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Mental Challenges Help with Memory

Recently I came across an article in one of the local papers titled "No support behind brain games." I have to say that my first instinct was one of panic. I currently facilitate monthly Wits Fitness brain exercise classes in four different locations a...

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Take Action on Holiday Stress

It's the "most wonderful time of the year"……for stress. The busy stores, extra-commitments, social responsibilities, pressure of finding the perfect gift or cooking the perfect meal, travel realities, decorating, making family memories, and attending (or surviving!) holiday family gatherings may leave us less joy-filled and more stress-filled. Each year, the American Psychological Assoc...

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Fun Thanksgiving Activities


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Physical Fitness in Young Children

Posted by Cara Allen - Parenting

Obesity rates - we hear about them all the time and yes, Americans of all ages are fat.  (Sorry, but I want to make a point, and obesity always sounds so much nicer than fat.) For children ages 2-19, 17% of children are considered to be obese (see, being nice again!).  The good news is that there have been recent declines in the rates of obesity in preschool-aged children, so let's keep...

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Celebrate National Family Caregiver Month

We all know someone who is providing care for someone else. They may be caring for an older parent, a disabled adult child, or a spouse suffering from a traumatic injury or chronic illness. Even parents raising children are considered caregivers. Careg...

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November is National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness and National Family Caregiving Month

November is National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness and National Family Caregiving Month Anyone who knows me, knows that I am very passionate about improving care for people with Alzheimer's as well as educating both professional and family caregivers about Alzheimer's Disease. This is where I spent the first half of my professional career. In honor of National Alzheimer's Disease Awaren...

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