Preparing For A Family Walking Holiday

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By Danielle Steele

familyGetting out and about with your loved ones is certainly a fantastic experience. This is even more so when you plan on trekking through the wilderness for days on end, enjoying some of the finest sights that nature can provide. As well as experiencing some amazing vistas, you’ll also keep fit and active, bonding with your loved ones in a manner that brings everyone together. Of course, you’ll need to plan your journey in the right way, especially since you’ll have to take care of your family in remote locations away from standard facilities. Here, we’ll look at a few of the most important aspects to consider when preparing for your next walking holiday.

Is the Route Suitable?

Since you’ll want to make the upcoming trekking adventure as enjoyable as possible, you’ll also need to think about your family’s physical capabilities as well as the type of outdoor gear you own. In this regard, you’ll need to choose a route that matches their exercise level. When researching nearby trails, keep an eye on the following characteristics:

• Amount of incline
• Change in altitude
• Type of walking surface
• Surrounding scenery

If you’re going on your first walking holiday, choose a path that’s relatively flat and that has a well-marked path. This will help remove most of the hurdles, giving you a simple holiday itinerary that each member of your family can enjoy regardless of their fitness ability.

Do You Have the Right Gear?

Now, you’ll need to prepare your loved ones for the forthcoming journey by supplying them with the necessary gear. If you’re spending a few nights in the wilderness, you’ll need a decent tent, some cooking supplies, and the right bathing necessities to make a comfortable journey in which everyone can enjoy themselves significantly. You’ll also need to think about the clothing that you bring along. Avoid purchasing anything too cheap as this won’t be durable enough for the expedition.

Is Your Family Prepared?

Now that you’ve got the right equipment, you’ll have to hone your loved one’s physical capabilities to get through the upcoming walking holiday with ease. After all, if you just spend your time in front of the television, going on a three-day trek with no fitness preparation is a recipe for disaster. This means that you should plan an exercise routine before you depart to build up your loved ones’ fitness levels. You can do this by putting on your walking gear and heading to the park every weekend. Start by trekking to the maximum limit possible and then build up the duration slowly each time that you and your family practise your walking after that.

What Belongings Do You Need?

Now, you’ll need to think about what you should take along with you on your next wilderness adventure. You’ve bought your clothing and accessories, but you should also think about other items as well. Some of the most important include:

• Food and beverages
• Toiletries and bathing products
• First aid and medication
• Maps, compasses and guidebooks
• Cameras, GPS trackers, etc.

Depending on where you’re going, you’ll need different items for your adventure. For example, those walking through villages might be able to stay in a local motel instead of a tent. Likewise, if you’re passing a river, lake or waterfall, you should bring along some swimming gear, towels and sunscreen so you and the family can cool down along the way.

– Danielle Steele represents Trekwear, a company based in the United Kingdom that offers clothing and merchandise for skiing, running, and cycling. Find out more of the products such as walking sandals available from Trekwear on their website.

March On!

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By Kac Young PhD, ND, DCH, RsCM

cloverWhen you hear the word, March, certain phrases may pop into your mind like: “march madness,” March of Dimes,””march to the beat of a different drummer,” “Ides of March,” “marching orders,” “in like a lion out like a lamb.” But what do they all mean and do we actually care? You be the judge.

The name of March actually comes from ancient Rome, when March was the first month of the year and named Martius after Mars or Ares, the Greek god of war. In Rome, where the climate is Mediterranean, March was the first month of spring, a logical point for the beginning of the year as well as the start of the military campaign season. (Hence where the term “marching orders” came from.) The numbered year began on March 1 in Russia until the end of the 15th century. Many other cultures and religions still celebrate the beginning of the New Year in March.

The soothsayer’s warning to Julius Caesar, “Beware the Ides of March,” has forever imbued that date with a sense of foreboding. But in Roman times the expression “Ides of March” did not necessarily evoke fear—it was simply the standard way of saying “March 15.”

The term Ides comes from the earliest Roman calendar, which organized its months around three days, each of which served as a reference point for counting the other days:

* Kalends (1st day of the month)
* Nones (the 7th day in March, May, July, and October; the 5th in the other months)
* Ides (the 15th day in March, May, July, and October; the 13th in the other months)

The remaining, unnamed days of the month were identified by counting backwards from the Kalends, Nones, or the Ides. For example, March 3 would be V Nones—5 days before the Nones. Same thing for the Kalends and the Ides.

Good grief! If it weren’t for basketball this counting process would be why the term “march madness” came into being. Moving on.

March is:

• Irish American Month
• Music in Our Schools Month
• National Craft Month
• National Frozen Food Month
• National Irish American Heritage Month- designated by Congress in 1995.
• National Nutrition Month
• National Peanut Month
• National Women’s History Month
• Red Cross Month
• Social Workers Month

Plus, there are a few more special days in March you’re not going to want to miss. (courtesy of

March Dates:

1 Employee Appreciation Day first Friday in March
1 National Pig Day
1 National Salesperson Day – first Friday in the month
1 Peanut Butter Lovers’ Day
2 Old Stuff Day
3 I Want You to be Happy Day
3 If Pets Had Thumbs Day
3 National Anthem Day
3 Peach Blossom Day
4 Holy Experiment Day
4 Hug a GI Day
5 Multiple Personality Day
6 Dentist’s Day
6 National Frozen Food Day
7 National Crown Roast of Pork Day
8 Be Nasty Day
8 International (Working) Women’s Day
9 Panic Day
10 Middle Name Pride Day
11 Johnny Appleseed Day
11 Worship of Tools Day
12 Girl Scouts Day
12 Plant a Flower Day
13 Ear Muff Day
13 Jewel Day
14 Learn about Butterflies Day
14 National Potato Chip Day
14 National Pi Day- Why today? Because today is 3.14, the value of Pi.
14 Popcorn Lover’s Day
15 Everything You Think is Wrong Day
15 Ides of March
15 Incredible Kid Day
15 Dumbstruck Day
16 Everything You Do is Right Day
16 Freedom of Information Day
16 National Quilting Day – third Saturday of month
17 Submarine Day – the hero sandwich or the boat??
17 Saint Patrick’s Day
18 Goddess of Fertility Day
18 Supreme Sacrifice Day
19 Poultry Day
19 National Agriculture Day (date varies)
20 International Earth Day
20 Extraterrestrial Abductions Day
20 Proposal Day
21 Fragrance Day
22 National Goof Off Day
23 National Chip and Dip Day
23 Near Miss Day
24 National Chocolate Covered Raisin Day
25 Pecan Day
25 Waffle Day
26 Make Up Your Own Holiday Day
27 National “Joe” Day
28 Something on a Stick Day
29 National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day
29 Smoke and Mirrors Day
30 National Doctor’s Day
30 I am in Control Day
30 Take a Walk in the Park Day
31 Bunsen Burner Day
31 Easter Date varies
31 National Clam on the Half Shell Day

Have a blessed month of March! Personally I’m looking forward to National Make Up You Own Holiday Day. I’ve always wanted my own holiday and now I’ll have the chance on March 26.

– Kac Young , a former television director and producer, has earned a Ph.D. in Natural Health and is a Doctor of both Clinical Hypnotherapy and Naturopathy. She is the author 10 books. Heart Easy is a system of nutritionally sound, delicious meals that promote heart health, long life and taste great. Traditional recipes are turned into heart healthy meals that anyone can make. The health results are outstanding.

While earning her Ph.D. in Natural Health and a Doctorate in Naturopathy, she completed 36 courses in nutrition from Baylor University.

She also earned a doctorate in Clinical Hypnotherapy. Her practice includes, weight control, smoking cessation, behavior modification, stress reduction, past-life regression, meditation training and phobia management. Her books include: “Heart Easy, The Food Lover’s Guide to Heart Healthy Eating,” “Discover Your Spiritual Genius,” “Feng Shui the Easy Way,” “Dancing with the Moon,” “21 Days to the Love of Your Life,” “Gold Mind,” “Cheese Dome Power,” The Path to Fabulous,” “The Quick Guide to Bach Flower Remedies” and “Supreme Healing.”

For more information about healthy lifestyle:

Guest Post – Kay Wynarsky, Social Media Holiday Efforts For Dental Practices

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Give this Holiday Season to Receive a Boost in Your Social Media Efforts

heartWith the holidays upon us, your practice might be wondering what it can do to give back to your community. Carving time out for a good cause can reward your practice exponentially, if you market your efforts carefully.

First, talk to your staff about what cause you would like to support. Does your practice already work with a nonprofit? Is one of your employees passionate about a specific cause? If not, look to something either in your community or a dental-related cause, such as Smile Train for cleft palate surgeries, or Dentists without Borders. Set up a food drive, an angel tree or a fundraiser for your favorite cause and start spreading the word! Make your messaging known on your website, social media accounts and in your office. The way you choose to convey this messaging can make your break your event, so be creative and be sincere.

Any of these charitable efforts can really help get your followers engaged. Asking them to give to a good cause is a personal call to action that benefits people in need and also creates strong interaction with your patients online and in the office.

If you are already supporting a nonprofit, include it in your website’s content, preferably in the About Us or Mission Statement sections. If your mission statement includes service to others but you are not working with a nonprofit yet, starting a holiday charity drive is the perfect way to integrate your practice’s beliefs into its actions.

Setting a goal for your charitable drive sets the stakes higher and gives people more of an incentive to help your practice achieve success.

Help spread the message online by posting pictures of your office setting up a box for donations, take a picture when someone is donating to your cause, keep followers updated with how much money, food or donations your practice has collected and how much further you need to go to meet your goal. Setting a goal for your charitable drive sets the stakes higher and gives people more of an incentive to help your practice achieve success.

After the holidays, keep the goodwill going by reminding people of the nonprofits your practice works with regularly by giving them a plug, even if there is not a special event going on. A good Facebook sample post could be:

A friendly reminder to all our patients that we are proud supporters of the Smile Train, who work with impoverished children around to world to give them the cleft palate surgery they desperately need. Donations are always appreciated, no matter how small! Visit to learn more.

It can be tricky to communicate with followers that you support nonprofits without sounding boastful or like you are plugging your practice. Write your messaging to be centered on the nonprofit and not yourself.

Austin Bluffs Dental is a Colorado Springs general dentistry that regularly works with the nonprofit Mission of Mercy.