Beating the Winter Blahs & Valentine's Celebrations

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As temperatures drop and the length of daylight changes, it’s natural to slow down, be less active and spend more time in front of electronics. But kids need continued activity, even when the weather’s not great.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), physical activity is vital for reducing the burden of chronic diseases and preventing early death. CDC recommends that children and teens (6 – 17 years) get 60 minutes or more of physical activity daily. Snow days can be tough but try some of these energy-burning activities to keep everyone happily entertained, active and healthy:

Go bowling, cross country skiing, or ice skating. Swim laps or take advantage of open gym hours at Recreation Center of Highland Park or Deerfield Park District’s Sachs Recreation Center.

Walk inside at a local mall. Skip the escalators and take the stairs!

Whether your child likes art, culture or music, try a workshop at a music school or the Art Center of Highland Park.

If your child enjoys a little competition, tee it up at indoor golf, reach for the sky at a trampoline park, or if your teen is a dare devil, try indoor skydiving!

Valentine’s Day is a popular holiday to celebrate and honor loved ones in our lives. For some, it’s a day of romance, and for others, it’s a day of chocolate, sugary sweet candy and the color red. You can gleefully raise a fluted glass of sparkling pomegranate punch or pink lemonade, or you can try these more festive drinks which make everyone feel welcome, including those who cannot or choose not to drink alcohol. Cheers!

Love Potion No. 9

½ cup fresh raspberries
1 Tbsp granulated sugar
1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 pint raspberry sherbet
3 cups Sparkling berry lemonade

Combine raspberries, granulated sugar and lemon juice in a bowl.
Mash together.
Place puree at the bottom of 6 glasses.
Top with scoop of raspberry sherbet.
Fill cups with sparkling berry lemonade.
Garnish with a berries.

Pink Hot Chocolate

1/3 cup white chocolate chips
8 ounces strawberry milk of your choice

Place the milk in a pot over medium heat.
Add white chocolate chips & stir until melted.
Pour into mug.
Top with whipped cream & red sprinkles.

Recipes courtesy of Parenting, Sugar Hero

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