What the Boards are Buzzing About: School Lunches, Yoga and Fibromyalgia

Some of the hottest conversations on the health boards this week

This week on the health boards, a lot of moms are talking about what their kids’ school lunches look like this school year:

On the Kids Eating Healthy boards, Nathanielsmom110100 says she let her son buy a school lunch -- a rarity -- because it was much more healthful than usual. “I was so impressed with the menu for the day. Turkey sandwich on a whole-wheat roll, lettuce, tomato, pickle, carrot sticks, cucumber slices, sun chips and a banana. Wow, our school is really working on improving the lunch menu,” she says.

Izzyandalexsmommy looked up the menu on her kids’ school Web site, and was horrified by their options. “Today was nachos, fruit cup, something else and milk. The alternative was PB&J.” Luckily, she sends her kids off to school with homemade lunches that are much more nutritious: Turkey sandwiches with whole grain bread, carrot sticks, apples and bran muffins.

What options do your kids have at school for lunch? Talk about it.

Over on the Yoga message boards women are discussing DVDs versus classes. When it comes to yoga, or any of your favorite workouts, which do you prefer -- and how do you think they differ?

According to lv2breathe, having a vigilant yoga instructor on-hand can help ensure that you’re practicing good form. “Classes are good for technique and really learning how to properly do the poses. For me, this was the greatest benefit.”

Cl-funkymamajoy believes both DVDs and classes have particular benefits. “It’s nice to have an instructor observe your poses and offer suggestions or corrections, if needed. I also enjoy the camaraderie of other yogis,” she says. But DVDs are great for time- or cash-strapped people.

If you have an instructor who can really give you some one-on-one time, spending the extra money on a yoga course can be an invaluable way to build your practice, but Lv2breathe now does most of her yoga alone, with the use of a book or DVD. You can look for free yoga classes hosted by local yoga studios or yoga apparel stores, like Lululemon. Find out which type of yoga suits your personality best with iVillage’s Yoga 101.

On the Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue boards, neverlandswendy wonders if a different climate would improve her fibromyalgia symptoms. “My health has declined inch by inch through the years in Tucson. But just last week, I travelled to the Berkshires in Massachusetts and I found the cool, crisp air and turning leaves regenerated my spirit lessened my aches and pains a great deal.”

Cl-jkittyesb believes that where you live can impact how you feel. “I definitely have noticed that weather can make or break you when it comes to FM."

Mcpayton believes it has less to do with the climate and more to do with how you feel about the place you call your home. “I think all of us can testify that extremes in temperature are the worst. I live in a hot, humid place, and heat and humidity seem to drag all of us down. I lived in Arizona for about seven months a few years ago and felt pretty good, but I don't think location matters so much as overall benefits to living somewhere you love,” she says.

How do you feel about where you live, and do you believe that your location helps or hurts your health? Chime in below.

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