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Acid Reflux–March 2015

Many people have experienced heartburn at some point in their lives, but what happens when it becomes a frequent or even daily occurrence? Problems associated with chronic acid reflux, or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), can lead to the erosion of tooth enamel—requiring costly dental restoration—and may even increase the risk of developing cancer of the esophagus. […]

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March is National Nutrition Month–March 2015

National Nutrition Month is designed to promote nutrition education and information. Created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the campaign focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating habits. For 2015, the theme is “Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle,” which encourages everyone to adopt eating and physical activity […]

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How Much Exercise Do You Need?–March 2015

When it comes to physical activity, any exercise is better than none, and a lot is better than a little. Physical activity is anything that gets your body moving, but messages promoting exercise often lack a strict definition of the amount of exercise needed to attain health benefits. In the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, […]

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[RECIPE] Hoppin’ John–January 2015

Hoppin’ John is a peas and rice dish from the Carolinas, traditionally served in many parts of the South on New Year’s Day. Though the origin of its name is lost to history, it is thought to bring prosperity to the coming year. ½ cup brown rice, instant uncooked 1 tsp. canola oil 3 ounces […]

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Calories Outside the Kitchen–January 2015

Many people follow proper nutrition in the kitchen, only to fare poorly when eating outside their homes. While everyone should be allowed an occasional restaurant indulgence, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) estimates that Americans consume a third of their total caloric intake from dining out, and the nutritional uncertainty in all that takeout […]

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Battling January Gym Crowds–January 2015

For those who make it a New Year’s goal to exercise more, working out in January can quickly test their resolve as throngs of people pack the gym with the same goal in mind. But since half the country lives where it’s too cold to exercise outdoors during winter, how else can wannabe fitness fanatics […]

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National Blood Donor Month–January 2015

While advances in medicine have lessened the demand for blood transfusions, the need for blood donors remains great. According to the American Red Cross, someone in the United States needs blood every two seconds. That comes to a total of 41,000 blood donations needed every day. January has been named National Blood Donor Month in […]

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Goal Setting in 2015–January 2015

Resolutions are possibly the best and worst part of beginning a new year. Who doesn’t like a fresh start or a new challenge? However, New Year’s resolutions can often be viewed negatively. Part of the reason many resolutions fail is that the term is seasonal and fixed to a very specific holiday. Come February, New […]

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[RECIPE] Potato Soup–December 2014

At the end of a cold winter day, enjoy this hearty baked potato soup. Try adding diced, cooked chicken, turkey or ham to mix up the flavors. 2 Tbsp. light butter spread 1 small onion, chopped 2 medium potatoes, baked, peeled and mashed 3 cups prepared instant nonfat dry milk 1 can (about 14.5 ounces) […]

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Credit Card Savings–December 2014

Typical payment options are cash, credit or debit. Using debit or cash can help you stick to a budget because they limit your spending, but responsibly using a cash-back or rewards credit card can actually save you money. With cash-back cards you earn cash when you use the card. Typically these cards give you 1 […]

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