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Coming Back to My Senses, Letting Go of Emotional Tension

Written by Jessica Notermans At camp, you learned that mindfulness is a great skill to re-engage with the present moment; acknowledging how your body and mind feels and just accepting whatever is without judging it. When you find yourself in an emotional pattern or in a difficult situation (i.e. fight with family or friends, urges…
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Make-Your-Own-Mountain-Moment

By: Quiggy At camp, we frequently took little mindfulness breaks dubbed “Mountain Moments”, in honor of the beautiful Santa Ynez Mountains right in our backyard. Even in such serene surroundings, we often find ourselves forgetting about the beauty around us, hurriedly caught up in day-to-day tasks or our own heads. So, after a hot and…
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Two Skills you Learned at Camp and How to Use them at Home

By: Nikki Downey, CTRS Creating Routines Think back to the cool mornings at camp, you’d wake up to exciting music playing in the courtyard and Ben banging on your door! You’d come out half asleep, chat with your friends and then head out on your morning walk to the beach! You did this every morning…
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Camper Corner: A Note from Brad

Hello everyone, I hope you’re all doing well at home. As you already know, the adjustment back to reality after being in sunny Santa Barbara for such a long time can be hard. But hey, at least you’re not in freezing England where my high of this past month has been buying a thicker blanket…
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Take a Hike into Fall!

With leaving behind the hot, muggy temperatures of summer and heading into the cooler, refreshing temperatures of fall, it’s a great time to take a hike.  The beautiful colors of orange, browns, and reds are a sight to see and enjoy by yourself or with your family.  Here are a few tips to help you…
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Are you Pump(kin)ed for Fall?

by: Cari Thiede, RD, LD I don’t know about you, but I am very excited to be leaving the oppressive heat of summer behind me and am looking forward to enjoying everything that fall has to offer: milder temperatures, cozy layers, and seasonal dishes thatare satisfying, flavorful, and festive. Nothing screams fall to me as…

How To Choose The Right Teen Weight Loss Camp

Choosing the best weight loss camp for your teenager, young adult or college student is one of those decisions that really, really counts. When you know in your heart your child’s losing the battle with weight — and you’ve tried everyone’s well-meaning suggestions with no success — finding the right immersive program can feel impossible.…

Stopping The Spiral

Research has shown that if you’re overweight when you’re young, you’ll probably be heavier as an adult – and more discouraged than ever by yo-yo weight cycling. Break that cycle early with effective life skills, daily habits and other tools that work now, in college, and beyond. Do this and stay in control of your…
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Weight Loss Isn’t About Motivation

What you weigh is the result of many factors, including emotional and environmental influences as well as food or exercise. This is why “eat less, move more” advice often doesn’t result in lasting weight loss, no matter how hard you try. It’s also why no one should feel guilty or ashamed about their weight. If…

What to Do When Your Daughter Says She Looks Fat

A few days ago a dear friend reached out to me with a text that said “Help! My five-year-old just said that she can’t wear that dress because she looks fat! What do I say?” My friend and I then proceeded to have a great conversation about how to start teaching her daughter what “beauty”…