Congratulations to the Winners of Our 2011 Children’s Art Contest!
This past spring, Hudson Health Plan invited children of members to send in artwork depicting the theme “Good Health/Healthy Eating.” We got many entries and realized two things – these kids are not only talented, they've learned a lot about keeping healthy! See for yourself. Take a look at the winning artwork along with some Hudson Health Tips. (Click on each image to see a larger version of it.)
"Eat Healthy, Not Bad!" by Jenna DeCicco HUDSON HEALTH TIP: Many fruits and vegetables are fresh and ripe in the summer months. Eating enough fruits and vegetables is important for good health. They provide important vitamins and fiber, and you need five to nine servings every day.
"I Love Fruits" by Leana Estevez HUDSON HEALTH TIP: Eat fruit with breakfast, mixed in with your cereal or yogurt. Add them to lowfat milk for homemade smoothies, and serve fresh fruit for dessert instead of high-fat sweets.
"Good Sports" by Chris Rivera HUDSON HEALTH TIP: New research shows that exercise in the teen years can help reduce the risk of diabetes and heart disease. Build exercise into your family routine, taking walks or shooting hoops together after dinner.
"Food Fight" by Jennifer Lopez HUDSON HEALTH TIP: Build lunch around vegetables. A big bowl of leafy greens and chopped vegetables can give you two to three servings. Add some lean cooked chicken for a complete meal. Soup and brown rice are also healthy alternatives.
"One Important Decision" by Mona Tong HUDSON HEALTH TIP: Secondhand smoke causes heart disease, cancer, and asthma. A smoke-free home is a much healthier place for your family, and 89% of teens who grow up in smoke-free homes choose to live in smoke-free homes when they move out. Help is available if you're ready to quit smoking. Call the New York State Smokers' Quitline at 1.866.697.8487.
"Healthy Heart" Karen Silvera HUDSON HEALTH TIP: Why do people in countries around the Mediterranean live longer, healthier lives? Because their diet is rich in fruits, vegetables, and foods low in saturated fats, which help prevent heart disease and reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes.
"Apple Picking" by Alejandra Lopez HUDSON HEALTH TIP: Visiting orchards is a great way to combine healthy eating and exercise. In the summertime, take your family strawberry picking; in the autumn, apple and pumpkin picking make for great family outings.
"Be Active" by Cecilia Perez HUDSON HEALTH TIP: One of the best ways to stay healthy is to maintain an active lifestyle. Incorporate physical exercise into your family's everyday routine, from sports such as soccer and basketball to gymnastics, walking, and yoga.