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THE RIVER - AUGUST 28, 2015
by Shelley M.
the worst things I
have to face about
my kids going back
to school is the daily
is required. My kids
can be picky eaters,
but I know how important eating healthy
is so I do work hard at making them a
nutritious lunch. It’s frustrating and I have
already run out of good lunch ideas and
school has just started. Any suggestions?
Kris B., Fort Myers Beach
I empathize with you. Making a
healthy lunch for your children is very
important but does take time away from
other more enjoyable activities. Packing
school lunches that kids will like and are
easy to eat can be a challenge.
Amy Reed, a registered dietitian at
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, says that
there are many reasons why kids may
not eat well at lunchtime. Some of these
• Time constraints. All schools are
different, but some students get only a
15-minute window to eat their lunch.
This is often not enough time for young
kids, who are likely socializing, to eat.
• A desire to stay clean. Some kids
choose not to eat lunch if they feel their
meal would be too messy.
• Loose teeth. Children with loose or
missing teeth may have more trouble eat-
ing certain foods.
• Too many choices. Some kids may
be overwhelmed if there is too much food
packed into their lunch box.
Reed offered the following sugges-
• Don’t overpack. For children who
have a limited time to eat their lunch or
feel overwhelmed by too much food,
provide smaller portions of nutritious food
from at least four food groups.
• Limit containers. It may take a lot of
time for children to open just one con-
tainer. If they need to open a few, it could
use up valuable time they need to eat
their lunch. In some cases, small children
may not be able to open certain contain-
ers at all. Try packing kids’ lunches in a
bento box – one container that has a few
small compartments with a lid on top.
• Make sure food is easy to eat.
Children who have loose or missing teeth
may need to eat foods that don’t require
biting with their front teeth and can be
chewed on the side of the mouth, such
as lunch meat, lettuce and cheese roll-ups
instead of a sandwich; thin slices of pine-
apple, apples or pears; and cheese sticks,
squeeze yogurt and fruit pouches.
• Limit treats. Children may choose
to eat treats first. If they have limited
time, this may be all they eat. Some kids
may also fill up on treats and never try
the other more nutritious foods in their
• Plan lunch together. Encourage kids
to pack their lunch with items they enjoy
so they are less likely to throw their lunch
away or swap with classmates.
• Celebrate special days. Plan lunch
around special events. For example,
pack an all-red lunch for Valentine’s Day
or include a fortune cookie to celebrate
Chinese New Year.
• Offer choices and try new foods.
Vary protein sources – tuna, peanut but-
ter, turkey or beans – and offer different
whole-grain items such as whole-grain
bread, tortillas or crackers. Rotate whole
pieces of fruit such as bananas, oranges
or grapes and cut-up vegetables like cel-
ery, carrots or broccoli. Pack exotic fruits
such as kiwi, or allow them to pick fruits
and vegetables they want to try at the
• Seek advice. For kids who have
medical problems, food allergies or
sensory issues, eating a variety of foods
may be more difficult. Parents who are
concerned about their child’s food intake
can get help from their pediatrician and a
Shelley Greggs is adjunct faculty at
Florida SouthWestern State College,
where she teaches psychology and
education courses. She is also a nation-
ally certified school psychologist and
consultant for School Consultation
Services, a private educational consult-
ing company. Questions for publication
may be addressed to smgreggs@gmail.
com. Not all questions submitted can
be addressed through this publication.
Allegiant Air announced three new
stops for passengers using Punta
Gorda Airport. The targeted cities
include Grand Rapids, Michigan, Akron/
Canton, Ohio and Kansas City, Missouri.
The announcement was part of
17 new routes revealed nationally by
“We’re very excited to announce
these new routes and the expansion
of our ultra-low-cost air service to two
new cities,” said Jude Bricker, Allegiant
Travel Company senior vice president
of planning. “These new nonstop flights
will launch just in time for travelers to jet
away to a sunny destination during the
winter months. Allegiant is dedicated to
offering travelers the lowest possible fares
and the best deals on vacation pack-
New routes announced include the fol-
lowing Florida airports:
Year-round nonstop service to Punta
Gorda Airport (PGD) from:
• Grand Rapids – Begins November
4, and will operate twice weekly.
• Akron/Canton – Begins November
6, and will operate twice weekly.
• Kansas City – Begins November 13,
and will operate twice weekly.
FGCU To Host
The Florida Small Business
Development Center (FSBDC) at
Florida Gulf Coast University will
host a Access To Technology Fair on
Wednesday, September 23 from 8 a.m.
to noon at the Holiday Inn – Fort Myers
Airport, located at 9931 Interstate
Commerce Drive in Fort Myers.
The event is free and businesses will
have the opportunity to meet with tech-
nology specialists. Participants will learn
about new and upcoming technology
solutions for their business, including new
product demonstrations by technology
A light breakfast and refreshments will
be provided. Additionally, through the
co-sponsorship of Microsoft, there will
be drawings with door prizes during the
trade show, including copies of Microsoft
Office 365 and other tech gadgets. Kathy
Durfee and Alex Melching of TechHouse,
a Microsoft Partner, will present Moving
to the Microsoft Office Cloud: Office,
Web Meetings, Backups, Security and
Space is limited and early registration
is encouraged either online at www.fsbdc-
swfl.org or by phone at 745-3700.
Sponsorships are still available for
technology-based businesses, starting as
low as $175 for a display table at the
event. Additional information and online
sponsor registration is available at http://
Jared Stephen Todd of Fort Myers
graduated with a Bachelor of Arts
in Business/Economics degree from
a 2015 graduate of Wheaton College,
Wheaton College is a coeducational
Christian liberal arts college.
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