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Take Your Parent to Lunch: A Reflection

I ventured into the cafeteria with my two 4th grade girls today. I had every intention of walking through the line and buying lunch. Unfortunately, I recently decided to go dairy-free because I’m lactose intolerant and all of the entrees... Read More

Tips for a Healthy Halloween

Healthy Halloween? I think it might just be an oxymoron! To my kids, nothing says the holiday like trick-or-treating (aka begging neighbors for candy) on Halloween night. So what is a mom to do to try to keep my family... Read More

School Lunches

Originally published on Highlands Ranch Mom on Sept. 20, 2012    One of LiveWell Colorado's initiatives is improving school lunches.  Most kids would make the unhealthy choice when it comes to food they buy at school.  However, LiveWell Colorado is... Read More

Creating a Healthy Environment at Home for Nutrition and Physical Activity

It seems everywhere we turn, we see or hear a multitude of thing we cannot or should not do.  There are guidelines for nearly everything, and every age group, that warn of everything not good for your health.  We start... Read More

Q&A: Local Elementary School Sprouts a Playground Garden to Get Kids Excited About Healthy Eating

A few weeks ago while walking my daughter to school at Mission Viejo Elementary (MVE), I noticed a new addition to the playground area. A garden had sprouted! Of course I was excited to learn more about it and waltzed... Read More

Recipe: Gluten-Free Roasted Butternut Squash Lasagna

Move over cool, crunchy salads. Fall is here. It’s time for comforting, nourishing meals that have more heft. Healthy and satisfying autumn meals feel more substantial and make good use of the stars of the harvest season – winter squash.... Read More

National Diabetes Month

November is American Diabetes Month. Why should you care? According to the American Diabetes Association: Nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes, including 7 million who don't know it.  Another 79 million Americans have pre-diabetes and are... Read More

World Diabetes Day: November 14

November 14th is World Diabetes Day. It’s a day to raise awareness of the disease, its escalating rates around the world and the mechanisms by which to prevent the illness when possible. According to Data from the 2011 National Diabetes... Read More

My New Fall Comfort Food: Real Tomato Soup

Were you raised on canned tomato soup, too? I’m pretty sure I ate tomato soup with grilled cheese sandwiches at least once a week. The bread was white. The cheese was highly processed with gobs of sodium. No matter how... Read More

Do As I Say, But Not As I Do

This is an age-old saying, but unfortunately a modern concept. We lead fast-paced lives full of temptations and choices, and many moments go by when, if we had slowed down, that moment could have been a life-changing learning experience for... Read More