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Family Health

Whether you are a parent, coach, teacher, fitness professional, physician, allied health professional, or someone who regularly interacts with kids or teens, you have the opportunity to enrich lives and raise healthier families. Get advice about youth physical activity and fitness, nutrition and kid-friendly recipes, parents’ health and fitness, parenting and pediatrics all in one place.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Spice Up Your Warm-up

Games are a great way to combine interval training, motor skills and fun all at one time. Using cones, jump ropes, hula-hoops, balls and agility ladders provides a great dynamic warm-up for the body and allows kids to use a variety of muscles and movements. Learn how to create an obstacle course warm-up that incorporates every aspect of physical fitness and will prepare kids for any type of activity whether it’s a quick game of tail tag, kick ball or basketball.

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Being a Great Teacher Takes Great Communication Skills

Wondering what types of communication are most critical for safe and successful youth exercise and resistance-training programs? Here are 10 instructional guidelines that have been proven to be highly effective for providing every class participant a positive and productive exercise session. When you are teaching kids or leading a youth fitness training session, following these guidelines will give you the greatest chances for success.

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Get Creative with Kale

Kale is both in season and in fashion. From juices to chips, this leafy green seems to be everywhere. Loaded with nutrients, such as calcium and vitamins K, A and C to name a few, it’s no wonder this winter vegetable has risen in popularity. Here are two great recipes for introducing your kids to this flavorful and nutritious powerhouse: Kale Chips and Crispy Chicken and Kale Taquitos With Avocado Yogurt Dip.

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Friday, December 6, 2013

Methods and Modes of Resistance Training: A Grid To Success

Are you a parent interested in helping your child athlete get stronger, or a professional considering teaching a youth-focused strength-training class? Either way, you may be wondering where to start and whether or not resistance training is safe for children. This easy-to-use grid will help you account for the necessary variables, like age and fitness level, to ensure your participants train both safely and effectively.

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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Healthy Holiday Recipes Featuring Butternut Squash

The markets are loaded with a variety of winter squashes this time of year, and butternut squash is one of the most versatile and tasty of the bunch. Here are two great recipes featuring this vitamin-packed gourd—Turkey Butternut Squash Meatballs and Spiced Butternut Squash Muffins—that are sure to please the entire family.

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Give T.H.A.N.K.S for Your Health!

When it’s time to reveal the things you are most thankful for this year, do you neglect to include your body and health on your list? Whether you’re living healthfully or would like to make a few lifestyle changes, it is important to appreciate yourself and model healthy behaviors for your family, even on Thanksgiving Day. Here are six great ways to say THANKS and enjoy a healthier, happier holiday this year.

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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Look Like An Athlete

When helping a young athlete develop his or her skills, it is essential to build a strong foundation of fundamental movement skills—running, jumping, catching, throwing and kicking. A great place to start is to teach athletes how to properly perform the athletic stance, which will help them avoid injury, both in the weight room and on the playing field.

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Friday, November 15, 2013

An Awesome Apple-inspired Recipe

It’s that wonderful time of year when apples are at their most delicious. Whether you prefer them tart or sweet, apples are a perfect snack for young and old alike. Apples also make great additions to some of your favorite dishes. Here are two great recipes that, served together, make a hearty and flavorful meal: apple cabbage coleslaw and sweet potato pork tenderloin sliders.

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Thursday, November 7, 2013

Enhancing Confidence In Overweight Youth With Resistance Training

The playground can be a cruel place for overweight kids, but there is a form of physical activity where they are more likely to feel successful and confident: strength training. Learn how you can help get overweight kids get moving with this basic six-week training program that can create a sense of accomplishment and instill a lifelong habit of being physically active.

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Creative Pumpkin-inspired Recipes Your Family With Love

There’s just something about this time of year that has us craving pumpkin-flavored foods—and with loads of vitamin A and beta-carotene, pumpkin can be a healthy addition to your diet. Here are two great kid-friendly recipes—Creamy Pumpkin Soup and Pumpkin Mac and Cheese—that are sure to cure those pumpkin cravings and get you into the spirit of this wonderful season.

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