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Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017 12:36 am

Start the school year right with healthier lunches

 If you’re a parent, August’s school bell rings bittersweet. You have to love the schedule, but at the same time, stress kicks in – from getting all the supplies to packing those lunches. S...
Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017 12:35 am

How to teach body positivity to daughters

 A 2015 study by Common Sense Media reported that 80 percent of 10-year-old girls have been on a diet. More than half of girls ages six to eight said they wanted to be thinner. Dieting, besides b...
Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017 12:34 am

Making healthy choices a family affair

 In the past 20 to 30 years, childhood obesity has been on the rise. There are many causes, and they look very familiar to most of us. Kids have more access to video games and other different scr...
Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017 12:33 am

Trinity school debuts eight “skills to last a lifetime”

 In 2015, Trinity Lutheran School in Springfield began examining what a successful graduate would look like in a future vastly different from the school’s foundational days. The journey of disc...
Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017 12:32 am

It’s healthy to go where doctors know your name

 As walk-in clinics and telemedicine appointments abound, parents are often tempted by the quick and convenient care afforded by the quick, retail-based clinics. But having a primary care physici...
Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017 12:31 am

August-November kids activity calendar

Back to schoolAug 10, 1-4pm. Resource fair and kids learn-and-play event featuring giveaways of children’s backpacks, shoes and haircuts. Pre-registration required. Free. contactministries.com. Cont...
Thursday, May 11, 2017 12:07 am
 While Springfield has struggled for years to get a children’s museum up and running, Peoria has found the right formula for fun. At the Peoria PlayHouse, kids can splash away at a massive wate...
Thursday, May 11, 2017 12:05 am

See kangaroos from your car at Aikman Wildlife Adventure

 James Aikman was surprised more people didn’t think he was crazy when he announced plans to build a wildlife park. Located between Arthur and Arcola, the 40-acre park opened in March 2016 on t...
Thursday, May 11, 2017 12:04 am

Parents’ guide to summer fun and enrichment for kids

There are many opportunities in the Springfield area for enriching, educational and fun activities for kids this summer. From art to science to history, horseback riding, babysitting, sports, nature,...


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