By Cheryl Hurd
The healthy food choices you make for your family are just as important when it comes to your pets. When you browse the local farmers’ market or organic produce aisle, it is easy to identify the fruits and vegetables that will make their way to the dinner table.
But what is really in that brown kibble or canned meat-like substance you pour into your pet’s bowl?
The packaging may make overtures of optimal health with special blends to accommodate age, weight or other needs of your pet, but a closer look at the ingredient list can raise questions.
Is this really good for pets? What does natural mean? Is organic the right choice? Add to the confusion the latest food concern — genetically modified organisms (GMOs) — and pet food shopping can stop you dead in your tracks. Read more
By Aimee Welch
I can say with complete confidence that, before becoming a mother, I never googled organic mattresses, BPA, red dye 40, “physical” sunscreen or low volatile organic compound (VOC) paint. Not even once. Having a baby changes everything. Suddenly, keeping that tiny little person healthy and happy is the only thing that matters, and the Internet becomes your best (and worst) friend. Mothers are hyper-aware of everything that goes into and comes out of that tiny little body. From laundry detergent and onesies to baby food and bathing products, there are so many options to choose from—some considered much healthier than others. Simply put, the fewer chemicals your baby is exposed to from day one, the better. Toxins in the air, in our food, and in the products we use can cause allergies, chemical sensitivities and other illnesses. For new moms or moms-to-be, keeping track of it all can be overwhelming, and following every “best practice” out there is impossible. But with a little research, a lot of balance, and that unwavering mother’s love, you’ll find the products and practices that work best for your family. Below are some guidelines to get you started on creating a more natural environment for your little ones.
By Sandy Muñoz-weingarten
I continue to argue that the most important educational gift we can give children and young people is not more information, though information is important, but more experience, especially nature experience. The role that camps — nature-focused and some other kinds of camps as well — can play in this is substantial, and many of us hope it can be expanded. ~Richard Louv, author, Last Child in the Woods Read more
by Cheryl Hurd
Spraying water douses a group of teens as the raft pitches in the turbulence of the Colorado River. The youth, clad in floating devices and armed with paddles, work in unison with a trained guide to navigate the rough water through the Grand Canyon.
Every day I take time to tune in to my breath, straighten my spine and hug my muscles to my bones. I don’t leave the house without doing yoga for at least 10 minutes. If I don’t, I feel off, like I have forgotten to eat breakfast or brush my teeth.