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Melinda Hinson
  Today is part II in a series about how we shape our children’s eating habits. For years, we have been blaming our children’s expanding waistline on fast food restaurants, advertisements on TV, sugary beverages and increased screen time. And while all of these factors are indeed culprits, parents and caregivers have an integral role...
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For years, we have been blaming our children’s expanding waistline on fast food restaurants, advertisements on TV, sugary beverages and increased screen time. And while all of these factors are indeed culprits, parents and caregivers have an integral role as well. It’s learned at home A study conducted at the University of North Carolina at...
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According to a wonderful blog post by Bankers Healthcare Group 360, High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) was the most popular fitness trend in 2014, thanks in large part to the CrossFit phenomenon. CrossFit workouts, designed for a person to perform functional movements that are constantly varied at high intensity, are said to enhance competency at...
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One way to get your kiddos to eat healthier foods is to involve them in a cook-off or Iron Chef competition. It’s a sure-fired way to get them to eat their veggies. How It All Began This idea emerged when Luke, my 11-year-old son, told me he wanted to make his own soup – no...
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Last week, I wrote about my inability to feel the love for kale. I have the opposite relationship with avocados. It was love at first bite. When are avocados in season? While California’s peak season for avocados is February – September, we get a year-round supply of this fruit, thanks to our friends in Mexico....
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  I don’t like kale. It’s out in the open, like a confession to the priest (though I’m not Catholic). I have tried kale a number of different ways – baked, sautéed, raw, in dishes, salads smoothies and as kale chips. And still, I struggle to feel the love. Why should I care? Kale is...
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During the past year, I feel like I’ve become the master of let-downs, mishaps and disappointments. There are many days when I say, “I’m so due for some good luck, good fortune or plane ‘ole good news.” I know I’m supposed to face each challenge with confidence, as an opportunity to get a glimpse of...
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Is ‘snack’ a four five letter word in your vocabulary? I am a big fan of snacking throughout the day as a means of managing my weight and controlling an otherwise ravenous appetite. Working from home greatly simplifies the snacking process, as I can walk over to the cupboard or fridge and grab a variety...
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Just this past weekend, Luke saw a TV commercial for Carl’s Junior and said, “Look Mom, Carl’s Junior is now offering healthy foods.” Though he didn’t ask to try out one of their menu selections, he demonstrates the incredible power in advertising to youngsters. After all, the ad convinced my perceptive 11-year-old son of a...
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What do all of these terms have in common? Burpees, squat jumps, dead lift, lunges, jump rope, push ups, sit ups, pull ups, swimmers, high knees, kettle bell swings, wall sits, medicine ball slams, treadmill sprints, row, planks  They are just a few of the challenging ingredients of a fitness boot camp. What is boot...
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