Healthy Happenings

  • 26 July 2016
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August 3

Biking at Hanna Park

Adventure Kayak Florida has mountain bikes and beach cruisers for you to rent and get some exercise at Hanna Park every Tuesday through Saturday.

Where: Hanna Park, 500 Wonderwood Drive

When: All day

Info: adventurekayak.com

A Mother Gives Back: After losing her only daughter to leukemia, Marie Olsen finds solace through volunteering

  • 26 July 2016
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Written and Photographed by Maggie FitzRoy

Marie Olsen likes to say that her daughter, Sarah, was an “extraordinary ordinary child.”

Growing up, she was kind to everyone and had “a huge heart.” In middle school, she taught herself American Sign Language (ASL) so she could talk to her deaf cat, and then continued studying it through high school so she could communicate with deaf people.

How to be Cool & Kind: What to do when your child is a bully

  • 26 July 2016
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By Caren Burmeister

Many adults can share a painful childhood bully story that evokes sympathy for the victim’s humiliation and sense of powerlessness. But what if your child is the bully? For every victim there’s a perpetrator and that child may be your own.

“Bullying is an imbalance of power, when someone is hurtful to someone else on purpose for no reason, again and again,” says Amanda Sheroff, a counselor at Jacksonville Country Day School and Child Safety Matters facilitator at the Monique Burr Foundation for Children.  

Gourmet Pops Are Hot

  • 26 July 2016
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A look at local ice pop peddlers

By Allie Olsen, Photography by Allie Olsen and courtesy of The Hyppo

It’s hot in Florida. It was back when we were kids, too. Back when Mom sent us outside to play every afternoon unless it was storming. On really hot days, my mom would pass out ice pops ... a red one if you were first in line, green if you were last.

Pan Seared Salmon with Chickpea Puree and Mediterranean Salad with Cucumber-Dill Yogurt Sauce

  • 26 July 2016
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Pan Seared Salmon Ingredients:

4 6 oz pieces of salmon 

Directions:

Lightly season with salt and pepper and pan sear or grill.

Mediterranean Salad Ingredients:

1/2 cucumber small dice

1 red bell pepper small dice

1/2 red onion small dice

1 Roma tomato small dice

1/8 cup red wine vinegar

juice of one lemon

1/4 cup olive oil

1/4 cup chopped parsley

salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Back to School Lunchables

  • 26 July 2016
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Prepackaged lunches may be easy but are not the best

Calorie Counts is a new section focused on providing information about the foods we eat, to act as a guide for healthier diet choices.

Nachos Cheese Dip & Salsa

Why this is a not so good choice: Corn chips are very high in sodium, and work fine as a small salty snack, but not as a main course, while cheese dip is traditionally higher in fat than cheese.

How Do You Know If Your Dog is Overheated?

  • 26 July 2016
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By Caren Burmeister

It’s 106 degrees Fahrenheit outside, or at least it feels like it, and Fido is wagging his tail and scratching at the door. He’s begging to go running at the park. If you can handle the heat, so can he, right? Wrong.

“Unlike people, dogs can’t sweat to cool themselves,” says Dr. Alanna Lowry, a veterinarian at Fleming Island Pet Clinic. “People will bring them out in the same situations, but dogs are more susceptible.”

Making the Most of Your Lunch Break

  • 26 July 2016
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By Jon Vredenburg, MBA, RD, CDE, CSSD, LD/N

Lack of time is typically the number one excuse people will claim for not getting enough physical activity. The lunch hour provides a great opportunity to maintain some level of fitness amidst our busy lives. Although emerging from a mid-day workout dripping with sweat may be great for maximizing the heart rate, it can be bad for business. Thankfully, it is still possible to stay active at lunch, without needing to take the rest of the day off for cleaning up.

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