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Word of the Day – Dec. 19 – Vivacious

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Adjective: Vivacious  (vuh-VAY-shus) Definition: Lively in temper, conduct or spirit: sprightly. Sample sentence: The hostess was a pretty, vivacious woman with a knack for making people feel comfortable. lively in temper, conduct, or spirit : sprightly Read more at http://www.merriam-webster.com/word-of-the-day/#k6XSSawBwdqEayiU.99

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Health Tip – Dec. 19 – Manage Holiday Stress

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The holidays don’t need to take a toll on your health and pocketbook. Keep your commitments and spending in check. Balance work, home, and play. Get support from family and friends. Keep a relaxed and positive outlook. Make sure to get proper sleep.

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Health Tip – Dec. 18 – Do You Really Know How Much Wine You Are Drinking?

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Unless you’re measuring carefully, you may not have a clue. A new study on the subject of wine consumption shows that informal servings differ based on the size of the glass you’re using, whether you are holding the glass as you pour or whether you’re pouring red wine or white. Researchers at Cornell University and […]

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Word of the Day – Dec. 18 – Midriff

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Noun: Midriff  (MID-riff) Definition: 1.  A body portion of muscle and connective tissue; specifically, the partition separating the chest and the abdominal cavities in mammals: diaphragm. 2. The mid-section of the human torso. 3.  A section of a woman’s garment that covers or exposes the midriff. Sample sentence: Even the store’s winter line of clothing […]

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Health Tip – Dec. 17 – Caffeine and Kids’ Brains

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While adolescents are fast asleep, their brains are busy maturing, making key connections (synapses), a process that continues until adulthood. But the amount of caffeine kids consume may be disrupting that process, warn a group of Swiss researchers who investigated how caffeine acts on the brains of rats. A study from the team at the […]

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Word of the Day – Dec. 17 – Agrarian

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Adjective: Agrarian  (uh-GRAIR-ee-un) Definition: 1. Of or relating to fields or lands or their tenure. 2. Of, relating to, or characteristic of farmers or their way of life. 3. Organized or designed to promote agricultural interests. Sample sentence: Since buying their organic farm, Ken and Sheila have been gradually adjusting to an agrarian lifestyle.

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Health Tip – Dec. 16 – How Vegetables Can Save Your Life

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Eating more vegetables – and fruit – can literally lengthen your life, according to an ongoing study from Europe. Researchers from 10 countries have been following more than 450,000 people for over 13 years, during which time about 26,000 of the study participants have died. An analysis of the data shows that eating about 2.4 […]

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Word of the Day – Dec. 16 – Glom

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Verb: Glom  (GLAHM) Definition: 1. Take, steal. 2. Seize, catch. Sample sentence: I can hardly wait to glom onto my stocking on Christmas morning.

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Word of the Day – Dec. 13 – Unbeknownst

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Adjective: Unbeknownst  (un-bih-NOHNST) Definition: Happening or existing without the knowledge of someone specified. Sample sentence: Unbeknownst to Caroline, we all chipped in to have a large bouquet of flowers delivered to her office on her birthday.

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Health Tip – Dec. 13 – Acupuncture for Depression

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Antidepressants used in conjunction with acupuncture worked better than medication alone in a newly published study from the U.K.’s University of York. Investigators there also tested counseling combined with antidepressants, which they found worked as well as accupuncture and drugs. The researchers randomized a group of 755 men and women being treated with antidepressants for […]

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