Ideas for Cooking as a Family

Thinking about kids in the kitchen might bring to mind images of piles of dirty dishes, flour strewn across counters, and a general mess. But kids are capable of doing more in the kitchen than just making a mess! Getting kids involved in cooking family meals can be an important way to build healthy habits. …

Family Time, Minus the Screen

Think about an average day for your family -- how many hours do you and your family members spend in front of screens? If you’re anything like me, doing the math might yield a surprisingly high number of hours. Thinking about using the computer for work, using a phone for communication and social media, using …

The Benefits of Exercise… Even When The Scale Won’t Budge

At a recent check-up, my doctor mentioned that I gained some weight since my last visit. She suggested I work on losing some weight to get healthier. I left that appointment wanting “get in shape”, but wondering what that actually means. For many people, getting in shape means getting physically fit and losing weight. It …

How Much Is Too Much Screen Time For Kids?

Computers, phones, tablets, television, and video games, oh my! Technology is a major source of entertainment, learning, and socializing for children. Kids can develop important connections by chatting with long distance friends or relatives. Digital devices also allow kids to develop languages and learn new skills, especially when parents are involved in the screen time …