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August, 2006: Family Snack Smarts
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April, 2006: Caregiving: Sensible Steps To Success
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January, 2006: Brain Gain in Life's Later Years
December, 2005: Holiday Budget Planning
November, 2005: Combating Childhood Obesity
October, 2005: Eating Away at Colds and Flu
September, 2005: Avoiding the Aches of Osteoarthritis
August, 2005: Growing Older, Eating Wiser
July, 2005: Nutrition Tips for the Healthiest Summer Ever
June, 2005: Long-Term Care Facilities/Nursing Homes - How Do I Choose the Right One?
May, 2005: Nutrition and Your Baby: Introducing solid food to the menu
April, 2005: When Baby Comes Home For The First Time
March, 2005: Stepping into the Role of Stepparent
February, 2005: Pumping Fitness into Your Day
* January, 2005: Remedies for Financial Holiday Hangovers
* December, 2004: Time Out: Making the most of the holidays
* November, 2004: An Ounce of Prevention: Type 2 Diabetes
* October, 2004: Dealing with Peer Pressure
* September, 2004: Long Distance Caregiving
* August, 2004: The ‘Be-tween’ Transition, 2004
* July, 2004: Easing into summer vacation
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* May, 2004: Communication Tips to Help Young Minds Grow
* April, 2004: Tips for Making the Tax Season Less Taxing
* March, 2004: The Dieting Merry-Go-Round
* February, 2004: Keeping Your Financial Future in Check
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* October, 2003: Work-life Balance: Making it Work for You
* September, 2003: The Homework Zone
* August, 2003: Health Hints to Ease Your Family in to the Fall Season
* July, 2003: Stay Alert and Stay Safe - Streetproofing your kids
* June, 2003: Summer Activities for Stay-at-Home Kids
* May, 2003: Helping Older Relatives Stay Active
* April, 2003: Spring-cleaning: For the home, the family, and you
* March, 2003: Choosing a Summer Camp
* February, 2003: Baby couch potatoes: Tearing your kids away from the TV
* January, 2003: Resolution Solutions
* December, 2002: Holiday Stress Blasters
* November, 2002: Beating the Winter Blues
* October, 2002: Making the most of family mealtimes
* September, 2002: Generation Relations
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* July 2002: Swimming Safety
* May 2002: Stuck in the Middle. The Sandwich Generation
* April, 2002: Supporting Your Child's Social Success
* March, 2002: After the Spring Break ... Take a Break For Yourself
* February, 2002: Keep those loving connections alive
* January, 2002: Ringing in a Balanced New Year
* December, 2001: Holiday Safety Tips
* November, 2001: It's Flu Season
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Baby Couch Potatoes: Tearing Your Kids Away From the TV

In days gone by, the arrival of winter—and all of its exciting activities—was looked forward to, even celebrated. But in recent years a large number of people dread the chilliest season. So much so, in fact, that it’s starting to rub off on our kids: many would prefer to ignore the cold outside world and snuggle up to the warmth of a TV set or computer. The tips below will help you root out baby couch potatoes and help the whole family rediscover winter fun.

Create a winter tradition. Whether it’s skating every Saturday, an annual sleigh ride, or just walking the dog in the park every night, plan an activity that the whole family does together during the winter months.

Encourage involvement. From scouts and guides, to skating lessons; youth groups to volunteer work, most communities offer indoor and outdoor after school or evening activities that are fun, educational and can occupy children during those ‘February blah’ evenings.

Introduce winter sports. Even if you’ve never skied or skated in your life, there’s no reason why you can’t encourage your children to learn. Take lessons together if you’re brave enough. Or try out activities that require less co-ordination—and are a little less treacherous to inflexible adults—like snow-shoeing or tobogganing.

Limit TV and computer time. Though it may not be reasonable to expect your kids to go TV and Internet free, you should set limits on what they watch and how long they watch it for.

Teach them to curl up with a good book if it’s too cold to set foot outside. It will help warm up imaginations and improve language skills. Studies also show that kids who love reading tend to do better at school.

Be a role model. Chances are, if you haven’t left the sofa since December, neither have your children. Kids learn lifestyle habits by mimicking their parents. Show your children that winter isn’t about watching television and eating bundt cake. Stay active and get involved: goalkeep on the road hockey team, build a snowman, or play a board game with your children.

By bundling up the kids and braving the cold outdoors together, you’ll feel more connected as a family and more alert and healthy during the groggy month of February. You may even rediscover why people loved winter all those years ago.

Need more information on parenting? Your Employee Assistance Program (EAP) can help with a child to elder care resource and referral service that is geared toward enhancing the quality of family life. Call your Employee Assistance Program (EAP) to see if you are eligible for the child to elder care resource and referral service at 1 866.468.9461 or 1.800.387.4765.

This newsletter is meant for informational purposes only and may not necessarily represent the views of individual organizations.

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