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The Drevitches, That's All Folks! We End Our Year Smaller and Wiser

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It's the phone call that changed my life. My ParentDish editor rang me late one day last summer to tell me that the site was launching something called the Healthy Families Challenge, and that I...
It's the phone call that changed my life.

The Drevitches, Week 33: The Now Normal

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The Battle Rope is exhausting, but kind of fun, too. Credit: Victoria Gallagher, YouTube
We're nearing the end, but we're not slowing down.
Our Healthy Families Challenge finish line is...
We're nearing the end, but we're not slowing down.

The Drevitches, Week 32: On the Road, Can a Diet Survive?

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Our school's chess players reveled in their victories -- and hamburgers. Photo by Mark Gurevich
Travel is a challenge to any diet. But some trips are more dangerous than others. I...
Travel is a challenge to any diet. But some trips are more dangerous than others...

The Drevitches, Week 31: We Are What We Pack

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Have lunchboxes, will eat healthy. Credit: Gary Drevitch
When I was a kid, lunch was easy.
I brought my meal from home every day, first in my Adam-12 lunchbox, then in my Six Million...
Whether they plan to get their lunch entrée from school or not, the kids take lunchboxes to school each day, stocked with snacks. So there's pressure on us to make those snacks healthy.

The Drevitches, Week 30: Cafeteria Lunch Takes a Healthy Challenge of Its Own

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Chef Stefanie with special guest celebrity chef Jonathan Waxman. Credit: Courtesy Stefanie Devic
In the beginning, the kids brought lunch to school every day. And it was good.
Well, it...
In the beginning, the kids brought lunch to school every day. And it was good...

The Drevitches, Week 29: Let My People Eat Healthier!

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I knew this week was going to be a problem. One aspect of my family's eating routines I have not discussed in much detail here before is that, as observant Jews, our home is kosher -- meaning, in a...
I knew this week was going to be a problem...

The Drevitches, Week 28: Can We Make Home Cooking as Appealing as Take-Out?

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The kids and their favorite dinner ingredients. Credit: Gary Drevitch Our kids are funny eaters. They refuse to eat most home-cooked vegetables (and nearly all fruits), but they will...

The Drevitches, Week 27: Why Workouts Work

Watch Videos of the Other Healthy Families! Putting myself through the paces of my workout. Photo courtesy Gary Drevitch A funny thing happened the other day. I was running down a street on the East Side of Manhattan,...

The Drevitches, Week 26: Keeping Up With the Latest News

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Benjamin and Natalie visit Washington, DC, birthplace of the healthy-eating guidelines. Courtesy Gary Drevitch
It's one of the oldest jokes in the book.
Whenever you hear a news report...

The Drevitches, Week 25: How to Find the Right Sport for Your Kid

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One thing I've learned in 10 years of parenting: Soccer is not for every kid. At least, it's not for my daughter.
All parents, it seems, try to find a sport that their child can fall in love...

The Drevitches, Week 24: 8 Weight-Loss Tips That Just Might Work for You

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Benjamin and Natalie like to show they're fit, but don't much care if their parents are. Credit: Gary Drevitch Since I decided to take part in the Healthy Families Challenge, a series of remarkable...

The Drevitches, Week 23: Vacation Highs and Lows

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Benjamin and Natalie at the top of Stratton Mountain. Photo courtesy Gary Drevitch Our February ski vacation was a showcase for the kids' healthy and unhealthy habits.
Benjamin, 10, and...
Our February ski vacation was a showcase for the kids' healthy and unhealthy habits. We've been home for several days now, facing typical post-vacation challenges.

The Drevitches, Week 22: The Sledding Hill Workout

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Benjamin, embarking on another climb up the sledding hill. Photo courtesy Gary Drevitch
I am profoundly ambivalent about my family's annual ski vacation.
On the one hand, I don't ski, at least...
I am profoundly ambivalent about my family's annual ski vacation.

The Drevitches, Week 21: We Lace Up the Skates (Well, Not All of Us)

The boys are ready to get their skate on at Chelsea Piers. Photo: Gary Drevitch
When it comes to finding new sports to teach my kids, a good standard is: If I don't do it, they should.
Over the course of my sedentary childhood, I...
When it comes to finding new sports to teach my kids, a good standard is: If I don't do it, they should.

The Drevitches, Week 20: Piloting the Family Through a Pastry Pile-Up

I don't know how these things happen. One moment, you're sitting at home, innocently avoiding snacks and sweets as you try to maintain your Healthy Families Challenge weight loss. And then, suddenly, you turn around and your house is filled...
One moment, you're sitting at home, innocently avoiding snacks and sweets, and then suddenly you turn around and your house is filled with chocolates and tempting baked goods.

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