High-sugar diet may reduce cognitive function

Making your kid read over the summer may not be the only way to fight the Summer Slide, especially if they're reaching for the Oreos between page turns.A new study out of Oregon State University has found that diets high in sugar (and also diets high in fat) may reduce cognitive function by altering bacteria in the gut.The researchers studied mice on high-sugar and high-fat diets and found that particularly "cognitive flexibility" was decreased.Why?...more

7 Tips for a Healthy BBQ

Like so many families right now, school is or has almost finished for the summer and we are in the process of transitioning to a more relaxed schedule. The change in schedule naturally changes the food dynamic in my family.  We spend more time in the kitchen together and enjoy visiting local farmer’s markets where the girls like to pick out their own fresh foods. ...more

Simple Tips to Stay Active & Moving During Your 9-5

A lot of us, myself included, work in an office environment and are sitting at desks all day, Monday through Friday.  Staying sedentary during the workweek can wreak havoc on your body over time, even if you are finding time to fit in a workout.  That said, there are so many easy ways to stay moving and active during your 9-5 (or whatever hours you find yourself in that desk chair)....more

For men under 45, trans fats leads to poor memory

My husband just turned 42 and I swear his memory has been getting progressively worse and worse. Some of it is probably selective hearing, some is probably due to age-related cognitive decline, a small bit may even be due to the 4 wars he served in (because he was around lots of blasts). But reading this new research, I'm going to put some blame on trans fats.This new study out of the University of California - San Diego has found that a higher consumption of trans fats was linked to poor memory in men under age 45....more

#1MillionMinutes Mad Lib

To kick off the start of the Fit Approach #1MillionMinutes summer challenge, here is a fun Mad Lib for you! ...more

Sunrise Yoga

I had the opportunity to try something new this weekend. My local yoga studio, Evolve Yoga & Wellness, hosted a sunrise yoga class on Saturday June 21st. ...more

Race Day - The Ins & Outs

You've done it. You've finally signed up for the BIG race. You followed a training plan. Your nutrition and hydration have been in check. You're injury free. You're excited. As you start to lay out you gear and flat outfit you start to fret about the race. So many what ifs enter your mind....more

What Did You Eat?

(It probably isn’t something you ate.)Beware.  This is a topic that makes me particularly fussy, so the first half is written with a little (a lot ) of sarcasm.Fussy baby? According to anyone with an opinion (you know what opinions are like… everyone has one),  it is probably something you ate....more

Zumba (r) BINGO!

About two months ago I was told that my Zumba® class was on the verge of being cancelled due to dwindling numbers (insert sad sigh, tiny tear and feelings of failure). What was I doing wrong? Did my students not like me? Had I offended someone? I took it personally…who wouldn’t?...more