National Nutrition Month ~ Letter from the Editor

Welcome to National Nutrition Month at eFitFamily!  We invite you to join us in taking small steps towards a healthier diet.  Many families have limited meal options due to a rushed schedule…from work to picking kids up from school to taking kids to gymnastics, soccer, boys and girls scout, to homework time to chores to bedtime…where’s all the time to cook a healthy well-balanced meal?

We challenge you to find creative ways to make healthy choices for your family…Is your crockpot collecting dust instead of helping cook a vegetable stew while you’re at work and the kids are at school?  Is there a health food store around the corner that you’ve been wanting to check out and could find time this weekend to explore?  Did someone give you a new recipe that’s been sitting in your junk drawer or on your cookbook shelf that is calling you to test it out?

Create a monthly parent group for other busy parents to get together and share quick and easy healthy recipes.  Make dinner time a fun family time and allow your children to help prepare the meal…this not only builds family bonds but also teaches important life skills.  Start a healthy meal jar where everyone in the family can write down healthy meal ideas to consider throughout the year…you may be suprised by your children’s ideas!

Have fun finding new and creative ways to enjoy your fruits and vegetables and let us know any impact on your energy level, mood, family dynamics, and children’s behavior! :)

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About Kimberly Rodgers, LCSW, RPT-S

Kimberly is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor. She currently works in Naples, Florida as founder and therapist of Monarch Therapy, LLC, a holistic therapy center offering psychotherapy, yoga, and massage therapy. She specializes in counseling children and families, as well as adults struggling with unresolved trauma, stress/anxiety, and adjustment to life transitions. In addition to traditional “talk therapy,” she implements expressive approaches including play therapy, sand tray therapy, and art, as well as yoga, mindfulness, and EMDR (trauma specific therapy). Prior to private practice, Kimberly’s experience includes foster care, adoption, youth shelter, youth related research, school-based counseling, and sexual assault crisis center settings. Her bachelor’s and master’s degrees are both in social work, from the University of Georgia and the University of Central Florida, respectively. Kimberly also conducts home studies for prospective adoptive and surrogate families and supervises social workers pursuing licensure and play therapists. She serves as Vice President of the Southwest Florida Association for Play Therapy and is also a member of the National Association of Social Workers, The Mental Health Association of Southwest Florida, and EMDR International Association. More information about Kimberly and her practice can be found online: www.MonarchTherapy.com.

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