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Ask an Expert - Playground Equipment

Ask an Expert - Playground Equipment

We live next to a park with some old playground equipment. I'm wondering if it's safe for my kids to play on. What should I look for?

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Ask an Expert - Preparing for a 5K Run

Ask an Expert - Preparing for a 5K Run

My 13-year-old daughter wants to participate in a 5K run with me. Neither of us has run more than one mile at a time. How should we prepare?

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Ask an Expert - Kids and Resistance Training

Ask an Expert - Kids and Resistance Training

Should kids perform resistance (weight) training?

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Ask an Expert - Dealing with Winning and Losing

Ask an Expert - Dealing with Winning and Losing

My daughter gets very upset when her team loses a game. How can I help her roll with the wins and the losses?

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Ask an Expert - Noncompetitive Activities

Ask an Expert - Noncompetitive Activities

Sports are so competitive. I'm trying to find some noncompetitive activities for my son to encourage him to be active throughout his life. Do you have any ideas?

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Ask an Expert - Picking a Dog for Your Family

Ask an Expert - Picking a Dog for Your Family

We are planning to get a dog. We have two children in elementary school. We have a large backyard and live in a neighborhood with walking trails. How should you decide on the type of dog to adopt?

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Ask an Expert - Fad Diets

Ask an Expert - Fad Diets

Every year, I seem to put on more weight. I am 5 feet 8 inches tall and today's weight was 204 pounds. I feel miserable. Every Monday morning, I start a new diet. I try so hard, but by Tuesday at noon, I am so hungry that I eat everything in sight. I have tried the Acai Berry Diet, Atkins, South Beach, Fit for Life, Cabbage Soup Diet and probably several more that I can't remember right now. I even looked at the Tapeworm Diet but am nervous about trying it. I feel awful about myself; my clothes are too tight. My husband doesn't say anything, but her sure raises his eyebrows a lot! Am I destined to be obese the rest of my life? What can I do?

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Ask an Expert - Food Allergies vs. Food Intolerances

Ask an Expert - Food Allergies vs. Food Intolerances

My nephew Nick has a peanut allergy, so he cannot have peanut butter. Is food allergy the same as food intolerance? What would be some alternate snacks for him.

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Ask an Expert - 4H Food Projects

Ask an Expert - 4H Food Projects

My daughter loves to cook and I'd like to get her involved in 4-H. When I was growing up on a farm, I used to be in 4-H food projects. Are there still food projects?

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Driving Kids Here and There?

Driving Kids Here and There?

When fuel costs are high, many families look for ways to make their vehicles more energy efficient. You have a number of simple things you can do to save a few dollars on your fuel budget. All vehicles are different and will experience various levels of savings, but here are a few of the basics that work for all types of cars and trucks.

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Playground Bullies: What's a Parent to Do?

Playground Bullies: What's a Parent to Do?

You can’t be beside your child at all times to protect her, nor should you be. But you can help your child develop the skills needed to prevent and withstand bullying.

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Ask an Expert -  Passed Down Shoes

Ask an Expert - Passed Down Shoes

Should shoes be passed down from one sibling to the next?

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Ask an Expert - Preventing Children's Injuries in Sports

Ask an Expert - Preventing Children's Injuries in Sports

My kids are in lots of sports. Do we have anything we can do to prevent injuries?

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Ask an Expert - Physical Activity for Kids

Ask an Expert - Physical Activity for Kids

How much physical activity do kids need?

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Family Gardening

Family Gardening

Creating Good Nutrition, Togetherness, and Exercise for Healthy Minds and Bodies

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