By April ReeseUniversity of Georgia After a long day at school, most kids head straight for therefrigerator or the cupboard when they get home. But are theafter-school snacks they’re grabbing the best choices? “Students tend to reach for cookies and chips,” said JanBaggarly, an extension service agent with the University ofGeorgia College of Family and Consumer Sciences. “And withroughly 7 million American students on their own at home afterschool, that’s a lot of chips.”Eating healthy To help children make healthy snack choices, Baggarlyrecommends parents keep plenty of healthy snack alternatives onhand. “A nutritious snack provides food from at least one of theFood Guide Pyramid food groups and, at the same time, isn’t toohigh in fat, sugar or salt,” Baggarly said. Children are growing fast. And they’re usually more activethan adults. So they have to eat more calories and more often,she said, to supply the energy they need to stay healthy andactive. “Often children don’t get all the nutrition they need fromeating regular meals at breakfast, lunch and dinner, so snacksbecome essential,” she said. “Making healthy snacks available forkids after school is a great way to keep their energy levels upand not spoil their dinner. Snacks should be planned for and notsomething that just happens.”Attack alternatives But which snacks are the best choices? Baggarly offers thesesuggestions: cheese and crackers, peanut butter and jellysandwiches, yogurt, hard-boiled eggs, cold cereal, fresh anddried fruits, raw vegetables and dips made from low-fatingredients, popcorn, graham crackers and vanilla wafers. “Cookies don’t have to be eliminated from the list,” shesaid. “Just make sure they’re made using low-fat ingredients.” One way to reduce fat in cookies is by using applesauce inplace of shortening when making oatmeal cookies. This alterationalone cuts the fat by one-third. After-school beverages can also add extra calories to achild’s diet. “After-school snacks should not be accompanied by sugardrinks like Kool-Aid, soft drinks or those labeled as fruitdrinks,” Baggarly said. “Fruit juices made from real fruit willsay so on the label.” Milk is an excellent after-school choice. “And today you canbuy it in a variety of flavors, which helps its appeal,” shesaid.Food safety As with all food preparation, after-school foods should bemade safe to eat. “Parents need to establish safe food-handling practices andset guidelines on what snacks their children can prepare,”Baggarly said. For safety’s sake, children should be taught these safe-foodpractices: * Keep counters and tables clean. (Place books and book bagssomewhere else.) * Always wash hands before making or eating a snack. And useclean plates and utensils. * Wash fruits and vegetables before you eat them. * Put refrigerated items back in the refrigerator after yoursnack is ready. * Reheat leftovers thoroughly until steamy. Encourage children to eat at the kitchen table, too,Baggarly said. “There will be less chance of choking, and they will be moreaware of what and how much they’re eating,” she said. “It willalso cut down on spills.”Let kids pick Baggarly says involving children in shopping and preparinghealthy snack alternatives will aid in the eating frenzy thatfollows the bus home every day. “This will help them feel involved, and they may startmaking healthier choices when you’re not around, like during theschool day,” she said.
The Batesville Lady Bulldogs fall to The Shelbyville Golden Bears in Varsity Volleyball action 25-17, 25-18, 25-22.Batesville vs. Shelbyville Varsity VB (8-22)‘Unforced error made a huge difference in the point swings, which proved to be our ultimate downfall. Shelbyville played a more consistent level. Their were times where we got them reeling and scored sequential points, but our level of play has to be more consistent. Since we are young, it will take a bit of time to get there.’ Bulldogs Coach Jody Thomas.The Lady Bulldogs did win the JV contest 25-21, 25-21.Batesville vs. Shelbyville JV VB (8-22)The Lady Bulldogs will welcome the wildcats of Franklin County for Our conference home opener on Tuesday the 25th. JV start time is scheduled for 5:00pm.
NASCAR at Kansas expert picks1. Kevin HarvickThree wins, eight top fives, 15 top 10sAverage finish of 8.583, series-bestAverage running position of 9.022, series-bestDriver rating of 108.7, series-bestAs the points standings show, Harvick’s team has been the most consistent and arguably the best in the Cup Series this season on all tracks, but especially intermediate circuits. Add Harvick’s history of success at Kansas to the equation, and we have an easy pick to make. 2. Ryan BlaneyThree top fives, five top 10sAverage finish of 15.700, 11th-bestAverage running position of 10.086, second-bestDriver rating of 94.7, sixth-bestBlaney undoubtedly had the best car at Texas last week and likely would have won the race had a caution not come out during a green flag pit stop cycle late in the race. He’ll have a chance for redemption at a similar track Thursday night.3. Martin Truex Jr.Two wins, eight top fives, 10 top 10sAverage finish of 13.870, sixth-bestAverage running position of 11.542, fifth-bestDriver rating of 99.6, fourth-bestTruex tends to run well at Kansas, as only Harvick, Blaney, Johnson and Matt Kenseth have better career average running positions at the track. He is statistically the best Joe Gibbs Racing driver at Kansas, giving him an edge in a strong JGR stable that’s looking for its first win in a month. Picking a winner based on the odds for Thursday night’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN) is a challenge because the previous seven races on 1.5-mile ovals this season have produced seven different winners. And as Austin Dillon proved last week, a late-race shuffle could lead to an upset winner even at an intermediate track.Brad Keselowski and Denny Hamlin won the pair of Cup Series races at Kansas last season with the same rules package being used in 2020, and both are near the top of the odds board for Thursday night’s race. But Kevin Harvick is the clear favorite at Kansas. MORE: Watch NASCAR live with fuboTV (7-day free trial)Martin Truex Jr., also known as Mile-And-A-Half Martin, naturally is near the top of the odds board, as well, even though his lone win so far this season came on a short track (Martinsville) rather than a 1.5-mile oval. He did finish third at Atlanta and second at Kentucky.Below are the complete Vegas odds to win Thursday night’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas plus our top three picks of drivers who could end up taking the checkered flag.NASCAR odds to win at KansasHarvick, the NASCAR Cup Series points leader, is the favorite for Thursday night’s race with good reason. He has the best driver rating (108.7) at Kansas among all drivers in the field, and he and Jimmie Johnson are tied for the most career victories at this track among active drivers with three apiece.As if Harvick needed any help, he was given the pole position to start Thursday night’s race based on the results of a random draw. Joey Logano will join Harvick on the front row.Below are the complete odds to win Sunday’s NASCAR race at Kansas, courtesy of FanDuel Sportsbook.DriverOdds to win Kansas raceKevin Harvick+420Chase Elliott+650Martin Truex Jr.+700Kyle Busch+850Denny Hamlin+900Ryan Blaney+900Brad Keselowski+1200Joey Logano+1600Aric Almirola+2100Alex Bowman+2600Kurt Busch+3100Erik Jones+3100Jimmie Johnson+3900Tyler Reddick+3900Clint Bowyer+5500William Byron+5500Matt DiBenedetto+5500Austin Dillon+7500Cole Custer+8500Matt Kenseth+8500Christopher Bell+13000John Hunter Nemechek+15000Ryan Newman+15000Ricky Stenhouse Jr.+15000Chris Buescher+17000Ryan Preece+20000Bubba Wallace+20000Daniel Suarez+20000Ty Dillon+20000Corey LaJoie+20000Michael McDowell+20000Brennan Poole+20000Joey Gase+20000Timmy Hill+20000Quin Houff+20000JJ Yeley+20000Josh Bilicki+20000BJ McLeod+20000Garrett Smithley+20000Reed Sorenson+20000Below are the top 10 driver ratings at Kansas among active racers:Kevin Harvick, 108.7Matt Kenseth, 103.1Jimmie Johnson, 102.3Martin Truex Jr., 99.6Chase Elliott, 96.5Ryan Blaney, 94.7Kyle Busch, 91.8Brad Keselowski, 91.4Denny Hamlin, 88.4Kurt Busch, 88.4Harvick has won the pole for the Kansas spring race the past two years, winning in 2018. Of the 28 Cup Series race winners at Kansas since 2001, six of them started on the pole, making the top spot statistically the most proficient starting position in the field.Below is the breakdown of wins by starting position in the history of Cup racing (28 total races) at Kansas.Starting positionWinning %Wins1st21.43 percent6Front row25 percent7Top 546.43 percent13Top 1057.14 percent16Outside top 2010.71 percent3The top 10 starters for Thursday night’s race at Kansas (as determined by a random draw of the top 12 teams by owner points) are as follows: 1. Kevin Harvick, 2. Joey Logano, 3. Aric Almirola, 4. Ryan Blaney, 5. Martin Truex Jr., 6. Alex Bowman, 7. Brad Keselowski, 8. Kyle Busch, 9. Kurt Busch, 10. Denny HamlinMORE: Complete starting lineup for Kansas race