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From Our Friends: October 4, 2013

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Welcome to this week's installment of From Our Friends, a weekly roundup where we highlight some of our favorite posts, published by our friends and partners around the web. This week's edition includes a discussion on whether or not schools should weigh in on children's obesity, adaptations for our fitness routine as we advance in age, a delicious and nutritious homemade version of the classic lunchbox staple Fig Newtons, how to enjoy a deeper relationship with your child through mindful parenting, an easy way to get 20% off one of our favorite organic brands, and an overview of the government shutdown. Enjoy!

1. An unexpected back to school issue: school are issuing letters informing parents their kids are overweight. Why and how are schools weighing children and is it done condfidentially? Are children told their weight? This practice a lot of concerns about sensitivity and legality. Our friends at BlissTree weigh in.

2. The secret to aging gracefully is aging powerfully. ExperienceLife's prescription for long-term fitness includes age-specific strategies that will help you get off on the right foot no matter what your current phase of life and physical fitness.

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3. Let them eat cake! Fruit and cake, that is. It's so easy to make wholesome Fig Newtons, and MightyNest shared how to skip the artificial ingredients and bake your own delicious homemade version of the classic cookies. 

4. Conscious parenting is crucial to nurturing a relationship of openness with your child. The YogiTimes enlightened us to the idea that conscious parenting is mindful parenting. It is the willingness to rediscover the state of play with your child, to be aware of the emotional needs of your child and to be in a present state of communication with your child at all times. 

5. As a small business, The Organic Whey relies on consumers to post product reviews for the Amazon community. If you've had a pleasant buying experience and you are happy with The Organic Whey, leave a positive review and please let them know by emailing, to earn a 20% off coupon! Easy!

6. The affects of this week’s government shutdown are massive. Kids aren’t receiving access to cancer trials. The agency that certifies that organically labeled food is actually grown organically isn’t functioning. The Department of Homeland Security’s civil liberties complaint lines aren’t operating. EcoSalon breaks down the system's breakdown.

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