Make Your Crunchy Snack Work for YOU. Behind the Yellow Door...the RIGHT Snack!

** Editors Note: This post was updated September, 2019

America is a snacking nation. Read any article and you'll read stats about how people look to snacks as a main source of nourishment for the day. No more breakfast, lunch then dinner. Nope. Instead it's more snack, snack and snack. And there are a bevy of snack options out there...the selection puts the cereal aisle to shame. 

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Great First Bike For A Kid - Specialized Hotrock 16

** Editor's Update 2018: Specialized now only makes the "Riprock" in the 16" size. We are fans of this company's bicycles and while our experieince was with the "Hotrock", we trust that the 16" Riprock is equally good ($240).

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Our brains need exercise. Another reason to MOVE!

Yeah, we know, we know…exercise is good for us. 

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What do Michelle Obama and the Chicago Bulls have in common?

What do Michelle Obama and the Chicago Bulls have in common? Chicago? Well there is that...

But what really stands out is the recent effort by our first lady and the fab bball team to help kids get healthy.

The Bulls take no bull when it comes to fitness!
Just this week the Chicago Bulls proudly unveiled the FIRST of 25 fitness centers that will open in select Chicago Public Schools.

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Adding to our healthy cookie list

Maybe it's because we just completed a post about healthy eating for kids, or maybe it's because we just love cookies, or maybe it's simply that we get excited when we find a treat that tastes good and has sensible nutrition properties.

This is not a new topic for the Team. Not long ago, we posted a healthy cookie comparison.

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Healthy Parenting. Part One: Food

We introduced this topic in a recent post, where we readily admit that defining "healthy" is not easy. We are exploring the topic in the context of four categories. The first is food.

Above all, before anything else, we think it is imperative to:
1. Get educated about food
2. Get the "crap" out of the house
3. Be patient.
And if you aren't sure what the "crap" is, see #1 above.

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Are you a healthy parent? Do you encourage healthy living for your child? INTRO

There is no easy answer to this question; but there are two ways to try:
1. Be a positive role model for your children.
2. Educate your child about healthy living.

So what is healthy living? While I'd really like to rattle off a nice, succinct definition, I can't come up with one. It's too complicated! In my mind there are four general ways to think about healthy living:

Food
Exercise
Sleep
Way of Life

We will explore each of these in four parts over the next week.

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First Time Flying with a Baby

Last week, Erin and I flew for the first time with our 5-month old baby. Our annual trip back to Chicago for early xmas with the extended family was the occasion.

Both Erin and I were anxious about the 4+ hour flight as well as the 90 minute wait prior because, as first time parents, we just had no idea how Sevrin was going to handle the airport, security, the takeoff/landing, and the monotonous hours at 35,000 feet.

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Leading the young to fitness

This past Wednesday?s Journal of the American Medical Association reported that approximately one third of US teens could not pass a treadmill fitness test. The study suggests that this population may be at a higher risk for heart disease later in life.

There are loads of studies demonstrating the benefits of physical activity?from stronger cardiovascular health to improved mental well-being.

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