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The American Heart Association recommends no more than four teaspoons of added sugar per day for kids 1 to 3 years of age, three teaspoons for 4- to 8-years-old and 5 to 8 teaspoons for 9- to 12-year-olds. Yet, American children on average get several times the recommended amount (up to 21 teaspoons for 4-8 year olds!)

Reduce sugar consumption by limiting sugary drinks (including juice), desserts, flavored dairy products like sweetened yogurt and sugary cereals. Try more water, fresh fruit and vegetable snacks, and plain yogurt with fresh fruit instead. Choose cereals with less than five grams of sugar per serving and offer fruit as a topping.

The Doctor Yum Project is now offering FREE shopping classes at two area grocery stores. The class is aimed at showing families how to get organized and save money while preparing healthy recipes. In May, we are offering our "Cooking Adventure" for kids ages 7-12 to learn seasonal, plant-based cooking. Look for our summer camps, which will be announced soon too!
Information on classes and volunteering can be found at: www.doctoryum.com

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Pouches' Community Corner

Adoptive parents in Fredericksburg now have a new partner on their journey to a healthy family. In 2016, Children’s Home Society was awarded a $125,000 grant from the Virginia Department of Social Services to extend their Richmond area post-adoptive services to the Fredericksburg area.

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Now CHS is looking to find adoptive families in the area who need support before they hit a crisis point. “It doesn’t matter which agency they adopted from, or when that happened,” said Buckheit. “We want to offer a lifetime of support to adoptive families in the Fredericksburg area, especially those who haven’t been aware of our services in the past.”

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