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Keeping your family healthy can be a real challenge. There are tons of distractions including work and play to foil you reaching your health goals. Eating well, is one area that you can focus on that will add real results. Here are 10 tips to keep your family healthy.
With the new focus on health, and the preponderance of “low” diets — low fat, low sodium, and low cholesterol, the food industry has been making claims about their products that have led to much confusion in the marketplace. This often makes it difficult for consumers to make appropriate choices about packaged foods. Learn the ins and outs of nutrient content claims.
It is rare to know the true origin of a fruit or vegetable – but that isn’t the case with endive! In 1830, Jan Lammers returned from war to his farm near Brussels, where he had stored chicory roots in his cellar while he was away, intending to dry and roast them for use as a common coffee substitute.
Imagine his surprise when his chicory roots, resting for months in the dark, damp cellar, had sprouted small white leaves! Always adventurous, Jan tried the leaves and found them tender, moist, and crunchy, with a pleasant, slightly bitter taste. Thus, a new vegetable was discovered — endive.
Orienteering is a sport for the whole family as well as a “family of sports”. Participants use a topographical map, usually a specially prepared orienteering map, which they use to find check points in a designated area. The terrain is diverse and usually unfamiliar. Participants are “rated” based on their speed completing the course.
You can think of orienteering as a large well organized scavenger hunt outdoors. Instead of hunting for items, you are hunting for checkpoints. You use a map and a compass to locate a series of checkpoints. You are responsible for choosing routes–on or off trail–that will help you find all the points and get to the finish in the shortest amount of time.
The element of route choice is what makes orienteering mentally challenging. You not only have to move faster than other participants, you must out-think them as well. Because of this, orienteering is often called a “thinking sport” because it involves map reading, quick decision-making and athletic ability. Learn more about orienteering.
Diabetes camps allow kids an opportunity to be with people who are just like them and learn from each other to overcome the daily challenges. Most diabetes camps have adult counselors with years of experience managing their own diabetes that can share coping mechanisms and point out potential pitfalls in self-management.
- Camping and the activities provided are fun
- Provides an opportunity for children and teens with diabetes to meet peers
- Gives parents and siblings a break from the daily demands of diabetes
- Gives kids a chance to learn or improve diabetes self-management skills in a supervised setting with experienced and professional staff.
Considering sending your child to a diabetes camp? Here’s more info.
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