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Maurice, the CEO of Hope 80/20, has shared with me some interesting tips about how to make sure our kids are eating healthy and getting active this school year. First, he said that it is a good idea to make a schedule for your kids after school, one that not only makes time for your child to finish their homework and be in bed on time, but also to play outside for at least an hour. Anything that will keep them from gravitating back to the video games and junk food.

Also, Maurice shared some healthy diet tips for kids going back to school. He said that some healthy alternatives to the burgers and pizzas the cafeteria serves are salads, almonds and cheese, fruits and vegetables, and sandwiches with fresh deli meat. Maurice also said that, even though many foods from the grocery store claim to have "No High Fructose Corn Syrup," you have to be very careful to check under the ingredient list on the box. Many processed foods will claim to omit the high fructose corn syrup, but if the ingredients include regular corn syrup or anything listed as "natural sweeteners," they have high fructose corn syrup in them. In fact, Maurice said that the best breakfast for kids is not cereals or poptarts, but eggs or oatmeal.

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