Healthy Families Expert Advice

Emotional Family Wellness

February is a tough time of year for a lot of families. Winter doldrums are in full swing, kids are starting their second term at school which means report cards are starting to get pinned on the family fridge. Debt…

Healthy Ways to Communicate as a Family

Do you find yourself frustrated when your children aren't listening to you? Do you get upset when your spouse didn't hear what you just said? Do you get into arguments with loved ones only to find out that they misunderstood…

Pointers for Picky Eaters

As a mom of five, I've fought valiantly in many dinner table battles against picky eaters. "What is this?" and "Do I have to eat it?" are just the beginning of endless questions and stall tactics to having to consume…

5 Ways to Outshine Depression

I have talked with thousands of people over the years in a variety of life cycles, ages, and life situations. There seems to be a growing number of people who experience periods of depression. Some last a couple of hours,…

Are You On the Sidelines?

When my daughter was a preschooler, she often saw me exercise. She exercised through active play, and some days she insisted that we run the track at the Y.She didn't walk anywhere. She ran. Then came school, and her activity…

Getting Your Kids to Eat Healthy and Exercise

With the epidemic of obesity in children and adults, 55 percent of the U.S. population is overweight and 30 percent is obese. Children are being diagnosed with high blood pressure and Type II diabetes (related to lifestyle) more commonly than…

Technology & Family Fitness. A Great Combination?

We can't escape technology so we might as well embrace it. We can take advantage of technology to get our kids moving and they won't even realize they're exercising. This is especially important for kids who don't enjoy competitive sports.…

Family Game Night with a Fitness Twist

Here's a fun card game to get your family active over the winter season. Needs:• A standard deck of playing cards• Plenty of family members• Enthusiasm! How to play:1. Assign each card suit a simple exercise everyone playing will be…

5 Ways to Save Money by Eating Healthy

As a health and wellness coach and personal trainer, I often hear people saying that it's "too expensive to eat healthy." After researching what they spend money on for a month, they discovered several things that can be adjusted to…

Learning the facts about obesity

Overweight and obesity continue to contribute to the majority of illness, disability and death in the United States every year. Rates of adult obesity in the United States have doubled since 1985 leading to significant problems for many individuals. An…

5 Ways to Make Time for Breakfast

The holiday break is over and school is back in session. Kids and parents are getting back to the school schedule: setting the alarm, getting ready for the school day, catching the bus, organizing homework, books, and after school activities.…

Setting Goals to Succeed

Wellness is about lifestyle improvement, lifestyle change and maintaining that positive change. Setting goals along your journey can help keep you focused on what you want to achieve. By asking yourself, "How can I grow further?" and "How can I…