Simon Family JCC Blog

Turning STEM to STEAM: Why the Arts matter for children

Think for a moment about the children in your life: your kids, your nieces and nephews, your friends’ and neighbors’ children. How many of them do you think would be able to identify Raphael, Donatello, Michelangelo, and Leonardo as anything other than Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? In today’s world of smartphones and selfies, we’ve seen…

5 Tricks to help you keep your resolutions

It’s the fifth week of 2015. For many of us, this week and next will hear the death knell resolutions nobly made at the start of January. Change is hard, and for many of us, the hardest part is getting out of our own way. There’s an image in American culture that insists that if…

One question every parent should ask themselves

With Hanukkah beginning this week, and Christmas next week, many American parents are thinking a lot about gifts for their kids. We’re planning and buying, wrapping and hiding. We’re thinking ahead to the look on the kids’ faces when they unwrap the latest gizmo or doodad. What we don’t always think about are the many…

5 Ways Working Out with a Friend Can Help You Reach Your Goals

You know you ought to work out (more). You’ve heard about the physical benefits. You’ve experienced the positive psychological effects. You wouldn’t mind losing a few pounds. You’re definitely going to start working out (more). But not today. If the above sounds familiar, you are not alone. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 80%…

Exercise of the Month

EXERCISE OF THE MONTH: Self Myofasical Release (SMR) PRIMARY MUSCLE USED: Hip Flexors, Quadriceps & IT Band BENEFITS: Self Myofascial Release “can increase circulation and as a result, increase metabolism to the musculature and aid in the removal of metabolites such as lactic acid.” HOW TO: Position yourself as pictured Roll the foam roller over…