Weekly family rail, with a tip on a healthy breakfast, a review of "Spirited Away," why "The King's Speech" is gaining young fans and more.

Tip of the Week


Getting a good start to your day takes a lot more than the alarm going off at the right time and avoiding traffic. What you eat in the morning can have an effect on your whole day - and your health.


"Choosing whole grain at breakfast is a great first step in starting your day off on the right track," says Dr. Travis Stork, author and host of the Emmy Award-winning daytime talk show "The Doctors." "When grocery shopping, look for foods that list whole grain at the top of the ingredients list."


Plenty of nutritious breakfast options will please any palate and pack a whole-grain punch, such as oatmeal and whole grain cereal, toast, waffles and pancakes.


Only 5 percent of Americans get the recommended three full daily servings of whole grain, according to the 2010 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. In fact, the average person gets little more than half a serving of whole grain each day.


"It's concerning that Americans aren't getting enough whole grain, a key component of a healthy diet," says Stork. "Eating the recommended amount of whole grain can help with diabetes and weight management as well as reduce the risk of heart disease."


Whole grains provide vital nutrients found in the complete grain - including the bran, the germ and the endosperm - and the health benefits come from these three components working together naturally. In addition to fiber, whole grain contains antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and other important nutrients for a healthy diet.


- ARA


Family Screening Room


“Spirited Away”


Format: DVD


Rated: PG (for some scary moments)


Length: 125 minutes


Synopsis: “Spirited Away” is a wondrous fantasy about a young girl, Chihiro, trapped in a strange new world of spirits. When her parents undergo a mysterious transformation, she must call upon the courage she never knew she had to free herself and return her family to the outside world. An unforgettable story brimming with creativity, “Spirited Away” will take you on a journey beyond your imagination. It's a fantastic tale the whole family will want to experience over and over again. – Walt Disney


Family Time rating: 2.5. There are some scary creatures in this movie that might be too much for young kids, but otherwise, this is a great family film.


(The rating is on a five-point scale, with 5 being “bad for kids” and 1 being “great for kids.”)


Book Report


“Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.,” by Doreen Rappaport (author) and Bryan Collier (illustrator)


Ages: 4-8


Pages: 40


Synopsis: This picture-book biography is an excellent and accessible introduction for young readers to learn about one of the world’s most influential leaders, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Doreen Rappaport weaves the immortal words of Dr. King into a captivating narrative to tell the story of his life. With stunning art by acclaimed illustrator Bryan Collier, “Martin’s Big Words” is an unforgettable portrait of a man whose dream changed America — and the world — forever. - Hyperion Books for Children


Did You Know


The Oscar-nominated film "The King's Speech" is garnering praise from another corner – parents of kids who stutter. The movie depicts King George VI dealing with his stuttering problem and has won young fans because of its sympathetic portrayal.


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