Diamond Lake School District 76 Wellness Newsletter December 2017

Professional Development for Active Classroms

Are you looking for new ideas for smooth transitions or brain boosters in your classroom?

5 Health Benefits of Chocolate!

Chocolate! Yes, it is a major food group in my opinion! Here are some chocolate facts that you probably did not know from Dr. Jacqueline Ivey-Brown, a physician at Christ Medical Center in Oaklawn, IL.

  • Chocolate can control your cough! Chocolate contains theobromine which is known to reduce activity to the vagus nerve. Thus, reducing coughing fits triggered by that nerve.
  • Chocolate can boost your heart health! Dark chocolate has properties that fight inflammation reducing your cardiovascular risk.
  • Chocolate protects your skin! The antioxidants in dark chocolate protect the skin from UV damage from the sun.
  • Chocolate improve the blood flow in the body! Chocolate has anti-clotting and blood -thinning properties that increase blood flow and improve circulation.
  • Chocolate make you smarter! The boost in blood flow to the brain will make you more alert and awake.

I think I need to get some!

Twiced Baked Potatoes

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Lightly coat a foil lined baking sheet with cooking spray. Slice off a thin strip of each potato so it lies flat. Place potatoes on the baking sheet and brush with a teaspoon of olive oil. Bake for 25-35 minutes, or until very tender when pierced with a fork.Remove from oven and set aside to cool enough to handle but still warm. Increase oven temp to 450 degrees.

With a small spoon, scoop out the potatoes' insides into a mixing bowl, leaving a 1/4 inch shell of the potato. Be careful not to break the skins. To the potato flesh, make mashed potatoes as you like with sour cream, parmesan cheese, chives and milk. Season with salt and pepper. Divide evenly among the potato skins.

Return the stuffed potatoes to the baking sheet. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until potatoes are heated and golden. You may add cheddar or another type of cheese to your potatoes. You may also mix in leftover cooked broccoli, bacon, sauteed mushrooms or spinach for a change of pace. Enjoy!

Wellness Activities Coming in December!

  • Top Box and Someone's Treasured Closet at West Oak on Dec. 9th from 12 to 1:30 pm. Mr. Willeford and Mr. Preble are having a cook-off. It's Chop the Box time.
  • Chef's Tasting Table at Diamond Lake School on Dec. 11th!
  • Chef's Tasting Table at West Oak on Dec. 14th. Have a Very Berry Holiday!
  • Winter Wellness Institute for Staff on Dec. 22nd.
I couldn't resist! Have a wonderful holiday season with your family!


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