HOW PARENTS CAN HELP KIDS MAKE HEALTHY EATING CHOICES – by Amanda Henderson

Child Choosing Fruit PictureHow Parents Can Help Kids Make Healthy Choices

An Article by Amanda Henderson

Parenting comes with an abundance of responsibilities, and one of the most important ones is teaching your kids to make healthy choices. Establishing these practices early on will make it easier for them to maintain; ideally, all the way through adulthood. One of the ways you can ensure the success of your efforts is by trading a lecture-like conversation for one that allows your kids to make choices on their own. Of course, you’ll need to step in when necessary to help explain the importance of right from wrong. While this may be difficult at first, your discipline will pay off for years to come. Read on for some of the key elements that contribute to a healthy lifestyle now, and for the long-term.

Healthy Eating

While making healthful food choices may seem like an obvious contributor, it’s worth a mention because of fact-based research that suggests that American toddlers are more apt to eat french fries, sugar, and salt in lieu of fruits and vegetables. While there’s room for a slice of birthday cake and a scoop of ice cream on a hot summer day, it’s important that your kids understand the fundamentals of healthy eating, especially what contributes to a balanced meal and why it’s vital for optimal internal and external health. For a more interactive experience, take your kids with you to the grocery store and let them help you plan meals. By allowing them to participate and put in their two cents, they’ll be more enthused about what’s on their plate come mealtime.

There’s a stigma that to eat healthy foods, you have to spend a lot of money, but this couldn’t be farther from the truth. For example:

  • Stock Your Pantry With Low-Cost-Yet-Healthy Staples: Think brown rice (never white), whole-grain pasta, canned beans (rinse to reduce sodium), quinoa, and couscous.
  • Eat A Budget Breakfast: Steel cut oats or old-fashioned oats (sans sugar) are satisfying in price and taste. Jazz up a bowl with spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, or a dash of agave syrup. Bonus points for letting kids dress their own bowl with the healthy toppings of their choice.
  • Take Advantage Of Deals: Peruse those sale papers! This strategy is great for in-the-moment meal creation as well as purchasing freezable staples like meat and fish for future use. Exercise The U.S. is experiencing a weight crisis regardless of age — the country has the highest proportion of overweight and obese people — so it’s important that you are a role model for your children by practicing what you preach. There are several ways you can get moving as a family that won’t make your kids feel like you’re giving them military-like instruction.
  • Take a post-dinner stroll together to digest, burn some extra calories, and bond as a family unit
  • Engage in fun endurance challenges (think highest number of sit-ups or longest wall sit) during commercial breaks
  • Turn household chores like gardening or cleaning the floor into a functional workout
  • Walk and play with the dog
  • Throw a dance party by turning on upbeat tunes and burning off energy — and calories

Have a weekly sports session — this could be anything from tossing the ball around, shooting hoops, or doing yoga in the backyardIf you find your kids are enjoying sports, sign them up for a local sports league, whether it’s for baseball, soccer, or flag football. Not only will playing a team sport keep your child in shape, it also can teach them about teamwork and raise self-esteem. Check out online reviews to find the best sporting equipment. Drug And Alcohol Awareness It’s never too early to start a conversation about the dangers of drug and alcohol consumption — even smoking and social drinking. While most schools have programs that cover this territory, the true education comes at home. There are many online activity-based tools geared toward the younger generation that can have a visual effect. Older kids may react better to first-hand stories of recovery survivors and/or their loved ones, for better or for worse. No matter what outside sources are used, nothing will replace the heart-to-heart conversations you have with your children. Make it a family affair so they don’t feel like they’re being attacked or treated like “babies.” When educating your kids on healthy habits, come armed with statistics — even a third party of a professional nature if possible. Having information that comes from a source other than yourself can be more effective in some cases. Whatever you do, don’t give up. It takes more than two months for a new habit to form.  

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GOT FLOODING? HERE’S HOW TO RECYCLE, DISPOSE OF DAMAGED DEBRIS IN KANE COUNTY

Got Flooding? Here’s How To Recycle, Dispose of Damaged Debris in Kane County

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With flooding gripping a large part of the Midwest and with a Flood Warning in effect through Monday, Kane County Recycling Coordinator Jennifer Jarland has released updated information on how to properly dispose of flood-damaged debris.

In the latest editor of the Kane County Disaster Debris Management Guide, you’ll find valuable information ranging from how to find a waste hauler to what items you can reasonably recycle to how to get rid of construction debris and household hazardous waste.

“As we enter flood season again, I wanted to share this guide for waste disposal and recycling related to flood damage or other disasters affecting homes in Kane County,” Jarland said. “I created this in 2017 and updated it this week so it is good to go for the current flood season.”

Jarland asks Kane County residents to share with your networks and distribute as needed.

The following are some excerpts from the guide:

Kane County Disaster Debris Management Guide

Debris is often generated following a disaster such as a tornado, flood, storms or power outages.

Not all items may be discarded with garbage and trash. The management of these materials are described in this guide.

Individual property owners of the affected private property are responsible for separating and preparing all nonhazardous solid waste materials and residential recyclable material for pickup by a Kane County licensed municipal solid waste hauler.

It is recommended that recyclable materials such as metal, construction debris, and latex paint be separated and recycled whenever possible.

Household hazardous wastes and syringes should be separated and disposed of in a safe manner, either by special pick up or delivery to drop-off locations.

Large household appliances or “white goods”, electronics, tires and landscape waste are banned from landfills in Illinois and must be recycled.

Costs: Additional fees may be charged for special pickup or drop-off services. Residents should always call a service, drop-off location or facility directly to confirm the cost of disposal, acceptable items and hours or other restrictions.

Safety: The sorting of debris should be handled in a safe manner and personal protective clothing and equipment should be used, for example, disposable protective suits, gloves, eye protection, and face masks (i.e. dust or N95 mask).

Store all waste away from water wells and prevent vehicles and heavy equipment from driving or parking over any portion of a septic system.

Please be patient as clean-up efforts may take time. Collectively, residents and waste haulers can prepare and manage the debris in an orderly and safe way for recycling and disposal while protecting public health.

*Article Credit – Kane County Connects

50th ANNIVERSARY OF MUNICIPAL CLERKS WEEK

Municipal Clerks week is May 5-11, 2019, and this year it is cause for celebration! Municipal Clerks week will turn 50 in May. Do you know who your municipal clerk is?

 

Purpose:

The purpose of Municipal Clerks week is to recognize the vital and appreciated services performed by the Municipal and Deputy Clerks in serving the changing needs of their communities.

History:

Municipal Clerks week was initiated in 1969 by the International Institute of Municipal Clerks (IIMC), and is endorsed by all of its members throughout the United States, Canada and 15 other countries. In 1984 and in 1994, Presidents Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton, respectively, signed a Proclamation officially declaring the first full week in May and recognizing the essential role of Municipal Clerks play in local government.

IIMC is a professional association of City, Village, Town, Township, Borough, and County Clerk, Secretaries and Recorders. IIMC prepares its members to meet the challenges of the diverse role of the Municipal and Deputy Clerk by providing services and continuing professional development opportunities to benefit members and the government entities they serve. Founded in 1947 in French Lick, Indiana; IIMC has 14,500 members throughout the United States, Canada and 15 other countries.

Fun Fact:

The Maple Park Village Clerk is a Certified Municipal Clerk and is a member of the Northwestern Illinois Municipal Clerks Association, Municipal Clerks of Illinois, and IIMC.

Proclamation 2019-01 (39 downloads)

HAPPY EARTH DAY!

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Over the past 20-years, China became the primary market for recyclables from across the globe. In real numbers, China consumed 28.5 million tons – 50% of all paper recycled in 2016. By 2017, the U.S shipped 30% of all recyclables to China. Today, Waste Management is shipping less than 3% of total recyclables collected to China.

The world of recycling changed as China banned the import of all mixed paper and plastic imports in January 2018. What hasn’t changed is the demand for recycling services by consumers. Recycling is the right thing to do…and it’s good for the environment. But change requires how we recycle and what we recycle.

 

Recycling Doesn’t Happen When You Place Materials In Your Container.

Recycling Happens When the Material Placed in Your Container Becomes a Feedstock For a New Product!

What should we recycle?

  • Clean paper and cardboard that does not have a wax film
  • Clean plastics
  • Clean cans

Common contaminates found in recycling:

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On this Earth Day, let’s commit to recycle right! When in doubt — leave it out and then go find out at www.recycleoftenrecycleright.com.

Check out their educational videos about recycling: Don’t Be A Tangler, Bowling Balls are Not Recyclable, No Liquids Please, Batteries and Co-Mingle Recycling Don’t Mix


Some of the more interesting — NON-RECYCLABLE items found at recycling processing facilities in 2018!

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A life-sized dept. store mannequin

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         5,000 Bowling Balls

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Waste Management Recycling Plants received 28,000 lbs. of batteries last year

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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CONVENIENT WAYS TO PAY YOUR WATER BILL

E-Pay:  water bill clip artClick here to pay your water bill by credit/debit card or e-check. E-pay charges a percentage to use a credit/debit card, but using an e-check only costs 50 cents. The village does not receive any of this fee.

Auto Debit Auto Debit is a free service where the village charges your bank account on the due date. You still receive a bill, but it tells you what day it will come out of your account. Complete the Auto Debit Form (67 downloads) , and return to the village office with a voided check.

Mail your payment You may mail your payment to P.O. Box 220, Maple Park, IL, 60151. However, the village does not account for mail received after the due date even if you mailed it very early.

In-Person:  You can pay your bill at the village office located at 302 Willow Street, Maple Park. Office hours are Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 9:00 a.m. to Noon, and Tuesdays 3:00 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Drop Box We have a drop box next to the front door at village hall. The drop box is emptied Monday through Friday. We suggest that you do not leave cash in the drop box.

Strategic Plan 2018-2023

Strategic Plan Clip ArtAs promised, the Strategic Plan is online for your review. Remember when you attended that public meeting last fall? This is the culmination of a lot of work by the Board of Trustees, staff, residents, and NIU’s Center for Governmental Studies. We are hoping to bring some (if not all) of these goals to fruition in the future.

Strategic Plan 2018-2023 (250 downloads)

STILL NOT SURE ABOUT ALL THIS RECYCLING ‘STUFF’?

If you still have questions about all the recycling changes, you can submit a question to Jennifer Jarland from Kane County Recycles. She can answer all your questions about the “New Rules” for recycling. Here is a question that she recently received.


“Q: Hi, Jennifer!

 Tub With Food PictureAfter reading the Kane County Recycles Green Guide I’m still unclear about clear hard plastic food containers. For instance, lettuce mixes, fruit and snacks.

If these containers are recyclable, is there a market for them? Or are they being crushed and sent to some remote country somewhere?

I know that pet food and bird seed bags are not recycled, which is a shame because it is such a huge industry. Are the hard-plastic litter containers recyclable?

Do you know if there is an organization that is working with industry to develop alternative materials for these products? This is obviously a subject I’m very interested in.

Thanks so much for looking into this for me.

 — MJK

 A: Hi, MJK!

Yes, fruit and lettuce boxes are recyclable! The reason that the guidelines are a little vague is because these items are on the line of recyclable or not recyclable.

Many of the recycling facilities do not want them, because they have little to no value. There is a market for mixed low-grade plastic but it isn’t great. And it is very likely offshore.Tub with Salad Picture

That said, you CAN put them in your bin and they will get recycled. (Read the fine print of the online guidelines and you will find them listed there, under the plastic bottles, tubs, jugs, and jars details. They are considered “Tubs.”)

Flat lids though, if separated from the container, are not recyclable as they cannot be sorted by the current technology (based on shapes) and often end up in with the paper because it is thin and flat. So, for example, the flat lettuce container lids should go in the trash, please. And the tub itself goes in the recycling.

Cat Litter Container pictureKitty litter containers are recyclable, yes. And if they have a screw on lid, it can also be recycled, attached to the container.

The Product Stewardship Institute works on product and packaging design. Also, there are definitely signs of movement in the direction of design for recyclability in the corporate arena. Slowly but surely.

It is up to us to shop wisely, too, and avoid the packaging if possible. I just wrote an article on that!”

Contact Jennifer Jarland at 630-208-3841 or recycle@countyofkane.org.

The 2020 Census is Coming…

US Census LogoThe 2020 Census at a Glance

Village of Maple Park


Counting everyone once, only once, and in the right place.

The U.S. Census Bureau is the federal government’s largest statistical agency. They are dedicated to providing current facts and figures about America’s people, places, and economy. Federal law protects the confidentiality of all individual responses the Census Bureau collects.

The U.S. Constitution requires that each decade we take a count—or a census—of America’s population.

The census provides vital information for you and your community.

  • It determines how many representatives each state gets in Congress and is used to redraw district boundaries. Redistricting counts are sent to the states by March 31, 2021.
  • Communities, like Maple Park, rely on census statistics to plan for a variety of resident needs including new roads, schools, and emergency services.
  • Businesses use census data to determine where to open places to shop.

Each year, the federal government distributes hundreds of billions of dollars to states and communities based on Census Bureau data.

In 2020, new technology will be implemented to make it easier than ever to respond to the census. For the first time, you will be able to respond online, by phone, as well as by mail. They will use data that the public has already provided to reduce follow-up visits. And, they are building an accurate address list and automating their field operations—all while keeping your information confidential.

So, please, complete the census. It will help your community!

For more information go to the website.