The path to achieving this goal relies not only on the investment of Detroit PAL coaches and players, but also of parents and families who have the tools and knowledge to bring home messages about health, nutrition, and physical activity.

Read on to find out how Detroit PAL is strengthening its commitment to health and wellness and providing a variety of new resources and learning opportunities for kids and families. For monthly updates, please sign up for our monthly Healthy Detroit PAL newsletter here.

What’s new with Detroit PAL?

• Detroit PAL at Home Monthly handouts for parents cover a variety of topics related to health and nutrition, such as “Shopping Smart: Healthy Meals on a Budget,” and dietary recommendations for health conditions like diabetes and hypertension.

• Detroit PAL for Coaches – Handouts for coaches are designed to improve athlete performance through nutrition and incorporate health and nutrition messages into practice, games, and events.

• Coach Trainings – Coach trainings will equip coaches with both important health and nutrition information for their athletes and the tools to apply and communicate this information.

• Outreach and Education at PAL Events – PAL Events will now feature more opportunities for families to engage around health and nutrition through educational events like cooking demonstrations and taste testing.

• Online Resources – The Detroit PAL website will feature additional information for kids and families, including downloadable versions of PAL at Home handouts and other community resources.

• High Quality Meal Service – As always, Detroit PAL maintains its commitment to providing healthy, high quality meals for teams that participate in the Meet Up and Eat Up summer and after-school meal programs.

How can I get involved with Healthy Detroit PAL?
As these new initiatives take shape within select Fall 2015 Detroit PAL leagues, Detroit PAL invites parents, coaches, and community members to provide their suggestions and feedback on Healthy Detroit PAL initiatives and materials. Share your thoughts with Detroit PAL at aray@detroitpal.org.

Recipes

Want to learn how to make healthy meals and snacks for your growing athletes? Healthy Detroit PAL will be posting monthly recipes that are both nutritious and delicious! Look out for recipes in our monthly newsletters.

Lemon Poppy Scones – Chef Ann Foundation

Granola Bars – The Food Network

Slow Cooker Tortilla Soup – The Food Network

Sweet Potato Tasty Tots – USDA

Hawaiian Chicken Crunch Wrap – USDA

Squish Squash Lasagna – USDA

Harvest Bake Recipe – USDA

Stir-Fry Fajita Chicken – USDA

Porcupine Sliders -USDA

Smokin’ Powerhouse Chili -USDA

Cool Cucumber Yogurt Dip – USDA

Apple Banana Salad with Peanuts – USDA