You 2.0: The Empathy Gym

What books are on your summer reading list? If you’re reading mostly nonfiction, consider the benefits of adding a novel to the mix. “There’s a fair amount of evidence now that the more fiction that people read, the more empathetic that they become,” says Stanford psychologist Jamil Zaki. “Because fiction is one of the most powerful ways to connect with people who are different from us who we might not have a chance to meet otherwise.” Read More

CrossFit Helped Us Face Our Son’s Autism Diagnosis

Annie, my wife, agrees. And if you knew Annie, she doesn’t overstate anything. Don’t get me wrong, we had a lot of awesome things happen personally (I taught my daughter how to ride a bike… on Father’s Day!) and professionally (my second book came out), but the last year has been tough. Honestly, we’ve sort of been reeling since Sept. 18, 2012. That’s the day we learned that our son Griffin might be on the Read More

Here’s One Way to Wreck a Child’s Education: Take Away Recess

Recess is the only “subject” my 9-year-old will talk about. I don’t even bother asking him how school is. He’s a good student. An excellent student. A veracious reader. I’m not telling you this to brag. I don’t have an “honor roll” sticker on the back of my car. I’m telling you this because my child will not answer any question about school positively. The only thing he will talk about is recess. In recess, Read More

Sitting, Lack Of Exercise Linked With Symptoms Of Depression In New Study

A new study shows an association between sitting time and mental health. Particularly, the longer a person sits, the more likely he or she is to have symptoms of depression. The findings, first reported in Runner’s World, were reached by researchers from Victoria University and the University of Queensland. The study, published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, is based on 8,950 women ages 50 to 55 who answered surveys in 2001, 2004, 2007 Read More

12 ways we sabotage our mental health

Our mind and mood are keenly sensitive to the world around us. Distressing life events—a bad breakup, unemployment, the death of a loved one—often leave us rattled or sad, of course, but our daily routine and patterns of thinking also have a big impact on our mood. Bad habits like skimping on sleep, drinking too much, or nursing grudges can undermine our mental health, whether that means a brief episode of the blues or full-blown Read More

Give The Gift of Health and Exercise this Holiday Season with a New Fitness Game for Kids: Introducing Flip2BFit

This holiday season, help kids start the New Year off on the right foot through a new and exciting fitness board game that teaches kids about physical activity and nutrition. Introducing Flip2BFit, an interactive board game where kids develop self-esteem, confidence, and leadership skills through stretching, strength building, cardio and yoga activities – no gym or video game needed! In addition to Flip2BFit, the company also offers an exciting game of memory called Bakari, which Read More

Regular Exercise May Be Helpful To Prevent The Development Of Panic Attacks And Related Disorders

By Christopher Fisher A new study suggests that regular exercise may be a useful strategy for helping prevent the development of panic and related disorders. People with an intense fear of the nausea, racing heart, dizziness, stomachaches, and shortness of breath that accompany panic — known as “high anxiety sensitivity” — reacted with less anxiety to a panic-inducing stressor if they had been engaging in high levels of physical activity, said researchers at Southern Methodist Read More

Why kids need recess and exercise

By Denene Millner ( — More and more researchers, educators, and parents are realizing that not only is playground time good for kids-it is crucial. Here’s why it just may be the fourth "R" in school, and what you can do to make sure your child gets a healthy dose of downtime. Let me put this out there: I totally get it. Teachers are under pressure to make sure they’ve drilled reading, ‘riting, and ‘rithmetic Read More