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Raising Fit Kids: Healthy Nurtition, Exercise, and Weight

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Summon serenity. Keep sounds that soothe you on your computer or car radio. It can be your favorite music or nature sounds -- whatever makes you calm. For your kids, teach them that listening to calming music can help them relax. Then turn on these sounds when everyone needs to find some peace.

Move more often. Exercise releases endorphins, the chemicals in your brain that improve your mood and ease feelings of pain. Make time for movement every day, not only when there is a crisis. Try a family walk after dinner so everyone can enjoy the benefits. Work to get 30 minutes of activity a day for you and 60 minutes a day for the kids. It can help your body and mind.

Write it down. Put your feelings on paper to help get them out and leave your worries and stress behind. Keep a journal of what's going on in your life. By writing you can remove yourself emotionally and possibly work out ways to move forward, instead of dwelling on bad feelings, research shows.  Or talk to a trusted friend; that can also be a good outlet.


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