Category Archives: Tips, Tools & Techniques

This Sunday, September 16th is working parents day. We are all working parents these days. And in the rush of school work, work work, after school activities, volunteer activities, hobbies and carving out time to spend enjoying life, sometimes putting a quality meal on the table falls to the bottom of the list. Here are some tips for planning ahead to make healthy meals a regular part of everyday life for busy families.   1. Plan the menu. This can … continued…

Barb Freda Entertaining Ideas Tips, Tools & Techniques

Breakfast may be the most important meal of the day but only if you are making good choices. A pastry and a cup of coffee on the way out the door are not the best choices. Skipping breakfast to save calories is also not a good idea. There are numerous studies which indicate that people who do this, more than make up for those calories by consuming more later in the day. Even if you aren’t hungry in the morning, … continued…

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Healthy Habits Jenny Kramer, RD Tips, Tools & Techniques

There are a host of reasons to pack lunches for your children and of course, yourself as they head back to school or as you head out to work every day. You can pack healthier meals, make good use of leftovers (always a goal of mine), and save money. As you gear up to get into the packed lunch mode, here are some new products that make lunches safer and more convenient. 1. I liked Packit the minute I saw … continued…

Barb Freda Tips, Tools & Techniques

If there was a magic pill that helped you live longer and prevent certain chronic diseases would you take it? Most of us would agree to that in a heartbeat! What if longer life and disease prevention came from increasing physical activity? Would you agree to that? I hope you would have the same response. A recent study published in The Lancet looked at four major chronic diseases and analyzed the effect that increased activity would have on the outcomes … continued…

Fitness Healthy Habits Judy Eggebeen Tips, Tools & Techniques

Like most other moms across America, I’ve been out shopping with the kids for school supplies and clothes. I’ve been diligently trying to fit this shopping in between fun activities so the kids don’t get too upset. I’ve been carrying the supply list in my purse, that way I can take advantage if I find a good deal. So all this means is that you can run across me in the store aisles with a list and a pen in … continued…

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Back to School DIY Pam Freeman Tips, Tools & Techniques

Many people think that resistance training also known as strength training, is only done to increase strength and tone up muscles, but fortunately it does so much more! As you are probably aware, there are some inevitable physiologic changes that occur as we get older. Exercise can help stop, and even reverse, some of these declines. Consistent resistance training has the potential to: Maintain and/or increase muscle mass. If inactive, our bodies lose muscle mass at a rate of approximately … continued…

Fitness Judy Eggebeen Tips, Tools & Techniques

August 9 is Booklovers’ Day, and since I love a good cookbook, I decided to declare it my own personal Cookbook Lovers’ Day, a nice time to introduce you to some great new books I’ve found this year. 1. Top of the list is Ripe: A Fresh, Colorful Approach to Fruits and Vegetables by friend (full disclosure) and fellow food writer, Cheryl Sternman Rule. The book is full of wonderful recipes focusing on the bounty of the season and lovely photos … continued…

Barb Freda Tips, Tools & Techniques

I love the official designations–partly because they are just interesting, but also because they are often a reminder to me to pass on some details about one thing or another. In this case, it’s the evergreen topic of food safety, one that I get a bit… hmm… passionate about. My story, by way of explaining that passion, is that I was quite cavalier about food safety. I pushed the boundaries, until one day I pushed too far. We’d gotten some … continued…

Barb Freda Healthy Habits Tips, Tools & Techniques

In the fitness world, stretching tends to be something that people often times have misconceptions about or are currently doing incorrectly. It is an important part of any exercise regimen; therefore it is important to do it correctly! The main purpose of stretching is to increase flexibility and range of motion around the joints. This increased flexibility aids us in daily activities, sports, and exercise. Although many people think stretching is done to reduce the chance of muscle soreness, there … continued…

Fitness Judy Eggebeen Tips, Tools & Techniques

Proper hydration and nutrition are key to making it through the summer heat. Don’t wait until you feel thirsty to start drinking, thirst is actually a sign of already being dehydrated. How much fluid is enough? To determine your body’s specific needs, take your weight in pounds and divide by two. The resulting number is the amount of fluid ounces you should have each day. For example, if you weigh 150 pounds: 150 pounds / 2 = 75 ounces This … continued…

Fitness Healthy Habits Jenny Kramer, RD Tips, Tools & Techniques