December E-Newsletter  
Kids of STEEL now has its own social media channels. Check us out on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.We’ll be adding new videos, recipes and tips on getting ready for Kids of STEEL’s Spring season. Make sure you like our pages so you can see the new additions each week. Be sure to use the hashtag #kidsofsteelpgh.

December is Try Something New Month! Check out the December family calendar for fun tips and suggestions throughout the month.  Print it out here and hang it on your fridge! The second week in December is Fly like an Eagle Nutrition Goals by Giant Eagle. Follow the hyperlinks on the calendar for recipes. December is a month of holiday celebrations, and this month’s recipe challenge is to make holiday dishes from different cultures. Send us a picture by tagging us on social media using #kidsofsteelpgh.​​​​​​​ 
Tips from Stewart Jones, USATF Level 1 Coach
Getting out in the cold can be tough, but running some miles in the winter will help prepare you for Marathon weekend! Here are a couple things to remember:

  • Run with a partner. Temperatures are cold and the road can become slick so having an adult or older sibling with young runners is important for safety.
  • Choose shoes wisely. Run with shoes that have the least amount of mesh to keep your feet dry. Also, wear a pair of socks that will whisk away the wetness while still keeping your feet warm. Try a moisture-wicking fabric and avoid cotton if possible.
  • Dress appropriately. When you get moving your body temperature will rise, so try not to overdue the layers. When I run in cold winter temperatures I have gloves, a hat, running tights with wind pants over them, a scarf, a light athletic jacket and at least one long sleeve shirt.
  • Pace yourself. Forget speed or even running extremely fast unless you have access to a treadmill or indoor track. You can maintain miles at an easy pace outdoors. Try doing interval training, which are workouts in which you alternate periods of high-intensity exercise with low-intensity recovery periods.

Tips from Nick Fischer, RD, LDN
The Case Against Fad Diets
Everyday we are told so many things about food. One day day this food is bad or that food will give you magic powers. These fad ideas do little to help you and often promote poor dietary choices. This becomes a problem because a child’s diet usually mirrors that of their parent or guardian. Read about fad diet promises and better dietary choices on Nick's blog!
Nick's Nutrition Blog

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