Grow a Family Garden

Gardening is a great activity to do as a family all year long. Between digging, pulling weeds, raking, and other tasks, gardening is undoubtedly hard physical work! Not only is gardening a great physical activity, but it also allows you to grow fresh fruits and vegetables. Your children having a hand in growing their own … Read More


Child’s Play

Spending time with your children is a great way to show them you love them and care about their interests. Sometimes, children may have a hard time expressing themselves through conversations and answering questions like “how was your day?” Participating in your children’s activities and hobbies with your children can help you connect with and relate … Read More


Make Family Time Active Time!

It’s easy after a long day of work, school, and extracurricular activities to just lay on the couch and put on your family’s favorite TV show. Physical activity is an important part of good health, and it’s a great way to connect with your family, especially after spending the day apart. Instead of defaulting to … Read More


Capture the Flag

Capture the Flag has been a popular game for decades. It’s a great game to play after school or on the weekends with the whole family. Try inviting another family to play with you to get a bigger group together. You’ll have so much fun you may forget you’re exercising! To start, find somewhere to play … Read More


Picnic Safety

Summer has officially arrived! Like many of you, I like spending time outdoors especially having cookouts, picnics and other activities centered around food. Good food, fun, and family are my summer favorites. But before planning any outdoor food activity, here are a few simple tips to consider to ensure that unwanted bacteria won’t have a … Read More


Make a List

Lists can help keep your schedule more organized as you balance family, work, and everything in between. While grocery lists and meal plans can guide healthy and budget-friendly meals for your week, a list of your family’s favorite activities can motivate your family to get moving.   Get your family together and make a list … Read More


Park and Play

The park is a great place to get active with your family. Many parks have playgrounds appropriate for younger children in addition to basketball courts, tennis courts, baseball fields, walking trails and many other opportunities for activity that the whole family can enjoy. You can even play games like hide-and-seek and red rover in an … Read More


The cheapest way to improve your health, drink water!

Lucky for us, in America water is free just about anywhere you go. Drinking water instead of sugar-sweetened beverages will not only help your wallet but could help to improve your health. Although there are currently no set requirements for water consumption, the Food and Nutrition Board recommends that the average women consume 91 ounces daily … Read More



Enjoy the weather and play outside with your children

When I was a child, we played outside all the time. We just knew we had to be home by the time the streetlamps came on or we were in big trouble!  We rode our bikes all over the neighborhood, playing cops and robbers, watching the train flatten our pennies on the railroad tracks and … Read More


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