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How I’m Doing It: Practicing Healthy Living to Enjoy the Gifts of Parenthood

How I’m Doing It: Practicing Healthy Living to Enjoy the Gifts of Parenthood

The following post first appeared in the How I’m Doing It blog for Experience Life magazine. Read my original April 2014 magazine article here, in the How I’m Doing It column. My How I’m Doing It article and series of blogs and podcast focus on the trifecta themes of celebrating health as a pregnant and new mom, approaches to raising healthy children, and refocusing … Continue reading

Podcast: Bringing Healthy Living to America’s Schools

Podcast: Bringing Healthy Living to America’s Schools

The following post and podcast first appeared in the How I’m Doing It blog for Experience Life magazine. Read my original April 2014 magazine article here, in the How I’m Doing It column. By Courtney Opdahl (@clewisopdahl) After reading Melanie Kadlic Meren’s story on how she’s working to integrate healthy living within her own family, I was curious to learn more about … Continue reading

How I’m Doing It: Raising Healthy Children

How I’m Doing It: Raising Healthy Children

The following post first appeared in the How I’m Doing It blog for Experience Life magazine. Read my original April 2014 magazine article here, in the How I’m Doing It column. “Eat good food. Exercise. Sleep.” This is how my 4-year-old describes the three things she needs to do to be healthy. Hearing her recite what I’ve taught her as … Continue reading

How I’m Doing It: Celebrating Healthy Parenthood

How I’m Doing It: Celebrating Healthy Parenthood

The following post first appeared in the How I’m Doing It blog for Experience Life magazine. Read my original April 2014 magazine article here, in the How I’m Doing It column. It is joyous to celebrate health. When you feel energized and are active and moving, feeling your muscles working to help you live your life, it’s amazing. After … Continue reading

Maxed Out in America: Can We Help Mom?

Maxed Out in America: Can We Help Mom?

Could our American culture maxing out us Moms? (And Dads?) Yup. It certainly is. And support for this stance can be found full throttle in the book, Maxed Out: American Moms on the Brink. As a testament to the rising fever pitch of modern day challenges in raising children, Maxed Out joins the good company … Continue reading

A Quiet Time

A Quiet Time

Winter is often a time of quiet. One of mental introspection. One of physical turning inwards. One of planning for the year to come. Nature – flora and fauna – use this time to regenerate, to renew, and to set the intention for the seasons to come. It’s been a quiet time for myself and … Continue reading

Goldfish Crackers It Ain’t

Goldfish Crackers It Ain’t

Today I took on a children’s snack giant: the tiny goldfish cracker. It was our family’s turn to bring “special snack” to my daughter’s school. But in my mind, “snack” equalled “educational opportunity”. An opportunity to tie the day’s food into the weeklong theme on farming that her class was doing. An opportunity to expose … Continue reading