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Change Your Life for Good

You swore this was the year you would stick to your resolutions, but that jumbo tin of popcorn and comfy couch are calling you every night! Join the club. About 40 percent of Americans make a vow on Jan. 1st- and half relapse within the first 21 days. How to sail though that critical launch period and keep on going? Watch your wording: many a resolution have …

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Holiday Survival Guide

Trick the chef: Chew gum while cooking to avoid nibbling(many) calories while preparing food. Tasting for taste is one thing but eating half of the cookie dough before they hit the oven is another story! Rally the troops: Go for a walk with your aunts. Invite your cousin to the gym with you, or join the kids for a snowball fight- being active with family and …

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Boost Your Brain Power

Meditation requires you to tap all the self-regulation systems in your brain as well as the self-monitoring mechanism. Every time you meditate, you use two important parts of your brain: the prefrontal cortex, which helps you make smart choices, and the anterior cingulate cortex, which helps you be aware of when you make such choices and when you don’t. The more you activate these systems, …

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Healthy Eating for Busy Families

America is getting fatter and Pennsylvania is helping to lead the way as one of the nation’s top 20 “Most obese” states. Our busy lifestyles encourage unhealthy eating habits, like eating on the run, and high/fat – sugar snacking. But with just a little effort, you can gradually transform your family’s diet from “fat” to “fit”. Start your day off right – Breakfast is the most …

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Early Childhood: Transitioning Into Fall

It’s not just the leaves that change during this time of year. Fall can be an exciting time for families, as children return to more structured schedules. Here are some tips for making and maintaining a smooth transition: Children may have feelings both positive and negative about changes. Be a good listener and encourage your children to express their true feelings rather than trying to mold their answers …

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Celebrate Chanukah at the JCC

The Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh is the place to be for Chanukah, with activities for all ages at the JCC in Squirrel Hill and the South Hills. The eight-day holiday, commemorating the rededication of the Jerusalem Temple by Judah the Maccabee around 164 B.C.E., begins at sundown on Sunday, December 6, 2015. Special activities include: JCC Squirrel Hill, 5738 Forbes Avenue, Squirrel Hill Mitzvah Menorah Visit our Mitzvah …

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Alan Paul Returns to the JCC

Author Alan Paul, a native of Pittsburgh, will speak about his book, “BIG IN CHINA: My Unlikely Adventures Raising a Family, Playing the Blues, and Becoming A Star in Beijing,” on Monday, June 27 at 1:15 p.m. in the Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh’s Levinson Hall, 5738 Forbes Avenue, Squirrel Hill. There is no fee and the event is open to the community. Light refreshments will be served and …

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