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eat healthier in 2018

Four Ways to Eat Healthier in 2018

Fill your family up with healthier food by using these tips from pediatric clinical dietitian Amanda Haney, MS, RD, CNSC, of MemorialCare Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beach.   Get halfway there. If you’re not confident cooking at home (generally healthier than eating out), consider services such as Blue Apron that deliver pre-prepped ingredients that you can just put together. “I was at Ralphs last week and they also had a section where you can order these meals,” Haney says. “It’s definitely a good way to start.” Start small. Don’t try to transform your family’s diet all at once. First,...

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For Jewish Kids With Disabilities, a New Learning Option

Chaya Chazanow and Sarah R’bibo have a lot in common. They are moms, they have kindergarten-age children with disabilities, they are Jewish – and they found what L.A. public schools were offering their kids just wasn’t enough. “It was always a fight to get what he needed,” Chazanow says of her 5-year-old son, who was born with a rare genetic disorder. What’s more, there were no Jewish schools in the greater Los Angeles area – one of the largest Jewish communities in the country – that served students with disabilities. That left Chazanow and other Jewish parents of children with...

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Family Recipe: A Different Kind of Hummus

A house specialty at Panini Kabob Grill, which has several SoCal locations including Woodland Hills, Bevery Hills and Glendale, is the hummus trio. It includes traditional chickpea hummus, black bean hummus and this edamame hummus. “Parents love this for their kids because it’s healthy,” owner Ali Kazemi explains. “Kids like it because it’s easy to eat.” The spices are mild and the dish is creamy – and fun to dip with crackers, cut veggies or pita triangles.  This recipe doesn’t include tahini, which Kazemi says makes hummus heavy and leaves you thirsty. He prefers sea salt to table salt, which contains chemicals.  You can use ready-to-eat edamame beans from the supermarket, but...

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7 Don’t Miss Events in January

In January you can meet pirates, Ben Franklin and the Peanuts Gang, frolic with whales and golden dragon acrobats, enjoy free entertainment and learn about Japanese culture.

mindfulness for kids

CWC Silverlake is Bringing Mindfulness into the Classroom

Silence. Stillness. Meditation. These are words that make you want to inhale a deep breath and let it out ever so slowly. You may imagine a yoga studio with clean lines, soft lighting and bamboo floors. Your imagination likely did not conjure up an elementary or middle school classroom.  Yet Citizens of the World (CWC) Silver Lake, a public elementary and middle school charter in L.A., is weaving yoga and mindfulnness into its curriculum, which aims for an intentional focus on social-emotional development. “Yoga is an equitable and culturally respectful way to engage students to practice self-regulation,” says CWC Silver Lake teacher Liz Kleinrock, who is also a certified children’s yoga teacher. Kleinrock incorporates aspects of...

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lilladu exchange

Lilladu Exchange: Preloved Clothing Helps Cerebral Palsy Cause

We’ve all been there. The pants you bought your little one a few months ago are now rising over his ankles because he seemingly grew an inch overnight. The jacket your daughter used to love now elicits tantrums at the mere suggestion of her wearing it. Instead of envisioning your money being flushed down a drain over this unusable (or unwanted) clothing, consider donating to a company that’s aiming to help families living with cerebral palsy.  Founded by local moms Lindsey Dumais, Kyla Magnusson, Abbie Moody and Sarah Navin, Lilladu Exchange ( prides itself on taking a “personal stylist approach” for busy parents looking to purchase (or exchange) children’s “preloved” clothing. The online secondhand clothing exchange store recently formed an alliance with United Cerebral Palsy...

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Home Decorating Tips from Gina Wade for Families with Kids

Having kids changed the way Hollywood designer and entertaining expert Gina Wade decorates her own home. “I said goodbye to décor like the tall hand-blown glass trees that I used to set outside by the doorway,” says Wade, who has two children: Jake, 6, and Emerson, 4.  Her company, Gina Wade Creative, produces glamorous events for Hollywood and celebrities. But her signature Hollywood-to-home decorating and entertaining ideas make it possible for anyone to have a beautiful home, even while raising kids. “When you have little ones running around, it’s easy to think there aren’t a lot of decorating options, but that doesn’t have to be the case,” Wade says.  On the contrary, there are many easy and kid-friendly ways to change the look of a room and...

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L.A. Students Shine in Shark Tank and Math@Work Webisode

Dressed in their best, two teams of aspiring local student entrepreneurs recently marched onto ABC’s “Shark Tank” set to present their business plans to the “shark” panel.  Calm and poised, Lincoln High School ninth graders Crystal Reynaga and Angela Garcia pitched Find You, a GPS watch that tracks young runners and includes an app to help their parents keep tabs on them. And eighth graders Timothy Coleman and Mauro Palomo, who attend Hawthorne Math & Science Academy, delivered a pitch on how their website $tartup connects entrepreneurs and investors.  The four students fielded a series of questions and got feedback from the panel while taping the 20-minute webisode Math@Work: Math Meets Entrepreneurship. Released by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, the webisode is the fourth in a free online series that underscores why math skills are essential for jobs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics...

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San Gabriel Workers Get Allstate Foundation Grant for Youth Arts

Twelve Allstate agency owners, licensed sales professionals and financial specialists from the San Gabriel area recently came together and secured a $12,000 Allstate Foundation Helping Hands grant to benefit Asian Arts Talents Foundation (AATF). The grant will support AATF’s mission to offer scholarships and events for talented young Asians. The agency owners, licensed sales professionals and financial specialists earned $1,000 each for AATF by volunteering at the organization’s annual Asian Cultural Arts Performance. The event was held at San Gabriel Mission Playhouse and helped promote and spread awareness for Asian arts in the San Gabriel valley. AATF will use the...

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Playa Del Carmen

Family Travel: Magical Mahekal in Playa Del Carmen

There are places in the streets of modern-day Playa del Carmen, along the Caribbean shoreline in Mexico, where it is possible for families to take a step away from the bumping music and partiers and into the richness of Mayan history. There are quiet cobblestone paths and white-sand beaches that pave the way from layers of aquamarine ocean to jungles thick with the same sounds of birdsong and chatter familiar to the people who lived there long ago. One portal to the past for families eager to discover the treasures of history through experience instead of lecture is the Mayan...

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