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This fact about high blood pressure, or hypertension, may surprise you. According to the American Heart Association, about one in three American adults has it. That amounts to 75 million of us. Untreated, high blood pressure greatly raises the risk for heart disease and other serious conditions. Yet many of us tend to ignore it, […]

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Chocolate lovers, rejoice! Here’s yet another excuse to eat the beloved treat on a regular basis (as if you even needed a reason). A recent study found that eating just 1.4 ounces of dark chocolate can lower the stress hormones cortisol and catecholamines in the body, which helps reduce anxiety. Plus, the pure joy of […]

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Adjective: Miscible (MISS-uh-bul) Definition: Capable of being mixed: specifically, capable of mixing in any ratio without separation of two phases. Sample sentence: Mr. Remington’s class demonstration showed that, to paraphrase an old saying, oil and water are indeed not miscible.

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Feeling irritable or unfocused from lack of sleep? Both are signs your body needs fuel, and eating peanut butter might help. Peanuts are high in vitamin B6, which helps regulate blood sugar and stabilize mood. Choose natural peanut butter to avoid excess sugar, which could negate the positive effects of the B6, and spread it […]

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Noun: Wowser (WOW-zer) Definition: An obtrusively puritanical person. Sample sentence: I’m no wowser, but I draw the line at abusive, foul-mouthed drunks.

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Verb: Depone (dih-POHN) Definition: To assert under oath: testify. Sample sentence: The policeman was asked to depone at the preliminary hearing for the suspected thief.

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Keeping your family healthy involves healthy food choices, daily exercise and preventative healthcare. These tips involve keeping your child and family healthy through actively taking steps to prevent illness, fight disease and monitor your health. 1. All children age 3 and older need yearly blood pressure measurements. 2. Teach your child how to find their […]

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Noun: Tourbillion (toor-BIL-yun) Definition: 1. Whirlwind. 2. A vortex, especially of a whirlwind or whirlpool. Sample sentence: After Rocco’s hat fell into the river, it got sucked into the whirlpool, and once it was drawn into the tourbillion, we never saw it again.

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Whether it’s a rocky relationship, pressure at work or any other stressor that’s got you on edge, Mother Nature offers all sorts of cures to help you unwind. One of these cures is lavendar. Lavendar aromatherapy is known for aiding stress-related sleep disorders. Lavendar products include potpourri, body lotions, teas and candles.

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Verb: Permeate (PER-mee-ayt) Definition: 1. To diffuse through or penetrate. 2. To pass through the pores or interstices of. Sample sentence: I know when fall is upon us as the smell of the dying leaves begins to permeate the air.

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