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Verb: Abide  (uh-BYDE) Definition: 1. To endure, tolerate, or accept 2. To remain stable or fixed in a state 3. To continue in a place Sample sentence: Susan has been a vegetarian for years and can no longer abide even the smell of cooked meat.

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Health Tip – Oct. 23 – Meditation, Loneliness and Inflammation

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Learning to meditate might help ease feelings of loneliness among seniors, and the practice may also reduce inflammation in the body and thus decrease risk of serious diseases. Researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles and Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh recruited 40 adults – most of them women – between the ages of […]

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Health Tip – Oct. 22 – Are You a Sugar Addict?

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An extraordinary collection of statistics assembled from many studies suggests just how dysfunctional Americans’ relationship with sugar has become. Incredibly,  Americans consume 130 pounds of sugar annually. Adults consume about 22 teaspoons daily; children roughly 32 teaspoons (that’s just shy of 3/4 cup). The single food category most responsible for upping the average added-sugar intake: […]

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Word of the Day – Oct. 22 – Extemporize

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Verb: Extemporize  (ik-STEMP-puh-ryz) Definition: 1. Improvise 2. To get along in a makeshift manner Sample sentence: Although she was caught off-guard by the award, Sue managed to extemporize a speech thanking her entire team for their hard work.

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Word of the Day – Oct. 19 – Hew

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Verb: Hew  (HYOO) Definition: 1. To cut or fell with blows (as of an ax) 2. To give shape to with or as if with an ax 3. To conform or to adhere Sample sentence: Josh was never one to hew to policies with which he disagreed.

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Health Tip – Oct. 19 – Rub, Sip and Sniff to Wellness

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Tame tension headaches by rubbing peppermint oil, Tiger Balm, or white flower oil into your temples. All three remedies contain menthol, which has analgesic properties. The volatile oils in ginger have long made it a useful herbal remedy for nasal and chest congestion. Pour 2 cups of boiling water over a 1-inch piece of peeled, […]

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Word of the Day – Oct. 18 – Worldly-wise

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Adjective: Worldly-wise  (WERLD-lee-wyze) Definition: Possessing a practical and often shrewd understanding of human affairs. Sample sentence: The best candidate for judge should be worldly-wise, yet compassionate and hard-working to meet the demanding needs of the job.

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Health Tip – Oct. 18 – Lard Making a Comeback

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In the minds of many people, lard is the most unhealthy food imaginable. The conventional wisdom of the last 40 years has been that saturated fats in our diets – that is, fats such as lard that are solid at room temperature – are a principal cause of high cholesterol and rising rates of heart […]

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Word of the Day – Oct. 16 – Furlong

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Noun: Furlong  (FER-lawng) Definition: A unit of distance equal to 220 yards (about 201 meters) Sample sentence: The hikers had not gone more than a furlong when a storm descended on them with great fury.

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Health Tip – Oct. 17 – Olive Oil May Protect Bones

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Following the tenets of the Mediterranean diet, especially regular consumption of olive oil, may help increase concentrations of a bone protective protein known as osteocalcin. This style of eating may provide other substances associated with healthy bone formation as well. Europeans who live in the lower Mediterranean basin have lower rates of osteoporosis than those […]

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