Our Saturday green news brings you the latest on health, parenting and cool baby and kid products:
- Safe home remedies for your child’s cough: Many doctors recommend that parents shouldn’t run to the pharmacy for an over-the-counter medicated cough syrup every time their little one coughs, since this medicine is not considered safe for young children. Instead, parents can try some of these safe home remedies for cough to soothe their child’s condition. These include: 1. keep child’s head elevated, 2. steam things up; 3. use a humidifier; 4. get a NoseFrida; 5. clear the nose, 6. get sweet on honey, 7. lift your ban on candy; 8. use a chest rub; 9. try an internet rumor, 10. encourage your child to drink, 11.don’t be afraid of milk, 12. serve chicken soup, 13. make your child gargle, 14. clean up, and more Although home remedies are great and often very effective, know when to call the doctor. For more details, see original article.
- Children in eight US states will soon enjoy healthier school lunches from local sources: A new pilot program from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is aimed at encouraging states to purchase locally-produced food that will bring more fresh produce to school meals. USDA recently announced that California, Connecticut, Michigan, New York, Oregon, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin will be able to use some of their USDA Foods allocation toward unprocessed fruits and vegetables from local farms rather than going through the USDA Foods program. The Pilot Project for Procurement of Unprocessed Fruits and Vegetables, which falls under the Agricultural Act of 2014 (Farm Bill), was created to not only promote farm-to-table meals, but also to help schools strengthen relationships with vendors, growers, wholesalers and distributors. These eight states were selected based on fulfillment of criteria such as commitment to farm-to-school efforts, previous promotion initiatives, the variety and abundance of fruit and vegetable growers in the state on a per capita basis, as well as how diverse the state’s educational agencies are in size and geography. As Kevin Concannon, USDA Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services explained: “Providing pilot states with more flexibility in the use of their USDA Foods’ dollars offers states another opportunity to provide schoolchildren with additional fruits and vegetables from within their own communities. When schools invest food dollars into local communities, all of agriculture benefits, including local farmers, ranchers, fishermen, food processors and manufacturers.”