Hi and Happy Halloween!
It’s me, CC the Panda again! I want to have a little fun in this newsletter and educate you on ways to truly maximize your health throughout the month of October! This way you can fully enjoy all the festivities that fall brings, and avoid catching a cold or becoming ill.
Get Well, Be Well and Stay Well with your annual Flu Shot!
The best way to prevent the flu is to get vaccinated each year. Influenza, commonly known as the flu, is a virus that can be easily spread through the air by coughing or sneezing or by touching physically contaminated surfaces like a door handle or countertop. Some of the symptoms include: fever, headache, tiredness, dry cough, sore throat, nasal congestion and muscle aches. Check with your doctor or local pharmacy’s about getting your flu shot today! Visit Washington State Department of Health for further information or CDC.gov for a flu guide.
You can spread the flu to others before you even know you’re sick. Good health habits can also help stop the flu and other germs from traveling. Here are some ways to avoid getting and spreading the flu:
• Cover your cough with a tissue or your upper sleeve, not your bare hand
• Wash your hands often with soap and warm water..
• Keep your hands away from your face.
• Call your doctor or nurse if you have a fever or cough that won’t go away.
• Stay home and away from other people when you or your children are sick.
For a fun flu educational activity, check out the CDC’s children’s coloring book & guide!
Halloween is the one time each year, where you get to dress a little out of the norm. Many costumes are not properly insulated to keep your child warm, especially if cold weather is on the forecast during prime trick-or-treat hours. Nobody wants to come home sick, or with a sick child in tow. Here are a few friendly tips on how you can dress for the weather this Halloween, and still have the coolest costume on the block:
Dress for the Weather this Halloween
1) Layer, layer, layer- Make sure your child has a couple extra layers of clothing underneath their costume. You could also bring a jacket to wear while walking to and from houses. You can always peel a layer off if it gets too toasty!
2) Find costumes with masks or wear a wig- Our head is one of the first and quickest places on our body where we lose heat. If your child has a costume with a masks or wig, chances are they will remain warmer. If not, pack a beanie!
3) Pack hand warmers- These are great to put in gloves or coat pockets for a quick burst of heat!
4) Have a thermos with hot coco or cider ready!
5) Keep Moving- Continued movement should increase your warmth.
What To Do with Left Over Pumpkin
October is when pumpkin spice everything is in full swing! Many of us probably have one pumpkin recipe or another that we like to bake this time of year. However, what happens to all the leftover pumpkin, be it puree or seeds. Below are a few ideas of how to use all that pumpkin!
1) Bake the seeds for a delish on-the-go snack
2) Use the puree in muffins, cookies, cakes, soups, you name it
3) Turn your pumpkin into an adorable planter for fall flowers
4) Compost your pumpkin when it is on its last leg
5) Cook Pumpkin Stock
6) Make a Pumpkin Face Mask
7) Pickled Pumpkin anyone?
8) Build a Bird Feeder
9) Turn that Pumpkin into spreadable butter
10) Grow a new pumpkin for next year
You can find all these ideas and more here!
However, if all you want to do is cook, bake or boil that leftover pumpkin then check out 50 ways to use your left over pumpkin puree!
Printable Outlines for Pumpkin Carving
If building snowmen are the heart of winter fun, then carving pumpkins has to be the heart of fall! We all want the most decorative carving or scariest face on our pumpkins, but we do not all have the artistic touch.
Luckily, there are many free pumpkin carving stencils to help you carve the most ghoulish of all pumpkins, or happy! Check out a great stencil site here and have a pumpkin themed date night with your little punkin! Maybe celebrate with pie after? Here is a recipe!
Healthy Substitutes for our Favorite Fall Foods
Mashed Cauliflower for Mashed Potatoes
Marshmallow Fluff for Frosting
Spaghetti Squash for Pasta
Pumpkin Spice Americano for Pumpkin Spice Latte
Cacao Nibs for Chocolate Chips
Steaming for Boiling
Unsweetened Apple Sauce for Sugar
- Pro tip: You can use apple sauce for sugar in a 1:1 ratio, but for every cup of applesauce you use, reduce the amount of liquid in the recipe by 1/4 cup.
For further info on these healthy swaps click here.
Build Your Own Compost
A perfect fall activity for you and your child is to consider building your own compost. Composting allows you to use perishable waste, such as fruit or vegetable scraps and yard trimmings, and turn it into recycled soil.
This means you could throw your pumpkin from Halloween into a compost bin and let it decompose and replenish the nutrients in your garden or soil bed!
You can compost one of two ways:
1) Backyard Composting
2) Worm Composting
Below is an example of how to build a Plastic Worm Bin, please click here
for other compost bin options!
I hope you all enjoy trick-or-treating this Halloween, now that you are all set with tips and tricks on how to get the most out of your holiday season!
I cannot wait to see what you dress-up as…I am thinking I might go as a pumpkin! Picture that, a panda in a pumpkin suit!
Remember, if you ever want more info about Healthy Kid’s Club you can always visit our website at http://www.coordinatedcarehealth.com/for-members/healthykidsclub/.
In love and good health,
CC the Panda