Tips For Keeping Kids Active This Fall

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momkidsrunAs the temperatures get colder this fall, it’s easy for kids to gravitate towards indoor and less active activities, it’s important to keep them moving, find out how.

The times, they’re changing, and it’s becoming even more difficult to keep kids engaged, happy, and well out of our hair. This can be especially hard when the cooler temperatures of Autumn and Winter set in, driving kids and adults alike indoors. Many people have used their friends: television, computer, and tablet as a distraction for children when they need 30 minutes of peace.

As parents, it’s not always easy, but are kids being exposed to too much technology? According to The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), children spend an average of 7 hours a day using media including television, computer, internet, video games, and cell phones. In an ever growing media driven world, it’s becoming even more important to make sure your child is getting active every day.

So, how can children be encourage to get active? Show them that being active is fun. Exercise as a family by going for a nightly walk, jog, or having a family soccer game in the back yard. Getting children involved in activities outside of the home, (like The Little Gym) to help them appreciate a healthy and active lifestyle for years to come. Whether running, jumping, or tumbling, get moving with children to build the foundation for a lifetime of healthy habits.

Must-Do Fall Home Maintenance Tips For 2014

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homeFrom Aprilaire, the experts in indoor air quality: Keep these top home maintenance tips in mind this fall to prepare for 2014 winter weather.

Fall is a great time of year to perform important home maintenance. Autumn creates plenty of predictable yard work, such as raking leaves and cleaning gutters. However, there are a number of chores that are less obvious but just as important in order to get a house in tip-top shape before winter.

Five Outdoor Projects for Home Maintenance Tips

When the gardening season draws to a close this fall, it’s time to begin working on projects outside of the house. Forbes’ magazine suggests adding these home improvements to this year’s list:

1. Additional lighting – As the days get shorter, sprucing up walkways with ground lighting adds ambience as well as an added level of safety. Inexpensive solar lights have improved in quality and can be installed without running wire.

2. Walk and caulk – Reducing energy bills, preventing drafts and keeping critters out of the house in the winter starts with a fresh bead of caulk around windows, siding and joints. Before it gets too cold, stroll around the entire exterior of the home and seal any potential air leaks.

3. Bring in lawn furniture – If there’s room, it’s best to bring patio tables and chairs into the basement or garage for the winter. It’s also a good time of year to add a fresh coat of paint if the items are looking worn.

4. Mulch garden beds – Adding fresh mulch around landscaping can help protect perennial plants from cold temperatures and keep weeds down next spring. It’s a fall home maintenance project that can also reduce work next summer.

5. Wash your home – Many homeowners don’t realize how dirty their house can get. Even the best siding won’t shed all the dust, dirt and rain that a house is constantly exposed to. While some synthetic sidings don’t hold paint, they can be given a face lift with a power washer.

Three Indoor Home Maintenance Tips

Of course, no fall home maintenance checklist is complete without ensuring the inside of a home is warm and cozy on cool fall nights. Here are some tasks to complete indoors each fall:

homelivingroom1. Clean the fireplace – For homeowners that utilize their fireplace or wood-burning stove during winter, this is one of the most important items. Hiring a professional to clean and inspect a chimney can improve efficiency and reduce the risk of fire and CO poisoning. In other words, this tip can save lives.

2. Check your humidifier – Ensure whole-home humidifiers have a clean water panel and are working properly. Homeowners who aren’t protecting their properties with a whole-house humidifier should visit Aprilaire.com. Proper humidification protects wood floors, instruments, art and furniture from dry air.

3.Improve air purification – When fall begins, it’s also a good reminder that it’s time to replace air cleaner filters. A whole-home air purifier can also trap fall allergens, bacteria and viruses, helping to keep families healthy all year round.

Home maintenance in fall is essential to keeping family members safe and comfortable during the winter. Aprilaire has products specifically designed to improve comfort and protect investments from seasonal changes in humidity. To learn more, visit Aprilaire.com

About Aprilaire:

Aprilaire has been a brand leader in IAQ for more than 60 years, delivering a wide range of whole-home systems that improve comfort, health and energy efficiency. Our brand products are sold through and installed by HVAC contractors across the United States and Canada. Visit Aprilaire.com to learn more about whole-house air cleaners and total comfort solutions to purity, humidity, freshness and temperature.

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Tips For Biking Around New York This Fall

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familybikeridetogetherTommy Middaugh, Travel To Go Vice President, knows that New York is one of the top travel destinations in the world and offers suggestions for travelers who want to experience the state in a unique way.

When travelers are looking for amazing fall destinations to enjoy this year, they have a number of great spots to choose from. However, no matter when they travel, the many offerings of New York are always a treat. In the fall, this destination comes alive and offers travelers a number of amazing attractions and activities all in the beautiful fall climate. For those who want to take advantage of this perfect fall spot and also want to get out in the fresh air, Tommy Middaugh, Travel To Go Vice President, says that one of the best ways is to grab a bike. Here are some of the best sites to enjoy while riding.

1. Brooklyn Bridge: One of the most amazing spots to enjoy in New York is the Brooklyn Bridge and crossing it is a must for travelers who want to truly have the New York experience. Taking a bike and riding across the walkway instead of going across on foot it is a great way to appreciate the glorious views that are available at the top of the bridge.

2. Coney Island: Coney Island is another top spot to enjoy in New York, but instead of driving there, Tommy Middaugh of Travel To Go suggests taking a bike ride. It will offer travelers the chance to take in the open air and see the lovely tree lined roads up close. Taking a bike also makes it easy to stop along the way to grab a bike to eat or enjoy the scenery.

3. Central Park: Another top spot in New York, Central Park is a must visit spot for travelers. Fall is the perfect time to visit Central Park and see the leaves change color. Taking a leisurely bike ride around the park can let travelers see a large portion of it in a short amount of time, and allow them to stop when they want to get a more in-depth look around. This can be the perfect relaxing activity for an afternoon in New York.

While it is not a conventional way to see sights in New York, Tommy Middaugh, Travel To Go Vice President, knows that taking bike adventure around this top destination can offer a number of opportunities that driving or using other means of transportation would not. Travelers can move around at their pace, stop for sightseeing and local offerings, or just enjoy the beautiful fall weather. Those who are traveling to New York this fall should consider enjoying this unique travel experience. For more information on travel this fall visit http://www.traveltogo.com/.

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Fall Into Health

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By Kac Young PhD, DCH, ND

pumpkinsThe air is crisp, the fallen leaves crackles beneath your step, you’ve exchanged your tank tops to hoodies and you’re spending more time indoors. This is what happens when we switch from summer games to autumn leaves. How are you going to handle the change of seasons? Will you fall back into the bad habits of eating unhealthy foods and too much couch time, or will you jump into autumn with resolve and a commitment to be healthier and happier?

Too often we are predictable and wait until New Year’s Day to make resolutions, which statistically, most of us don’t keep. Instead, try something new this year. Turn Fall into the season of change for you and your family.

Not in your favor are:

Halloween goodies, trick or treat candy, tailgate parties, sedentary television and televised sports events, Thanksgiving overeating, flu season, holiday shopping, seasonal parties, guests and the stress of entertaining, cooking, wrapping presents, decorating and making it all happen for you and your family á la Martha Stewart.

In your favor are:

Healthy eating alternatives for holidays and parties, fall fitness opportunities, changes in your routine, creative rethinking of traditional rituals and the contentment that follows all of the above.

Here are Helpful Tips you can put to good use:

Healthy Eating:

– add more luscious Fall veggies to your meals

– make healthy snacks from veggies slices, hummus, unsalted nuts or unsalted popcorn.

– try a variety of flavored balsamic vinegars as marinade and as flavoring for roasted vegetables.

– consume more sweet potatoes – unbuttered and unsalted. Try them roasted, baked , mashed (without butter) or lightly sautéed in Canola oil.

– when attending parties, arrive full. Choose low calorie cocktails and drink a glass of water between each adult beverage you consume.

– skip dessert. Curb your cravings with just a taste from a friend’s plate. (Ask first!)

– talk more and eat less at all social functions.

– track your food consumption on 3×5 cards or use an app. http://www.myfitnesspal.com/ is a good one.

walkingdogFall Fitness Opportunities:

-use this season to do something you’ve always wanted to do. Try kick boxing, yoga, tap dancing, Pilates, Tai Chi…something that interests you but you haven’t found the time for in the past. Enroll and just do it.

-don’t just “watch” TV. Do something during the game or the show. Crunch the commercials by doing sit ups when the ads come on. Take a jog around the house during commercials. Stand or jog in place for every other segment. Lift weights, do arm exercises, tighten those abs.

-if you’re having coffee with a friend, wear layers and walk with your coffee. Take to the outdoors for your chat and get your body moving along with your mouth.

-if you smoke, quit.

Change Your Routine:

– create a fitness routine or an exercise program and work it before you start your morning for 30 days straight. Your body will adapt to the new routine and have more energy to sustain you throughout the day.

– make sure all bedrooms in your house are quiet, dark and relaxing. Rest is important to a healthy life.

– if you immediately fix a cocktail the minute you get home, substitute that with an activity such as playing with the dog, talking with your kids, or running a load and folding the laundry.

– list the components of your current routine and change at least one of them every day.

saladheartsmallTraditional Rituals:

– cook light and easy holiday meals and every day. Choose recipes from Heart Easy Cooking.

– avoid a large meal at night. Switch to lighter and healthier portions and food.

– do more things together and share the load. Get help in the kitchen by dolling out chores and responsibility. Shop as a family and clean and store foods together.

– don’t buy anything with ingredients you can’t spell or recognize.

– try a new vegetable recipe once a week.

– reduce your sodium, sugar and salt intake. Cook with less and less of these every day. Take the salt shaker off the table. In less than three weeks you will adjust your taste buds to lighter tastes.

– get the rest you need and make sure everyone in your family has some personal and alone time to get away from electronics, phones and social demands. Create a quiet hour for peace and rest that your whole family honors and enjoys.

– Kac Young, a former television director and producer, has earned a PhD in Natural Health and is a Doctor of both Clinical Hypnotherapy and Naturopathy. She is the author of 10 books. Heart Easy is a system of nutritionally sound, delicious meals that promote heart health, long life and taste great. In the Heart Easy Cook Book sound nutritional advice is followed by family favorites that have been turned into heart healthy meals anyone can make and everyone will love.