Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Here's what Ellie had to say about Active Kids

"I'm so excited about the London 2012 Paralympic Games! I'm also very proud to be an ambassador for Active Kids, as Sainsbury's is the standalone partner of the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
Active Kids is all about inspiration and inclusivity, which makes it a perfect fit with the Paralympics - and I wanted to do my bit.
As I'm sure you know, Active Kids encourages young people of all abilities to try sports. And if the Paralympics inspire you to give any sport a go, I'd be delighted. I'd love to emulate or improve on my two gold medals from the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games.
But the main thing is that I enjoy myself and give it my best shot - just as you should with any sport you try. So let's make 2012 a memorable and successful sporting year for all of us!"

Monday, October 1, 2012

Eat Smart Before You Start

Food helps to fuel physical activity. Help your active child play hard by offering meals and snacks based on Eating Well with Canada’s Food Guide most of the time.
Choose a healthy pre-exercise snack to promote endurance. Follow the guidelines of the American College of Sport Medicine and encourage your child to choose a healthy meal or snack two to four hours before their favourite activity.
Make the best of it. Choose foods that are high in carbohydrates and low in fat, sugar and salt. Protein can be included (just keep the overall amounts relatively small, as protein can be slow to digest).
Healthy examples include low-fibre cereal with milk and fruit; a granola bar with yogurt and a banana; a turkey sandwich on whole-wheat bread; a glass of milk and an apple.
Nerves a problem? Some children get nervous just before a big game or competition and can’t stomach solid foods. Take a calming time out. Offer your child a smoothie made with yogurt, fruit and milk or juice as an alternative to solid food choices.