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How to Make the Grade When It Comes to School Lunches

“I had pizza.”
“I don’t like school lunch.”
“I didn’t eat lunch.”

Do these words sound familiar?

As parents, you want your kids to eat healthy foods, yet this goal becomes difficult when nearly a quarter of their meals are eaten at school. Fortunately, you can approach the issue with your child, and together you both can learn how to make healthy school lunch choices.

Educate

Talk with your child about the importance of lunch for the brain and body. This may be a helpful discussion for busy parents as well!

Make a Plan

Planning ahead for lunch obstacles can save kids from temptation in the lunch line.

  • Read the school lunch menu the night before, and make a healthy choice together.
  • Choose a day to eat from the salad bar.
  • Allow your child to pick a “fun day” to have foods like pizza and hot dogs.

Aim for the Plate

Regardless if your child packs a lunch or buys a lunch, challenge him or her to make their lunch look like the USDA’s MyPlate model.

For more information on how to make your child’s lunch healthy, and for more information on the USDA’s MyPlate, visit www.fns.usda.gov/school-meals/school-day-just-got-healthier-parents.

Raising Healthy Eaters

To raise healthy eaters, consider adopting the Division of Responsibility when feeding your children. The Division of Responsibility clearly separates and defines the mealtime responsibilities of both the parent and child. Parents are responsible for what, when, and where eating occurs. Children are always responsible for how much and whether to eat at all! It is an evidence-based approach developed by Ellyn Satter, MS, RDN, MSSW, an expert in child nutrition.

To implement the Division of Responsibility, use the following guidelines:

  • Provide meals and snacks that are healthy and balanced at structured times
  • Do not make special meals for picky eaters; instead, offer a balanced meal that combines foods they like and new flavors
  • Resistance is normal; roll with it and avoid putting a lot of pressure on food or forcing a child to eat
  • While the parent is ultimately responsible for what is served, involving children in meal planning and preparation can help pique interest
  • Model healthy eating yourself – your children will learn from you

For more information, visit the Ellyn Satter Institute.

Las Vegas Tragedy: Children & Traumatic Events

The events that have unfolded within the last 24 hours have been both tragic and confusing. When trauma strikes on such a large scale, it is difficult to shelter our children from the images and stories portrayed in the media, and/or prevent our little ones from overhearing adult discussions. Questions also arise about how to discuss these frightening occurrences with children once they do hear or see parts of the story unfold.

In an effort to provide some answers to these questions, we recommend visiting the website for The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN).

The NCTSN is a leading authority on childhood trauma. The website provides a wealth of resources for parents who are trying to determine how best to comfort and support their children during times of tragedy, including specific tips on helping children in different age groups.

We hope that you will find this information helpful. As always, the psychologists and pediatricians of Metropolitan Pediatrics are here for your family, and are happy to answer questions and provide an additional source of support.

Other Resources

Managing Your Distress in the Aftermath of a Shooting (American Psychological Association)

Seeking Full-time Pediatrician (Happy Valley, OR)

Metropolitan Pediatrics, a 5 Star Medical Home serving Portland and surrounding communities, is seeking a passionate and enthusiastic board-certified/board-eligible pediatrician for our growing Happy Valley practice. With four locations featuring 30+ providers and a staff of more than 150 support team members, we stand dedicated to providing patient and family-centered care in alignment with the Bright Futures delivery model. Our practice is open 7 days a week, providing after-hours assistance and extended access opportunities in a way that best serves active families who want the best possible care for kids! We want to hear from you, and have a preference for an experienced clinician with a sports medicine background to help expand our services.

With integrated behavioral health, on-site advice nurses, lactation consultation, and in-house administrative services, such as Human Resources, Information Technology, and Revenue Cycle, Metropolitan Pediatrics offers a strong practice partnership for any provider! The pediatrician is a member of the Metropolitan Pediatrics medical staff and is responsible for providing pediatric patient care, consulting with other specialists, and performing administrative duties related to the care of patients.

Our administrative office is located in Beaverton, OR, and shares space with the Westside clinic serving Beaverton, Hillsboro, Tigard, and surrounding communities. The Happy Valley clinic is located just off of I-205 in Clackamas County serving the southeastern communities of Portland. Our Gresham clinic is located on the campus of Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center, and provides robust pediatric services to the families of Gresham, Northeast Portland, Sandy, Troutdale, and surrounding communities, and our Northwest clinic is located on the campus of Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center providing active pediatric coverage for central Portland and surrounding communities.

For more information, contact our administrative offices at 503-466-1668 or submit your CV to:

Attn: Cynthia Jacobs, Chief Operating Officer
Metropolitan Pediatrics
15455 NW Greenbrier Parkway, Suite 112
Beaverton, OR 97006

About the Pacific Northwest

Lush, green, and serene, the Pacific Northwest—from northern California to British Columbia—is known for undeniable natural beauty. Ocean waves lap the western shore and mountains line the east. Breathtaking forests, country, canyons, lakes, and waterfalls lie in between. It’s a picturesque place to call home and an outdoor recreationalist’s paradise.

Urban areas are also on point with one of the most unique, hip, eco-friendly cities in the country: Portland, OR. We boast an expansive foodie community, taking pride in locally grown eats sold at year-round farmers markets and posh restaurants. Residents are also fond of their spirits (Portland has more breweries than any other city in the world!). Bike culture is a thing with spacious bike lanes sharing most streets and some rather unusual cycling events. Recycling is a big deal here, as are most opportunities to celebrate the earth’s splendor!

Despite frequent showers (what we call “liquid sunshine”), there’s always a cool coffee or book shop nearby to duck inside and take cover. There are plenty of entertainment options and a booming arts scene to keep you dry, but outdoor fairs and festivals never let the rain dampen their fun.

This is the Pacific Northwest, home to Costco, Adidas, Columbia Sportswear, Nike, Microsoft, and Intel.

It’s beautiful.
It’s quirky.
It’s wet (summers are sunny – we swear!).
There’s no sales tax.
Why wouldn’t you move here?

Bring your sense of adventure! Just don’t bring an umbrella… true Oregonians soak up the liquid sunshine.

Air Quality Advisory for Northwest Oregon

For the past week, Oregonians have watched and grieved as the Eagle Creek fire claimed more than 30,000 acres of treasured landscapes. In addition to emotional devastation, many of us are physically suffering from the smoky, ash-filled air. Just yesterday the National Weather Service issued an Air Quality Advisory for Northwest Oregon in effect through noon Friday.

Air quality is expected to improve in the Portland metro area by the end of the week. Thank you, wind and humidity!

For now, it’s best to stay indoors—in an air-conditioned space—when you can. Save outdoor exercise for a later date. If you have to go out, recirculate your car’s air conditioning to limit exposure to smoky air. Infants, children, and those with heart and lung conditions are advised to avoid time outside, if possible.

Watch this video from the Oregon Public Health Division about more ways to Stay Healthy When the Air is Smoky.

How bad is the air around you? Check the air quality in your area. Don’t see your city? Search by zip code at the top of the page for your local air quality station’s most recent data.

Seeking Chief Medical Officer (Beaverton, OR)

Are you a physician executive who is looking to lead an innovative, mission-driven pediatric practice in a fast-growing and innovative area?

Our thirty-provider, four-site, pediatric 5 STAR patient-centered medical home practice is looking for a seasoned clinician-executive who has the emotional and business intelligence to continue to develop a strong, special brand in the Portland, OR, and surrounding market.

Are you able to build consensus across the practice and to partner effectively with external parties for the good of the practice and the good of the community?

Do you have the vision to lead the market and the ability to effectively communicate and execute that strategy?

Do you possess excellent verbal and written skills, and are you able to convey key concepts and ideas in ways that facilitate buy-in and allow for group input and honest discourse?

Do you have a proven track record of successfully leading independent practices and the experience of a physician used to the challenges of clinical practice?

Do you work well in a team environment with other physician leaders and business savvy administrators?

If you are a pediatrician or primary care physician who possesses the skills outlined above, we’d like to hear from you today!

Or send your CV/cover letter to: cmosearch@metropediatrics.com

About the Pacific Northwest

Lush, green, and serene, the Pacific Northwest—from northern California to British Columbia—is known for undeniable natural beauty. Ocean waves lap the western shore and mountains line the east. Breathtaking forests, country, canyons, lakes, and waterfalls lie in between. It’s a picturesque place to call home and an outdoor recreationalist’s paradise.

Urban areas are also on point with one of the most unique, hip, eco-friendly cities in the country: Portland, OR. We boast an expansive foodie community, taking pride in locally grown eats sold at year-round farmers markets and posh restaurants. Residents are also fond of their spirits (Portland has more breweries than any other city in the world!). Bike culture is a thing with spacious bike lanes sharing most streets and some rather unusual cycling events. Recycling is a big deal here, as are most opportunities to celebrate the earth’s splendor!

Despite frequent showers (what we call “liquid sunshine”), there’s always a cool coffee or book shop nearby to duck inside and take cover. There are plenty of entertainment options and a booming arts scene to keep you dry, but outdoor fairs and festivals never let the rain dampen their fun.

This is the Pacific Northwest, home to Costco, Adidas, Columbia Sportswear, Nike, Microsoft, and Intel.

It’s beautiful.
It’s quirky.
It’s wet (summers are sunny – we swear!).
There’s no sales tax.
Why wouldn’t you move here?

Bring your sense of adventure! Just don’t bring an umbrella… true Oregonians soak up the liquid sunshine.

Air Quality Advisory in Portland

Notice the haze outside this morning? We have wildfire smoke from British Columbia and parts of Oregon to thank for that. With Portland’s current Air Quality Index (AQI) rating at 177, it’s now considered unhealthy for everyone to breathe.

Check the AQI in your area

Your best defense? Stay inside if you can. Keep windows and doors closed, unless heat is a problem. Avoid frying or boiling food, which can affect indoor air quality. If you have to venture out, run your car’s air conditioning on recirculate mode to avoid pulling in smoky air. Infants, the elderly, and those with heart and lung conditions are especially vulnerable and should take extra care to avoid time outdoors.

Smoke will continue into our area until Friday before winds pick up and send it away. The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality’s air pollution advisory for Portland, Vancouver, Salem, Eugene, and Medford is expected to stay in effect through August 8th.