The Coast News Group

Programs help parents stay a step ahead

RANCHO SANTA FE —Chelsea Pearson says her best tip when it comes to nutrition is: “Don’t be fooled by the marketing or words on the front of a product!” She explained this to the crowd at the Horizon Prep during the Staying a Step Ahead series. “Turn every product around and read the labels and ingredients on the back.”
An eager audience of preschool through kindergarten parents soaked up Pearson’s presentation on the effects of nutrition on brain development and behavior in children.
Sur la Table’s Pam Schwartz topped off the event with a cooking demonstration aimed at making good nutrition easy.
“You have to think outside the box when it comes to kids and vegetables,” Schwartz said. “Most of us think of preparing vegetables in traditional ways, but if you can add a wholesome dip or sauce, or change the texture of veggies, kids are more likely to eat them.”
The next Staying a Step Ahead speaker is slated for Oct. 14 when Rancho Santa Fe Sheriff Detective Henry Tirado will be handing out fingerprinting kits and sharing tips for keeping kids safe.
Oct. 28 will feature “What is This?” Sensory & Auditory Development with Speech Pathologist Keri Leasure.
Nov. 18 will be “What Every Child Needs … the 3 L’s” with Tom Klingforth, of Family Discipleship Ministries.
All programs are free and held at Horizon Prep Preschool-K Campus 6365 El Apajo Rd., 300 Room. Childcare is provided.