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January 5, 2017
No Nonsense Resolutions

Walking: Trim Your Waistline

New Child Car Seat Law
Articles to Expand Our Thinking...
Christine: Your Kids Need to Lose

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  No Nonsense Resolutions

(0 Jan 2017) Resolution_BeMoreAwesome.jpgA reader sent me her no nonsense, easy to do resolutions: 1) Eat more veggies, 2) Walk every day, 3) Learn how to paint with watercolors, 4) Drink more water and 5) Watch comedies. She added, "I'm disgusted with resolutions that I let slide in a month. If I do these easy ones, I expect other changes will evolve." 

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Have a happy, family New Year weekend!  Parmalee


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  Walking: Trim Your Waistline

Walking: Trim your waistline, improve your health

By Mayo Clinic Staff

(Photos General) Walking_FatherandSon.jpgCan you really walk your way to fitness? You bet! Get started today.

Know the benefits

Physical activity doesn't need to be complicated. Something as simple as a daily brisk walk can help you live a healthier life.

For example, regular brisk walking can help you:

  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Prevent or manage various conditions, including heart disease, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes
  • Strengthen your bones and muscles
  • Improve your mood
  • Improve your balance and coordination

The faster, farther and more frequently you walk, the greater the benefits.

Consider your technique

Turning your normal walk into a fitness stride requires good posture and purposeful movements. Ideally, here's how you'll look when you're walking:

  • Your head is up. You're looking forward, not at the ground.
  • Your neck, shoulders and back are relaxed, not stiffly upright.
  • You're swinging your arms freely with a slight bend in your elbows. A little pumping with your arms is OK.
  • Your stomach muscles are slightly tightened and your back is straight, not arched forward or backward.
  • You're walking smoothly, rolling your foot from heel to toe.

Plan your routine

As you start your walking routine, remember to:

  • Get the right gear. Choose shoes with proper arch support, a firm heel and thick flexible soles to cushion your feet and absorb shock. Wear comfortable clothes and gear appropriate for various types of weather. If you walk outdoors when it's dark, wear bright colors or reflective tape for visibility.
  • Choose your course carefully. If you'll be walking outdoors, avoid paths with cracked sidewalks, potholes, low-hanging limbs or uneven turf. If the weather isn't appropriate for walking, consider walking in a shopping mall that offers open times for walkers.
  • Warm up. Walk slowly for five to 10 minutes to warm up your muscles and prepare your body for exercise.
  • Cool down. At the end of your walk, walk slowly for five to 10 minutes to help your muscles cool down.
  • Stretch. After you cool down, gently stretch your muscles. If you'd rather stretch before you walk, remember to warm up first.

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  New Child Car Seat Law

(0 Jan 2017) Carseat.jpgIt's the law! Beginning January 1, a child must ride rear-facing until the age of two, or until the child weighs 40 or more pounds or is 40 inches or more in height.

Recommended safest location: place seat in middle.

  Articles to Expand Our Thinking...

(0 Jan 2017) Thinking.jpgI like reading about ideas that are new to me, challenge me and cause me to re-assess or defend my beliefs.  These articles contain a variety of ideas and conclusions.  Whether you agree, disagree or agree with some parts, they all offer food for thought.

Professor: If You Read To Your Kids, You're "Unfairly Disadvantaging' Others Bedtime-story privilege? By Katherine Timpf 

According to a professor at the University of Warwick in England, parents who read to their kids should be thinking about how they're "unfairly disadvantaging other people's children" by doing so. Article>>>>

Why Our Coercive System of Schooling Should Topple by Peter Gray Ph.D.

"I've been called a crazy optimist, a Pollyanna, a romantic idealist. How can I believe that our system of compulsory (forced) schooling is about to collapse? People point out that in many ways the schooling system is stronger now than ever. It occupies more of children's time, gobbles up more public funds, employs more people, and is more firmly controlled by government-and at ever-higher levels of government-than has ever been true in the past. So why do I believe it's going to collapse-slowly at first and then more rapidly-over the next ten years or so? Here are four reasons..." Article>>>>

10 Numbers That Will Change the Way You Look at Your Budget by Dave Ramsey

"We're here to talk numbers. Wait! Come back! These aren't chalkboard-squeaking, SAT-sweating, pencil-breaking numbers. These are fun numbers. You know the ones that show themselves on bills and bank accounts, the ones that make you wealthy. These are the numbers of the budget. For over 20 years, Dave's class Financial Peace University (FPU) has taught families how to win with money by laying a solid foundation, which is-you guessed it-starting a budget! The 10 numbers below prove that even the most free-spirited among us can benefit from a little focus on the numbers each month. Here's some inspiration on starting your budget today." Article>>>>

School Leadership Study, Stanford University, funded by The Wallace Foundation

"Principals play a vital role in setting the direction for successful schools, but existing knowledge on the best ways to prepare and develop highly qualified candidates is sparse. What are the essential elements of good leadership? What are the features of effective pre-service and in-service leadership development programs? What governance and financial policies are needed to sustain good programs? The School Leadership Study: Developing Successful principals is a major research effort that seeks to address these questions."  Article>>>>

  Christine: Your Kids Need to Lose

(0 Jan 2017) Christine_Greg.jpgThere is a recent push to have all kids be "winners". Games are designed to allow everyone to win, and no one to lose. Everyone gets participation ribbons. A recent study shows there are negatives to this method.

Researchers played a hiding game with a group of 4 and 5-year-old kids. Two adults gave clues to help the kids find the hidden objects. One adult gave accurate clues, the other gave inaccurate clues. Half the kids were allowed to find the objects, no matter the accuracy of the clues. The other half were more likely to find the object with the accurate information. Read more>>>>

Christine Cockey is a local mom and scientist who researches what's happening in the world of science and makes science easier to understand.  Keep up with her latest articles at


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Gateway School K-8, Annual Open House 1/21


Santa Cruz Waldorf School K-8, Morning in the Kindergarten 1/21


Kirby School 6-12, Open House 1/26


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Ice Skating by the Bay
Date: Every day (Nov 19-Jan 8)
Ages: All
Details: Spend the dayice skating in a winter wonderland right by the Bay.
City: Monterey Phone: 831-649-4511 view all details >>
Sunday Seaside Crafts
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  Sunday Seaside Crafts
Seymour Marine Discovery Center (at Long Marine Lab)
Date: Every Su from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: Kids and up
Details: Join us with your small fry every Sunday for hands-on fun!
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 459-3800 view all details >>
Guided Elephant Seal Walks Start Dec 15
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  Guided Elephant Seal Walks Start Dec 15
State Park Ano Nuevo
Date: Every day (Oct 25-Mar 31)
Ages: All: (Lots of walking)
Details: 3 mile hike over sand and sloping terrain to see thousands of elephant seals, including newborn pups, their mothers, and bulls
Special Instructions: Dec 15 - Mar 31
City: Pescadero Phone: 800.444.4445 view all details >>
Simple Resolutions
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Free CPR Class
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Aptos/La Selva Fire District
Date: 01/10/2017 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Details: Free Classes: CPR, CERT
City: Aptos view all details >>
Twelfth Night Harp Festival
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  Twelfth Night Harp Festival
Community Music School
Date: 01/07/2017 from 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Ages: all
Details: Santa Cruz Harp Festival
Special Instructions: donations gratefully accepted
City: Aptos Phone: (831) 426-9155 view all details >>
A Walk in the Past
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  A Walk in the Past
State Park Big Basin
Date: 07/01/2017 at 10:00am
Ages: 5+ or able to hike 4-5 miles
Details: What makes good food in the forests?
City: Boulder Creek Phone: 338-8861 view all details >>
Wool, Spinning, and Weaving
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  Wool, Spinning, and Weaving
State Park Mission
Date: 05/20/2017 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Details: Follow the path of wool from the sheep to the shirt...spin your own wool
City: Santa Cruz Phone: 831.425-5849 view all details >>
Simple Resolutions
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Surfing America
Date: Every day (Jan 6-Jan 8) from 7:00am to 4:30pm
Details: Surfing America Prime brings skilled surfers to Steamer Lane
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
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