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Keep Healthy on a Shoestring – Tips for Using Public and Civic Spaces

When you are trying to be healthy, there are many options available to you. That said, gym memberships can be burdensome. Factor in the cost of healthy food, and keeping healthy can begin to feel like you are bench-pressing a heavy load without a spotter. There is hope though – stay healthy in any season by utilizing your community’s public spaces and civic organizations. Meet your goals without breaking the bank with these options. Parks – The US has a total of 417 national parks in their stewardship, so there is never a park far away. Many communities also have locally managed parks either within walking distance or a short drive away. A quick google search will tell you where...

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Top 5 Times You Might be Dehydrated & Not Even Know it!

Have you ever been having a really fun day with your kids and slowly they get grumpy and dazed.  You tell yourself they must be hungry or tired, so you feed them, get them to drink something and it doesn’t help.  It could be because they are low on electrolytes.  Those pesky little salts that help control their water balance, energy, and concentration. It’s easy to forget about hydration and replenishing those electrolytes when you are out having fun.  Whether it’s in a hot environment or cold environment you may think your fatigue is caused by all the energy you are using but it could be as simple as electrolyte loss through sweating.   Here are the top 5 times that...

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Electrolytes - What Are They?

I get a lot of questions from people: “should I take electrolytes?”, “what are electrolytes?” and “where do I get them?”  Well, at the risk of getting too technical, electrolytes are essentially minerals and fluids in your body that affect how your body works in many ways, such as: Hydration – how much water is in your cells? Hydrated or dehydrated?  Muscle function - ever had muscle or stomach spasms? Ouch! Brain function - some days you’re sharp; other days you’re fuzzy Mood - no need to feel grumpy when you can feel happy Organ efficiency - all things go through your liver and kidneys Acid levels in your body - feel the burn, or not. At least less Electrolytes are lost...

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What your child really wants you to know

If you're anything like me, you often wonder what goes on in the mind of your children on a day-to-day basis. ...all the crazy, quirky, cute and insightful thoughts they must have... What about the things that worry them, or cause them to be lonely? What does your child really want you to know? Well, a third grade teacher in Denver Colorado, Kyle Schwartz, did an exercise with her kids to find out just that. Schwartz requested her students all write responses to the statement, "I wish my teacher knew ___." According to Mandy Velez, "the responses she received were so moving," and it seems, surprisingly unexpected. Children were opening up with meaningful responses that gave Schwartz a much clearer idea of who...

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A Dad's Promise

She looked up at me with big blue eyes, changing back and forth from a small smiling squint to a wild look of amazement at the sounds I was producing. I was making her day.Her nose was starting to wrinkle and her smile grew until a little baby giggle came out. Her arms flailed at her sides with amusement in the cute, uncoordinated way only a baby can get away with. Her dad, me, was the funniest thing in her world right now…except that I couldn't have cared less. Let me make this clear; I wasn’t trying to impress her with my outward gurgling sounds. Rather, I was trying to keep my gag reflux in check. Just over a week ago we started feeding...

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