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February 15, 2013

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President’s Day is this Monday and many Americans are approaching Friday morning in eager anticipation of the long weekend and Monday off.

As vacation time is rare, and as President’s Day is one of the few holidays that doesn’t include celebrating around copious amounts of food, it’s a great opportunity to do something for our health — whether on our own, with family or friends.

What can we do? First, we can rest! Adequate sleep is extremely important and most of us don’t get enough. So sleep in, nap or lounge a little!

Many often find it difficult to make time to exercise.  Whether you make a solo trip to the gym, go for a walk, play with your kids, or perhaps are even traveling for the long weekend to place that offers different activities, use the time to move!

A little extra time also gives us the chance to try some healthy cooking. Whether preparing meals for the week to save time later on, trying something new, or experimenting with something ext...

February 7, 2013

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February is American Heart Health Month! As a society, we tend to think of heart health as more of an “adult” health issue, but the foundations for cardiovascular health are often set early in life, especially when it comes to eating and exercise behaviors.In the private school world, team sports are a big deal.  Teams are extremely competitive and have proud histories. Because of this, students not involved in team sports can become marginalized as far as encouragement of and engagement with exercise. This can be dangerous. 

The American Heart Association has the following perspective on this:

Team sports are a great way for kids to get their daily activity requirement, but competitive sports aren’t for everyone. Here are some ways to encourage a “non-athlete” to get up and get moving.

Don’t make exercise a punishment. Forcing children to go out and play may increase resentment and resistance. Try using physical activity to counter something a child...

April 16, 2012

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“Nothing is certain except for death and taxes.” This saying presents a fairly grim reality or is at best dark humor. I was thinking about this expression recently as tax season is upon us once again, filing is imminent, and as I’ve gotten a barrage of e-mails and promotions for how I should “best” spend my return.

If you are lucky enough to receive a tax return this year, there are of course many potential uses. Although the truth is, a number of us may not even have much of a choice in how to spend this money. It may have to be put toward paying off debt, tuition or perhaps ease the burden of everyday expenses.

But if you do have a choice, consider the following suggestions that I encountered in various publications and online.

—Grow a garden – tends to improve to nutrition, culinary skills and increase exercise.
—Join a gym – increase exercise, try new activities through classes offered.
—Buy a piece of personal exercise equipment for your home – increa...

March 26, 2012

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Spring is officially here (although it has certainly felt like it for some time now with all this warm weather, especially in the Northeast).  This mildness makes us all want to shed that heavy clothing and get outside to enjoy the air and sunshine.  There are many ways to do so, whether going to the park, enjoying a meal outside or playing outdoor games.  So what better time than now to increase our physical activity by incorporating some more walking into our routines?  Walking is one of the easiest ways to get exercise, the necessary exercise one needs to be healthy, and is also one of the easiest forms of exercise to build into your day. It’s safe, simple and doesn’t require practice; it’s truly accessible to almost anybody.

The benefits?

According to the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), walking lowers the risk of heart disease, diabetes, stroke, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, and certain cancers, and also can help contr...

May 11, 2011

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We hear all the time that exercise is good for people of all ages.  But most kids exercise a lot without even thinking about it.  Just being active, like running around outside or playing a game at school is exercise.

These days, though, there are a lot of distractions from being active.  Whether it’s schoolwork, video games, or time spent on the computer or phone, we should remember that kids of all ages need some movement time!

Why is exercise so important? Exercise helps build a strong body that will be able to perform the way you want and need it to. 

4 Important Benefits of Exercise 

Heart Health:  The heart is a muscle that pumps blood to the rest of your body every day of your life. You can help this important muscle get stronger by doing the kinds of activities that get your heart pumping faster, make you breathe faster and make you sweat, such as swimming, basketball, soccer, ice or roller hockey, cross-country skiing, biking, s...

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