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News

SPLAT targets data, outreach as airplane noise continues

SPLAT targets data, outreach as airplane noise continues


Graphic courtesy of Don Gardner
Activists claim that a new SFO flight path leaves a “sound shadow” that impacts Los Altos and Los Altos Hills.

Sky Posse Los Altos Team – more simply known as SPLAT – seeks to squelch the noise...

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Schools

Los Altos High student-run charity plans '5 Gallon Gala'

Los Altos High student-run charity plans '5 Gallon Gala'


Courtesy of Lia Evard
Water by Youth members gave Egan students a chance to carry a 40-pound Jerry can, to see how difficult it is to obtain water in developing nations.

Water by Youth, a club at Los Altos High School, is making a splash by pla...

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Community

What would you do with a box of cookies? Local Girls Scouts help Tanzanian orphanage

What would you do with a box of cookies? Local Girls Scouts help Tanzanian orphanage


Courtesy of Alicia Madden
Sales of local Girl Scout cookies support service projects, such as funding an orphanage in the village of Mto wa Mbu in Tanzania.

Girl Scout cookies – whether you think of them as a treat, a tradition or a diet comp...

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Sports

Scoreless spells sink LA boys

Scoreless spells sink LA boys


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Los Altos High point guard Nolan Brennan attempts a shot in Friday’s game versus Palo Alto. He scored eight points in the loss.

There have been several games this season in which the Los Altos High boys basketball t...

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New 'York' values

New 'York' values


Hughes

 

As we have witnessed California suffer through one of its worst droughts in history over the past few years, all of us, I’m sure, have been keenly aware of our surroundings and have done a small part in trying to conserve wa...

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Special Sections

Getting a charge  out of the Volt

Getting a charge out of the Volt


Courtesy of Chevrolet
The 2016 Chevrolet Volt can be driven up to 50 miles on the power stored in its batteries.

Just five years ago, we wondered in this column what the power supply would be for the car of the future. Gasoline, diesel, electric ba...

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Business

Nearing V-Day: Shops stock sweets, treats

Nearing V-Day: Shops stock sweets, treats


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Los Altos resident Ella Roosakos, 11, with her mother, Gail, puzzles over which Gourmet Works sweets to buy as a valentine for Ella’s friend.

The gift-buying rush isn’t exclusive to Christmas. It may jump over...

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People

ALAN RODNEY MILLS

ALAN RODNEY MILLS

Alan Rodney Mills, PhD, 83, of Los Altos passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 30th, 2016. He was born in Rochdale, England in 1933 and came to California in 1962. He was a proud alumni of Manchester Grammar in England, University of Liverpoo...

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Stepping Out

PYT 'Gets Famous'

PYT 'Gets Famous'


Lyn Flaim Healy/Spotlight Moments Photography
Renee Vetter of Palo Alto, left, and Megan Foreman of Los Altos star in Peninsula Youth Theatre’s “Judy Moody Gets Famous.” Performances are scheduled Friday and Saturday.

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Spiritual Life

A time to prepare: Fasting for Lent isn't limited to food

 

Today is Ash Wednesday, which in the Christian calendar marks the beginning of Lent – the 40 days of preparation for Resurrection Sunday, otherwise known as Easter.

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Inside Mountain View

New right-to-lease ordinance promises relief for renters

New right-to-lease ordinance promises relief for renters


Mountain View Tenants Coalition/Facebook
Residents gather in the fall to protest Mountain View’s rising rents. Rent relief is on the way in the form of a new ordinance.

A controversial Mountain View law requiring landlords to provide lease opt...

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Take fun approach to teaching children about nutrition


Courtesy of Brandpoint
Cooking with children allows them to contribute to meal preparation and learn about what they are eating.

As children head back to school, life for families becomes more hectic. But just because days are busy, don’t allow nutrition to fall by the wayside. Teaching children nutritious eating habits now can mean a lifetime of health – in addition to the social benefits of eating, laughing and spending time together.

“The more parents can do to involve children in the process, the decisions on what they are eating and where their food comes from, the better off they will be at helping them learn reverence and appreciation for food,” said Anni Daulter, professional cook, nutrition expert and author of several books, including “The Organic Family Cookbook” (Sellers Publishing, 2011).

Following are some simple tips from Daulter to get children excited about nutrition and urge them to make good food choices.

Make mealtime special

Create a routine. Consider starting dinner at the same time each night. Designate different nights for different types of meals, such as vegetarian Mondays or make-your-own pizza Saturdays. Encourage children to help with meal preparation and cleanup, if age appropriate. Light a candle during dinner, and allocate plenty of time for conversation – it’s one of the best ways to bond with loved ones.

“In our fast-paced lives, we have somehow lost the concept that eating is not just about the actual food,” Daulter said. “It’s about the connection, the time spent enjoying every bite, laughing, talking and sharing. Our families need this time together.”

Adopt a healthful morning routine

While many families feel the crunch on weekday mornings, it’s important to make time for breakfast so that children get the nutrition they need before heading to school. Healthful breakfasts incorporate whole grains, protein, fresh fruit and supplements that support brain and body health.

“Supplements can be an easy way for mom and dad to ensure that their children get the important nutrients they need, especially during busy mornings,” Daulter noted.

She recommends giving children a boost of brain-building nutrition with an omega-3 supplement.

“This essential nutrient is brain food, proven to support brain growth and health,” Daulter added. “Additionally, omega-3s support a healthy immune and nervous system.”

Make tasty school lunches

When children are fed better, they learn better, according to Daulter.

“Their bodies react to being fed good, pure foods that give them the fuel they need to get through each and every school day,” she said.

Save time by making lunches the night before, or organize a big Sunday cut-and-chop day for raw ingredients throughout the week.

Daulter said she puts items like black-bean soup, Caesar salad, homemade wheat parmesan chips and Asian pears and clementines in her children’s lunches.

Have nutritious snacks on hand

Daulter said she keeps several small children’s tables throughout the house so that her kids can nibble on snacks while they play. She offers snacks like nuts, homemade fruit roll-ups, pumpkin seeds, veggie popcorn, fresh fruits, carrot sticks and cheese.

“Kids’ bodies tend to be more in tune with their internal signals, and they inherently seem to know that they need more little meals throughout the day rather than three big meals,” she said. “Eating smaller portions frequently throughout the day provides more energy when we need it and is easier for our bodies to digest.”

Teach better eating habits

Most children enjoy being involved in the meal preparation process. When you go to the grocery store or farmers’ market, allow children to help select veggies and fruits. If you grow your own, let them pick the produce and help wash, peel and prep it for meals.

“My kids and their friends love to cook and help us prepare meals, and the more we include them in the process, the more invested they become in their own health,” Daulter said. “Even the youngest child can help mix in flour for fresh bread or learn to whip her own honey butter.”

Daulter said including children in meal preparation gives them not only practical and valuable life skills, but also “loving memories of family cooking days that were spent laughing, creating and, of course, eating.”

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