Low Down on Low T
Testosterone is known as a male hormone but it is present in the bodies of women and men. In men, it is produced by the testicles and is the main sex hormone. It is responsible for proper male sexual development and function. Testosterone is important to fertility because it assists with the daily production of a supply of sperm. It also helps maintain a healthy bone density, builds muscle mass and strength, and regulates the distribution of fat and production of red blood cells. In women, small amounts of testosterone are produced by the ovaries and adrenal glands, along with estrogen. This is much smaller than what is produced in a man’s body but it plays an important part in maintaining libido, bone & muscle mass. What causes low T and what are the symptoms? The amount of testosterone produced by the body decreases with age in both men and women. A condition called hypogonadism (low T) results in men when the testosterone levels drop below normal (about 240 ng/DL). In men, the slow decline in testosterone levels can begin after age 30 and becomes more noticeable in his 40s. Hypogonadism can also be caused by medical conditions not related to aging […]
Promoting Tween Confidence Through Action
Experts say a significant drop in self-esteem happens between ages 9-12. Instilling confidence in kids during these pivotal years can start with action-oriented activities that promote family time and conversation. “Simple tasks like doing a good deed for others, learning something new or accomplishing a goal, goes a long way in boosting self-esteem for tweens,” said Dr. Michele Borba, an educational psychologist and author of “UnSelfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About Me World.” Here are 5 ways you can instill confidence in your tween through action: Spread kindness Encourage your tween to team up with a pal to complete five acts of kindness in one week for people outside of your immediate circle. It could be helping a coach clean up after practice, holding the door, pitching in with a neighbor’s yard work, paying for the ice cream of the person behind you in line or any number of small gestures that help spread kindness. Test out a new activity Brainstorm activities with your tween that he or she has always wanted to learn but never tried like drawing, kickboxing or yoga. Engage your child in exploring how to make it happen. Ask around: many places offer free […]
Finding Time For Love After Kids
Finding time for your love after having kids can be difficult. I recall when it was just the two of us and every free moment was spent in each other’s gaze. We filled weekends and holidays with exciting road trips, saw every new movie and ate like a king and queen. I felt butterflies when his name would light up my phone and looked forward to holding hands during car rides. Fast forward to three years in with our son, and we are both guilty of leaving our relationship on the sidelines. Life happens and raising a child is exhausting. Some families have many children to juggle and finding time for your relationship can seem impossible. Here are a few suggestions I’ve tried to implement into my daily life to keep my relationship alive and remind my spouse how much he means to me: Waking up early: This may be a hard one, but if your love wakes up earlier than the rest of the household, get up too. The mornings are often very peaceful and listening to only the sound of the coffee machine is a great time to discuss casual topics. Plus, we are usually refreshed from a good […]
Help! My Child Stinks!
When your child nears the pre-teen years, it can seem like your sweet-smelling baby turns into a stinky, sweaty tween overnight, without warning. Kids as young as age 8 can start experiencing the changes in hormones associated with puberty. These hormone changes cause an increase in sweat production by the sweat glands. When bacteria on the skin comes in contact with the sweat, it uses the oils in the sweat for food and the smell associated with body odor is the end results of this process. Once your child reaches puberty, he should shower daily with soap and shampoo. A brightly colored nylon bath scrubber and body wash may make bath time less of a chore than trying to lather up with a bar of soap. Remind your child to clean the areas under the arms and the groin well since that is where the sweat glands that cause body odor are located. Have your child put on clean, fresh smelling clothes after showering. If your tween needs to take additional measures for body odor control, he could use antiperspirant and deodorant. Many health food stores sell antiperspirants and deodorants based on natural ingredients, like baking soda. During this time […]
Self-regulation is an important life skill for all ages to master. It actually is not a single skill but a group of skills. The ability to plan ahead, make thoughtful decisions, persistently work towards a future goal, and moderate emotions and behavior are all included in this group of skills. That is not to say spontaneity does not have a place, because it does, it is just kept within the boundaries you set to keep from being diverted from reaching your goals. Help your child understand the idea of self-regulation The ultimate purpose of self-regulation is to govern our behavior in a way that leads to successfully completing our daily and long-term goals. Help your child relate to abstract concepts associated with self-regulation, like taking turns and delayed gratification, by using real world scenarios. For example, help your preschooler practice taking turns at a playdate. After the playdate, ask him how he felt when his friend was happy because he got a turn and how he felt when it was finally his turn. Yes, he had to wait, but the goal was for everyone to enjoy the playdate, so explain how the delayed gratification was worth it. Help your child […]
Ingredients: 2 8-oz. pkg. crescent rolls 16oz cream cheese, softened 1-oz. Ranch-style dressing mix 2 carrots, finely chopped 1/2 red bell pepper, chopped 1-1/2 cups fresh broccoli florets, chopped 1/2 cup green onions, chopped 1 cup finely shredded cheddar cheese Directions: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Roll out crescent rolls onto 2 large non-stick baking sheets. Stretch and flatten to form a single rectangular shape and pinch together seams. Bake 10 minutes, or until golden brown. Allow to cool about 30 minutes. Combine cream cheese and ranch-style dressing mix. Spread the mixture over the cooled crusts. Chop veggies. Sprinkle veggies over cream cheese layer and then top with the cheese. Chill in the refrigerator approximately 1 hour. Cut into bite-size squares to serve. Courtesy of chefsavvy.com Additional Recipes: Apple Donuts Spring Smoothies Unicorn Energy Bites
Lava Lamp Experiment
Supplies: Vegetable Oil Water Gel food coloring Original Alka-Seltzer tablets Directions: To begin, color about 1/2 cup of water with food coloring. Take the Alka-Seltzer tablets and break them into 2 or 3 pieces. Place them in a small cup or container. Fill a glass about 3/4 full with vegetable oil. Then pour in the colored water until the liquid in the cup is about 1-2 inches from the top. The water and oil do not mix and the oil doesn’t change color because the food coloring is water soluble. The Alka-Seltzer reacts with the water to make bubbles of carbon dioxide. The bubbles attach themselves to the blobs of colored water and bring them to the top of the glass. When the bubbles pop, the blobs of colored waterfall back to the bottom of the glass. Courtesy of hellogiggles.com Additional Crafts: Teacup Birdfeeder Bath Bombs Ice Cream String Art
New Year’s Blues
For many of us, the arrival of a New Year brings the promise of new beginnings. January represents a fresh start, a clean slate, and the chance to seek out new opportunities. For others, the New Year can usher in a time of stress and uncertainty. Even for people who don’t normally suffer from anxiety, staring down the prospect of twelve months of reaching new heights – personally and professionally – can be daunting. A few common issues people may experience in January include: Post-Holiday Blues These days the build-up to Christmas starts early, with holiday sales beginning the day after Halloween and radio stations blasting festive tunes long before we’ve cut the Thanksgiving turkey. We fret over what gifts to buy for whom and wearing the perfect outfit, but the day passes quickly, and once it’s over we are left with a sense that there’s nothing else to look forward to. Post-holiday blues are a very real phenomenon but can be overcome by taking some practical steps. Practice gratitude. Before going over a list of new things you want to have or happen in your life, be sure to look around and take inventory of everything you already have. Be thankful for the people, the pets, the home and the blessings that are already a part of […]
Admissions Day at St. Anne-Pacelli Catholic School
During St. Anne-Pacelli’s Admissions Day for prospective 2019-20 preschool through 12th grade students and their families, St. Anne-Pacelli Catholic School will offer breakfast (served by families), tours (led by students) and entrance testing for prospective Pre-K4, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, and 9th graders. Families will have the opportunity to meet with administrators and faculty to learn more about educational opportunities for their children. Admissions Day is scheduled for Saturday, January 12, 2019 from 8 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Your completed application serves as your reservation. Visit www.BeAViking.com/Admissions-Day to RSVP. St. Anne-Pacelli Catholic School is located at 2020 Kay Circle – just off I-185’s exit 6, near Midtown Columbus. For more information about admissions, please contact Julie Davis, Director of Admissions, at 706-561-8232, ext. 325 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Some facts about St. Anne-Pacelli:
Being Your Kid’s Role Model
If you have already begun considering your goals for the next year, there is one that should be included near the top of your list – being a good role model for your kids. One of the most effective ways to teach your kids the traits you wish them to embrace is to model them yourself. Here are some traits that will help your child in both his endeavors throughout childhood and as an adult. Living a healthy lifestyle and taking care of yourself. In the past year, have you made an effort to eat a healthy diet and get enough sleep? If not, make that a focus in the coming year. If your child watches you eat too many sweets and never sees you exercise, getting her to eat healthy and get moving will be a hard sell. A willingness to learn and grow. It is never too late to learn something new or grow a skill you already have. Let your kids see you take the time to invest in yourself and build your skill set, and they will be more likely to want to do the same. Navigating difficult situations with grace and treating others with kindness […]
Help Your Child Set Goals
Setting goals each year is not just for adults. Goal setting is a life skill that kids can learn and use to bring their dreams and aspirations closer to reality. Here are some tips that can be used to help even young kids set goals. Introduce goal setting by asking your child to come up with one or two simple but specific things he would like to complete in the short term, like finishing up an extra credit school project. These short-term goals provide a way to practice goal setting and prepare him to work towards more complex, long-term goals. The goals should be specific enough that you can assign criteria for completion and set a completion date. Once he feels the great sense of satisfaction that comes with successfully completing this short-term goal, he will be all fired up and ready to take on a more complex one. Let your child decide on what his long-term goals will be. You can ask him questions about what he wishes he could accomplish and inquire about the purpose of his goal to ensure it is not too vague, but do not select the goals for him. Your role is to […]
Improving Your Child’s Memory
Once kids reach elementary school age, the ability to process and retain information becomes an important skill. Your child’s school day is full of math fact tables, spelling words, science and social studies facts and grammar rules. Here are some techniques to help your child absorb all the information and recall it when needed. Put the information in context and explain why it is important. This helps your child create a ‘mind map’ of related facts. For example, explain how the vocabulary words for social studies help describe a point in history or location and discuss the interesting facts about it with your child. Having a deeper understanding of a topic and of the ideas around the topic can improve how well the information is committed to memory. Break large spelling and vocabulary words or math facts down into smaller pieces. Sound out and spell long words a few syllables at a time. If your child has to learn the whole ‘9s’ multiplication table, for example, focus on a few facts from the table each day. Use a multi-sensory approach. Don’t just have your child read the information. Quiz him and ask him to recite it back to you. If he is preparing […]
Cool Places to Stay Warm
With the colder weather in The Valley, our kids are spending less time outdoors and more time inside. Let’s be honest here—we’re all tired of being cooped up in the house. You may be more over it than the kids! Trying to be their number one source of entertainment day after day gets old; we can only make so many crafts and bake so much before we are all over it. So we’ve compiled a list of cool places to keep warm (and entertain the kiddos). You may have forgotten these places exist! Chattahoochee Valley Libraries: Our local libraries are a great place to keep the kids busy for free! Each library has a book full of engaging STEAM kit rentals, plus events, activities and movies! Check their website for a full listing of happenings. Chick-fil-A: All local Chick-fil-As are equipped with a play place for little kids to climb, free! Burger King: Bradley Park Drive & Manchester Expressway locations have large indoor play places for your child to climb, crawl and slide the day away, free! Columbus Museum: This free museum has an interactive space for children and educational exhibits for all ages. National Infantry Museum: Voted the best […]
Supplies 1/2 cup hot water 1/2 tsp. borax 1 bottle of glitter glue 1 cup water Glitter (optional) Directions In a small pitcher, add the 1/2 cup of hot water and 1/2 tsp. of borax. Stir and allow the borax to dissolve. Pour out the bottle of glitter glue into a bowl, and add 1 cup of water. Stir until fully combined. Slowly add the borax solution, mixing vigorously. Be sure not to add too much or the slime will become like putty and not stretchy. Start using your hands to mix the slime, to gauge how sticky it is. Once the desired slime consistency is reached, add glitter. Additional Crafts: Ice Cream String Art Lava Lamp Experiment
Researchers at the University of Southern California Brain and Creativity Institute recently published results of a five-year study that links music appreciation and instruction to accelerated brain development in young children, especially in the auditory system of the brain that is also key in language and reading skills development. This finding builds upon previous studies that discovered differences in brain structure between musicians and non-musicians, and it adds yet another developmental benefit to the ones that have been identified by childhood development experts. Let’s explore further how including music instruction in your child’s list of activities can benefit their academic, physical, social, and emotional development. helps develop motor skills and coordination Playing a musical instrument involves moving your arms, hands and with some instruments, your feet, so it is a good way to develop coordination and motor skills. This is especially true with string instruments like the violin and keyboard, which require the right and left hands to make different motions. Also, playing pieces of music involves being able to keep time, a skill that helps in areas like dance and sports. Helps build understanding of math concepts Music and math are inseparable. Math concepts like patterns and fractions are […]
Peanut Butter Energy Bites
Ingredients 2/3 cup creamy peanut butter 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips 1 cup old fashioned oats 1/2 cup ground flax seeds 2 tablespoons honey Directions Combine all 5 ingredients in a medium bowl. Stir to combine. Place in the refrigerator for 15-30 minutes so they are easier to roll. Roll into 12 bites and store in the fridge for up to a week.
Crockpot Love Served by Ronald McDonald House
After a long day, have you ever wished you could come home to a hot, homemade meal ready to eat? Now add to your long day the stress of having a critically ill or injured child in the hospital. During these trying times, feeding yourself is often forgotten at your child’s bedside. The Ronald McDonald House of West Georgia’s mission is to serve families of critically ill children with love, toiletries, shelter, a warm bed and food. Their volunteers cook and serve meals to 15-20 people every day in their Hamilton Road home. For 2019, they’re stepping up their dinner game, serving crock pot meals daily in their family room at Piedmont Columbus Regional. Newly renovated, the family room is equipped with a full-sized fridge, La-Z-Boys, a television, bathroom, activities for kids, snacks and coffee. It provides a quiet space for families with babies in the NICU or children in the pediatric unit. RMH’s Crock-Pot Compassionate Meals Program strives to serve hot meals to these families every evening, but they’re in need of volunteers to cook. Sometimes they even find themselves short on volunteers for the house dinners, and now they are adding a second meal every evening. You don’t have to […]
‘I have a confession. I have a crippling fear my child will get taken.’
“I have a confession. I have a crippling fear my child will get taken. A close friend told me once, ‘Anxiety holds hands with fear.’ And the fear of losing one of my children at a park, or the zoo, or even the grocery store, has paralyzed me at times. I feel like I have held my kids back from incredible adventures. It’s like I’m keeping them from experiencing things I know they would love because the fear of someone taking one of them is so overwhelming that it is often easier and safer to just stay at home. Even as infants I was terrified to simply take the triplets in a walk down the block and back. I was consumed with worry and fear. However, in the last year or so I have taken steps to help me with my anxiety struggles. I am a part of an amazing moms group called MOPS. This was essential in helping me make friends in my area and walk through some of my daily challenges with moms who offer no judgement or criticism, just love. Last spring, our MOPS group held an Easter Egg Hunt at a large park in our city. […]
Growing Room opens the door to a secure, quality, fun and nurturing educational environment based on a balanced partnership with parents. At Growing Room, our goal each day is to provide an enriching environment with nurturing teachers using a planned developmentally appropriate curriculum for Infants 6 weeks of age through children age 12 years.
1200 Manchester Expressway, Columbus, GA 31904
At Impact Performance RX, they offer youth training services! Some benefits of youth exercise includes reducing the likelihood of obesity and other weight related problems. By staying active, teenagers can reduce the risk of stress, depression, and other mental health issues. Youth fitness can also help teenagers maintain a positive body image. If you would like to learn more about our youth gym, please contact Impact Performance RX today! Contact Us Today!
1951 Veterans Pkwy, Columbus GA 31904
Impact Performance RX
The Columbus Ballet is a non-profit arts organization founded in 1998 that advocates for the artistic achievement of classical dance through the joy, spirit, and celebration of dance instruction and performance. We strive to provide the most distinctive dance experience to the community through the development of a diverse curriculum for dancers of all ages and a season program that promotes art, education, and culture. The official school of the Columbus Ballet is the CSU Dance Conservatory, which offers classes for dancers 3 years old through adult in classical ballet, jazz, modern, and contemporary dance. The Columbus Ballet annually presents the beloved holiday story of “The Nutcracker,” and produces an annual spring production that has included such well-known ballets as “Cinderella”, “Sleeping Beauty”, and “Coppelia” as well as many others. The Columbus Ballet is proud to be a part of the arts community in Columbus and strives to provide the highest artistic quality performances to Columbus and the surrounding areas.
The Rankin Arts Center 1004 Broadway
The CSU Dance Conservatory offers a distinguished recreational and pre-professional program in ballet during the school year with opportunities to perform with The Columbus Ballet at the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts. Our mission is to prepare young students for futures as dancers, engaged citizens, audience members, and responsible young men and women. Year-round classes are taught by a dedicated faculty with extensive professional credentials, providing intensive training and performance opportunities for our students. The Conservatory’s comprehensive curriculum focuses on strong technique that is rooted in the traditions of classical ballet and inspired by a contemporary vision of the future. This curriculum is designed to serve dancers of all ages by supporting the continuing quest for greater technique, artistry, clarity, grace, speed, and musicality. Annual performances of classical and contemporary works are also an important part of the training model at the Conservatory, allowing students to develop discipline, endurance, choreographic memory, and stage presence. Providing exceptional dance training, nurturing our students’ developing skills and instilling a lifelong love of dance extends far beyond our curriculum. We strive to challenge each student, whether dancing for enjoyment or pre-professional training. Our highly-trained teachers take great care to instruct students with proper technique and […]
1004 Broadway, Columbus GA
CSU Dance Conservatory
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