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Learn how to get your family's support following weight-loss surgery, and get advice on making healthy living a family affair. 

Outdoor Winter Vacation Options

Living in a locale that has changing seasons allows you to enjoy the best of everything. From warm days at the beach or splashing in a pool to cold and possibly even snowy weekends that offer a myriad of seasonal activities to enjoy, enjoying the change of seasons is a luxury that not all get to enjoy.  Even if you don't live in a climate where the seasons change, there are easy ways to take advantage of the change in weather by hopping on a plane and heading to a new destination.

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Helping Kids Develop Positive Attitudes

When you are dealing with your own weight loss issues and have children, one factor you need to consider is how your own attitudes towards food, exercise, dieting and body image affect those of your kids.  This is especially true if your children already have their own weight loss issues.  Your attitude towards your weight loss surgery, or any other weight loss method, combined with how you handle body image issues and how you approach your food and exercise choices can have a lasting effect on your children.

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After weight-loss surgery, families help each other stay on track

It’s not unusual for married couples or several family members to undergo weight-loss surgery together. Sharing the experience with a family member can be incredibly helpful to post-surgical patients who are developing new lifestyle habits and a new relationship with food.

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New Family Holiday Traditions

The holidays have always been synonymous with food in most households.  As December rolls around, thoughts turn to cookie baking and holiday traditions that often center around food and drink.  This year, why not think about creating some new family traditions for the holidays that don’t place food at center stage?  It will help you with your weight loss efforts and will teach your children that celebrations are about more than just the morsels that make their way into our mouths.

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Speaking of greatness

In the 1990s, renowned author and psychologist Howard Glasser, MA, developed a new way of thinking about parenting called The Nurtured Heart Approach. Although the approach is designed to help parents cope with intense kids, it has a lot to offer for the adults we’ve become, and the new lives we’re choosing.

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