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Flu season peaks starting during the holiday season so it's best to get vaccinated before you're around family and friends. According to experts, this is expected to be a particularly bad upcoming flu season and if you're pregnant, you're at a greater risk of getting sick due to decreased immunity.

There are no workbooks, and the subject matter focuses on things like swimming and pizza that are sure to capture kids’ attention. The atmosphere is fun, and the environment is casual. But the mission is serious — to prevent summertime academic regression that can cost a child later in life.

Matt Hansen’s daughter competes as a high-level gymnast, having fallen in love with the sport after she first learned how to tumble. She skips birthday parties because she’d rather be at practice, showing levels of athletic dedication and aptitude many parents hope to see in their own childr…

Zika became a hot topic a few years back when over 100,000 people contracted the virus in Colombia. In all, 20 babies were born with microcephaly, a birth defect that causes babies to be born with abnormally small heads if their mother contracted the virus while pregnant. According to the CD…

The Lowcountry is a special place to raise a family. From beaches, lakes and rivers to historic plantations and county and neighborhood parks, it’s seemingly one expansive outdoor playground waiting to be explored.

In the weeks leading up to the birth of her first child, Stephanie Zapiecki of James Island and her doula had a conversation about Zapiecki’s goals for her ideal labor and delivery experience.

Editor's note: This is the final installment in a three-part health series featured in our April, May and June 2017 issues. Each part has tackled a common health challenge faced by today’s families, including sports injuries, technology's impact on kids' well-being, and mental health.

Aacap.org (American Academy of Child & Adolescent Physchiatry): See the "Facts for Families Guide" and "Practice Parameters"

The American Academy of Pediatrics offers some helpful screen time guidelines for families:

Delay giving children access to mobile devices until they’re school age or older.Keep a media log to find out just how much screen time your child is consuming, then work to gradually decrease it over time, if necessary.Designate media-free zones, such as the dinner table, your child’s bedro…

Editor's note: Of all the worries on parents’ minds, their children’s health often tops the list. Considering this, we’re presenting a three-part health series in our April, May and June 2017 editions. Each installment will tackle a common health challenge faced by today’s families.

Editor's note: Of all the worries on parents’ minds, their children’s health often tops the list. Considering this, we’re presenting a three-part health series in our April, May and June 2017 editions. Each installment will tackle a common health challenge faced by today’s families.

Keep an open dialogue with your child.Insist that your child wear proper protective equipment at all times.Don’t push your child to specialize in one sport. Encourage a wide variety of activities both in organized sports and recreation.Emphasize playing for the enjoyment of the game, instead…

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: cdc.gov/safechild/sports_injuriesNational Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: niams.nih.gov/Health_Info/sports_injuries/child_sports_injuries.aspAmerican Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine: SportsMed.orgAmerican Colle…

It's a Challenge to get healthy and keep your kids active too. We know! So we designed the Fit Family Challenge to make it more fun and rewarding for everyone! The Fit Family Challenge is a no–cost healthy lifestyle program for families starting May 1 and ending June 26. To participate in th…

Thank you to everyone who participated and partnered with us in this year’s Fit Family Challenge! During the free 8-week program, which ended June 26, families in the Lowcountry and beyond logged their fitness activities and healthy habits online to improve their health and vie for prizes. W…

We checked in with our Spotlight Families in mid-May to see what they had learned from the Fit Family Challenge since starting their healthy journey in April.

What is one goal you have set with the experts? One of the goals that we have set with the experts is to increase the amount of time we spend working out.

What is one goal you have set with the experts? To enjoy family fitness and sport together rather than as an individual experience.

Fit Family Challenge and CCPRC workout video - Teachers guide participants through a flowing series of yoga postures while maintaining a focus on alignment and breath to build heat, flexibility, and strength. Open to all fitness levels.

Fit Family Challenge and CCPRC workout video - Maximize calorie burn, decrease body fat, and improve overall fitness level in this heart pumping beach body boot camp. Work every major muscle group and leave with a renewed sense of energy and accomplishment.

Fit Family Challenge and CCPRC workout video - Yoga therapy provides a foundation for health by developing self-observation. This class uses gentle movement to increase flexibility, gain strength, and teach breathing techniques to promote relaxation and manage common chronic conditions inclu…

Editor’s Note: Each year we invite two families to serve as our ambassadors for the Fit Family Challenge. Our Spotlight Families will receive coaching from a panel of experts including a fitness trainer, dietician and wellness coach. They’ll also chronicle their journeys toward healthier liv…

Editor’s Note: Last year, we cheered on the Goodwin family of Moncks Corner as they took on the Fit Family Challenge as one of our Spotlight Families. Parents Hannah and Matthew got fit with their children Conner, Layla and Griffin. One year later, Hannah reflected on how they’re still using…

WIN BONUS POINTS! Make sure to ask for the bonus code at free classes so you can track your fitness and earn 100 extra points!

Each week we will announce a new Lowcountry prize winner! Families qualify for weekly prizes by earning a minimum of 150 points the week of the drawing!

Fit Family Challenge: Kids' TrackerINFOGRAPHIC: How does the Fit Family Challenge work?Mt. Pleasant Recreation: Water Exercise Schedule

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The Fit Family Challenge is a statewide healthy-family lifestyle program that will run May 1-June 26. Pairing fitness with fun, the free program lets families track their healthy habits online for the chance to win weekly prizes including RiverDogs tickets, wearable fitness monitors, and pas…

As if going to the grocery store with a screaming toddler isn’t overwhelming enough, harried parents are now confronted with a new food issue to consider: GMOs. Short for Genetically Modified Organism, GMOs are food products resulting from seeds that have been genetically modified.

Congratulations... You've made it to the home stretch of the 2014 Fit Family Challenge! The program ends July 10, but we hope you'll continue on the path to getting more active and eating healthier.

U.S. schools strive to make P.E. classes more appealing to students of all fitness abilities.

Shrimp pasta salad makes a refreshing summer meal. Get the recipe here.

Men have higher rates of skin cancer than women, but they're less likely to wear sunscreen. One company hopes to change those habits with a new sunscreen line for men.

We've reached the half-way point of the Fit Family Challenge, and the Lowcountry retains its second-place spot in the three-region competition. From May 15 to June 16, Lowcountry participants have logged more than 452,000 activity minutes, ahead of the Palmetto region, but trailing the Upsta…

To see how one of our Spotlight families has made healthy living a team effort, click here.

Want kids to eat their veggies? Take a no-pressure approach, experts say.

Congratulations to Lowcountry participants of the Fit Family Challenge! Our region has risen to second place in the statewide challenge, with more than 189,000 minutes of fitness activity logged since the program started May 15. Keep logging those healthy activities to move us to the top spo…

Today's parents move at a breakneck pace to keep up with work, household duties, kids' activities, and other obligations. With our harried schedules, who has time to exercise? Lowcountry Parent recently spoke with five local families who shared their tips on squeezing fitness into their busy…

It's common knowledge that taking regular walks is good for your body. But did you know the activity can also benefit your brain? Take a look at what RealAge.com recently posted about walking:

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