Wednesday December 11, 2013
If your child breaks a bone or tears a ligament playing sports, you'll know it--these injuries easily show up on diagnostic tests and have obvious symptoms, like swelling or inability to move a joint or limb.
But if your child's brain is injured, things aren't so clear-cut. Concussion symptoms are hard to see and, sometimes, easy to dismiss. But treating a concussion with sufficient rest and recovery time is crucial. That's the message Patrick Larimore is trying to spread far and wide. He's a former college football player who gave up the game after suffering multiple concussions. Now he's become an advocate for people who have suffered traumatic brain injury. They can share their stories and find community online at MyHeadHurts.co.
I asked Patrick about "invisible injuries" and what parents can do to protect their kids. I think his responses on the topic of concussions in kids are important for all parents to read--whether or not you have kids who play contact sports.
Photo courtesy Patrick Larimore
Wednesday December 4, 2013
And do your kids? One of the most popular posts on this blog is an old one in which I reviewed Zumbatomic, a series of Zumba DVDs for kids. They've since been discontinued. But even back then, the DVDs were tough to find--although lots of people were looking for them.
So when I learned that the Zumba empire has produced a video exergame for kids, I knew I had to tell you about it. Here's a rundown of all the Zumba for kids options, from in-person classes to the new game. Enjoy the party!
Friday November 29, 2013
You've read the blog. Now hear the podcast! Author Jonathan Bailor and I had a great discussion about nutrition, exercise, food rewards, and role modeling--how to motivate yourself and your kids to make healthy choices. Give it a listen!
Jonathan's new book, The Calorie Myth, comes out on New Year's Eve, and it explains a saner, more effective alternative to calorie-counting for weight loss: "When we're hungry, we eat smarter foods until we're full. When we work out, we do smarter exercise for a shorter period of time." Find out more about The Calorie Myth.
Tuesday November 26, 2013
We are excited for family visitors, an amazing meal and lots of Thanksgiving fun together this weekend! I wish the same for you, and I am very grateful for your support of me and this site. Thank you for reading, listening, following, chatting, and pinning. Thanks to for your feedback and ideas. They are welcome anytime. Enjoy your holiday!