for the Walk Georgia? Visit the program’s website for more details.

Two special events are coming up in April.

First, participants will have a chance to enjoy a special night at an Atlanta Hawks game.

Then later that month, children and adults will have the opportunity to hike at Cloudland Canyon State Park. Yoga, geocaching and other activities are planned for the day.

The Walk Georgia site also offers recipes, fitness tips and links to community resources. Teachers can find lesson plans, too.

For more information, visit

Sandra Stringer is a nutrition educator with the UGA Extension office in Hall County. Call her at 770-535-8290. Her column appears biweekly on Wednesdays and on

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