New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 31, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
Children & Nutrition
Establishing Healthy Eating Habits Can Be a Family Affair
By Maggie Andre
For News LISA
(NU) - Perhaps one of the most positive social developments of the 90s is a renewed emphasis on “family values."
More couples are sharing parenting responsibilities and are determined to develop greater parenting skills, including providing sound nutrition from the earliest years.
But parents won't always be nearby to ensure their children eat properly, so involving children at an early age in their own nutrition can establish healthy eating habits that last a lifetime.
Luckily, learning to “eat right” can be fun for children and parents.
Try these simple steps:
• lf family schedules allow, try to have at least one meal a day that everyone has a hand in preparing, even if it’s getting lunches ready for the next day. Children can learn about the four basic fcxxl groups and the variety of ways in which they can be prepared.
• Every Wednesday does not have to be “meatloaf night." Children exposed to a variety of flavors will become adults who favor a varied diet.
• Treat healthy foods such as spinach, pears, fish, whole-grain breads and yogurt as treats, not as “should-eats." Youthful eating habits will carry over into adulthood.
• Whimsical characters can help spark a child's imagination about all sorts of things, including food. The Oregon - Was h i ngton -Cal i for n i a Pear
I Bureau’s PearBear, introduced two years ago. loves pears, but also likes choices from the entire food pyramid. PearBear appears in liberally illustrated posters and a book series, “The PearBear Chronicles.”
Aimed at children ages 4 to 8, the materials are used in school lunch programs, school libraries and by par-
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PearBear can make learning about nutrition fun.
ents. Through the antics of PearBear and his forest friends, children learn about eating healthy foods, and reducing fat and sodium in their diets.
Each booklet has a story that centers on nutrition, and touches on other points such as sharing, politeness and kindness. A Learning Page at the end of each booklet contains additional information that can be used by parents or teachers for teaching aids.
Two chronicles have been published. “PearBear Has a Picnic” and “The End of Summer Concert.” each with a supporting poster. A third in the series, “Pears, Peas and a Very Small Dragon,” will be released in mid-summer, with more to follow.
Maggie Andre is vice president of communications for the Pear Bureau and author of the children’s series. For information on PearBear materials. send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Oregon-Washington-Cal-ifomia Pear Bureau. Studio Bl 2, SIJ S. W. Alder, mil. Portland, OR 97205.
You Can Play a Part In Discouraging Crime
(NU) - Everyone talks about crime, but how much do you really know? Here, ffom the Crime Prevention Coalition, are some sober-
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• Nearly 22 million of the nation’s households were affected by crime in 1992.
• People armed with handguns committed 930,700 violent crimes in 1992.
• Between 1987 and 1991, arrests of juveniles for violent crimes increased 50 percent. Juvenile arrests for murder increased 85 percent.
• Every day. 15 children under the age of 19 are killed accidentally or intentionally by gunfire. Many more are injured.
• Black, male teen-agers are more likely to be the victims of violent crime than any other age group. Almost one in nine black teens will be the victim of a violent crime.
• More than one-tenth of America’s public school teachers say they have been victims of violence that occurred in or around school. Virtually all involved students.
• More than one-tenth of students surveyed say they have carried a weapon to school.
• More than 12 million women in the United States are at risk of being abused by their male partners.
• More than two-thirds of the assaults against women are committed by someone they know.
Changing the Numbers
Communities nationwide are finding their own solutions lo solve these problems.
To mark October as Crime Pre-
vention Month, the Crime Prevention Coalition has these suggestions:
• Form a neighborhood association or block watch to work with local law enforcement agencies.
• Join in the Turn Off the Violence campaign on Oct. 27. From then on, discourage your family from listening to music and watching television programs, movies and videos that portray violence as acceptable behavior.
• Support schools in their efforts to keep guns, knives and other weapons out of school. Encourage students to organize against handgun violence.
• Encourage government and school officials to develop youth service projects. The projects should boost self-esteem and show children they have a positive role to play in community life.
• Urge schools, religious organizations and recreation departments to open their buildings before and after school and during vacation times so children of working parents will have an alternative to staying home alone.
• Ask the school system to offer classes at all age levels on nonviolent ways to resolve conflicts.
For information on other ways communities can discourage crime, contact the Crime Prevention Coalition, do the National Crime Prevention Council, 1700 K St., N.W., Washington, EX? 20006-3817, or call 202-466-6272.
This information is provided as part of the National Citizens’ Crime Prevention Campaign, which is substantially funded by the U.S. Department of Justice.
AmeriCorps: An Investment With Real Returns
By Erie Chapman For News USA
(NU) - AmeriCorps, the national service initiative, is marked for elimination by recent House and Senate budget resolutions. Killing it would be a grave mistake.
AmeriCorps is only IO months old, but already its 20,000 members — serving at 350 programs around the United Stales — have proven that it works and deserves a chance to help us save our communities and our youth. AmeriCorps’ support for programs such as City Year, in American cities from Boston to Chicago, to San Jose, Calif, has made the difference.
Private corporations have put hundreds of thousands of dollars behind
City Year, a spectacularly successful program to give inner city kids solid new direction in their lives.
Now that the corporations have committed, and young people have made their commitment, it is astounding and outrageous to me as a business and community leader and, incidentally, a registered Republican, that the U.S. Congress would actually withdraw its commitment.
If Congress thinks AmeriCorps is expensive, wait until they see the costs if they kill it. These programs are like preventive medicine — always better and less expensive than the alternative.
Erie Chapman, president of Chapman Health International, Inc., served as CEO of U.S. Health Corporation from I9H4 to 1995. He is chairman of the hoard of City Year Columbus, in Columbus, Ohio.
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By MELANIE GERIK
People who drink and drive have to face harsher Texas driving while intoxicated laws in addition to the possibility of killing others and themselves.
With new laws going into effect Sept. I, those caught driving while intoxicated will have to spend more time in jail if they are convicted a second time.
Minimum sentences for secondtime offenders will double, from the current 15-day requirement to 30 days.
pib Waldrip, Comal County assistant district attorney, said the new laws add to existing laws, which went into effect last year.
In addition to the lengthening of jail time, a judge can order a driver to purchase a $750 ignition interlock device, which makes the driver breath into it before the car can start, as a condition of bond. Waldrip said that the interlock devices now are only ordered as punishment after conviction, not as a precautionary measure.
Drinking and driving also can lead to deaths. In 1994, five people were killed in alcohol-related accidents in Comal County. Nine people died in
1993, according to statistics from -I id the Texas Department of Public Safe- F sh ty. f - ii thf
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Wommack added that a wreck th* !'.<j ink killed one person still is under inves- pcop ligation to determine if alcohol wa* : veall < related. '' ‘‘A
In an accident in March, Kory Hud- jfan) gins of New Braunfels was driving a Ac Mazda MX6 southbound on Interstate Drun 35 near Ruekto Road. He lost control prev of the car and crossed the median, hit- dninl ting the 1990 Honda Accord driven by •! Grade Villarreal, wife of New Braun- chee fels Police Officer John Villarreal, guesi
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trolled substances in his bloodstream hoi, A passenger in his car is still recov- 'fruit j ering from serious injuries he receivec Hoot in the March accident, Wommack Hqui< added. Di
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