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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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Noun: Gymkhana  (jim-KAH-nuh) Definition:  A meet featuring sports contests or athletic skills, such as games on horseback, gymnastics, or even driving skills in an automobile. Sample sentence: The Pony Club attended the first gymkhana of the season at the fairgrounds last weekend.  

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According to the Mayo Clinic, some studies show that how you look at life can affect many areas of your health and well-being. Positive thinking doesn’t mean that you keep your head in the sand and ignore bad situations. It just means that you look at things in a more positive way. With all this […]

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Adjectve: Demure  (dih-MYOOR) Definition: 1. Reserved, modest. 2. Affectedly modest, reserved, or serious: coy. Sample sentence: When we first met Kelly, she was quiet and demure, so it surprises us now to see that she can be vocal and forward.

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It’s easy to grab a quick bite when your family is always on the go. But what you get in speed, your kids can pay for with their growing teeth. So don’t let fast food replace healthier foods too often. Starchy foods like French fries can get stuck between teeth. That’s where bacteria love to […]

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