135/85 = 2x

It may be back to school time, but this is NOT a math equation. This (135/85) is the blood pressure of a teenage girl that we were standing next to at the pediatrician’s office. This makes her 2x more likely to have a heart attack or stroke as someone with a reading of 115/75. I saw the responses of the two nurses standing there, and they were not pleased. This young lady was a bit overweight but nothing out of the ordinary for today’s youth (which is quite sad that this is the new “norm”).
Nutrition and exercise. These are key to our health. That is why I make sure my family eats well and exercises. Mondays are our highly active days. The girls have ballet and Joel now participates in Lil’ sports. Monday night’s meal must be healthy and nutrient-rich to refuel their growing bodies. It’s almost also our “slow cooker” night. This way we are not rushed to just grab something which usually results in a less than ideal supper. Here are some our favorite crock pot meals:

Slow Cooker Mango and Black Bean Chicken

Slow Cooker Chicken Paprikash

Slow Cooker Pork and Sweet Potato Stew

Slow Cooker Chicken Piccata