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Free Summer Camps In and Around Austin

Summer is coming...soon...well, in a few months. But, it's never too early to start thinking about summer camps. Especially when registration for some summer camps are already open and when they're free.

Free camps? Yes, there is such a thing as free camps. We've done quite some research to find camps in and around Austin (up to a 2.5 hr radius) that are not a financial burden to families, especially families that already have enough to worry about.

By Birgit Sund on February 25, 2019

Apfelsaftschorle - A Healthier Alternative To Sugary Drinks


So, it’s September, which means it’s Childhood Obesity Month.

One contributing factor to childhood obesity are sugary beverages, such as soda, fruit punch, lemonade and other “ades,” sweetened powdered drinks, and sports and energy drinks. The average can of sugar-sweetened soda or fruit punch provides about 150 calories, almost all of them from sugar, usually high-fructose corn syrup. That’s the equivalent of 10 teaspoons of table sugar.

So, while not 100% sugarless, but whit a whole lot less sugar, this refreshing drink consumed in Germany throughout the year by young and could be an alternative to all of the above.
By Birgit Sund on September 13, 2018

Ways To Help Children With Autism Deal With A New School Year, New Teachers, New Peers, And New Experiences


For a parent of a child with autism, sending your child to the right school is important, but in itself, is not enough. Children with autism will continue to make their world smaller and smaller when left to their own devices. They would wear the same clothes every day, eat the same foods every day, watch the same programs on TV, or play the same games on their tablet.

Jeanne Beard, founder of the National Autism Academy, shares a few tips on how to help children with autism get a good start into the new school year and how to keep them going. 
By Birgit Sund on August 22, 2018

The Little Hummingbird Society - Program For Kids By The Austin Parks Foundation


The Austin Parks Foundation (APF) introduces the Little Hummingbird Society!

The program offers kids a great way to learn about giving back to their community and the importance of Austin’s parks, trails and green spaces through seasonal activity kits and special kids events including volunteer projects. Find out more.
By Birgit Sund on August 21, 2018

It Takes Guts To Be A Kid - How to Stay Healthy With Prebiotics, Probiotics, And Postbiotics


Oh, the tummy troubles of a constipated child. Not fun at all.

While we try to eat healthy, our two little humans do not always agree with our food choices. That being said, it is even harder to add natural prebiotics and probiotics to our diet. Even I cringe at some of them.

Here’s what scientists suggest and what you can do to boost your immune system, enhance digestion, and fight off any bad bugs that come along.
By Birgit Sund on April 25, 2018

School Grants from Action for Healthy Kids - Calling All Parents


Are you looking for tips for healthy living at home and ways to reinforce those healthy habits at school? Apply for the Parents for Healthy Kids grant and start promoting school-based physical activity and nutrition initiatives!

Not sure what to do? Here are some ideas:

  • Help your school start or grow their school garden and use their harvested vegetables and fruit in the school kitchen or the cafeteria
  • Organize a sporting event or an event that includes healthy activities
  • Create a running group or some other group that supports physical activity
  • Raise money for playscapes and other play spaces at your child's school
  • Organize a field trip to local farms and food banks
  • Bring in nutritionists, farmers, doctors, nurses, or other professionals to talk about healthy foods and healthy living
And here's how to apply for the grant.
By Birgit Sund on April 12, 2018

Keep Your Child's Lunch Healthy With a Non-toxic Lunchbox [Giveaway]


So, we’ve been trying to stay away from plastic food containers for quite a while now. We store all our leftovers in glass containers (even in the freezer in tempered glass or glass specifically labeled for freezing), and have migrated to stainless steel lunch boxes and water bottles.
 
Why? Because plastic is poisoning our bodies and oceans. Doctors and researchers have linked chemicals in plastics, such as BPA (bisphenol-A) and phthalates, in numerous studies to hormone and thyroid problems, behavior issues, obesity, cancer, diabetes, asthma, even kidney and heart conditions. Here's what you can do.
By Birgit Sund on April 2, 2018

Look Before You Lock - Keeping Kids Safe in Hot Cars


Yay for warmer temperatures, but here's something to always keep in mind: even a cool spring or fall day isn’t safe for leaving a child inside a car. 

In 2016, Texas led the nation in the number of hot car infant deaths. 

This alarming trend has gone surprisingly unabated. Since 1990, over 600 children have died from overheating in a car. Yet it took Congress until June 2017 to introduce the Hot Cars Act that would require all cars to have back seat child detection technology. 

Until the bill is passed, the best we can do is to educate ourselves so our children don’t become one of the statistics. Here are some things to keep in mind as the temperature climbs toward the sweltering heat of summer.
By Birgit Sund on February 27, 2018

21 Kid-friendly Gyms and Fitness Studios In and Around Austin

How many of you vowed to do more for body and soul this year? Congratulation, that's awesome!

Now – we’re already 1 week into the new year -, how many of you have been using the excuse "It's impossible for me to work out with kids."?

Sorry, but that's not an excuse. Call us traitors or backstabbers, but we've gathered over 20 kid-friendly Gyms and Fitness Studios that either offer kids classes or child care, which allows you to keep your New Year's resolution. Be brave, read on.

By Birgit Sund on January 8, 2017

166,050 Children in Central Texas Are Affected By Food Insecurity

Central Texas is among the fastest growing regions in the nation. While it means growth and prosperity for some, due to the rising cost of housing, utilities, transportation, and healthcare, many of our neighbors are left behind. Many of those neighbors are children.

More than

  • 166,050 children in Central Texas
  • 61,250 children in Travis County
  • 27,160 children in Williamson County
  • 8,990 children in Hays County
  • 4,790 children in Bastrop County
  • 2,360 children in Caldwell County

are affected by hunger and food insecurity. Let's change this.

By Birgit Sund on November 28, 2016

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