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Health Tip – Feb. 21 – Sugary Drinks Strike Again

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The evidence is undeniable that sugar-sweetened drinks raise the risk of type 2 diabetes and have a big impact on obesity. Now a new study shows that these beverages also seem to raise the risk of endometrial cancer. An investigation from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health found that women who drank the […]

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Word of the Day – Feb. 20 – Redoubtable

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Adjective: Redoubtable  (rih-DOUT-uh-bul) Definition: 1. Causing fear or alarm: formidable. 2. Illustrious, eminent, worthy of respect. Sample sentence: The theater has hired a redoubtable director to direct its upcoming spring production.

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Health Tip – Feb. 20 – Great News About Nuts

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If you snack regularly on nuts, you may be prolonging your life. The latest study on this healthy snack found that individuals who ate a one-ounce serving of nuts daily (that amounts to 16-24 almonds, 16 to 18 cashews) reduced their risk of dying from any cause over three decades compared to people who didn’t […]

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Word of the Day – Feb. 19 – Deracinate

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Verb: Deracinate  (\dee-RASS-uh-nayt) Definition: 1. Uproot 2. To remove or separate from a native environment or culture, especially to remove the racial or ethnic characteristics or influences from. Sample sentence: The old garden book said we should deracinate every other plant in the row to allow the surviving plants to grow.

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Health Tip – Feb. 19 – How Healthy is Your Gut?

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Probiotics are supplements containing the beneficial bacteria that normally inhabit the human digestive tract. They help to complete the digestive process – there’s even evidence that without them, the immune system can’t work properly, lessening resistance to infection. You may want to consider  probiotics if one or more of the following applies to you: 1. […]

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Word of the Day – Feb. 18 – Crepitate

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Verb: Crepitate  (KREP-uh-tayt) Definition; To make a crackling sound: to make a series of short, sharp noises. Sample sentence: Bob threw a birch log on the fire and caused it to crepitate loudly.

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Health Tip – Feb. 18 – Dried Beans vs. Canned Beans: Which Are Healthier?

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The health benefits of beans are numerous: they are an excellent source of protein and fiber, are high in folic acid, and are a low-glycemic-index food. Buts some beans – both the varieties and the way they are cooked – are actually healthier than others. When choosing beans, consider the following: The most nutritious varieties […]

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Health Tip – Feb. 17 – Sweat Till You’re Wet

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If you can work up a sweat for just 1 hour a week, you’ll enjoy a range of benefits: reduced risk of heart attack, better mood, and lower blood pressure.  If you go to a gym, try interval training on the elliptical, with 15 pullups and 15 dips every 10 minutes. Your muscles will become […]

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Word of the Day – Feb. 17 – Rubric

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Noun: Rubric  (ROO-brik) Definition: 1. A rule especially for the conduct of a liturgical service 2. Heading, title, class, or category 3. An explanatory or introductory commentary; specifically, an editorial interpolation 4. A guide listing specific criteria for grading or scoring academic papers, projects or tests. Sample sentence: A stricter enforcement of anti-littering has been […]

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Word of the Day – Feb. 14 – Coax

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Verb: Coax (KOHKS) Definition: 1. To influence or gently urge by caressing or flattering: wheedle 2. To draw, gain or persuade by  means of gentle urging or flattery 3. To manipulate with great perserverence and usually with considerable effort toward a desired state or activity. Sample sentence: Fred was hoping the flashy diamond ring would […]

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