DESIGNING A HEALTHY DIET FOR THE NEW YEAR

Every year, millions of Americans make New Year’s resolutions. The majority of these resolutions focus on diet in attempts to lose weight and be healthier. A new year is the perfect time to jumpstart a healthy diet to make the changes you want to see for yourself throughout the year. However, research shows 80 percent of resolutions fail by February. Many people strive for unrealistic goals, which ultimately set them up for failure.

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EXERCISE HAS BENEFICIAL EFFECTS ON THE BRAIN

While exercise has long been known for its positive effects on physical health and its ability to heighten energy and help manage chronic health problems such as diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol, exercise is now being lauded for its beneficial effects on the brain.   These benefits touch almost every aspect of life. Exercise helps sharpen short-term memory and improve long-term memory. This happens because exercise can reduce insulin resistance and inflammation and stimulate….

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GETTING STARTED AND STICKING WITH IT

As we kick off 2018, you may be thinking about resolutions pertaining to your health and fitness. It’s easy to determine some ways to improve your physical, mental and emotional well-being. However, it’s not always as simple to stay motivated and make the new commitments part of your lifestyle. Now is the perfect time to set goals, whether it be for the number of days you intend to work out each week, how many steps you want to take each day or healthy meals you want to prepare for your family.

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•  Local Museums

Learn some history by visiting a local museum. Let your children engage and educate themselves on a particular subject, period or area. Experiences such as a museum visit can become a meaningful part of a child’s identity and contribute to successful socialization. Many museums offer free or discounted admission during certain hours or on certain days.


•  Zoo or Aquarium

Explore wildlife by visiting the local zoo or aquarium. This is a wonderful learning experience that allows children to study animals in a simulation of their natural environments.


There are many amazing places in your area your family can go explore for free or at a low cost. Check with your local chamber of commerce or visitors center for more ideas. This summer, make it your goal to get out of the house to learn about and explore your local area. Your children will have fun, and you will, too, as you watch them expand their horizons. The opportunities are limitless.

With summer quickly approaching, you’re probably looking for family friendly activities in which everyone can participate. Instead of planning a big family vacation, you could choose to take a few fun day trips. These trips are usually less expensive and less time consuming than a full-out vacation. Enjoy a full day of activities provided by some of the local attractions in your city.


To discover what is within your area, go online and search TripAdvisor or other Web sites that provide similar content. Look for discounts – a certain day of the week might be cheaper to go visit an attraction than another. Be sure you have all your necessities ready before you venture out: your tickets, snacks for the drive there and back and clothing suitable for whatever activity you may be doing, such as swimwear, hats and sunscreen. Bring plenty of water, especially if you will be spending a lot of time outdoors. You need to stay hydrated.


Here are a few attractions you can visit that are in most cities or just a short drive away:


•  Fire or Police Station

Many fire and police stations offer free tours. Call your local fire or police department, tell them about your interest in touring the facility and set a date and time. This will allow children to have an educational

FUN DAY TRIPS TO TAKE WITH YOUR CHILDREN

TANIQUA WARD, M.S.

TaNiqua Ward is a staff writer for Health & Wellness magazine.

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experience as well as learn safety tips.


•  Library

During the summer, many libraries have programs for children that entail storytelling, movies and crafts. Children can get their own library cards and check out books themselves. A weekly trip to the library can form a lifetime habit of reading.


•  Waterpark or Amusement Park

The local waterpark or amusement park is the perfect place to go to let loose and have some fun, especially when it gets hot. Again, you’ll want to pack plenty of sunscreen and hats when you go and also bring water.


•  State Park

Enjoy nature at a local state park. This is a wonderful way to bond with your family in the great outdoors. Pack a picnic and have lunch outside. Embark on a nature hike or bring your fishing poles if there’s a lake. You can even enjoy fun physical activities such as soccer or football or you can bring a board game or play cards.