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Surviving Family Reunions »

Family reunions are the perfect time to announce big news, celebrate wins and share your losses with the people you love the most. They can also be quite stressful. If you feel a mix of excitement and anxiety when you see the date getting closer on your calendar, you're not alone. There are a few things you can do to set yourself up for more good times than bad. Designate (or hire) a photographer How many different directions are people looking in every picture you snapped at the last reunio...  

A Little Less Meat Can Have a Big Impact on Your Health »

If you’re looking for ways to improve your health, reducing the amount of meat you eat may prove to be a simple change with big benefits. A study from the National Cancer Institute that tracked 500,000 people over 10 years found a striking result: individuals who ate at least four ounces of red meat every day were 30% more likely to die – of any cause –than those who ate less meat. The study also concluded that participants who ate more poultry and fish, instead of red meat or processed me...  

Pride in Aging: Nola Ochs »

In 2007, Nola Ochs became the world’s oldest college graduate when she graduated from Fort Hays State University (FHSU) at the age of 97. Born on November 22, 1911 in Jetmore, Kansas, Ochs first began her college career in 1930 at Kansas State College. Eventually, she left school behind to start a family with her husband Vernon. Overtime, Ochs realized that there was something missing from her life; that something was a college degree. After her husband passed away in 1972, Ochs enrolled he...  

Etsy: A Virtual Craft Fair »

Do you like art, photography, jewelry and knick-knacks? Are you naturally drawn to all those local craft fairs and festivals where you can find one-of-a-kind, handmade items that are not mass produced? Are you looking for some personalized gifts for loved ones or unique birthday cards? Do you have a quilting or knitting hobby and have often thought about trying to sell your items to add to your income? A little website called Etsy just might be the thing for you.   A Community of Crafters an...  

Incorporate These Beans into Your Diet »

Low in fat and cholesterol and high in fiber, iron and folic acid, beans are just about the perfect heath food. They are also a low-cost source of protein. One of the perceived downfalls of beans is that they cause gas. However, if you eat them on a consistent basis, your digestive system will adjust to the complex sugars and you’ll notice that you will be less gassy. The key to reducing gas is in how you prepare your beans. By soaking them in cool water overnight and then discarding the wat...  

Deodorant's Link to Cancer, Alzheimer's and Dementia »

Over the past few years, rumors have circulated linking aluminum in deodorant and antiperspirants to cancer, Alzheimer's Disease and dementia. While studies have shown there is no scientific evidence to support these rumors, aluminum-free deodorants have flooded the market. Antiperspirants and Breast Cancer These rumors started from various studies that looked at the aluminum-based compound in antiperspirants that plug the sweat ducts to keep you from sweating. The theory states that since ...  

Resilience in the Face of Life Challenges »

We’ve all had moments we’ll never forget, when life changed in an instant. A doctor’s downcast eyes while he delivers news you never expected, or a phone call that shatters an otherwise normal afternoon. We don’t get to choose when or how those difficult situations enter our lives. But we can choose how to respond. The answer to facing life’s challenges head on is resilience. The Oxford English Dictionary defines resilience as "the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties." Being resi...  

Gout: A Form of Arthritis »

Gout is often mistaken for bunions because of the similiarity of their symptoms: pain and tenderness in the joint at the base of the big toe. In fact, gout is actually a form of arthritis. Affecting anyone at any time, especially women after menopause, gout can be described as “my toe is on fire." The joint will appear hot, red, swollen and super sensitive to the slightest touch – even laying a sheet across the area can be unbearable. Typically occurring at night and without warning, gout ca...  

Why You Should Incorporate Seaweed in Your Diet »

With all the recent talk of super foods, I’ve been trying my hardest to integrate blueberries, kale, salmon, and other beneficial snacks into my diet. But if we’re being honest, I’m getting tired of eating the same talked-about super foods day in and day out. When I read about seaweed as a super food, I was intrigued, mainly because I had never thought about including it in my diet. Once I did, I had to pass the word along. Popular in a number of Asian countries, seaweed is loved for its wid...  

May is Stroke Awareness & Prevention Month »

Did you know May is Stroke Awareness & Prevention Month? Approximately 6.8 million Americans over the age of 20 have had a stroke, so it’s critical to understand what strokes are and what you can do to prevent them.  Awareness The National Stroke Association describes a stroke as the occurrence of an artery in the brain either bursting or being blocked. The part of the brain that has its blood supply cut off starts to die. Strokes often cause damage to the brain, causing individuals to ...  

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