Want to get your teen kids moving more? Get them a dog.
Researchers at the University of Virginia studied 618 pairs of adolescents and their parents in the Minneapolis area and found that teens in dog-owning families logged about 15 additional minutes of moderate-to-vigorous activity per week.
That doesn’t necessarily mean the teens are walking the dogs – a duty that still often falls to parents – but at least they’re playing with the pooches.
» Find more health and fitness tips in Tuesday’s Today section.
Give your container gardens year-round appeal with the ideas in “Continuous Container Gardens” (Storey Publishing, $19.95).
Authors Sara Begg Townsend and Roanne Robbins provide plans that let you swap out plants each season, giving you four seasons of beauty from a single container. Twelve plans are offered in all, for 48 different looks.
Townsend and Robbins also offer guidance on choosing plants and pots, planting the containers and caring for the arrangements.
» Find more home and garden ideas in Sunday’s Today section.
Shrimp pairs with tomatoes, oregano, feta cheese and olive oil for a Greek-style specialty that’s both quick and flavorful. For the recipe, see page C7.
» Find more recipes and restaurant news in Wednesday’s Food section.
Here’s what’s on the schedule for this week:
On CD (Tuesday)
R.E.M., “Collapse Into Now”
Billy Joel, “Live at Shea Stadium”
Sara Evans, “Stronger”
Glee cast, “Glee: The Music, Volume 5”
On DVD (Tuesday)
“The Next Three Days”
In theaters (Friday)
“Battle: Los Angeles” (sci-fi action)
“Mars Needs Moms” (animation)
“Red Riding Hood” (drama/thriller)
“America’s Next Top Model”: New looks, and likely a meltdown or two or three, in the always-popular makeover episode. (Wednesday, 8 p.m., The CW)
“The Real World: Las Vegas”: The venerable reality series settles in Sin City for its 25th season. (Wednesday, 10 p.m., MTV)
“American Idol”: The first finalist is sent packing as this season’s herd is further thinned. (Thursday, 8 p.m., Fox)
“Rascal Flatts: Nothing Like This”: The pop-country trio performs in a concert special. (Saturday, 9 p.m., ABC)
Blizzard Music Tour 5.0 featuring Nelly: Thursday, Spokane Arena
Julia Sweeney/Jill Sobule: Friday, Bing Crosby Theater
Spokane Symphony SuperPops, Natalie MacMaster: Saturday, The Fox
Hal Holbrook in Mark Twain: Saturday, INB Performing Arts Center
Ham on Regal, “Hollywood Hogwash”: Wednesday through Saturday, Ferris High School
Inland Northwest Motorcycle Show: Friday through Sunday, Spokane County Fair and Expo Center
Home and Garden Show: Friday through Sunday, Kootenai County Fairgrounds, Coeur d’Alene
70th Annual Kosher Dinner: Sunday, Temple Beth Shalom
» Find a full arts and entertainment roundup in the Thursday and Friday Today sections.