My Vegetable Revolution: Part One

Did you know that June is National Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month? I did! And I’ve been trying to celebrate it daily. Okay, the truth is my celebrating has less to do with it being the month of fruit and veggies and more to do with the fact that I’ve just resolved to be a better eater. Winter brings out…

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The Bitter Truth About Kids with Bitter-Sensitive Taste Buds

I was a picky eater. And I’ve got one kid who takes after his dad. How about you? Well, guess what? Part of the issue might be some real things happening in their taste buds! And there’s a fast, easy way to find out is your kid is blessed (cursed?) with taste buds that are firing away on overdrive. Check…

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My Chat with NASCAR Champion Jeff Gordon About Pertussis

I had the honor last week to speak to Jeff Gordon and Felicia Dube last week about the rapidly rising rate of pertussis in the United States. Pertussis, often referred to as whooping cough, is a vaccine-preventable disease that all parents need to understand. For more information, visit the  Sounds of Pertussis Facebook Page.

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We’re Raising a Lot of Unhealthy Kids

Fact: One out of three children in our country is overweight. Fact: Kids today are ten pounds heavier than they were ten years ago. Fact: As a parent, you are the most important dietician and nutritionalist in your child’s life. Hopefully that grabs your attention. For solutions, why don’t you take five minutes and listen to this enlightening interview with…

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Don’t Dismiss the Value of a PSA Blood Test

Had I followed the newly released government-backed suggestions regarding PSA blood tests a few years back, I’d be dead. Here’s a few things I think every man needs to consider.  The United States Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF) has made a final recommendation against prostate-specific antigen (PSA) based screening for healthy men based on a belief that “the harms outweigh…

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OK Parents, What’s Your Position on Teen Drinking?

The Chicago Tribune TribLocal asked me to put some thoughts together pertaining to teenage drug and alcohol use. It’s a tough subject to write about – I desperately want to get it “right.” But I don’t know all the right answers. So I’m going to go with what’s in my heart… Teenage drug and alcohol use. Just writing those words…

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You Can Help Save 1.7 Million Children

The new United Nations Foundation shot@life program is calling all Americans to action to save the lives of children in developing countries. I recently took my teenage son to the pediatrician for an annual check-up. Driving to the doctor’s office, my son asked, “Do I have to get a shot? I hate shots.” “Deal with it,” I told him. “You’re…

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Spring Break Safety for Teens

We’re entering the high risk months of Spring – where far too many unnecessary accidents injure and kill our teens. Here’s a few thoughts on how you can better protect your own kids.  Want a sobering statistic? One-third of all alcohol-related teen deaths and injuries will take place in the months of April, May, June. You know, those celebratory months…

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My 93-Year-Old Uncle Blows my Mind Away!

  My Uncle Jack is my idol. We should all be so blessed to live such a long, healthy life. Uncle Jack is 93. And he sends more e-mails than anyone I know. His favorite thing to do is “forward” e-mails he thinks are funny. I look at EVERYTHING Uncle Jack sends. He just sent an e-mail with a subject:…

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LiveStrong Marathon – Wanting a Redo

The 2012 Austin-LiveStrong Marathon  is this weekend. I actually have a bunch of friends who are flying down to join in the fun for either the full marathon or the half version. And while I’m happy and excited for all of them – I’m feeling a little mixed. I ran the LiveStrong half last year with several Imerman Angels friends.…

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