The Giving Tree Trees rule! You can climb them and play a great game of hide-and-seek behind them. You can collect their leaves or sit under them to escape the hot sun. Trees are colorful, strong and cool to look at and explore. And they play an important part in keeping the earth, our communities and — most important — all of us healthy. Here are some of the many wonderful things trees let us do:
• Breathe. Trees improve the air quality by producing oxygen for us to breathe. Without them, we would not be able to live as we do.
• Grab a bite. Trees provide us with delicious and healthy foods like apples, pears and peaches. They also provide food, nesting and resting places for animals and wildlife.
• Take a nap. Trees offer a comfy resting place to cool down from the sun. They also shade and protect us from the sun’s damaging ultraviolet rays.
• Water less. Trees conserve water by shading lawns. This allows water to evaporate more slowly, so you don’t have to keep rewatering it.
• Conserve energy. When trees are planted around buildings, they shade us so we don’t need to use the air conditioner.
• Stay dry. Trees capture rain as it falls, absorbing it into their roots and leaves to prevent runoff.
• Save the soil. The roots of trees hold soil in place so that less soil is lost.
• Get crafty. Why spend your allowance on arts-and-crafts supplies when leaves, twigs and bark make the perfect art supplies? Their leaves and branches (after they have fallen) are some of nature’s best tools for making creative projects and centerpieces for your house.
• Come together. Trees have a great effect on the community. Groups of trees in parks and playgrounds bring you and your friends together to play games and explore nature.
• ’Tis the season. Trees are some of our best teachers. You can tell if it is winter, spring, summer or fall by looking at the leaves or the empty branches.
• Arbor Day is a day to celebrate and plant trees. It is always celebrated on the last day in April.
• About one-third of the United States is covered by forests.
• The tallest tree in the world is a coast redwood. It is named Hyperion after a Greek mythological figure. It is located in a remote part of Redwood National Park in California.
• Some trees can live for thousands of years.
• Trees can have silly names like Shagbark hickory and Bigtooth aspen.
• Plants that aren’t tall enough to be considered trees are called shrubs.
• Trees are a source of the wood we use to build houses and furniture.
• Trees are a renewable resource. This means that they are replaced over and over again.
• Trees get water and nutrients through their roots. The nutrients travel up the trunk, through the branches and out to the leaves.
Yummy to your tummy: Ways to eat more fruits and vegetables
Food glorious food! From cheese to bananas, we love food! And did you know you can eat to help the environment? That’s right.
We are not just talking about eating more fruits and vegetables (although they are delicious). There are many easy ways to help the environment while eating yummy foods.
Why not give the earth a little more thought and pack your lunch in reusable containers that you can wash and reuse every day? Then you won’t need to throw much away.
H2O is the way to go! Drinking water is the best way to stay hydrated and keep healthy. Why not ask your parents to buy a water bottle at the store to call your own? Pick one and keep refilling it throughout the day. Just remember to keep it clean. You can even decorate it on the outside to make it super cool!
Ever think about becoming a farmer? Build your own farm in the form of a small garden in your backyard. Or grow some tomatoes in a pot. Not only is it fun to watch your veggies sprout and eat them when they are ready, but it’s also wonderful knowing you have a fresh produce supply at your doorstep. It’s a terrific way to add to what’s already in your fridge.
Another way to get fresh fruits and veggies is to stop by your local ShopRite store. ShopRite works with local growers who bring their products right from the farm to the store. This means the super fresh food is going from the farm to your table and — most important — to your tummy.
If you have anything to throw away after doing all of these great things, don’t forget to put your food wrappers, napkins and cans in either the trash can or recycling bin. And if you see someone else’s food wrapper on the ground, pick it up and throw it out. Keeping the earth clean is the most important thing you can do. That and cleaning up your room!
The Year of the Pulses
Here’s a cool fact you can tell your friends, family and teachers: The United Nations has declared 2016 as the Year of the Pulses. The word pulses is another name for legumes (plants with a pod). Dry beans, lentils and chickpeas are examples of pulses. Pulses are a plant protein, making them good for both you and our planet.
Susan Lang-Saponara, the registered dietitian at ShopRite of Flemington, New Jersey, recommends making pulses a part of your diet. These budget-friendly foods are a powerhouse of plant protein. They’re filled with fiber, bursting with vital vitamins and minerals, and are easily found in the aisles of ShopRite.
“You and your family can enjoy a burst of powerful plant protein for pennies a portion,” Lang-Saponara said.
Did you know there are registered dietitians at 130 ShopRite stores, each one ready to provide free guidance on healthy eats? And they are not just there for your parents! Every month, dietitians have Kids’ Days in their stores. With activities ranging from cooking to learning healthy tips, you’ll find these days are super fun and interactive. And they’re free! Sign up for the next Kids’ Day at your local ShopRite’s customer service desk.
Hint: Answers are in bold throughout this newsletter.
1. Red _______ are yummy legumes to eat.
5. _______ turtles live in the Wetlands.
6. _______ grounds can help your garden grow.
10. The best time to water your garden is in the _______ .
12. _______ not only keep your feet warm, but make great pet toys.
13. Bees and _______ are examples of insects that will help you grow your garden.
15. Dole Packaged Foods recycles wood pallets into _______ for schools.
17. Trees help mark the change of _______ .
18. Turn off the _______ when you leave a room to conserve energy.
23. Plastic bags recycled by ShopRite travel as far as Southeast _______ .
24. ShopRite is turning food waste into animal feed and sending it to _______ for animals to eat.
25. Coffee grounds in your soil can turn hydrangeas the color_______ .
26. Plants that aren’t tall enough to be considered trees are called _______ .
2. The tunneling effects of _______ help loosen soil in gardens.
3. A reusable water _______ is a great way to use less plastic.
4. The Wetlands Institute is located in Stone Harbor, _______ .
7. When it gets warm out, you should open the _______ to get fresh air.
8. The Wetlands Institute helps horseshoe _______ .
9. ShopRite has collection bins at the front of the store for _______ bag
11. Since the 1970s, ShopRite has had a recycling center in _______ , New Jersey.
14. Trees get water through their _______ .
16. The United Nations has declared 2016 the Year of the _______ .
19. ShopRite freezer cases have night _______ that get pulled down to conserve energy.
20. The organization Captain _______ helps bring gardens to schools across the country.
21. _______ Day is a special day to celebrate plants and trees.
22. If you are tired, you can take a nap under a row of shady _______ .
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