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Posts from September 2013


National Women's Health and Fitness Day!
...is Wednesday, September 25th.  It's a day to focus attention on the importance of regular physical activity and health awareness for women.  And I'm officially giving you permission to go to the spa and pamper yourself in honor of the day. :)  Seriously, there are lots of different ways to be 'healthy' and a good massage or a facial are equally as important for your soul as a 10-mile run is good for your heart.  So in honor of this day, I found a place that's doing something cool.  Healthy Woman is having a speaker in to talk about happiness and they're offering some great services and deals that night, too.  Click here to check it out.  Here's to another week of trying to be healthy and making good choices!

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Munchies for Munchkins
They're all over in our grocery store aisles, TVs and radio ... ads for 'healthy' snacks for your kids.  But most of them are no where near being 'healthy' for your kids.  Why?  One word, sugar.  A kiddo who's 1 - 3 years old should get 17 grams of sugar per day.  So let's take a look at one of those chewy granola bars.  On average, these 'healthy' little snacks have 7 grams of sugar in them.  And don't even get me started on the fruit snacks that are perfectly-packaged and brightly-colored for kids and parents alike to think they're just perfect for an afternoon snack.  One of these little bags has between 11 and 18 grams of sugar in them.  Yikes!  Checking the labels should be a quick fix ... and don't just look for the word 'sugar'.  See if high fructose corn syrup, dextrose, sucrose, cane juice or maltose (just to name a few) are in the ingredients because those are just different names for sugar.  The key is to be smarter than the marketers and stay simple.  And don't forget to get excited about healthy snacks and set a good example for your kids.  Fort Healthcare has put together a great run down of recipes and ideas to help us make healthy munchies for our munchkins.  Just click here to check 'em all out!
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