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.
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.
As told to Nan Kavanaugh, Illustration by Roosevelt Watson III
As founder of Beaches Pediatrics, Dr. Rebecca Cooper knows a thing or two about the challenges parents face making the summer to school year transition a healthy jump for their children. We asked her a few questions to help get the school year off right.
1. Why are school physicals important?
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 Ingredients:
4 6 oz pieces of salmon
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
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.
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.”
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.