PUBLISHED: 4:31 PM on Wednesday, August 1, 2007
Food program manager introduces youngsters to habits for healthy eating
The Association for the Education of Young Children- Southeast Alaska Child Care Food Program Manager Suey Linzmeier has spent the last several months introducing Southeast Alaskan child care children to a variety of activities that encourage children to develop life-long healthy habits! Part of her duties in managing the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program include nutrition education to the over 70 family child care providers, and the 400 young children, the program serves throughout the region. Assisting Suey in delivering good, healthy fun are AEYC-SEA representatives Karin McCullough of Petersburg, Krissy Smith of Wrangell, and Genevieve McLaughlin of Juneau, who will become the new Child Care Food Program Manager in August. Many Southeastern children, under the tutelage of AEYC-SEA staff, learned to make pizza from scratch, the importance of drinking water (including how to pour their own from kid-sized pitchers), and why we need to play every day.

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Suey chose these activities because she wants to remind kids, their families, and child care providers that drinking water is so important and healthy for bodies, as is keeping bodies busy in fun ways as a regular family activity. Suey's recipe for homemade pizza dough- which helps kids to have long-lasting energy as they keep their bodies active and healthy- got rave reviews even from the most finicky pizza connoisseurs.

Suey's Pizza Dough

2 to 2 ½ C. enriched white flour

3 T. sugar

2 T. olive oil

1 C. whole wheat flour

1 egg

¾ tsp. Salt

1 C. water

1 package yeast

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  Suey of AEYC-SEA makes pizza with young chefs at Little Bear Day Care Play and Learn family child care program in Juneau.
Heat together the water and the oil. Let cool to 110 degrees. Combine the sugar, salt, and yeast and 1? C. white flour. Add to oil mixture. Stir in the egg. Add the whole wheat flour and enough of the remaining white flour to make a soft dough. Turn the dough onto a floured board and knead for 5 minutes. Divide in individual portions. Roll each portion flat, 'paint' with spaghetti sauce, add favorite toppings, and bake 20 minutes or until the edges are browned.

For more information about AEYC-SEA or the Child Care Food Program, please contact AEYC-SEA at 1-888-785-1235 or 789-1235

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