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 in the state of Florida and Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor through the Association for Play Therapy. She also supervises clinical social work interns pursuing licensure. She has worked as a psychotherapist for twelve years and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Georgia and Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work from the University of Central Florida.

Her experience includes foster care, adoption, youth shelter, youth related research, school-based counseling, and sexual assault crisis center settings prior to private practice. She specializes in counseling children, families, and adults struggling with stress, anxiety, trauma, and adjustment to life transitions. Kimberly is a current Board member of the Mental Health Association of Southwest Florida and former Vice-President of the Southwest Florida chapter of the Association for Play Therapy. She is also a member of the National Association of Social Workers and EMDR International Association.

Kimberly is founder of Monarch Therapy, an integrative therapy center focused on empowering individuals and families through emotional and behavioral metamorphosis. In addition to counseling and play therapy, the center offers other supportive modalities to further enhance emotional healing and stress management including support groups, yoga, laughter yoga, breathwork, integrative relaxation, and sound therapy. Monarch Therapy’s sister site eFitFamily.com offers health related information and inspiration for everyday families to live healthier every day. The center is also involved with House of Gaia community center and other community and service focused organizations. More information about Kimberly and her practice can be found online: www.MonarchTherapy.com.

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