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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Fitness Friday #BlogHop #LinkUp - What is Physical Exercise?



Wikipedia defines physical exercise as a bodily activity that develops and maintains physical fitness and overall health. It is often practiced to strengthen muscles and the cardiovascular system, and to hone athletic skills. 

Frequent and regular physical exercise boosts the immune system, and helps prevent diseases of affluence such as heart disease, cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes and obesity. It also improves mental health and helps prevent depression. 

There are several forms of physical exercise. From Aerobic exercise Anaerobic exercise Strength training to Agility training Take out 10 minutes of your day to exercise. Go for a walk with your kids, do some jumping jacks, sit ups or push ups for 10 minutes. Did you know that vacuuming is also a good form of physical exercise? 

Simple 10 Minute Exercises you can do at Home


  • Jump Rope
  • Dance to Your Favorite Music
  • Go for a Walk or Run
  • Push Ups
  • Run Up and Down Your Stairs
  • Squats
  • Sit-ups or Crunches
  • Jumping Jacks
  • Run in Place
What is your favorite 10 minute exercise? Can you add to my list?

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    Our talented co-hosts:


    Chandra Sullivan - Spark Your Motivation
    Tere Scott - Teachable Scott Tots Homeschool
    Danielle Nabozny - Lip Gloss and Yoga Pants
    Lisa Belanger - Inspire Me Well
    Maryann Mitchell - It's Not Food, It's Me
    Angela Barnets - Fit Personified
    Wendi Barker - Wendi's Book Corner
    Lacey Baker - Love Lacey 365





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    Cascia Talbert is a busy blogger,  and mother of five children, living in Spokane, WA. With a B.A. in history and law and a passion for writing and staying healthy, she started The Healthy Moms Magazine in 2007. The Healthy Moms Magazine is currently ranked the top health blog for moms. Ms. Talbert believes that if mothers are well educated on health issues and how to stay healthy, they can pass that information down to their children and reverse the childhood obesity statistics in the U.S.

    Ms. Talbert  runs the Healthy Moms Social Network, is the founder of Healthy Moms Media, and also blogs at talbertzoo.com. You can follow her on facebook.com/TheHealthyMomsMag, and twitter.com/cltalbert.


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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Try These Foods That Reduce Stress


Life & Beauty Weekly: Health

Try These Foods That Reduce Stress

By Lambeth Hochwald for Life & Beauty Weekly



A rough day at work, a houseful of chores and bickering kids can leave you feeling frazzled. You’re tempted to reach for the pretzels or chocolate, but you know it’s not good to reach for something to eat when you’re totally stressed out, right? Not always! Nutrition experts say that certain foods can actually help us stay calm. Here are some of their stress-combating suggestions:

Start the Day With Breakfast

Missing meals, especially the first one of the day, can leave you with cravings and extreme hunger that actually fuel your stress, says Alison Acerra, RD, national manager of nutrition and wellness for Guckenheimer, a national food service organization. Tip: Reach for a balanced breakfast, complete with high-fiber carbohydrates, lean protein and healthy fat. Try whole-grain cereal atop Greek yogurt with fruit and nuts.


Avoid Blood Sugar Spikes

“When your blood sugar levels are unstable, your stress hormones go haywire, as does your mood,” says Susan Barendregt, a functional nutritionist in Viroqua, Wis. “You want to reach for foods that will provide you with minerals and other nutrients needed to fuel the body’s natural processes that keep it in equilibrium.”


To keep blood sugar levels in check, avoid sugary refined-carbohydrate foods like cookies, cakes, white bread and muffins. Instead, go for foods with protein and healthy fats, which are satisfying without spiking your blood sugar. Have a salad with grilled chicken breast and sliced avocado for lunch, and snack on nuts and seeds instead of chips. Plan to eat small meals (every three to four hours) that include a good source of protein, fiber and healthy fats.

Sip Tea

If you’re stressed, skip the coffee and soda. In addition to giving you the jitters, the high level of caffeine in these drinks can interfere with your normal sleep cycles, which will only exacerbate the stress you’re already feeling, says Ivy Branin, a naturopathic doctor in New York City. Instead, turn to tea, a study-proven remedy for stress symptoms. Black tea has been shown to lower levels of cortisol, the brain’s “stress hormone,” while compounds in green tea can help lower blood sugar levels. And researchers have discovered that passionflower tea is as effective at curbing anxiety as a well-known prescription medication.

Think Vitamin C and BFoods such as citrus fruits and leafy greens can help reduce the stress you’re experiencing because they support your adrenal glands. These are the stress-handling glands that often get taxed after repeated and chronic stress, says Jenny Westerkamp, a registered dietitian-nutritionist at CJK Foods, a Chicago-based chef-crafted healthy meal delivery service.
Stock up on FishYour seafood counter is another place to go for stress reduction. Salmon has high stores of protein and omega-3 fatty acids that help promote brain health and decrease production of cortisol. Meanwhile, tasty shellfish -- such as oysters, clams and crabs -- are a great source of zinc, which helps support the immune system and adrenal glands.

Choose Whole Grains

Whole-grain items, such as brown rice, oats and wheat contain L-tryptophan, the amino acid essential in serotonin production (an essential substance that helps with relaxation and happiness) and key B vitamins. Another great serotonin-boosting food: sweet potatoes, which are loaded with vitamin B6.


Lambeth Hochwald is an editor and writer from New York. Her work has appeared in such publications and websites as Woman’s Day, Ladies’ Home Journal, Organic Spa and Entrepreneur.com. She is also an adjunct professor of journalism at New York University.
 





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Cascia Talbert is a busy blogger,  and mother of five children, living in Spokane, WA. With a B.A. in history and law and a passion for writing and staying healthy, she started The Healthy Moms Magazine in 2007. The Healthy Moms Magazine is currently ranked the top health blog for moms. Ms. Talbert believes that if mothers are well educated on health issues and how to stay healthy, they can pass that information down to their children and reverse the childhood obesity statistics in the U.S.

Ms. Talbert  runs the Healthy Moms Social Network on Ning, is the founder of Healthy Moms Media, and also blogs at talbertzoo.com. You can follow her on facebook.com/TheHealthyMomsMag, and twitter.com/cltalbert.


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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Affordable, Convenient and Award Winning Childcare



The school year is just about over and parents will be searching for summer programs for their kids.  KinderCare is an accredited, award winning  nationwide child day care and early education center.  They offer programs for children of all ages from birth to twelve years.

When school is out KinderCare is still in session. They offer winter, spring, and summer break activities that are fun, smart, and save the day when school is out.  Kids love their preschool and school-age programs, and they offer flexible scheduling options to meet the needs of busy families like yours. 

For more information about KinderCare and to find a center near you visit KinderCare.com






About Our Founder

Cascia Talbert is a busy blogger,  and mother of five children, living in Spokane, WA. With a B.A. in history and law and a passion for writing and staying healthy, she started The Healthy Moms Magazine in 2007. The Healthy Moms Magazine is currently ranked the top health blog for moms. Ms. Talbert believes that if mothers are well educated on health issues and how to stay healthy, they can pass that information down to their children and reverse the childhood obesity statistics in the U.S.

Ms. Talbert  runs the Healthy Moms Social Network, is the founder of Healthy Moms Media, and also blogs at talbertzoo.com. You can follow her on facebook.com/TheHealthyMomsMag, and twitter.com/cltalbert.


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Cascia Talbert is a busy blogger,  and mother of five children, living in Spokane, WA. With a B.A. in history and law and a passion for writing and staying healthy, she started The Healthy Moms Magazine in 2007. The Healthy Moms Magazine is currently ranked the top health blog for moms. Ms. Talbert believes that if mothers are well educated on health issues and how to stay healthy, they can pass that information down to their children and reverse the childhood obesity statistics in the U.S.

Ms. Talbert  runs the Healthy Moms Social Network, is the founder of Healthy Moms Media, and also blogs at talbertzoo.com. You can follow her on facebook.com/TheHealthyMomsMag, and twitter.com/cltalbert.


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Monday, April 14, 2014

Sodium and Potassium Diet and Health Facts


 Too much sodium in your diet can lead to high blood pressure and increase your risk of heart attack and stroke. But how much sodium is too much? The experts from the makers of LoSalt, the world's leading low sodium alternative to table salt, recommend that adults should only consume 5 grams of salt per day (1,937.9 mg of sodium). 

Approximately 75% of the salt we consume is hidden in  every day foods like, bread, cheese and cereal. If you add salt to your food at the dinner table substituting it with LoSalt will help reduce the sodium intake in your diet.  

LoSalt is a blend of sodium chloride and potassium chloride.  Just like too much sodium in your diet can lead to high blood pressure, too little potassium in your diet does the same thing.  Studies have shown that if you increase your potassium intake it can actually reduce your blood pressure.  It is very important to maintain a proper sodium and potassium balance.

The average American diet contains only 80% of the recommended potassium intake. Sodium and potassium work together to maintain a healthy blood pressure level. It is important to lower your sodium intake and eat more potassium rich foods.  Consider adding these foods high in potassium to your diet:

  • Bananas
  • Potatoes
  • Nuts and Seeds
  • Milk
  • Yogurt
  • Fish
  • Whole Grain Cereals




 If you are planning a Cinco de Mayo celebration in a few weeks below are some great recipes you can try from LoSalt.

Quorn Fajitas

SERVES 4 (two each)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 red onion, thinly sliced
85g chestnut mushrooms, quartered
1 green and 1 yellow pepper, seeded and sliced
250g frozen Quorn pieces
2 teaspoons mild chili seasoning
Half a teaspoon turmeric
8 flour tortillas
6-8 tablespoons mayonnaise or soured cream
half an iceberg lettuce or 2 little gem lettuces, finely shredded
slice avocado sprinkled with chili flakes, to serve
LoSalt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Instructions:
1.    Heat the oil in a large frying pan or wok and add the onion, mushrooms and peppers. Stir fry for 2-3 minutes then add the Quorn. Sprinkle with spices and stir-fry for 2-3 minutes until the Quorn is hot all the way through. Season to taste with LoSalt and pepper.
2.    Wrap the tortillas in kitchen foil and warm through in a hot oven at 200°C/400°F/Gas Mark 6 for about 5 minutes. Alternatively dry fry in a frying pan for 1 minute on each side until lightly charred and warmed through.
3.    Put everything in serving dished in the middle of the table and let everyone help themselves to a tortilla, Quorn mix, shredded lettuce, mayo or soured cream and sliced avocado. Great family fun!


Healthy Med-Mex Nachos

Recipe by Chef Mareya Ibrahim, the Fit Foody and founder of Eat Cleaner.
SERVES 6
Mango Tomato Salsa:
1 ripe mango, peeled, pitted, and diced
2 medium Roma tomatoes, finely chopped
¼ medium red onion, finely chopped
1 jalapeño, halved, seeded, and minced
3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
Juice and finely grated zest of 1 lime
½ teaspoon LoSalt

Nachos:
6 reduced carb whole wheat pita bread
Nonstick cooking spray
2 teaspoons ground cumin
½ pound grilled chicken breast, cubed
1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
2 cups shredded low fat Monterrey jack cheese
1 cup nonfat plain Greek-style yogurt
Juice and finely grated zest of 1 lime
¼ teaspoon LoSalt

Instructions:

1.    To prepare the salsa: In a mixing bowl, combine the mango, tomato, onion, jalapeño, garlic, cilantro, lime juice, zest, and salt.
2.    Toss to mix the ingredients together. Set aside to allow the flavors to come together.
3.    To prepare the nachos: Preheat oven to 300-degrees F. Halve the pita bread horizontally to give you 12 rounds. Cut each round into 8 wedges. Arrange the pita triangles in a single layer on 2 baking pans. Lightly spray the surface with nonstick cooking spray and sprinkle with cumin. Bake until very lightly crisp, about 5 minutes.


LoSalt is the U.K.’s leading healthy, low-sodium alternative to salt sold worldwide and in more than 4,500 stores in the U.S. It is a reduced sodium salt with 66% less sodium than regular table, sea and rock salts. Unlike other alternatives/substitutes on the market, it tastes just like regular salt – making it ideal for seasoning food on the table and in all cooking. It is a natural product with no artificial flavoring. LoSalt is easy to use because if a recipe calls for 1 tsp of salt, use 1 tsp of LoSalt. For more information about LoSalt and to find a store that sells it near you visit losalt.com/us/ .
 



*Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of LoSalt. I received product compensation in exchange for this post.



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Cascia Talbert is a busy blogger,  and mother of five children, living in Spokane, WA. With a B.A. in history and law and a passion for writing and staying healthy, she started The Healthy Moms Magazine in 2007. The Healthy Moms Magazine is currently ranked the top health blog for moms. Ms. Talbert believes that if mothers are well educated on health issues and how to stay healthy, they can pass that information down to their children and reverse the childhood obesity statistics in the U.S.

Ms. Talbert  runs the Healthy Moms Social Network, is the founder of Healthy Moms Media, and also blogs at talbertzoo.com. You can follow her on facebook.com/TheHealthyMomsMag, and twitter.com/cltalbert.


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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Your Best 20-Minute Workout



Life & Beauty Weekly: Health

Your Best 20-Minute Workout

By JESSICA REMITZ for Life & Beauty Weekly



Ready to get in shape but not sure you’ve got the time? Between long workdays, packed weekends and family obligations, it can seem impossible to fit in an hour of exercise several times a week. Fortunately, there are a variety of routines you can add to your schedule that will help you get (or stay!) in shape in just 20 minutes. Bonus: You can do them anywhere.

We’ve asked Lesley Mettler-Auld, a running, triathlon and fitness coach in Seattle, to share a 20-minute workout she does. The exercise routine she gave us can be used as a supplement to your current routine or as a primary workout if you’re crunched for time. “It’s designed to use all the major muscles of the body in a different way [and is] very efficient,” she says. “Start with light weights until you get the motion down, then increase weight as your muscles are ready.”

Repeat each exercise for 50 seconds, taking 10 seconds to move on to the next exercise. Repeat the entire circuit twice.

Get Started: 

Equipment needed: one set of dumbbells or a resistance band
  • Burpies: Begin in a plank position, with legs extended and feet hip-width apart. Rest your weight on your hands or forearms. Jump to a squat position. From there, reach your hands over your head and jump as high as you can. Return to a squat, step or jump back into plank pose and repeat.
  • Squat Combination: Holding a dumbbell in each hand, stand with your feet hip-width apart and weight on your heels. Lower into a squat while keeping your knees behind your toes. As you rise, curl the dumbbells into a biceps curl, then extend your arms and press the weights over your head with your palms facing inward. Lower and repeat.
  • Mountain Climbers: Begin in a plank position with your feet hip-width apart. Bend your right knee to touch your left elbow, then return to plank position and repeat with your right knee to left elbow. Continue alternating sides.
  • Narrow Hand Push-Up: Begin in a plank position on your feet or with your knees bent on the ground. Lower your body down into a push-up while keeping your elbows in and along your sides. Return to plank and repeat.
  • Boat Pose: Sit on the floor with your legs straight out in front of you. Raise legs to a 45-degree angle from your torso. Keeping your back straight, lean back slightly, forming a “V” shape with your body. Bring your arms out in a straight line, parallel to your legs, and hold this position.
  • Bicycle Crunch: Lie on your back with your knees bent and abs pulled tight toward your spine. With your hands behind your head, extend one leg out while lifting your shoulders off the floor and bringing the opposite knee toward the opposite shoulder. Switch sides and repeat.
  • Shoulder Press with Leg Extension: Stand with your feet hip-width apart. Hold a dumbbell in each hand and bend your elbows to hold the weights at shoulder height. Raise your right leg to 90 degrees and, with your leg raised, exhale and extend your arms up with palms facing inward. Lower your arms and leg at the same time and repeat on the other side.
  • Bent-Over Fly: Bend at the waist, letting your arms hang down with a dumbbell in each hand. With a straight back and moving only your shoulders, lift the dumbbells up and out to the side until they’re even with your back. Slowly lower and repeat.
  • Biceps Hammer Curl with band or dumbbell: Keeping your arms at your sides and bent at the elbows, raise and lower your arms into a curl.
  • Crunches: Lying on the floor with a flat back and bent knees, place your hands behind your head and use your abs to lift and lower your head and shoulders.
Got an exercise ball? You can incorporate it into your quick workout with exercises such as crunches and the “Superman” stretch (lying face-down on the ball, lift your right arm and left leg; hold and switch to your left arm/right leg).

Completing exercises like these in a circuit format allows you to do more with your workout in the same period of time, making the most of your routine.

Jessica Remitz is a New York-based writer and content producer who has written for such sites as FitPregnancy, EverydayHealth, SpaFinder and BBC Travel

 





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Cascia Talbert is a busy blogger,  and mother of five children, living in Spokane, WA. With a B.A. in history and law and a passion for writing and staying healthy, she started The Healthy Moms Magazine in 2007. The Healthy Moms Magazine is currently ranked the top health blog for moms. Ms. Talbert believes that if mothers are well educated on health issues and how to stay healthy, they can pass that information down to their children and reverse the childhood obesity statistics in the U.S.

Ms. Talbert  runs the Healthy Moms Social Network, is the founder of Healthy Moms Media, and also blogs at talbertzoo.com. You can follow her on facebook.com/TheHealthyMomsMag, and twitter.com/cltalbert.


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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Helping Your Baby Communicate



Love Sleep Play: Play & Discovery

Helping Your Baby Communicate

By Jane Chou for Love Sleep Play



From the day he was born, your baby has been trying to communicate with you. That’s what all the crying, smiling, cooing, and babbling have been about. He’s saying, “I’m hungry,” “I’m sleepy,” “You make me happy,” and “I love you.” With each passing day, his communication skills improve. Sometime around your baby’s first birthday, he’ll probably come out with his first real word.
What’s more, speech development and social skills go hand in hand. Learning how to express his thoughts, wants, and needs will eventually help your child learn to connect with the people around him and become a sociable toddler. How can you support this amazing process?
  • Help your child find words. At 6 to 12 months, your baby isn’t ready to start talking yet, but when he puts forth a syllable, she’s making an attempt at words. So when she says, “ba,” help him out: “Are you looking for your ball? Do you want your bottle? Where did you put your book?” Speak slowly and enunciate clearly so she can hear the different sounds and connect them to what they mean.
  • Pay attention to your child’s nonverbal communications. Speech isn’t the only means of communication your baby will use. Between 8 and 12 months, she may start sending more and more nonverbal messages by pointing, gesturing, looking at what she wants, making faces, and even dancing. Grabbing a toy and banging it on the table may mean, “May I have your attention, please?” or “I’m so happy with my truck!” Whatever he does, take notice and respond.
  • Have conversations with your child. While you can’t expect your baby to talk back at this age, asking questions and waiting for a response teaches her the rhythm of conversation: You talk and I listen, then I talk and you listen. And don’t forget to respond when your little one cuts loose with baby babble. You may not understand her words, but your response will encourage her to keep trying.
  • Narrate your day. Tell your baby what you’re doing, ask her what she wants, and name what you’re seeing: “Let’s go find your blocks. Do you want the red ball or the blue one? Oh, look! There’s your stuffed bear.” Rest assured that even though she can’t reply with words yet, she’s listening to and learning from everything you say.
  • Read to your child. Sharing books is an important way to support your baby’s early childhood development. It reinforces the power of words and helps your child move forward on the road to literacy, language, and learning.





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Cascia Talbert is a busy blogger,  and mother of five children, living in Spokane, WA. With a B.A. in history and law and a passion for writing and staying healthy, she started The Healthy Moms Magazine in 2007. The Healthy Moms Magazine is currently ranked the top health blog for moms. Ms. Talbert believes that if mothers are well educated on health issues and how to stay healthy, they can pass that information down to their children and reverse the childhood obesity statistics in the U.S.

Ms. Talbert  runs the Healthy Moms Social Network on Ning, is the founder of Healthy Moms Media, and also blogs at talbertzoo.com. You can follow her on facebook.com/TheHealthyMomsMag, and twitter.com/cltalbert.


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When It Comes to the Brain, Age Does Matter



Life & Beauty Weekly: Health

When It Comes to the Brain, Age Does Matter

By Lynn Langway for Life & Beauty Weekly


If your keys keep playing hide-and-seek and you can’t recall the name of your daughter’s latest BFF, what should you do? Occasional memory blips are “extremely normal”, especially for busy moms, according to Barry Gordon, M.D., PhD, professor of neurology and cognitive science at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and author of Intelligent Memory. “Your memory’s probably not as bad as you think it is,” he says, and too much self-monitoring might only make it worse.
Besides, the latest research shows there are far more effective ways than worry to sharpen your wits. While we do lose brain cells past the teenage years, there’s accumulating evidence that we can also foster new ones. Some of these brain-boosters may surprise you; many are even fun!

Get a Move On 

The evidence that aerobic fitness benefits your mind as well as your body keeps growing by, well, leaps and bounds. One recent study at the Mayo Clinic found that subjects who did moderate workouts (about 30 minutes) 5 or 6 times a week cut their later risk of mild cognitive impairment by 32 percent. Reformed couch potatoes did even better, reducing their risk by 39 percent.
You can also add weight training to your routine: Researchers at the University of Illinois reported that both aerobic and resistance training workouts keep your brain healthier in old age.

Eat Greek

“The best way to keep your mind and memory sharp as you age is to nourish yourself with a wide variety of nutrient-rich foods,” says Elisa Zied, a registered dietician whose new book, Younger Next Week, details many connections between diet and brain health.

Numerous studies show that regular consumption of a Mediterranean-accented diet -- including the fish and low-fat dairy, vegetables, fruit, whole grains, nuts and olive oil seen in the typical Greek menu -- can help reduce and even reverse cognitive decline (as well as other threats to brain and body such as high blood pressure, obesity and diabetes). The mental and physical benefits of omega-3, found in fatty fish used in these types of diets, have often been demonstrated. A 2014 study published in the journal Neurology found that postmenopausal women who maintained the highest blood levels of omega-3 kept more brain cells as they aged, especially in the hippocampus, the part of the brain that forms new memories. (A major clinical study on the effectiveness of fish oil supplements is now underway at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.)

Drink Up

Anyone who needs a jolt or two of java to get started in the morning already knows that caffeine spurs alertness. But a recent study at Johns Hopkins suggests that caffeine can enhance memory, too; participants who drank coffee retained more visual images when tested 24 hours later than those who didn’t.

The benefits of tea, hot chocolate, and wine have been supported by other scientific research too. According to one study published in the Journal of Nutrition, those who regularly drank all three beverages scored highest on verbal and visual tests.

Sleep on It

The National Institutes of Health reports that snoozing powers our memory before, during and after we learn something new. On the other hand, Finnish researchers found that sleep deprivation -- less than four hours in a night -- can impair attention, working memory, long-term memory and decision-making ability (as many new moms might attest).

Challenge Yourself

You’ve probably heard that crosswords or Sudoku can build a more agile brain. But if you’re not into filling out little boxes, says Dr. Gordon, try something new. “Get out of your rut” and find something you enjoy doing, he says. Learn to tap dance or do Zumba, study Spanish or juggling, take up meditation or sketching; there’s ample research indicating that mastering new skills can stimulate the mind.

Train Your Brain

Computerized brain-training programs have proliferated in the last few years. It’s “not clear yet” how well they work over the long term, Gordon notes, but go ahead and play them if you’ve got time and interest. But if you really want to remember a name, he adds, do what skilled politicians do: focus on the person, repeat their name aloud, and write it down when you get a chance. As for those elusive keys: Always drop them in a designated spot, such as a deep bowl on a hall table. And relax.

Lynn Langway is a health writer and former editor at Newsweek and Ladies’ Home Journal who frequently contributes to Life & Beauty Weekly. Follow her on Twitter: @travelcentricny.





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Cascia Talbert is a busy blogger,  and mother of five children, living in Spokane, WA. With a B.A. in history and law and a passion for writing and staying healthy, she started The Healthy Moms Magazine in 2007. The Healthy Moms Magazine is currently ranked the top health blog for moms. Ms. Talbert believes that if mothers are well educated on health issues and how to stay healthy, they can pass that information down to their children and reverse the childhood obesity statistics in the U.S.

Ms. Talbert  runs the Healthy Moms Social Network on Ning, is the founder of Healthy Moms Media, and also blogs at talbertzoo.com. You can follow her on facebook.com/TheHealthyMomsMag, and twitter.com/cltalbert.


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