Kick Start a Healthy New Year

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Happy new year! Whether you’re feeling it’s good riddance to the year past or simply feeling good about fresh start, our January issue has ideas to help you jumpstart 2014 with a healthy, happy family.

Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean you can’t be active. Plus working up a sweat is one of the best ways to work through the winter blahs. There are several recreation centers in Charlotte that offer families ways to have fun while also exercising and energizing. See the nine places we suggest to climb, swim and stretch your way into a new year of family fitness.

If you’re in need of a daily energy boost, check out our five tips on how to eat to boost energy. The right combinations of food can give you a much-needed boost. Sounds good to me.

We also serve up some family fitness tactics for kids of every age. All ages can be active with the right encouragement and examples. From a dance party with toddlers to rock climbing with tweens and teens, there’s lots of ways for the kiddos to be active.

And if you’re looking for a winter getaway with the family, get going on the slopes. January is Learn to Ski and Snowboard month. Go to to sign up for a ski lesson, and be entered to win trips and gear. Then check out our story about how to plan an economical family ski trip to N.C. ski areas with tips from Charlotte Ski and Snowboard Club, plus a list of 15 ski, snowboard and tubing areas that are easy drives from Charlotte.

Time to shed the old and start new! Here’s hoping 2014 is filled with laughter, love and prosperity for your family.