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It’s that time of year! As summer comes to an end, high school sports camps ramp up. Football, volleyball, basketball, tennis, swimming, soccer, and band camp are upon us, and that means long days for your student outside in the heat, humidity, and sun.

Before your child steps onto the field or blacktop, here are some tips to keep your teen nourished and alert all day long.

  • Drink water. The American College of Sports Medicine recommends 17 ounces (a little more than two cups) of water two hours before exercise. Start the day with water, and avoid dairy and sports drinks before getting underway.
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The May Day tradition dates waaaay back. Although not an extremely popular holiday in America, May Day is a principle holiday in many other cultures. May 1st is related to the Celtic festival of Beltane, and the Germanic festival of Walpurgis Night. In many cultures, May Day is also synonymous with International Workers’ Day.

The Maypole is probably the most recognizable May Day tradition. The May Pole originated in Europe, and began as a tree which was cut down and stripped of its branches (in Europe, trees symbolized vitality and fertility and were often used in Spring festivals), then decorated and carried through town in a parade.

Today, most Americans celebrate May Day not by cutting down a tree and carrying it through town, but by filling small baskets with treats and small gifts. When filling your May Day basket this year, here are some fun and healthy alternatives for you to consider. (more…)

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