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Early Youth Specialization and Over Training – What Every Parent Should Know

Early Youth Specialization and Over Training – What Every Parent Should Know

Kids around the country are playing organized sports more than ever today. In fact, The National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) reports that youth in the country participating in sports went from around 18 million in 1987 to 60 million in 2008. While that’s good news, because of the many benefits that can be gained from keeping them active, there is also a downside that health professionals are beginning to caution parents about – early specialization and overtraining, both of which can become problematic and become detrimental for young athletes.

9 Things to Know About Fitness Technology Tools

9 Things to Know About Fitness Technology Tools

Those looking to get and stay fit may need look no further than their smartphone, desktop computer, or wrist. The many apps, wearables, and online fitness programs that are available today are helping to motivate people to get off the couch and start getting physical. In the January 2017 issue of the journal Frontiers in Public Health, researchers report that fitness technology, which includes apps and trackers, has become increasingly popular and that it has the potential to significantly impact public health, research, and policies. However, most people don’t know much about them. The more they know about the fitness technology tools, the better they will be able to choose one that will fit their lifestyle and goals.

Join the EOD 133 Memorial Workout to Support Fallen Soldiers Families

Join the EOD 133 Memorial Workout to Support Fallen Soldiers Families

Are you looking to put meaning behind your daily workout routine? According to the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association, over 57 million Americans belong to health clubs around the country. Now, athletic enthusiasts can turn one of their workouts into an effective way to help family members who have lost a loved one doing the most dangerous job in the military – explosive ordnance disposal (EOD), or bomb disposal, by taking part in the EOD 133 Memorial Workout.

“Dedicating one of your workouts to fallen EOD warriors is a great way to honor them and raise awareness about this important cause,” explains Nicole Motsek, executive director of the EOD Warrior Foundation.

Back-to-School Busy Schedules Call for Simple Family Meals

Back-to-School Busy Schedules Call for Simple Family Meals

The Nutrition Journal reports that Americans have shifted toward eating out more and cooking at home less. With busy work and back-to-school schedules, many parents find it difficult to find the time to make home-cooked meals. Yet the American Journal of Preventative Medicine reports that the amount of time spent on food preparation and cooking may have implications for ones overall diet quality and health, and that a greater amount of time spent on home food preparation is associated with a higher diet quality. The good news is that parents who are juggling back-to-school hours and work can fit in healthy home-cooked meals that are quick to prepare, nutritious, and delicious.

Tips for Exercising Through Pregnancy

Tips for Exercising Through Pregnancy

A common question that many women have when pregnant is whether or not they should continue with their exercise programs. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), almost all women can and should be physically active during pregnancy. They recommend that women aim for around 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise, one that gets you breathing harder but not to the point of exhaustion, on most days of the week. Knowing the ins and outs of exercising through pregnancy can help keep moms-to-be safe and in better condition.

6 Super Summer Snacks for those who want to be Fit and Fabulous

6 Super Summer Snacks for those who want to be Fit and Fabulous

Snacking is something just about everyone does. It’s hard to resist the urge to grab some snacks, especially during the summer when you are having fun and on the run. The problem is that many people grab the wrong types of snacks, which may work against their desire to be fit and fabulous. Far too often, people reach for sugary snacks, which according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention can lead to health problems such as weight gain, obesity, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease. For those who want to be fit and fabulous this summer, it’s a good idea to pay attention to the snack choices they make.

The Doctor Yum Project Partners with Farmers Markets to Bring Healthy Food Experiences to Young Fami

The Doctor Yum Project Partners with Farmers Markets to Bring Healthy Food Experiences to Young Fami

On a mission to help encourage those area families receiving benefits from the Women, Infant and Children (WIC) program to establish healthy eating habits, The Doctor Yum Project, Farmers Markets and the Rappahannock Area Health Department are entering their second summer of offering families with young children access to free fresh produce all summer long. The program, which had a successful start last summer, has been funded for another season through the Virginia Department of Health. WIC participants can pick up their Produce Packs, free sample bags of fresh produce, during scheduled appointments through August 18, 2017 at participating local WIC offices.