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Bio-Based
Monday, 16 March 2015 19:30
Everywhere, March 2015—In 2016, the federal investment tax credit for the U.S. solar industry will expire. Many are asking what will happen as a result of this action. Here’s what our friends at EarthTalk had to say about it.

In the U.S., a new solar project was installed every three minutes in 2014, and jobs in the solar industry rose from 15,000 employees in 2005 to nearly 174,000 today. This substantial growth is in large part thanks to the Energy Policy Act of 2005’s 30 percent Investment Tax Credit (ITC) for commercial and residential solar energy systems. In 2007, after only one year of implementation, the ITC led to the doubling of installed solar electric capacity. In 2008, Congress passed an eight-year extension of the ITC, allowing solar to become the fastest growing energy source in the U.S. Solar has also become much more affordable: The average installed cost per watt has dropped from around $7.50 in 2009 to $2.89 in 2013.
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Swap Time (National Nutrition Month)
Health
Monday, 16 March 2015 18:59
Everywhere, USA, March 2015—In case it ran up on you, March is National Nutrition Month. So when this time of year rolls around, many more people than usual are looking for healthier snacking alternatives.

Then it goes without saying that those with a vested interest look upon this as the perfect time to let them know about healthy, nutritious foods they can easily find at their local grocer. 
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Get Up and Grow
Health
Monday, 16 March 2015 18:34
Westlake Village, California, March 2015--Dole is using its position as one of the world’s largest providers of fresh fruits and vegetables to make the planet a happier, healthier place in 2015. 

Determined to show that a produce-based lifestyle has far-reaching and delicious benefits, the California-based health and nutrition leader has brought together all areas of the company to directly challenge North Americans to incorporate more fresh fruits and vegetables in their diet--and is even offering various rewards for doing so.

The company’s “Get Up and Grow!” launched recently as a healthy-lifestyle initiative that goes beyond past Dole education campaigns to give consumers more than a dozen tangible ways to improve their nutritional well-being. Representing a rare joint effort between Dole Fresh Fruit of Westlake Village Dole Fresh Vegetables of Monterey, California, and the Kannapolis, North Carolina-based Dole Nutrition Institute (DNI), the multi-platform program seeks to impact consumer behavior in the home, at the store, on the road and all points in-between.
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Keeping Everybody Together. Everybody.
Research
Tuesday, 24 February 2015 16:19
Phoenix, Arizona, February 2015—A national program that helps temporarily homeless families keep all the members of their family together – including their four-legged family members – is expanding into 16 PetSmart PetsHotel locations nationwide.

PetSmart Promise, the result of a collaboration between PetSmart and Family Promise, will work with two dozen PetsHotel locations across the nation to provide complimentary pet boarding space to pet parents participating in a local Family Promise program. These 16 additional locations will join the six that kicked off the program in December 2013. The facilities will provide pets in transition a safe, comforting place to call home, while their families get back on the road to independent housing.
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Frequent Flyer Fat
Research
Thursday, 19 February 2015 19:10
Dallas, Texas, February 2015—Omni Hotels & Resorts recently conducted a travel wellness survey of business and leisure travelers nationwide, determining that, when it comes to dining and drinking habits, travelers’ waistbands often expand along with their frequent flyer miles.

According to the results, an overwhelming number of respondents (seven in 10) indicate they routinely gain weight while traveling, despite extra efforts to maintain healthy dietary habits on the road. More than one-third (36%) of business travelers pack snacks from home in an attempt to eat nutritiously while traveling, and almost two-thirds (62%) of travelers also drink more water during their trips. However, these efforts may be offset by other less-diligent routines. For example, 52% of all travelers (52%) admitted to drinking more frequently while traveling. Here are some of the details:

Packing More Than Luggage: Despite more than four in 10 (44%) of all travelers claiming to have the same eating practices while away as at home, 70% of people traveling are packing on the pounds. People traveling for business are the most likely to overeat (38%).
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Words to Live By (Literally)
Health
Monday, 16 March 2015 18:49
Everywhere, March 2015—We don’t always do this, but last week we received a blanket e-mail purportedly written by a woman from Cleveland, Ohio, a long-time newspaper columnist for that city’s Plain Dealer. Judy claims to be 90 years old. “To celebrate growing older,” she said, “I once wrote several lessons that life taught me. It is the most requested column I’ve ever written.”

We don’t have space for all 42 of her lessons, but here are a few we thought you’d enjoy. (Even if this is another social networking ruse, these musings are still nice to contemplate…)
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What Lurks Behind That Door?
Health
Monday, 16 March 2015 18:23
Everywhere USA, March 2015--Here’s another tip to help celebrate Nutrition Month. It comes from the Certified Nutritional Health Counselor, Sara Siskind. She has pinpointed a big reason you may be having trouble eating right and maintaining optimum health and weight.

The secret may be in your pantry! Getting rid of the bad stuff and stocking your cupboard with healthy options can help you stay on the path to success.

Here are her Top 7 Pantry Staples for Quick and Healthy Cooking. She tells us that armed with these essentials, it will be easy to stick to your goals. 

And with these simple ingredients, anyone can whip up healthy and delicious meals on the fly! Please don’t hesitate to let me know if you have any questions or need any additional information.

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Skinny Cow
Business
Thursday, 19 February 2015 19:21
Oakland, California, February 2015—After 21 years of making impossibly indulgent treats, the Skinny Cow® brand is launching nine new products this year: Three Creamy Iced Coffee Drinks, two Blissful Truffle Candy Bars, three Chocolate Dipped Ice Cream Bars and one Ice Cream Candy Bar flavor are joining the family of indulgent yet sensible treats. They are:

SKINNY COW CREAMY ICED COFFEE DRINKS: A blend of roasted coffee whipped with milk, the new beverages offer flavor at 120 calories per bottle. The Iced Coffee Drinks come in three flavors — Mocha Latte, Vanilla Latte and Creamy Cappuccino — and are now being sold in four-packs and individual bottles in beverage aisles nationwide.
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Fish Consumption 101
Health
Thursday, 19 February 2015 19:03
Everywhere, February 2015—Generally speaking, eating fish 2-3 times a week is a healthy move. But there are certain guidelines that are good to know and follow knowing when to avoid fish adversely affected by pollution.

Between mercury poisoning, overfishing and the environmental impacts of fish farms or “aquaculture,” some might expect to see a “Proceed with Caution” sign above seafood counters soon. Others contend that fish and shellfish are an important part of a healthy diet, providing high-quality protein and omega-3 fatty acids. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends eating up to 12 ounces of fish and shellfish per week, but only if they are “low in mercury.
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