How You Can Help Change the Culture Around Sexual Violence

By Joanna Flanagan April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), a month dedicated to raising awareness of sexual violence in our culture and what individuals can do to change that culture. Sexual violence is a very real piece of our community. According to the Connecticut Alliance to End Sexual Violence, nearly

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How to Use Sound Experiences to Help Children Learn

By Tracey Madden-Hennessey “Sound is invisible, but it’s a tremendously powerful force…for better or worse, it shapes your brain and how you learn.”  These are the words of biologist and researcher Nina Kraus, Northwest University, who specializes in the impact of sound on brain development.  In a recent newsletter published

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How Eating Pie Can Help You Keep Your Fitness Goals

By Valerie Rodino   For some, the holidays are a time of year when everything sparkles and shines a little brighter.  We find ourselves humming along to holiday music that seems to be playing everywhere we go.  The weather gets cooler, decorations are hung, and we excitedly prepare to visit

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Your Journey to a Flat Stomach

By Jeff Payne For most people, one of the main goals when beginning a weight loss program is to achieve a flat stomach. There is an old fitness saying that “abs are made in the kitchen,” and for the most part, this is true. A healthy diet plays an important

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The Importance of Parent Teacher Conferences

by Michele Eathorne December is here with the school year in full swing!  The days are shorter with Daylight Savings Time having ended, football season has begun, the temperatures are cooler and teachers are preparing for parent-teacher conferences.  You may wonder how important and useful these short interactions between the

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5 Reasons to Register for Gymnastics Class Today

By Rebecca Mirando Growing up, my parents signed me up for a few sports before settling on gymnastics. Gymnastics was a lot of work, however looking back now the reward is a great deal more. The skills and abilities learned from gymnastics at a young age will not only benefit

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The Importance of Rituals and Traditions With Children

By Michele Eathorne Life today is so fast-paced and demanding, it’s important that we find ways to reconnect with each other on a daily basis. Establishing family traditions helps us do just that. Traditions are those special times that bring families together, allowing us to express unity as a family

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How to Do Perfect Planks

By Jeff Payne Planking has grown in popularity over the past few years. This is due in part to a strange fad that took place in 2011 where planking on random inanimate objects was cool. However, it turns out that the plank exercise is actually a very good one, particularly

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The 5 Ingredients for the Recipe of Success

By Mallory Deprey   Success is an individual goal that one must define for themselves. In talking with youth daily and helping them to vision their future I have to first think, what is my definition of success? Walking through a store one day I saw a dishtowel that read

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Top Tips For Dance Recital Time

By Chris Kuzia Dance recital time is a very stressful and exhausting time of the year.  There are many extra rehearsals, routines to learn, and formations to memorize.  Here are Miss Chris’s 10, make that 12, Commandments for a Great Recital:         Attend as many classes and

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