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KIRSTEN LUPINSKI: Healthy eating during the holiday season

HEALTH AND FITNESS: What you do before facing high-calorie food and drink makes a difference

Do not go to a holiday party on an empty stomach. This is a recipe for disaster and sets you up right away to eat too much.

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KIRSTEN LUPINSKI: Gift-giving can be tasty, too

HEALTH & FITNESS: Gifts in jar can be just the thing to mix fun and gift-giving

With three kids in school now, I am always trying to come up with something new, unique, and creative for teacher gifts. I just love the idea of something the kids can help make and that the teachers will enjoy getting (and eating, too).

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KIRSTEN LUPINSKI: What to do with all that Halloween candy?

HEALTH & FITNESS: Options are available that teach the importance of giving to others

Letting your kids keep a few pieces from their trick-or-treating haul and donate the rest to the less fortunate or to U.S. military personnel overseas sends a good message to children.

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KIRSTEN LUPINSKI: Move right on into the fall

HEALTH FITNESS: As the weather gets cooler, fun outdoor activities are ahead

Many of the festivals and events in Albany and Southwest Georgia in the coming months include components such as 5K races, fun runs and walks that fit into a healthy lifestyle.

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KIRSTEN LUPINSKI: Lunchbox goodies make the grade at school

HEALTH & FITNESS: Lunch can bring taste of home to school

If your kids don’t like the choices in the school cafeteria, there are fun, homemade options to try.

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KIRSTEN LUPINSKI: Make sure summer fun is safely done

HEALTH AND FITNESS: Takes some commonsense safety approaches ensure summertime is a fun time

Wearing protective equipment when needed, watching for motorists, staying hydrated, keeping a close eye on the kids and using sunscreen are important steps to take in keeping the good times going.

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KIRSTEN LUPINSKI: Spring brings some tasty fruits and veggies

HEALTH AND FITNESS: Letting the kids help choose and make recipes will make them more likely to try them

Spring brings with it a wide variety of fruit and vegetables. There are some quick, easy ways to incoporate these nutritious foods into your family’s diet.

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KIRSTEN LUPINSKI: Spring into the outdoors

HEALTH & FITNESS: Warmer weather means it is time to enjoy outdoor activities

Turn off the TV, tablet and video games and turn on to some fresh air and sunshine.

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KIRSTEN LUPINSKI: Bake up some fun, healthy snacks

HEALTH AND FITNESS: Kids can help create healthier alternatives to goldfish and animal crackers.

Eating healthier also can be fun for children if you allow them to help create their snacks.

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KIRSTEN LUPINSKI: Another celebration day is just around the corner

HEALTH AND FITNESS: You can celebrate Valentines Day without overindulging

Adding a little color and creativity to food and drink makes Valentine’s Day more fun for kids.

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KIRSTEN LUPINSKI: Have a healthy holiday season

HEALTH AND FITNESS: Make sure the holiday fun does not remove health and exercise from your to-do list

The busy holiday season can make it easy for exercise to get sidetracked.

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KIRSTEN LUPINSKI: The holiday season is quickly approaching

HEALTH AND FITNESS COLUMN: The year-end holidays can be enjoyable and healthy with preparation

By making some healthy substitutions and choices, the holidays don’t have to result in unwanted weight gain.

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LUPINSKI: It's fall, so it must be pumpkin time!

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Everyone associates this time of the year with Halloween and, of course, that means … getting lots of candy. Beyond that, though, the fall season means new veggies, including pumpkins.

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LUPINSKI: How much sleep do kids really need?

Health & Fitness column

Now that we have all come to the realization that summer is quickly coming to an end and school is back in full swing, we need to get out of summer mode and back to school mode. I do agree that is went way to fast and on a personal note with my boys starting kindergarten this year, I was not ready for summer to end.

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