Prepare now for spring planting

We’re not out of the woods yet when it comes to winter weather and the threat of frost, but we’re right on the cusp of another growing season and there’s much to be done in preparation for spring planting. That means attending to all those little chores that were left undone last fall and giving some thought to the direction you’d like your garden to take this season.

Ignite your kids’ interest in exercise

With another Northwest Ohio winter on the wane, many parents are more than eager to get their kids off their backsides and doing something active outdoors. Kids, on the other hand, may not share their parents’ enthusiasm for physical exertion . . . or the outdoors. In fact, some parents may need to explain exactly what “outdoors” is. (It’s that extra space they walk through between buildings and vehicles.)

Carbs matter!

When I am out in the community, at events, and at the gym, I often hear from people that they are eliminating carbs from their diet. They need to lose weight, and they’ve heard that avoiding carbs will help or they had success in the past with cutting carbs from their routine. Let me say that carbs play an important role in our diet, in our nutrition monitoring, in our energy level, and in our ability to lose weight.

Five easy lifestyle changes to boost your mood

Are you feeling blue, listless, edgy, irritable, angry, or otherwise in a foul mood much of the time? Do you find that your mood prevents you from really giving your best on the job or at home? It could be that certain lifestyle choices that you’re making every day are to blame for your less-than-stellar outlook. Here are five simple steps you can take to improve your mood, boost your energy level, and enhance the enjoyment you get out of life: