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Summer is a great time to have some family fun and stay healthy at the same time. A trip to the beach is always a fun activity and a way to get the kids off the couch and into the great outdoors. Take a trip to a farmers market to find fresh, healthy fruits and […]

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Verb: Encroach (in-KROHCH) Definition: 1. To enter by gradual steps of by stealth into the possessions or rights of another. 2. To advance beyond the usual or proper limits. Sample sentence: Many argue that the city’s surveillance of public spaces is just another way they can encroach on the rights of individuals.

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Sometimes you just need a little reminder of ways to improve your family’s eating habits. It does not have to be drastic. In fact, smaller steps are easier to follow and incorporate into your family’s daily routine. You may be surprised how the littlest changes can make a significant difference in your family’s overall health […]

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Noun: Harangue (huh-RANG) Definition: 1. A speech addressed to a public assembly 2. A ranting speech or writing 3. Lecture Sample sentence: The comedian’s stand-up act consisted of a series of jokes and a very long harangue against celebrities and social media.

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Resist the urge to stay up later during long summer days. Instead pay attention to good sleep hygiene by keeping the same bedtime and wake-up schedule and not drinking alcohol within three hours of bedtime. It’s also a good idea to avoid naps during the day unless you take them every day at the same […]

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Adjective: Peccant  (PEK-unt) Definition: 1. Guilty of a moral offense: sinning 2. Violating a principle or rule: faulty Sample sentence: Outside the confessional stood a short line of peccant parishioners waiting to seek redemption for their sins.

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Improve your heart health: take advantage of summer’s slower schedule by using your vacation time to unwind. Vacations have multiple benefits: They can help lower your blood pressure, heart rate, and stress hormones such as cortisol, which contributes to a widening waist and an increased risk of heart disease.

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Adjective: Millefleur  (meel-FLER) Definition: Having an allover pattern of small flowers and plants. Sample sentence: The museum’s collection includes several medieval tapestries with millefleur designs.

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To protect your vision at work and at play, wear protective eyewear. When outdoors, wear sunglasses that block at least 99% of ultraviolet A and B rays. Sunglasses can help prevent cataracts, as well as wrinkles around the eyes. And when playing sports or doing tasks such as mowing the lawn, wear protective eyewear. Ask […]

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To improve your stress level, plant a small garden, cultivate a flower box, or if space is really limited, plant a few flower pots — indoors or out. Just putting your hands in soil is “grounding.” And when life feels like you’re moving so fast your feet are barely touching the stuff, being mentally grounded […]

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