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Summer 2012 Family Guide

Summer is creeping toward August, which means that in a few short weeks, school is back in session. But there is still a month of fun to be had before winding down into academia mode, and we’re here to help you plan.

If you’re itching to take a last minute trip, Casey O’Lear shares some suggestions for how to take your little children on a road trip. And this summer is all about superheroes, so we’ve provided some comic book picks for teens and some activities for your kids who want to emulate Spider-Man or Snow White in safe and supervised settings. And if your teen is the outdoorsy type, they’ll probably be interested in the Tahoe Rim Trail’s Backcountry Youth Camps, so we’ve included a lowdown on those programs.

But it’s not all fun and games in this issue. Tim Hauserman writes about the childhood obesity epidemic and what we should be doing about it. He also discusses one local school district’s efforts to combat the problem.

At the end of the day, though, there are few better ways to be healthy than by getting outside and exercising your body and brain. Enjoy the rest of the summer.


Ashley Hennefer, RN&R special projects editor