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HOO’s FIT When you cool down and towel off after a long workout, you’re not quite done taking care of your body. It’s important to refuel your muscles, too. Moderate to high intensity workouts use up your body’s stores of glycogen, the main fuel used to get you through those workouts. The American Council on Exercise (ACE) says that if you work out at a moderate to high intensity rate for 90 minutes or longer, you should have a healthy refueling drink within 30 minutes post-workout. After a long workout, many people reach for a favorite sports drink, water or maybe even juice. It may surprise you to learn that the drink you loved as a kid is actually an excellent post-exercise recovery beverage - chocolate milk. Compared to juice, water or some sports drinks,

POST WORKOUT DRINK... CHOCOLATE MILK? chocolate milk has double the carbohydrate and protein content, which is ideal for replenishing tired muscles. Its high water content replaces fluids and electrolytes that are lost during exercise and, unlike water or sports drinks, it packs in the additional benefit of calcium, and includes just the right amount of sodium and sugar – which may help you retain water and regain energy. Like regular milk, chocolate milk provides eight essential nutrients: calcium, protein, vitamins A, D and B12, riboflavin, phosphorus and potassium. Try to choose a chocholate milk that is low fat and sugar and has no high fructose corn syrup. TruMoo offers a fat-free version that contains 120 calories, 18 grams of sugar and 6 grams of added sugar per serving, compared to other chocolate milk formulas, which can contain high fructose corn syrup and up to 140 calories and 12 grams of added sugar.

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EXPIRED FOOD? For most people, expiration dates on food are like red lights. If the date has passed, you stop—and the food goes into the trash. But the reality is, you should treat them more like yield signs. Slow down, use caution, and if the coast is clear ... gun it! Sometimes, food can be perfectly good a day, a week, a year, or even multiple years after the date on a package. In fact, Doug Rauch—the former president of Trader Joe’s supermarkets—is turning “expired food” into a business of his own. Come May, he’s opening a grocery store in the Boston area called The Daily Table—it’ll be a market where all the items have one thing in common: They’re past their “sell-by” date. “The terminology of shelf life labeling can be confusing,” explains Men’s Health nutrition advisor Alan Aragon, M.S. People are confused by three popular terms, he explains. Here’s your cheat sheet. 1. SELL-BY DATE: This is a guideline for stores regarding how the food looks. It has nothing to do with whether a food is expired, unsafe, or won’t taste good. It’s not the same as an expiration date. 2. BEST BEFORE (OR BEST IF USED BY) DATE: This is an indicator of a food’s flavor and look, but not necessarily an indicator of its safety. 3. USE BY (OR EXPIRATION) DATE: This is the strongest indicator of safety. If you consume a food after its “use by” date, you could be taking a gamble. How much of a gamble? That’s hard to know, because it’s difficult to study, says Aragon. It’s impossible to pinpoint the exact day a food crosses the line from tasting bad to being dangerous. “Food can be safe to eat even when it doesn’t look great or taste amazing,” he says.

NUTRITION LABELS, DECODED: Soon, the FDA will be updating food labels. Here’s a look at what may be different—and what you need to know.  A general rule of thumb: “The more refined and processed a food is, the longer you can keep it past the expiration date,” says Aragon. Chalk that up to very low (or no) water content in these foods—environments microbes can’t thrive in, especially when preservatives are added, he says. The exception: meat. Toss deli sandwich meat, hot dogs, and sausage the day they expire, Aragon says. They have a particularly high risk of listeria, a bacteria that can cause an infection called listeriosis, which can even manifest as meningitis.  Below, Aragon outlines seven food types and how long you can keep them past their expiration dates.  Canned goods: Most expiration dates on cans range from 1 to 4 years. But if you keep cans in a cool dark place, and undented, the food inside will keep for 3 to 6 years. Frozen foods: They’re much like canned goods: pretty much expiration-proof. The exception? Meat. Pasta: Pasta won’t spoil—it has no water content. As long as it doesn’t smell odd, you can keep it past the expiration date. Eggs: Put the egg in a bowl of water. If it floats, there’s too much gas (created by high levels of bacteria) inside. Toss it. Bread: You can keep bread dramatically longer than the date on the box if you put it in fridge or freezer. As long as you don’t see mold, it’s good. Fresh fruits and vegetables: Look at them, smell them, and feel them—if you’re still hungry, they’re still good.


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Diaper rash is an area of red, irritated skin located in baby’s diaper area. Here is an overview of what causes it and what you can do to prevent it. The most common cause of diaper rash is a wet diaper contacting your baby’s sensitive skin too long. When urine mixes with your baby’s stool, it can produce a harsh chemical called ammonia, which can irritate your baby’s skin. Diaper rashes are also frequently caused by the chemicals or perfumes in diapers irritating the skin in the areas that contact the diaper. This may be a sign that you need to try a different brand of disposable diaper or use gentle, fragrance-free detergent on cloth diapers. A diaper rash that involves the folds of the skin in the diaper area may be a bacterial or fungal infection. If the folds of your baby’s skin in the diaper area are moist, they provide a nice, warm home for bacteria and fungus to live in and multiply. A bac-

terial or fungal infection may also spread to other parts of the body. Most diapers rashes can be treated and prevented by keeping the diaper area clean and dry. Clean the diaper area with fragrance- free wipes and pat the diaper area dry with every change. Applying a barrier ointment to clean, dry skin before putting on a new diaper will also help. Exposing your baby’s bottom to air by letting her go diaper -free in an area where the floor is easily cleaned also will aid in healing. If you suspect your baby’s diaper rash is caused by a fungal infection or a bacterial infection, contact her doctor to see if a prescription may be needed to treat it. Also contact your baby’s doctor is she develops a fever, the rash does not go away with home treatment after 3 or 4 days, or the rash looks infected.

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pancakes Forget the box mix, you probably have all the ingredients to make much healthier pancakes...low fat, low sugar and high protein.

DIRECTIONS Mix all ingredients to nice consistency. Should not be too thick, or too watery. Add more dry ingredients such as protein or oats to thicken or add more egg whites, yogurt or bananas to moisten. Can add splashes of almond milk to thin as well. Coat skillet with coconut oil or other healthy oil. Heat skillet to medium fire. Pour desired size portion and shake to spread or spoon to even out. Flip when bubbles form on the surface. Top with choice of peanut butter, berries, nuts, or yogurt.


• 1 mashed banana • 2 egg whites • 1/2 cup low sugar yogurt, cottage cheese or pumpkin, or try tbsp. peanut butter • 1 scoop protein powder, or oats • sweeten w/ tsp. vanilla extract, or agave syrup, or shredded coconut Optional additions or toppings: nuts, berries, chia seeds, flax seeds


Dance Toys Take Center Stage

From the time they are babies, their innate response to music is just the first step toward kids getting their moves together. Wiggling and bouncing are just the beginning of children’s progress toward the dancing spotlight. Encouraging their interest in dance-related activity is an ideal way to foster physical coordination, memory skill and a purely physical expression of joy. Get your kids up and off the couch with these great products.

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Twister Dance DVD

Start your baby off on the right foot (and the left) with the doll who’s born to dance! Baby Born Dance with Me moves from side-to-side and then up and down in time to her own music (or yours!). Her smooth moves are just right for a toddler with no sudden moves to startle little audiences. With a washable surface and removable clothing, she’s battery operated and ready to charm even the most reluctant partners into joining the dance!

Combining the best of traditional Twister with lively dance lessons, Twister Dance puts in motion a choreography journey with forty dance tutorials for beginning dancers. Just set your mat in front of your tv and be ready to move! It features: Learn, Dance and Party modes of skill, the dancing gauntlet can also be thrown down to include more players using all four dance mats included in the energetic Twister Dance!

Zippity Learning System

Angelina Ballerina Game

Combining early learning with energetic dance moves, Zippity lets kids who may be too young for the Wii develop their memory and coordination through one active outlet. The interactive video game system plugs directly into a TV, with kids using a colorful dance mat and over-sized joystick to control the action! Eight games assist the players to memorize certain movement in sequence, as the player uses big body moves to meet the Zippity challenges. Ideal for preschoolers.

The Angelina Ballerina Dance with Me game will move little dance fans from the bedroom floor to the ballet spotlight in just minutes! As players progresses around the game board, they collect step-bystep game cards that introduce the most basic ballet positions and moves. Players get “practice” moments along the way. For kids who have trouble sitting still through a regular board game, the Angelina Ballerina Dance with Me game will put that extra energy and enthusiasm into play with prima ballerina results!

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By Charmette Kendrick, Children’s Librarian, Chattahoochee Valley Libraries

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reading for fun? For many school aged children, summer means three months free from teachers, tests, and books. But the summer shouldn’t be free of all books. It’s a perfect opportunity to introduce the concept of pleasure reading. According to the National Foundation for Educational Research, “There is a strong association between the amount of reading for pleasure children reported and their reading achievement.” In addition, pleasure reading is important because it “makes students more articulate, develops higher order reasoning, and promotes critical thinking.” Unfortunately, many children don’t enjoy reading; they view it as boring, too hard or no fun. According to R.I.F (Reading Is Fundamental), ways to get around these objections are to “expose your child to another kind of reading at home that is related to their interests.” If a child finds reading too hard, make sure to find interesting titles that match their reading ability. Your child’s teacher or a public children’s librarian can assist you with this. Here are the top five suggestions, according to R.I.F, to encourage reading:

1. Scout for things your children might like to read. Use their interests and hobbies as starting points.

2. Leave all sorts of reading materials including books, magazines, and colorful catalogs in conspicuous places around your home.

3. Notice what attracts your children’s attention, even if they only look at the pictures. Then build on that interest; read a short selection aloud, or simply bring home more information on the same subject. 4. Let your children see you reading for pleasure in your spare time. 

5. Take your children to the library regularly. Explore the children’s section together. Ask a librarian to suggest books and magazines your children might enjoy. The main thing is to never give up; eventually you will find something you child enjoys reading.


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American Girls Club. 6:30pm. Barnes & Noble. 555 Whittlesey, Columbus; 706-653-7880


Silly Science Cinema: Wall-E. 10am. Free. Columbus Public Library. 3000 Macon Road;

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Georgia On My Mind Day. 11am2pm. Free. Georgia Visitor Center, 1751 Williams Road, Columbus Family Matinee: Meet the Robinsons. 3pm. Free. North Columbus Library; Rosie the Riverter Day. 11am-3pm. $8-$12. Roosevelt’s Little White House, Warm Springs; 706-6555870 or


Home Depot Kids Workshop. 9amNoon. Free. Ages 5-12. Columbus store; 706-322-9240. Phenix City store; 334-297-2045


National Trails Day Hike. 10am1:30pm. $5 parking fee. Easy 4-mile hike. Ages 10+. FDR State Park; 706-663-4858.


Toddler Tuesdays. 9:30-10:30am. Crafts & fun. Chick-fil-A Macon Rd;


Silly Science Cinema: Space Jam. 10am. Free. Columbus Public Library. 3000 Macon Road; kids

Mindcraft for Tweens. 2pm. Columbus Public Library; 3000 Macon Road; Family Matinee: Despicable Me 2. 3pm. Free. North Columbus Library; Second Saturday: Family Fun Day. 10am-Noon. The Columbus Museum;


Work and Play the Old Time Way. 10am-5pm. $8-$10. Historic Westville, Lumpkin;


Auditions for Youth Orchestra of Greater Columbus. Grades 4-12. 706-256-3614 or


Silly Science Cinema: Muppets from Space. 10am. Free. Columbus Library. 3000 Macon;


Family Matinee: The Lego Movie. 3pm. Free. North Columbus Library;


Star Light, Star Bright Astronomy Event. 9-10pm. $5 parking fee. FDR State Park; 706-663-4858


Silly Science Cinema: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2. 10am. Free. Columbus Public Library. 3000 Macon Road;


Mad Scientist Doc Atoms! 10:30am & 11:45am. Free. Columbus Library, 3000 Macon Rd;


Family Matinee: Wall-E. 3pm. Free. North Columbus Library; kids


Young Eagles Day at Flightways Columbus. 8:30-11:30am. Free. Ages 8-17. Columbus Airport;


Celebrate America at The Rock Ranch. 4pm. $25 per family. Concert and fireworks after dark;


Independence Day Celebration. Free. York Field (in front of Build 4), Eckel Avenue Fort Benning;


Fizz, Boom, Puppets! 10:30am & 12:30pm. Free. Columbus Library, 3000 Macon Rd;


Family Night at Chick-fil-A Wynnton Road/Midtown. 5-7:30pm. Crafts and fun. Buy a combo at regular price and get a kid’s 4-pc meal free. 2421 Wynnton Rd, Columbus Family Night at Chick-fil-A Phenix City. 5-7:30pm. Crafts and fun. Buy a combo at regular price and get a kid’s 4-pc meal free. 3711 U.S Hwy 280, Phenix City Astronomy Nights. 9pm. Free. Overlook Pavilion at Callaway Gardens;


Family Night at Chick-fil-A Bradley Park. 5-7:30pm. Crafts and fun. Buy a combo at regular price and get a kid’s 4-pc meal free. 1600 Bradley Park Dr, Columbus Teen Bible Study at the Skate Shed. 6pm. 1715 44th Street, Columbus;


Toddler Tales at Barnes & Noble. 10am. 5555 Whittlesey Blvd. 706653-7880


Fabulous Fridays and Farmers Market. Callaway Gardens;

Friday Night Frog Walk. 8:15pm. $5 parking fee. Not stroller accessible. Bring your flashlights. Large Group Camp, FDR State Park; 706-6634858


Storytime at Barnes & Noble. 11am. 5555 Whittlesey Blvd. 706-6537880 Michael’s Kids Club Meeting. 10amNoon. Ages 3+. See store for details. Market Days on Broadway. 9amNoon. Different activities each week. 1000 Block of Broadway, Columbus; 706.596.0111 or Uptown Columbus on Facebook


Bug Olympics. 10am-11am. Enter your fastest, live bug (worm, small spider, caterpillar, etc) in the Bug Olympic Challenge. Cost $1, plus $5 parking. FDR State Park;

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TECH OR OUTDOOR Advancements in technology over the last decade have children spending more time with gadgets and gizmos, and less time enjoying the great outdoors. In fact, kids are now indoors up to 10 hours a day, according to the Joan Ganz Cooney Center. But kids’ increasing use of technology and opportunities to appreciate Mother Nature do not have to be mutually exclusive.

THE IMPORTANCE OF OUTSIDE PLAY A new National Wildlife Federation (NWF) report shows that kids’ media habits can both positively and negatively impact health, and provides realworld advice to help parents serve as positive role models and teach children to use technology in moderation. “Kids need to be outside all year long, especially in the winter when days are short and we’re all a little more cooped up than usual,” said Maureen Smith, chief marketing officer for National Wildlife Federation. “In addition to developing a deeper appreciation for the outdoors and the wildlife around them no matter where they live, it helps them burn off energy, stay fit, and be mentally focused for school, homework and all activities in their busy day.”

SCREEN TIME PLUS GREEN TIME Technology can be a valuable tool to help families balance the lure of screen time with the importance of green time for kids. Today’s connected world enables children to experience nature in ways never before imagined. NWF’s report offers families these ideas for combining technology with the outdoors: Rely on technology to plan or inspire outdoor adventures. This can include anything from finding great nearby hiking trails to interactive, outdoor treasure hunts. Keep a record of outdoor experiences with the help of electronic photos, videos or an electronic journal. They’ll love the ability to share their experiences with family and friends. Use tools such as Ubooly, an app-based learning toy that can turn a walk in the park into an interactive experience with activities such as scavenger hunts, nature hikes, mindfulness games and plenty of exercise. For other helpful resources and to learn more about NWF’s goal to get 10 million more kids spending regular time in the great outdoors visit www.


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Staying dry through the night is a developmental milestone that may be reached by children at different ages. Kids under age six often have not yet developed a great enough sensitivity to the body’s signal that the bladder is full, so bedwetting is normal for toddlers and preschoolers. If your child is over age 6 and still experiences regular episodes of bedwetting (also called nocturnal enuresis), he may feel embarrassed or frustrated. With your support and encouragement, he will eventually achieve this milestone. Here is what you can do to help. Make an appointment for your child to see the pediatrician. The pediatrician will rule out medical issues like a urinary tract infection, diabetes, or bladder problems that could be to blame for the bedwetting. At this appointment, discuss any recent emotional issues your child has been having, as emotional problems can sometimes trigger an increase in bedwetting. Stay positive. Keep a sticker chart to reward dry nights. Your child may feel guilty about making a mess of the bed so letting him help change the

sheets may help him feel better about it. Never yell or scold your child for wetting the bed. Encourage your child to take in more liquids during the day than in the evening. Limit liquid intake right before bedtime. If the sticker chart does not help, discontinue using it after a few weeks and try using a bed alarm. The bed alarm is a battery operated device attached to a pad has a moisture sensor in it. The pad is placed on your child’s bed and the alarm sounds when moisture is first detected. The alarm will hopefully wake your child and stop him from urinating on the bed. Bed alarms are very effective but it takes about 12 weeks to start seeing results so be patient. If you feel you have tried everything possible and your child is still experiencing instances of bedwetting, his doctor may decide to prescribe a type of medication called desmopressin (DDAVP) that slows down the production of urine. When DDAVP is used in conjunction with a bed alarm, the combination is highly effective is resolving bedwetting issues.


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for Children and Teens By Paige Gardner Smith

The Beauty of Solitude

Because our children are growing up in an age of social media, flash mobs and Skype, it’s easy to assume that they will never be alone. But there are times that they will be alone, either by choice or through circumstance and it’s important that children understand the differences between being alone and bring lonely. The following titles explore solitude, loneliness and alone time with great beauty and sensitivity, helping young readers appreciate the special times that are theirs, alone.

Snook Alone

By Marilyn Nelson, (Candlewick Press)

Nothing gives Snook more pleasure that his days spent in the company of Abba Jacob, with whom he shares a monastic life on a quiet island. But when a violent storm separates them, Snook is left stranded on the island to make his way alone. At first sad and afraid, Snook begins to explore his home on his own. New adventures and elements of the island are Snook’s alone to discover with increasing pleasure while he waits for the return of his friend. Recognizing the fear that comes with isolation, this title offers a poignant balance, celebrating the heightened awareness that comes with being alone.


By Lemniscates (Magination Press)

Told from the perspective of a young girl, “Silence” is an expansive exploration of the quiet beauty of being alone. When the girl is by herself, she can hear her heart beating as she runs, her breath moving to and fro. The sounds of her legs swimming, her feet dancing might be lost in a crowd, but when she’s alone, she can hear them like never before. Birds talking, bees buzzing and the wind blowing are not hidden behind the murmur of conversation and company. The undiscovered pleasures of solitude and silence are everywhere in this breezy and beautiful ode to quiet times and quiet spaces.

Octopus Alone

By Divya Srinivasan (Penguin / Viking)

Octopus is very comfortable in the quiet confines of her cave, watching the underwater world and its beauties float by. But when a group of seahorses discover her refuge (and her), their friendly enthusiasm feels like too much to bear. Octopus quietly goes into camouflage mode and sneaks away. As she slips into the darker deeps alone, Octopus finds herself enjoying the spaces where no one is watching. Refreshed by the solitude – she’s ready to get reacquainted with her new friends. Beautifully transitive illustrations celebrate both the lively wonders of the sea and the serenity of the deep ocean.


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Chill Yogurt & Yocakes All mini cupcakes $1

Steak & Shake Free kids meal with every $8 purchase

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Steak & Shake

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Kids eat for .99 after 4pm

Atlanta Bread Company

5pm-close: Get a free kid’s meal with the purchase of an adult meal

Chick-fil-A, Bradley Park

5-8pm: Free kid’s meal with regular priced combo


4-10pm: Up to two free kid’s entrees with adult entree. For kids 10 and under

TGIF Friday’s

3-10pm: Kids 12 and under eat free with adult entree

Willy T’s

4-9pm: 1 free kids meal per regular meal purchase

wednesday Applebee’s

Stevi B’s Pizza

Texas Roadhouse

Sundays: Kids 12 & under get Jr. Kids Meal for $1.99 with adult entree (certain holidays are excluded)

Willy T’s

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Children 3 & under eat free with purchase of an adult entree. Kids ages 5-7 get discounted prices


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Wise CAMPS Choices for You Your Family SUMMER && SUMMER FUN

Summer Camp

Rappelling Roped Climbing Knots Bouldering Indoor Ropes Course Speed Climbing Map and Compass

706-507-ROCK(7625) 4209 Milgen Road Suite 7 Columbus Georgia, 31907

$180/Week(1st child)

$170/Week(Each Additional Sibling)

The Weeks of June 2, 9, 16 and 23


July 7, 14, 21 and 28 Weekdays (9am-12pm) CAMPS & SUMMER FUN

Schwob Music Prep Music lessons ages 5-adult Beginners to professionals



Let's play

Now accepting summer registration Summer semester begins may 12 ♪ 706-641-5124


Wise CAMPS Choices for You Your Family SUMMER && SUMMER FUN

Father’s Day Word Search Sunday, June 15 is Father’s Day. Can you find these words that have to do with dad?

Athletic Brave Dad Daddy ESPN Father Fishing Football

Funny Golf Kind Sports Tennis Tie Tools



FREE Zax Kidz Meal with the purchase of an adult meal from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

(Kids 12 and under only. Limit one Zax Kidz Meal per adult meal purchase. Dine-in only. Kids must be present when ordering.) VALID AT THESE LOCATIONS ONLY: 4497 Hwy. 280 • Alexander City • 256.234.2181 1915 Auburn Ave. • Columbus • 706.507.9297 6190 Bradley Park Dr. • Columbus • 706.320.0046 7626 Schomburg Rd. • Columbus • 706.507.3235 Limited-time offer. Offer valid at this location only, on Mondays, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Adult meals include any Most Popular Menu Item, Meal Deal, Zalad or Sandwich Basket. Each restaurant independently owned and operated. © 2014 Zaxby’s Franchising, Inc. “Zaxby’s” and “Zax Kidz” are registered trademarks of Zaxby’s Franchising, Inc.

Family & Kids Chattahoochee Valley June 2014  
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