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Why families should watch the Olympics


By Aparna Mele Pyeong Chang, Republic of Korea will host the XXIII Olympic Winter Games, Feb 9-25, 2018. The Olympics are a spectacular celebration of the world’s best athletes, all convened together to achieve the highest levels of athletic accomplishment and success in the world. The games, the scores, the advertising—they fill our TVs and … Continue reading Why families should watch the Olympics

Minestrone Soup with Collard Greens and Cannellini


Source: Everyday Food, Oct 2007 Warm up your winter with this gut healthy soup that is loaded with fiber, vitamins, and antioxidants. Bonus, it’s all vegetarian too and a great way to add to your daily vegetable intake! Ingredients 1tbsp olive oil 2 tbsp tomato paste ½ tsp dried thyme 1 medium onion, chopped Coarse … Continue reading Minestrone Soup with Collard Greens and Cannellini

Gym Newcomers


By Aparna Mele It’s a new year and like many, your new year’s resolutions include getting in shape and joining a gym.  Congratulations! You are to be applauded for your motivation and resolve to get your health back on track and incorporate fitness back in your life, but it can be daunting and overwhelming to … Continue reading Gym Newcomers

3 Tips to Reduce Fatigue and Increase Energy in 2018


By: Maria Alcoke, Founder & Host of The Engine Mom Podcast, CF-L1 Trainer We make hundreds of decisions every day. From the moment we wake up, “Should I hit snooze or get up?”, “What should I wear today?”, “What am I having for breakfast?”, etc. We’re making even more decisions if we have children to … Continue reading 3 Tips to Reduce Fatigue and Increase Energy in 2018

Staying on Track Over the Holidays


By Kathleen Jones, MSACN, CNS Nutritionist at The Vitamin Shoppe in Wyomissing The most wonderful time of year can leave a lot of us feeling defeated, and not ready to take on the New Year. But it doesn’t have to be this way.  By following a few simple steps, you will be able to successfully … Continue reading Staying on Track Over the Holidays

Pistachio Raisin Holiday Biscotti


Source: Everyday Food, January/February 2004 INGREDIENTS 2 1/4cup all purpose flour, plus more for work surface ¾ shelled unsalted pistachios 1.5 tsp baking powder 3 large eggs ¾ cup sugar ¾ cup golden raisins ¼ tsp salt 1tsp vanilla extract DIRECTIONS Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl, mix flour, sugar, pistachios, raisins, … Continue reading Pistachio Raisin Holiday Biscotti

The First 10 Minutes


When working out, the most critical part is the warm-up. Your workout simply won’t WORK OUT unless you have prepared your body for the demands it will soon encounter and skipping this important step will lead to both ineffective training and potentially serious injury. A pre-workout warm-up serves two major purposes—to enhance performance and prevent … Continue reading The First 10 Minutes

The Truth About Breastfeeding


By Jeanine Dorman, Lactation Consultant with Berks County Breastfeeding Coalition One can’t talk about breastfeeding without talking about the benefits of breastfeeding. Breastfeeding is beneficial for both the mother as well as the baby. It is species specific and every mother’s milk is specifically designed for her baby. A mother’s milk changes throughout the day … Continue reading The Truth About Breastfeeding