FEATURES - September 2012 3
BOSS is One Tough Mudder
Editor Tara Goodson
Ben Alejandro Eden Barnett Nikki Boyer CynDe Clack William D. Corlew, III Charlene Frasher SGT Mike Nelson Jessica Ryan Adam Slyfield Steve Stone Lisa Taylor
Creative Director Sears Hallett
The season is just beginning, will your team make it to the play-offs?
A Great Alternative to Bodybuilding- Get on board with this latest fitness craze.
Labor Day Weekend Activities
Activities and events during Labor Day weekend.
10 Get Sweaty
Aerobic exercise is good for more than just your heart.
12 Saving Gas Mileage
Learn how to save a couple of bucks at the pump by improving your driving habits.
Jenny Roecker 931-627-4969 firstname.lastname@example.org
14 Your Family Fun Center
SPC Lane Christie Paula Hallett Jessica Ryan Deborah Young Clarksville Parks & Recreation Hopkinsville CVB Land Between the Lakes Tennessee Department of Tourism Big Stock Marmion
Do you have what it takes to be a Tough Mudder?
Hooper Bowling Center provided fun and entertainment for your entire Family!
18 Healthy Habits by Char
Staying hydrated is the key to good health.
20 New Age Pow-Wows
It’s more than just a colorful costume.
22 September is National Coupon Month
Learn to save over $1000 annually by following these tips.
23 Jammin’ In the Alley
Disclaimers: Fort Campbell’s MWR Life Magazine is a monthly magazine produced by the Fort Campbell MWR Marketing Department under the authority of AR 215-1. Facilities and activities publicized are open to authorized patrons.The mention or appearance of commercial advertisers, commercial sponsors and/or their logos does not constitute endorsement by the Federal Government. The information in this issue is current at the time of publication; activities and events are subject to change.
Strawberry Alley hosts a fun music night that you should check out.
24 Lupus Awareness
Resources and education about Lupus.
25 Courage Doesn’t Always Roar How two incredible women cope with a chronic condition.
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29 Childhood Obesity
Encourage healthy habits by setting a good example for your child.
BOSS is One Tough Mudder by Lisa Taylor Are you a Tough Mudder? On June 16, 2012 Fort Campbell’s Better Opportunity for Single Soldiers (BOSS) program took 15 single Soldiers to the Badlands in Attica, Indiana to find out if they were strong enough to be Tough Mudders. You may be asking, what exactly is a Tough Mudder? Well, let me tell you- Tough Mudder is not your average mud run or endurance road race. I would even say it makes Ninja Warrior look like child’s play. One blogger wrote, “It’s Ironman meets Burning Man!”
In reality Tough Mudder is a new type of team endurance challenge that places participants through an intense obstacle course that was created by British Special Forces. Each obstacle was designed to test a person’s all around mental and physical stamina, endurance and camaraderie. “A lot of the obstacles required a mass amount of teamwork. If you didn’t have teammates there wasn’t a chance you could do it by yourself,” said SPC Carol Sheffield, one of the lucky (and the only female) participants in the June 16 challenge. With names like Arctic Enema, Boa Constrictor, Electric Shock Therapy, Fire Walker and Everest, you can just imagine the types of obstacles participants must master to become Tough Mudders. Each course consists of 10 to 12 miles of
hills, mud, water, ropes, underground tunnels, 12 foot walls, 10,000 volts of electric shocks, and fire designed to push you to your limit. Each event incorporates local terrain making each challenge unique. This means no two courses will ever be the same. As the event moves from one location to the next, participants can experience a whole new set of challenges! It is estimated that approximately 15 to 20 percent of participants do not finish the challenge. Over half a million people have participated in Tough Mudder challenges since it was first introduced to the world in 2010, and they have raised over $3 million dollars for the Wounded Warrior Project. The Fort Campbell BOSS program proudly represented the 101st with SPC Drew Pearce displaying the 101st Division flag as he led the way! During the challenge, spectators recognized the 101st Airborne Division flag at which point the BOSS team and spectators began singing the 101st Airborne song! This really shows you the type of support and encouragement participants receive during these events. “The BOSS program chose to take Soldiers to Tough Mudder as a team building exercise because this challenge is something you absolutely cannot do on your own. We feel this event was a great way to instill strong team values while having fun,” said BOSS Vice President, SPC Gary Yim.
Out of the 15 participants who went to represent Fort Campbell, there was a mix of enlisted Soldiers as well as Officers. What is so great about the Tough Mudder challenge is that rank doesn’t matter. Everyone is part of the same team working towards the same goal! What an amazing experience, one that re-enforces what the BOSS program values every day. Participants are expected to be team players by making sure no one gets left behind. Mudders are asked to exhibit teamwork and camaraderie both on and off the course and before each event everyone joins in to recite the Tough
Mudder pledge As a Tough Mudder I pledge that: • I understand that Tough Mudder is not a race but a challenge. • I put teamwork and camaraderie before my course time. • I do not whine – kids whine. • I help my fellow Mudders complete the course. • I overcome all fears. Do you want to see if you have what it takes to be a Tough Mudder? Contact Fort Campbell’s BOSS program to find out when the next trip will be scheduled! For more information about upcoming BOSS events, email: email@example.com, call (270) 798-7858 or stop by the BOSS office located inside the D.W. Recreation Center at 6145 Desert Storm Avenue.
Football Fever by Adam Slyfield Football is America! No other country has a league like the NFL and very few others have a league at all. To be a true NFL fan, you must have passion, patience and most of all loyalty. You will live and die with every snap of your team’s season. It’s easy to be a fan when your team is winning and depressing to be a fan when they’re not – but a true football fan sticks by their team through thick and thin in hopes of one day being the fan of the team that takes the Lombardi Trophy. For me, being an NFL fan is unlike being a fan of anything else; it’s good for your soul to invest in something you can’t control. With every pass and whistle of each play, something different and unimaginable happens. We watch because we can’t wait to see what happens next and root because we love it! When your team wins, you’re on the highest of highs. When your team loses, it seems like the world just ended, but the great thing about the NFL is there is always another game. It may seem like forever for that day to come, but
when it does, you have just as much hope and pride as you did the year before. The best part of watching football is the 10 seconds before the kick off. During those 10 seconds, the anticipation of great things to come is at an all time high. If you’re a diehard fan, the day before the first game of the season is like waiting for Christmas – can’t sleep, mind races, and you just watch the clock ‘til kickoff time. This year, my Christmas starts on September 5, and I’m already watching the clock and waiting for kickoff in hopes that my team wins the big one and can be called “Champions” for a year – until the next season begins. While it’s almost impossible to decide a winner before the season starts, everybody has an opinion on their favorites. The New England Patriots are always a favorite with Tom Brady at quarterback, but losing the Super Bowl the year before is never an easy thing to overcome. They call it “Super Bowl Hangover” and most teams that lose the Super Bowl the year before, end up with a losing record the next season. Last time the New
England Patriots lost the Super Bowl - during the first game of the next season, Tom Brady suffered a season ending injury. The Baltimore Ravens are always a choice pick to win it all, with team leader Ray Lewis heading one of the best defenses in the league and a young QB in Joe Flacco and running back Ray Rice, who just received a five year/40 million dollar contract extension to stay with the team. The National Football Conference (NFC) is by far a tougher road to the Super Bowl then the American Football Conference (AFC). The Green Bay Packers are considered the best team in the NFC but with teams like Chicago adding new weapons to the offense and a veteran defense, defending Super Bowl Champions New York Giants and “America’s Team” Dallas Cowboys, not to mention the San Francisco 49ers, who were one game away from the Super Bowl last year- the NFC is a toss-up and should make for some great matchups this season. A lot of off-season moves took place this year, the biggest being arguably the best QB of all time, Peyton Manning, leaving the Indianapolis Colts after 14 seasons and going to the Denver Broncos. A lot of questions surround Peyton. Will he be the same QB as he was, after multiple neck surgeries last year and a season off? With a new offense and new players, only time will tell if he will be the Peyton Manning of old. Another Manning – Peyton’s little brother, Eli – won his second Super Bowl Ring last year by defeating the New England Patriots for the second time in four years. Some fans now believe that he is better than his big brother. Tennessee Titans finished last year with a record of 9-7, missing the playoffs due to a tie breaker with the Cincinnati Bengals. This will be year two under new coach, Mike Munchak, who turned the team around last year despite their star running back Chris Johnson having a disappointing season after receiving a huge contract extension. With a new season upon us, every fan has the same expectations and every team has the same record. If we’ve learned anything from past seasons in the NFL, it’s any team can win at any time and it’s almost impossible to pick a champion. One of the great things about football and the NFL is every year your team has a chance to win it all. The old saying was, “any given Sunday” – but the way they schedule the NFL now, it’s any given Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday or Saturday. Football is an incredible game. Sometimes it’s so incredible, it’s unbelievable. – Tom Landry
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Body, Mind & Spirit
A Great Alternative to Bodybuilding by Ben Alejandro and SGT Mike Nelson The fitness world has evolved vastly over the years, yet a few key ideas and principles remain the same. Proper dieting and consistent exercise will lead to a healthier and longer life. Many, if not all, of us strive to achieve the perfect beach body; the six pack abs, toned arms and buns of steel. But the question remains; what workout is the best for you? Different workout fads have come and gone, but pure bodybuilding is a constant. Webster’s dictionary defines bodybuilding as the developing of the body through exercise and diet; specifically the developing of the physique for competitive exhibition. As for the regular Joe and the rest of the world, men just want to look like Gerard Butler in “300” and women, like Angelina Jolie in all of her action flicks. But let’s face it, after we all got duped into that two year gym membership, we entered the facility and scanned the room looking for the most beefed up male or the female with the sexiest figure and tried to copy their form and style. But the brutish throwing around weights, style of lifting; and media icons like Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone, do not work for everyone.
CrossFit, the newest and most trending workout since TaeBo with Billy Blanks and P90X with Tony Horton, has become increasingly popular over the last couple of years. CrossFit is a fitness phenomenon founded by Greg Glassman in 2000. Over its twelve year life span it has accrued over 3000 gyms, nearly a million members worldwide, and even hosts its own Olympic style event called the CrossFit Games. Glassman describes CrossFit as a conditioning and strength building program that constantly varies in high intensity, functional movement with the stated goal of improving fitness. These workouts summon the participant to an all out physical exertion for 45 minutes or less. It combines movements such as sprinting, box jumps, burpees, and lifting kettlebells, dumbbells and medicine balls. The idea is to keep a high intensity workout that changes daily, constantly confusing the muscles of the body. This in turn allows a rapid increase in muscle growth and VO2 max levels. It has even caught the attention of numerous military units and has become a mandatory training program in some instances.
Now, as with all new trends and fads adopted by the masses; CrossFit has its down side. Without proper instruction or guidance, many of the complex movements associated with this workout program can send a person out of the gym on a stretcher. Advanced movements such as The Overhead Squat, The Snatch, Plyo-Box Jumps and the infamous Single Arm Kettle Bell Clean and Press can be very dangerous and should be executed with caution. Many of these exercises rely on joint, socket and tendon strength as well as muscular endurance. Therefore a fatigued misstep, sweaty palm and light grip or nervous spasm can be detrimental. Do not allow these possible mishaps deter you from unleashing your inner Hulk. Like all workout programs, always consult your physician before starting these advanced exercises. Also, educate yourself with the techniques and movements from a certified professional. Personal goals and milestones that you have set will be the determining factor on whether you choose to start a CrossFit routine or not. If your goal is to attain a physique that displays size, definition, and artistic symmetry then CrossFit will fit the bill. If you’re looking to achieve a slightly slender frame, yet build strength, aerobic endurance, and overall functional fitness; CrossFit could still be be the way to go. Take the time to do a bit of research, talk to a CrossFit certified trainer and check out the routines and gyms before committing. Either way, with personal motivation and dedication you’re on your way to a long and healthy life.
In the Know
Labor Day Weekend Activities By Eden Barnett
When I think of Labor Day Weekend, I think of barbeques, Family, the outdoors, and good ole’ fashioned fun. Here are some local activities to take advantage of in order to make your holiday a good one. Movies in the Park: Heritage Park in Clarksville Heritage Park offers free movies in the park throughout the summer weekends, and Labor Day Weekend is no exception. Come out September 1 and take advantage of seeing an 80’s double feature of The Princess Bride (PG), and The Goonies (PG). Just make sure to bring lawn chairs, blankets, and some things to snack on. Some concessions will be available. “Move Before the Movies” sponsored by Parks & Recreation, the YMCA and the Mayors Fitness Council starts an hour prior to the movie with the movie starting at dark. Find out more information about show times on their Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/clarksvillemoviesinthepark. Don’t forget your bug spray!
Fort Campbell Riding Stables: Hay Rides Fort Campbell Riding Stables is offering hay rides on Saturday, September 1 at both 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. They ask that you arrive 30 minutes prior to the riding time. Reservations are strongly encouraged. For those 13 years and older, the cost is $5 per person, ages 12 years and younger are $2.50. Ages 1 and under are free. Land Between the Lakes The Homeplace will be holding a 1850’s and will provide a great learning opportunity County Fair & Storytelling Festival on September and a chance for adventure. Visit www.lbl.org 1 and 2 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Enjoy this or call (270) 924-2020 for more information old-time county fair featuring historic trade and and directions. craft demonstrations, a country store, farmer’s September 2 market, music, and 19th century Cricket. The The World Beneath our Feet, 1:30 p.m., free admission cost is $5 for adults and $3 for children. Lawn Puppet Playhouse, 3 p.m., free admission chairs are welcome on the farm. Festival foods Sunset Canoe Trip, 5:30 p.m., $25 per canoe will be available for purchase. Land Between the Lakes and their September 3 Woodlands Nature Station is offering various Howl Your Head Off, 11 a.m., free admission activities for you and your Family on September Wet and Wacky Games, 1 p.m., free admission 2 and 3. Activities focus on“Nature in our Midst” “Bat” Attitude, 3:30 p.m., free admission
Train your Brain
by William D. Corlew, III One of my favorite all time Army Cadences that I love to hate is “You got me running when I should’a been walking; you got me singing when I should’a been talking; you got me training when I should’a been playing” etcetera, etcetera. I now realize that the distinct aroma of sweat soaked-physical fitness uniforms, an overly motivated Guidon Bearer who decides to circle the formation (and then hands-off the guidon to you), an enthusiastic Cadence Caller, and finally the often abrupt “turn-around, we’ve got fall-outs” describes a perfect morning of physical fitness at Fort Campbell. Running in formation offers a myriad of benefits; it builds unit cohesion, camaraderie, and esprit de corps. But, running and more specifically, aerobic fitness training, also has a complementary side effect – it enhances your mental state.
Before the creation of moisture wicking-apparel, running shoes (with toes), swim trunks, hiking shoes, and one-speed bicycles, people often fought mental stress by gorging on hotdogs, pizza, ice cream, pickles, and chocolate until they felt better. Although the behavior of eating to satisfy an emotional desire may initially seem gratifying, the usual result is likely a tummy ache; yet over time this behavior may contribute to a list of conditions that may negatively affect optimum psychological and physical health. In a recent article by Tom Scheve, writer for TLC, Is there a link between exercise and happiness; wrote: “When we walk, run or
engage in some other form of physical exercise, we generally seem to feel happier and less anxious.” Additionally, the Karolinska Institute conducted studies on rats; the results were that, “exercise mimics the effects of antidepressants on the brain and is also responsible for the creation of new brain cells in the part of the brain responsible for learning and memory.” “When you dance, your purpose is not to get to a certain place on the floor. It’s to enjoy each step along the way.”(Wayne Dyer) People who regularly run, walk, bike, swim, or otherwise are physically active gain the feeling of accomplishment by achieving their overall fitness goals. Therefore, work up to your fitness goals – set smaller goals and celebrate or reward yourself when you reach each target. If you need additional motivation, find a work-out buddy that shares your interests. However, be careful, just because your best friend swims like Michael Phelps doesn’t necessarily mean that he or she will make the best work-out partner for you, especially if you are still in floatees. Another benefit from various types of aerobic exercise is the production and release of endorphins. Endorphins interact with chemical receptors or nerve cells in the brain that decrease pain. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), “Scientists have found that regular participation in aerobic exercise has been shown to decrease overall levels of tension, elevate and stabilize mood, improve sleep, and improve self-esteem. About five minutes of aerobic exercise can begin to stimulate anti-anxiety effects.” Additionally, activities such as dancing, playing tennis, yoga, and even golfing (sorry-you can’t use the cart) are beneficial when it comes to reducing stress and increasing the effects of endorphins. If you’re thinking that all these activities that I’ve mentioned are great but our community is relatively small, where can I go to find places that offer these activities? First, before venturing into new territory, make sure you are medically ready to begin a new fitness program – seek the advice of a medical practitioner; second, keep safety and experience in mind, don’t go swimming without proper equipment and training, especially if you don’t know how to swim; next, cost is a factor, for example don’t invest in golf equipment unless you’re 100% sure that you will remain interested in the sport.
Our community offers a myriad of different places to exercise safely; places to run, walk, and bike are nearly limitless from Old Clarksville Base, Clarksville Greenway, Liberty Park (Clarksville Marina), to nature trails at Dunbar Cave State Park. These areas are great during this season, because they offer shade from the sun and you can even encourage your children to release their endorphins (helps them sleep). Other popular areas to experience an endorphin rush at Fort Campbell are Estep Wellness Center, Cole Park Golf Club, Hooper Bowling Center, Gardner Indoor Pool, the outdoor pools and any of the physical fitness centers on the installation. Be sure to visit www.fortcampbellmwr.com for details on locations, prices and hours. These are just a few places available to our community that contributes to health wellness for you and your Family. Make sure that whatever you set out to do is as safe as it is fun and don’t be afraid to get sweaty!
Saving Gas Mileage
All Revved Up
by Jessica Ryan It is just an ordinary day while you drive on Fort Campbell Boulevard. You look at your car’s fuel indicator and notice the dreadful low fuel warning light come on. Since this situation happens more than we want to admit, it is a good idea to consider improving your car’s fuel economy. Luckily, there are easy and practical ways to save gas mileage which will benefit your vehicle and wallet. Keep Your Vehicle Well Maintained Proper vehicle maintenance is key to saving gas mileage. Your car should be serviced for regular oil changes, tire pressure checks, air filter cleaning and other maintenance areas (i.e. checking the pressure in your spare tire every six months). According to Air Assault Auto Manager Chris Bullard, drivers should refer to their car’s owner’s manual to understand their car’s maintenance needs. For those who drive regularly on Fort Campbell, they should adhere to severe duty maintenance as opposed to regular maintenance due to the post’s stop and go traffic patterns. Fort Campbell’s Air Assault Auto is a good place for vehicle maintenance. Its main store, located at 5300 Airborne Street, offers several automotive services at affordable prices. Even for basic services like an oil change, the Air Assault Auto staff will do extensive, visual inspections to make sure your car is running properly. The Automotive Skills Center is a great resource for drivers who want to do self-service work. Located at the intersection of 6548 58th Street and Tennessee Avenue, the center has both flat and lift bays, specialty automotive tools and on-site instructors for assistance.
Modify Your Bad Driving Habits Believe it or not, your driving habits can affect your car’s gas mileage. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) states that “aggressive driving (speeding, rapid acceleration and braking) wastes gas. It can lower your gas mileage by 33 percent at highway speeds and by 5 percent around town.” We should change our bad driving habits with the incentive to improve fuel economy. Air Assault Auto Assistant Manager Mike Childers recommends drivers maintain a steady speed and avoid jackrabbit-like driving. Other habits such as excessive idling have damaging effects on your car’s fuel and engine.
Keep the Weight Off Your Vehicle Our vehicles can sometimes be our mobile home away from home. Somehow a once empty car can look like one’s personal closet. Some of us become inspired by MTV’s Pimp My Ride and want to accessorize our vehicle so it can be the baddest car on the block. However, according to the Car Care Council, those extra items can weigh down vehicles and cause the vehicle to use more gas. Bullard agrees and claims that “the best way to save on fuel economy when you are talking about options is pretty much keeping the car the way you bought it.” Before you
decide to clean out your car, make sure to keep essential items such as a spare tire, tools for emergency car repairs, flares and a first-aid kit. Consider Alternative Options Another way to improve fuel economy is to not drive your car as much. Effectively planning driving routes and combining necessary errand trips can save gas mileage. Starting a carpool with your co-workers, neighbors or friends is also a money-saving and environmentally-friendly option. For those commuting to other cities, Interstate 24 has Park & Ride lots at Exit 8 and 11 which make good central locations for carpools. Another option is to consider other modes of transportation. From Monday to Saturday, the Clarksville City Bus serves Fort Campbell, Austin Peay State University and surrounding neighborhoods. There is even a weekday-only commuter route to Nashville. Moreover, simpler means might get you to your destination. Ride your bicycle or just walk to close locations. Purchase a Fuel Efficient Vehicle Even with all these suggestions, you might want to trade in your gas-guzzler for a more fuel efficient car. Before you head to the local car dealership, Childers and Bullard suggest doing research. They strongly recommend looking at a car’s resale value and consumer reports. Bullard states that “the resale value is determined by the car’s reliability, repairs and failures in certain areas.” Likewise, consumer reports give individuals up-to-date information on the vehicle. Army Community Service’s Financial Readiness staff can also assist patrons with obtaining free CarFax reports, accessing the Kelly Blue Book and NADA reports and researching vehicle manufacturer’s special sale offers. For more information about Air Assault Auto, call (270) 956-1101 (Repair and Parts Store) or (270) 798-5612 (Self-Service Shop). To learn more about ACS Financial Readiness services, call (270) 798-5518.
Spotlight on MWR
YOUR FAMILY FUN CENTER by Jessica Ryan
As the summer came to a close last month, I could not help but reminisce about my childhood summer memories. Like many military children, I spent my summers at the Child, Youth and School Services (CYSS) camps. One of my fondest experiences was going to the on-post bowling centers. At these bowling centers, I bowled my first strike, bonded with my friends over cosmic bowling and held my most memorable birthday parties. Needless to say, Army installation bowling centers were a big part of my childhood.
When I first learned about Fort Campbell’s Hooper Bowling Center, I immediately connected with its slogan – “Your Family Fun Center.” Hooper’s General Manager, Tim Stancil, strongly believes in this slogan and strives to make Hooper an affordable and friendly environment for the Soldiers, Retirees, Civilians and their Families. “I understand that Families have a limited budget,” Stancil says, “I’m looking to give the most bang for their [the Families] buck.” Equipped with 32 modern Brunswick lanes, GSX pinsetters and Vector Scoring, 32” flat screen monitors, full service snack bar, cosmic bowling room, and Pro Shop, Hooper is a superior bowling facility. Luckily, the Fort Campbell community can enjoy Hooper without paying a big price. Hooper has several specials throughout the week. On Sundays, from 12 p.m. until 5 p.m., patrons can bowl up to three one dollar games and
pay only a dollar for shoe rentals. Likewise, on Mondays, bowlers can take advantage of dollar bowling and dollar shoe rentals from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Tuesdays, patrons can enjoy two very popular specials – Red Pin Bowling and Pizza and a Lane. Red Pin Bowling is an incentive for patrons to win free games. The bowler gets two virtual red pins (as indicated on scoring monitor) per game and if the bowler strikes on the red pin the in the head position, they receive a free game for a future visit. Bowlers can win up to three games per night. From 5 p.m. until 10 p.m., Hooper also offers the Pizza and a Lane special. For twenty dollars, patrons receive one lane for one hour, up to four pairs of rental shoes, one large one topping pizza and one pitcher of soda or tea with one free refill. “The prices are less than what is offered in downtown,” Stancil claims. “We are always going to be very affordable to the Family.” In addition to its unique specials, Hooper also has other services and programs for its customers. The center hosts both adult and youth leagues throughout the year. Starting in September, Hooper’s United States Bowling Congress (USBC) youth league gives children, from
ages 5 to 17, bowling lessons and an outlet to have organized fun. Even though the term “league” has a serious connotation, Stancil and his staff ultimately want the children enjoy the sport at their comfort level. Stancil states, “If they [the children] want to become better bowlers, then we will help them. If they want to just have fun with their friends, that is good too.” Hooper is also a great venue for children (and adults) to host their next birthday parties. According to Stancil, Hooper is one of the leading military bowling centers in hosting birthday parties. This is probably due to the fact that Hooper offers excellent birthday packages which can accommodate any party size. By selecting from Hooper’s four birthday packages, Families can relax and celebrate someone’s big day while the Hooper staff takes care of their party needs. For dedicated bowlers, Hooper’s Pro Shop, which was established in 2009, has a wide selection of balls, bags, shoes and other bowling accessories. Bowlers can purchase a bowling bowl and get it custom drilled for an optimal fit. They can also have their bowling balls restored with the shop’s Storm Surface Factory Ball Refinisher and Ball Reviver. With its array of services, awesome specials and friendly atmosphere, Hooper truly embodies its slogan – “Your Family Fun Center.” A Senior Professional Bowling Association (PBA) Member himself, Stancil is very passionate about the sport. His passion transcends into turning Hooper Bowling Center into a top bowling facility and inspiring others to pick up a bowling ball and learn the game. “I have been managing bowling facilities since 1979. This is one of the best facilities I’ve had,” Stancil remarks. “Anyone in the Fort Campbell area who does not take advantage of having a great bowling center like this is losing out.” Hooper Bowling Center is located on 5380 Tennessee Avenue. For more information, call (270) 798-5887 or visit their website at www.fortcampbellmwr.com/dining/HooperBowling.
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Child, Youth & School Services 1. Bastogne (CDC) (270) 412-4485 2. Eagle (CDC) (270) 412-3303/3304 3. Gardner Hills (CDC) (270) 412-0392 4. Part Day Preschool (CDC) (270) 412-6767 5. Polk (CDC) (270) 412-4471 6. Tennessee (CDC) (270) 412-4477 7. Watters #1 (CDC) (270) 439-7993 8. Watters #2 (CDC) (270) 439-7996 9. CYSS Division Adminstrative Office (270) 798-6539 10. Family Child Care (FCC) (270) 798-4959 10. Parent Central Services (CYSS Central Registration) (270) 798-0674 11. Billy C. Colwell Center (270) 412-2315 12. Gardner Hills (SAS) (270) 461-0641 13. Airborne (SAS) (270) 461-1047 14. Bastogne (SAS) (270) 461-0993 10. School Liaison (270) 798-9874 15. SKIESUnlimited Center (270) 412-5455 16. Teen Club 24/7 (270) 956-1033 16. Youth Center (Taylor) (270) 798-3643 16. Youth Sports (270) 798-6355 Community Services 17. Army Community Service (ACS) & ACS Director (270) 798-9322 18. Family Resource Center (FRC) (270) 956-2935 19. Financial Readiness (270) 798-5518 17. Lending Closet (270) 798-6313 20. Soldier & Family Assistance Center (SFAC) (270) 412-6000 21. Survivor Outreach Services (SOS) (270) 798-0277 22. ASYMCA Backdoor Boutique (270) 956-1566 23. ASYMCA Family Center (270) 798-7422 Dining & Entertainment 24. 19th Hole (Cole Park) (270) 798-1822 25. Conference & Catering Center (Joe Swing) (270) 798-2175 24. Community Activities Center (Cole Park) (270) 798-4610 26. Dawg Haus (270) 798-0766 24. Southern Buffet (Cole Park) (270) 798-4610 27. Sportsmanâ€™s Lodge (931) 431-4140
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Healthy Habits by Char by Charlene Frasher
Water...it’s your life
Water that is pure is simply composed of two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom. It is a tasteless, odorless liquid. It is also taken for granted. You do not realize how much you need water until the well runs dry. Think about what happens when the water at your house is turned off and you have no access to water. Water is essential for cooking, cleaning, bathing and survival. Without water we truly cannot survive. Our bodies are made up of 60% of this amazing liquid. Every system in our body depends on water. When I was asked to write an article of the benefits of water my first thought was life.
The guidelines to drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day are just that - guidelines; there is no scientific proof that 64 ounces a day is the key amount for every individual but it is a good number to hit as a minimum. There are many factors that decide how much you should consume; exercise, environment, illness or health conditions, pregnancy or breast-feeding should all be considered. Fluid losses occur continuously from skin evaporation, breathing, urine and stool; and these losses must be replaced daily for good health. When your intake does not equal your output, you can become dehydrated. Think of water as a nutrient your body needs that is present in liquids, plain water, and foods. All of these are essential daily to replace the large amounts of water lost each day. No excuses…a 16 ounce bottle of water can be consumed in five minutes. If you took five minutes every hour, eight hours minimum, and drink 16 ounces of water you would then consume 128 ounces of water - that’s a gallon of water in eight hours…now that’s an amazing flush of the toxins! Of course the best time to consume your first glass of water is when you wake in the morning and before you consume any other substance. This is because you are at your most dehydrated. With each
breath during the night you have lost moisture, since water moistens oxygen for easier breathing. Water in the morning can help get your bowels moving and your kidneys functioning to flush away toxins. Water is also the major raw material of stomach acid, so drinking water 30 minutes before eating will get that raw material in place to help digest your breakfast. I have found that many people skip the most important meal of the day by using the excuse “eating breakfast makes me nauseous”. I suspect that the reason why is because food is not being digested properly. Here’s a simple idea to make this new habit stick: set a glass next to your bed, your toothbrush, or wherever you go first thing in the morning, so you have a visual reminder. If you don’t necessarily prefer to drink water try adding flavor to it with natural produce such as cucumber, berries, apples, pineapple, lemon or other citrus. The natural flavors of the fruit will enhance the flavor of the water as it sits and marinates. A glass of water with fresh fruit added is not only tempting to the eye and the palate it is also a way for you to get your daily intake of fresh fruit, so drink up and eat what’s left in the bottom of the glass. The next time you are thirsty, grab a glass of life and don’t take it for granted.
New Age Pow Wows
Off the Beaten Path
by Nikki Boyer I remember attending a Native American heritage festival sponsored by a local museum when I was a child. Seeing the head-dresses, colorful clothing, and the bells around the female dancer’s ankles stuck in my head. While I did not understand a word being said, I remember the singing seemed to come from the throat of a man standing in the corner of the arena. Of course, the event provided amusement to a seven year old girl who enjoyed watching people dance around, but I had no idea that there was a history behind each dance, reasons for the songs being sung, and
a symbolic meaning behind almost every bit of clothing each dancer was wearing. The origins of the pow-wow are unknown; however, the reasons for organizing a pow-wow vary from tribe to tribe. Native American Indian beliefs are of spirituality and based on nature and all things living. Many tribes organized pow-wows as spiritual gatherings of the tribe or for religious naming ceremonies, while other gatherings were for the preparation of battle. Dances were outlawed by the federal government in the 1880s because of the concern that the dances were in support of war and battle; therefore, until the 1920s, all dances were forbidden. With precision planning, an organized committee creates a schedule for the order of events at a pow-wow. It usually begins with a Grand Entrance or parade of military members, Veterans, dancers, and drummers. This entrance is normally considered a sacred time, so participants should check with the event website or with the event Master of Ceremonies (MC) for the rules of etiquette. Military Veterans or active duty Soldiers are asked to participate in the Grand Entrance as flag carriers and are usually followed by the rest of the dancers and other participants. Dancers and drummers are instructed by the MC of the order in which groups will be performing. I found it fascinating that some dances are themed with particular meanings and only performed while wearing very specific attire. Women have multiple types of dances and attire to wear for each dance. Many celebrations include dance competitions with strict rules. In some celebrations, participants must finish the dance on the last beat of the drum with both feet on the ground. Other rules
consist of creativity of attire and whether the dancer maintains all articles of clothing for the duration of the dance. Both dancing and singing competitions typically have rather large prizes for the winners. There are also competitions between the singers and dancers by using music such as a “trick song.” Singers use “trick songs” to get dancers to dance off beat or make an assumption as to when the song will start or stop. Interesting stories of adaptation, growing together, and the meaning of life provide the history of the music. The songs come from multiple tribes and originate from different languages; however over a period of time and inter-tribal celebrations, songs became universal. The music and song from one tribe was shared as “vocables,” and new songs were generated. These vocables are tunes, hums, or throat singings that have no clear words, but all have the same meaning and will leave a lasting impression on anyone. There are many festivals and celebrations close to the Fort Campbell area. Hopkinsville will be hosting the “Trail of Tears Intertribal Powwow” September 7 through 9 on East 9 Street. Native American crafts will be available for both viewing and for purchase. Festivities begin at 9 a.m. on Friday, September 7 and will end on Sunday, September 9 with the traditional dancing competition. Military Appreciation Days are September 8 and 9. Tennessee will host their pow-wow October 19 through 21 at Long Hunter State Park. For both pow-wows, tourists and event goers are invited to participate in the Intertribal Dance, so come join the fun, and don’t forget to listen to the instructions provided by the MC!
Tennessee Pow-Wow: www.naiatn.org/powwow Hopkinsville Pow-Wow: www.trailoftears.org www.fortcampbellmwr.com
by Steve Stone Did you know that September is National Coupon Month? In 1998, the Promotional Marketing Association (PMA) Educational Foundation, Inc., declared September as National Coupon Month. Since that time, coupon distribution and redemption have reached an all time high with over 2 billion in the first six months savings for shoppers who use coupons. According to PMA, “Since the first handwritten Coca-Cola coupon in 1887, Americans have been using coupons to save on everything from groceries to clothing to entertainment and all categories in between. Coupons and coupon codes are used in all 50 states and abroad. By just spending 20 minutes a week clipping and clicking, you could save over $1,000 annually.” Today, more than ever, the smart shopper saves big by using coupons for everything from food to household items and even building materials. Soldiers and Family members are among the people who save by using coupons. Some money saving tips include: Kids Eat Free; where many national restaurant chains offer kids-free promotions. Smart dinner planning occurs when Families plan their meals using a store’s circular. Another way to save is to visit the manufacturer and retailer websites and download or register for their coupons to be sent to you directly!
Smart shoppers are going online and downloading coupons for clothes, food and even gasoline before they head out the door. Don’t leave home without coupons and you will achieve the savings on all purchases from groceries to home improvement. This saving mindset is part of living the value lifestyle that extends to saving time by being organized, planning around deals, and entertaining and decorating on a dime. Just by taking a few minutes to clip out a coupon you can save you money when you go out to eat or to a movie. Coupon books sold by schools are popular because of the large variety of discounts. Getting a discount when you go out is a great feeling to a coupon guru.
Couponing can be a bad thing for some people who become addicted to the extreme couponing level. Extreme couponing is when you reach a level where you stockpile everything from cereal to candy without having any intention of ever eating or using the product. The old thought “I might need it someday” can go the extreme when 2000 boxes of cereal and 500 boxes of cookies take up your entire garage. Smart shoppers will always use a list and know what they need before heading out the door! Extreme couponing should be avoided at all cost. Good couponing is when you meet once a month to swap and clip coupons with the intention of buying only what you need and never overbuying unneeded items. They take up storage space, draw bugs and can even be a health hazard if stored too long. One handy way to avoid missing expiration dates is to mark on the top of every food container (can, box or bag) with the month and year the item expires. After marking the expiration date on each new food item you now put it in the back of your pantry and move the older items to the front. This way you will reduce the number of items that pass their expiration dates. Be sure to eat the oldest food item first! Currently, many Soldiers and their Families are experiencing a tight budget; which is why over 2 billion dollars in coupons were used in the last half of 2011. Coupons come in all denominations and styles. When it comes to eating out, my favorite coupon is the “Buy One Get One Free (BOGO).” Knowing that you can get two items off the menu for the price of one gives me that warm feeling inside that I’m saving money. However, it doesn’t do anything for my weight problem. Soldiers should always remember to ask for a military discount when they go out for dinner. Many restaurants give up to 10% to the military whenever they show their military identification card. Did you know that Fort Campbell has a monthly “Coupon Social” which is held from 5 to 6 P.M. the first Monday of each month (excluding holidays)? This event is held at the Army Community Service Financial Readiness Building located at 5662 Screaming Eagle Blvd. We encourage anyone who wants to attend our Monthly Coupon Social to call (270) 798-5518 to reserve a seat. Don’t forget that September is National Coupon Month, so bring your coupons and let’s start clipping!
This & That
Jammin’ In the Alley It’s going to start getting cool in the area faster than we know it. We complained about the heat all summer, and we will probably complain about the cold in the winter. Make sure you take advantage of the fall’s soothing temperatures and Clarksville’s free outside entertainment while it still lasts.
by Eden Barnett Jammin’ In the Alley is a free concert series On September 21, Backroad Brigade will be that has been taking place in downtown Clarksville providing the entertainment. Out of Dickson, throughout the summer. With the warm weather Tennessee, these young men will surprise you with winding down, Jammin’ In the Alley is beginning their old school rock band vibe. On October 29, to wrap up their free weekend concerts. This Ten Strings and Tom, Chris Robertson, and Tres October marks the end of their fifth season and Hombres will wrap up the series in a big finale. there are only two dates left to take advantage of Showtime starts at 7 p.m. but Strawberry Alley will this fun filled evening in downtown’s close at 1 p.m. to set up for the evening. Strawberry Alley, located next to city hall. Come early to take advantage of downtown The sweet sounds of local musicians make Clarksville’s wide variety of entertainment, from this Family friendly event a great way to fun and friendly places to eat, to unique shopping start the weekend. Jammin’ In the Alley opportunities. showcases local talent and tries not to duplicate acts from past years performances. This year is the Don’t forget the 7th Annual Frolic on Franklin first year the Night Market has takes place on September 15 from 9 a.m. to run concurrently and it joins 4 p.m. This street event, coordinated by Roxy other downtown businesses for the festivities. Local businesses Regional Theatre, has vendors that showcase such as Hodgepodge, Ingredifine art and hand crafted items. The Family ents and Binks typically have friendly event includes a variety of extended hours leading right up until the music starts. entertainment, all for free!
Health and Wellness
Lupus Awareness by Tara Goodson the immune system starts to attack healthy cells. That is called an autoimmune response. It is what happens in Lupus. In other words, if you have Lupus, your body is attacking itself. What causes Lupus? —The exact cause of lupus is not known. Experts believe that some people are born with certain genes that affect how the immune system works and that they are more likely to get Lupus. Then a number of other factors can trigger attacks. These include viral infections, including the virus that causes mononucleosis, and sunlight. Although these things can trigger flares, they may affect one person but not another person. Who can be diagnosed with Lupus? — Lupus is primarily a disease of women, but men and children can be diagnosed. You have higher risk factors if you are between the ages of 15 and 44, non-Caucasian and have a Family history. Researching Lupus was fairly easy, but understanding the chronic disease is much more difficult. I spoke with Dr. Kurt Reyes, who specializes in Internal Medicine at Blanchfield Army Community Health. Dr. Reyes heads the Gold Medical Home clinic and stresses that Lupus is diagnosed through exclusion. Because it does mimic so many other diseases, the process of elimination can be time consuming. He stresses that the patient needs to be the best advocate for their health as possible. “Keep detailed records of dates and duration of symptoms; be honest of the types of medicines you are taking to alleviate symptoms. Do not be afraid to ask for a referral if you are seen at a Family Medical Clinic. Understand that an actual diagnosis can be a mixed blessing, and it is typically comprised of a clinical history and recurring symptoms supported by lab work.” When I asked why it can be a mixed blessing, Reyes, replied that it gives most patients relief that something is actually wrong with them, but brings added stress that it’s a chronic condition. What is Lupus? — When it is working normally, the body’s immune system kills germs and “bad” cells that could turn into cancer. Sometimes, instead of killing only bad cells, something goes wrong and
What are the symptoms of Lupus? — People with Lupus may: * Feel tired or weak * Lose or gain weight * Get fevers * Get headaches * Lose some hair * Get a rash on their nose and cheeks shaped like a butterfly, especially if they spend time in the sun * Get chest pain * Have trouble breathing * Bruise easily * Have joint pain and stiffness * Get sores in the mouth * Get cold fingers or toes that turn pale or blue
What are the treatments for Lupus? — There are medicines that can ease Lupus symptoms, decrease the autoimmune response, or both. These medicines include: * NSAIDs, such as ibuprofen or naproxen, which can ease joint pain * Malaria-fighting medicines, which help with Lupus even though they were originally made to treat malaria * Steroids and related medicines, which partly “turn off” the immune system can help with many of the problems caused by Lupus. What if I want to get pregnant? — Women with Lupus are more likely than other women to have problems with pregnancy. But they can have healthy babies. If you would like to get pregnant, speak with your doctor or nurse before you start trying to get pregnant. There are ways for you to reduce the chances of having problems. For instance, it is important that you wait until you have not had Lupus symptoms for at least 6 months. How will Lupus affect my life? — You will have Lupus for the rest of your life. It may be severe, or it may be mild. Either way, doctors and nurses today know a lot about how to handle the disease. You are likely to live a long time. And you may even find that your symptoms go away for long periods. **All information courtesy of webmd.com, lupus.org and uptodate.com**
Lupus can also make it hard to think clearly, and it can make people feel anxious and sad. That is partly because the disease attacks the brain, and partly because the disease is hard to deal with. Can I do anything on my own to feel better? — Yes. It can help to eat a healthy diet, full of fruits and vegetables. Consult a nutritionist that specializes in autoimmune disorders. It’s also important to stay active, even if you do not feel well.
Keeping it Together
Courage Doesn’t Always ROAR by Tara Goodson
Four years ago, two amazing women (and one little girl) entered my life. Little did I know the impact they would have in my home and Family and within my circle of friends. Gloria Vesely-Nelson, her daughter Ambur and five year old granddaughter Stacie Mae are no strangers to Lupus. In fact, Ambur, diagnosed last year, has only known her mother as having the diagnosis of this chronic disease. But that has not stopped this amazing Family from living life to the fullest and as Gloria put it; “I’m not dying to live, I’m living to die.”
Lupus is characterized as an auto-immune disorder. In Lupus, something goes wrong with your immune system and it starts to attack and destroy healthy tissue. Those auto-antibodies cause pain, inflammation and damage to various parts of the body. Lupus is not a contagious disease, it’s not like cancer, nor is it related to any type of sexually transmitted diseases. The easiest way to describe it is as a disease where the immune system is overactive. It’s not an easy disease to live with. Gloria started displaying symptoms of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) when she was nine years old, but was not officially diagnosed until she was 17. Reading the shock on my face that it took eight years to be diagnosed, Gloria was quick to explain that a diagnosis of Lupus should not come quickly or easily, although, eight years is a tad excessive. Lupus, in its various forms, is called “the great imitator” because its symptoms are often like symptoms of diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, blood disorders, fibromyalgia, diabetes and a slew of others. Gloria’s Family stopped taking her to doctors as a child because most of them thought the problems she was having were in her head. Having a chronic disease can feel like a death sentence for many, but Gloria and Ambur do not
see it that way. Gloria made the decision when she was first told she wouldn’t have children, wouldn’t live to be 25, wouldn’t be successful, would be dependent on pain medication and wouldn’t be able to have the quality of life that healthy people have, that she was not going to give up. Behind her radiant smile is the heart of a fighter; a body and soul that has survived five pace-maker surgeries, five renal failures, grand-mal seizures, vasculitis, liver damage, pericarditis, rheumatoid arthritis, two open heart surgeries and several heart attacks. Due to the complications of her disease, Gloria has treatments at St. Thomas Hospital, every 14-16 weeks and has been the subject of numerous case studies. Managing Lupus is different than managing the pain of Lupus, according to both Gloria and Ambur. The power of positive thinking and surrounding yourself with a support system of friends and Family has been the key to their health. It’s too easy to become dependent on pain medication, according to both. “Make no mistake, there are deep dark days where you don’t want to get up, open your eyes, even breathe because everything hurts” said Ambur. “But…” It’s that “but” that makes me want to bring awareness to this disease. I am not sure if I would have the backbone and strength to approach each day with the attitude of “bring it on” like
Gloria and Ambur. Both mother and daughter acknowledge that living with this chronic disease is difficult, especially if a flare occurs. The tell-tale butterfly rash is typically the last thing that presents itself during a flare and by that point, all you can do is rest, take the prescribed pain medicine and wait it out. Occasionally, hospitalization is required and if that happens, it’s a fairly dire situation. I asked Gloria how many times over the years has she been hospitalized and she could only laugh. Her response was “More times than I care to remember and not enough times to make me not do it again”, if that isn’t a statement of a woman that lives life to the fullest, I am not sure what is. Ambur asked me if I would have wanted to stop living in my twenties, and “of course not!” was my reply. She simply stated, “Well neither do I. I want to raise a bright successful child, fall in love, finish school and have a successful career. Not necessarily in that order. I want to know that I am loved and make an impact on this earth and I learned to live by watching my mom.” Gloria married her Soldier fairly young, raised two children with him and continued to be there through retirement. Due to his job, he was gone often and without notice. Stationed all over the world, she learned to be a strong advocate for a disease that had little research. Lying in bed feeling sorry was not an option and she passed that can do attitude on to Ambur. Being diagnosed with
Lupus can cause chronic depression and issues with your memory along with the other health problems. Gloria has compensated by learning to do things in a certain order and leave notes for herself. Ambur relies on technology to keep her on track with medicine and appointments. Both women can count on Stacie Mae to remind them to slow down and she can help out around the house if they are having a particularly bad day. Stacie Mae let me know that “it makes her real sad when Mum and Mommy get sick, Lupus sucks!” Bad days can be brought on by stress, not eating properly, not taking your medicine in a timely manner, lack of sleep, and lack of exercise. The tricky part is one thing can cause a flare or all of them can build up and cause one. Being an Army Family member is tricky enough without a chronic condition, let alone one like Lupus. They have been able to manage their stressors by surrounding themselves with friends they consider Family and building a support network. Gloria’s health care team checks on her even when she is not in the hospital. Part of that support network comes out every September to raise awareness. The Nashville branch of Lupus Foundation of America hosts a walk to raise awareness and money for research of the disease every year in September. Similar to a cancer awareness walk, Walk for Lupus Now is even more important to the people that have Lupus. Because Lupus mimics other diseases, it is extremely difficult to diagnose and treat. In fact, the only medicine that has been approved to treat Lupus in more than 50
years is BENLYSTA and it is the first drug developed to specifically treat Lupus since the disease was discovered more than a century ago. Any other medicine used to treat Lupus is borrowed from other diseases and conditions and because they are mainly used to suppress the entire immune system, they can cause dreadful side effects. Nationally, Walk for Lupus Now has raised over $6.5 million in research funding. You can find details at www. lupus.org; links to walk pages, research organizations and many other resources are available. Gloria understands the side effects; the list of medications she takes could probably fill two pages. But she still doesn’t let that slow her down. “It’s deep, it’s ugly, but it’s life changing,” is how she answered when asked how she copes. She takes breaks from the world to recoup her mental health; she keeps a handful of people close to her heart and a much larger group in her circle. She is a firm believer that “nobody can see your attitude unless you put it out there. Smile through the pain and tears and eventually there will be a rainbow on the other side, you just have to let that butterfly guide you.” Gloria and Ambur’s team is made up of the little connections they have made along the way. Neither woman realizes the impact they have made on the many lives they have touched, and when I brought it to their attention, they simply brushed the praise aside. I cannot think of a single person that does not grin from ear to ear when I mention that I know Gloria and Ambur, or tell me that they know this amazing Family. Knowing this resilient Family has made me put my life in perspective and it has helped my children realize they have it pretty good. I am not battling a chronic disease that many people are not aware of, I don’t have to make a choice daily about what clothes are easier to put on than others, or if I decide to stay out a little too late the night before I’m not going to end up hospitalized. Gloria and Ambur make those choices daily and do it with a quiet courage. Their story is one I hope to learn from.
Families in Motion
Childhood Obesity by CynDe Clack
If you’ve been following our Families in Motion series, you know that we’ve been talking about getting your Family up and active. Not only does it bring you together, it’s leads to a healthier life style for all members of
your Family. This month, I want to talk about Childhood Obesity. Childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years. More than one third of children and adolescents are overweight or obese. Whether your child is at risk of becoming overweight or currently at a healthy weight, you can take proactive measures to get or keep things on the right track. Start by setting a good example. Make sure you eat healthy foods and exercise regularly and invite your child to join you. Obesity often occurs in several Family members. Your child is more likely to stick with healthy eating and regular exercise if you let them help plan your menu and choose what physical activities they are comfortable with. Encourage a healthy lifestyle by emphasizing the positive such as the fun of playing outside. If you foster your child’s natural inclination to run around, explore and eat only when hungry – not out of boredom – a healthy weight should take care of itself. Help your child focus on positive goals. For example, point out that he or she can now bike for more than 20 minutes without getting tired or can run the required number of laps in
gym class. Realize that an intense focus on your child’s eating habits and weight can easily backfire, leading a child to overeat even more, or possibly making him or her more prone to developing an eating disorder. Avoid food-related power struggles with your child. You might unintentionally lay the groundwork for such battles by forcing them to clean their plate or by providing or withholding certain foods – sweets, for instance. Celebrate small, incremental changes, but don’t reward with food. Choose other ways to mark your child’s accomplishments, such as going bowling or to a local park. Parents play a crucial role in helping children who are obese feel loved and in control of their weight. Take advantage of every opportunity to build your child’s self-esteem. Don’t be afraid to bring up the topic of health and fitness. Talk to your kids directly, openly and without being critical or judgmental.
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