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Jennie Garth’s Balancing Act

The 90210 star talks about her healthy lifestyle, volunteering, and parenting a child with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis.
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What’s the best parenting advice you have ever received or given?

Some good advice I've received is to get down on the floor and play with the kids. They love when you let the sink fill up with dishes and don't seem to care. I would say that reading to your kids every night is very important. It really makes a difference in their love for reading later on. So, turn off the TV and grab a book.

What beauty secret do you have for looking so young?

I take really good care of my skin and never go to bed with makeup on. Ever!

How do you avoid the temptation of the craft-service table while shooting long days and nights?

Sometimes you just have to have a Twix or a bag of Fritos to get you through the day/night. But, I bring my own nuts and celery to work to help me stay away from the sugar.

What’s your best health habit?

My best health habit would be to not have habits -- like smoking or drinking!  As you hopefully know, those things will kill you, or if not, make you look way older than you are.

What’s your worst?

My worst health habit is sugar, no doubt.

What’s your guilty-pleasure food?

Cupcakes or fried tortillas.

What’s your personal formula for balancing work, family, and personal time?

Balancing everything in a woman's busy life is really hard. You have to make sure you are giving everyone their needed time and attention, and then remember to give yourself some. We have a family calendar on our kitchen computer. It gets a work out!  We also are blessed to have a wonderful nanny who has been with us for 16 years. She is the only one we trust with our babies. She helps me so much. And Peter is incredibly helpful and such a wonderful father and husband.

How did you get into fighting shape for dancing round the clock on Dancing with The Stars?

I went into dancing with no cardiovascular strength and 10 extra pounds. Getting in great shape was one of the reasons I wanted to do the show. Soon we started dancing eight hours a day, and I couldn't get enough food. It was awesome.

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