Outdoor Fitness Basics

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Do you enjoy outdoor fitness? These warm, sunny days offer a beautiful invitation to get outside and be active. Why not tone up, boost energy, mood and wellbeing while also enjoying an infusion of revitalizing fresh air and sunshine?

The great outdoors offers numerous fitness pursuits, like cycling, jogging, surfing, kayaking, hiking, rock climbing, skateboarding, and horseback riding, to name a few. To ensure a healthy, safe, fun experience, consider these points: Read the rest of this entry »

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Outdoor Health & Beauty Essentials

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Do you love the great outdoors? If so, summer is probably among your favorite seasons. In fact, many families practically live outside in the sunny months, between the beach, hiking, camping, swimming, tennis, golf, BBQs and picnics, or just lounging on the deck, enjoying iced tea or wine with friends.
As enjoyable as open air pursuits are, we also need to take care of ourselves and our children along the way, which requires some planning. These “essentials” can help you enjoy your time outside─beautifully and safely: Read the rest of this entry »

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Dining Out with Celiac Disease

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If you have celiac disease (CD), you probably know that effectively managing your diet can take some planning. Avoiding gluten is no small feat, as it’s no longer found in grains alone; it’s also a common ingredient in a host of prepared foods, sauces, and condiments. Read the rest of this entry »

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Celiac Disease in a Nutshell

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May is National Celiac Awareness Month, inviting a better understanding of a condition that challenges 3 million Americans. One of the toughest aspects of this disease is how misunderstood it can be. In fact, celiac disease (CD) has been called a “clinical chameleon” because it can be so difficult to diagnose. Read the rest of this entry »

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National Arbor Day: 5 Reasons to Love Trees

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National Arbor Day is April 27, inviting us to celebrate trees─true wonders of nature─and to “green” our future by planting more of them. When Julius Sterling Morton declared the first Arbor Day in 1872, he was ahead of his time in understanding the value of trees. But even Julius might have been surprised by all we’ve learned since about the many ways trees benefit our lives. For example: Read the rest of this entry »

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Health Benefits of a Plant-Based Diet

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“Eating an abundance of vegetables, fruits and other plant foods may protect against heart disease, stroke, diabetes, hypertension and birth defects.” – The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)

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Why are so many Americans going vegetarian these days? One factor might be the large body of evidence presented in recent years on the health benefits of meat-free eating. According to the National Academy of Sciences, National Institutes of Health, Senate Select Committee on Nutrition and Human Needs, American Heart Association, American Cancer Society─and at least 20 other health-related organizations in the U.S. and abroad─a produce-rich, low-fat, high-fiber diet offers the greatest disease prevention across the board. Here’s how: Read the rest of this entry »

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How Can Going Vegetarian Save You Money?

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How Can Going Vegetarian Save You Money?

Some people go vegetarian out of compassion for animals, while others are motivated by the fact that eating low on the food chain is better for the environment. Many of us also seek the impressive health benefits of a plant-based diet. And guess what else? It’s cheaper! Without a doubt, a smart vegetarian approach can help keep your wallet─rather than your waistline or arteries─plump. These pointers can help: Read the rest of this entry »

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What’s the Difference Between a Vegetarian and a Vegan?

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What’s the Difference Between a Vegetarian and a Vegan?

The more you learn about being a vegetarian, the more you realize that it’s anything but one size fits all. While all true vegetarian diets exclude meat, some variations include animal products, like eggs and dairy. The vegan diet, by contrast, excludes all animal products including meat, fish, fowl, eggs, dairy─even honey. Many vegans also refuse to use animal products in any form, including silk, leather, wool, suede, etc. Read the rest of this entry »

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7 Reasons to Buy Fair Trade Chocolate

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Mmmm, chocolate. The very word can lift our spirits. Not only is chocolate one of the richest and most distinctive flavors in the world, it offers up some impressive health benefits as well. In fact, many Americans indulge in this beloved confection every day─which is why we should be aware of the dark side of chocolate production. Here are 7 very compelling reasons to buy fair trade chocolate:
7 Reasons to Buy Fair Trade Chocolate
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5 Common Questions About Fair Trade

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If you’ve followed our fair trade series this month, you should be rather familiar with the subject by now. If you’re just tuning in, however, the following information can provide a quick, handy foundation to build upon.

5 Common Questions About Fair Trade
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