Flaxseed: Ancient But Still Kicking
Wednesday, 22 April 2015 16:41
Everywhere USA, April 2015—In case you were not aware, flaxseed is the seed of the flax plant and is considered to have originated in Egypt thousands of years ago. For most of its history considered beneficial to our collective health, today, in this hemisphere anyway, it’s grown primarily throughout Canada and the Northwestern United States.

The most typical folk or even traditional usage of flaxseed was as a laxative; additionally it has been utilized for hot flashes and breast pain. But there are a host of other benefits.

Flaxseeds, either whole or crushed, can be combined with water or juice and taken orally. Also available in powder form, flaxseed is a source of healthy fat, antioxidants and fiber. Recent studies have also discovered proof that indicates flaxseed may help reduce the chance of diabetes, cancer, and cardiovascular disease.
Soy is the Word
Wednesday, 22 April 2015 16:34
…It’s got groove, it’s got meaning.

Everywhere USA, April 2015—Putting a little pizzazz in something that’s been around for thousands of years, soy is a staple for the world—but in the U.S., up until recently we’ve been slow to catch on. Primarily positioned as a vital food for livestock, it’s only been 100 years or so that soy and soy-enhanced foods hit the shelves as something us humans might enjoy—and benefit from.

If you happen to still be standing over there on the reticent side, here’s some new data that might move you over: 
Making Good Use of That Big Thing in the Sky
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.
Words to Live By (Literally)
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…)
What Lurks Behind That Door?
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.

More Water, Please
Wednesday, 22 April 2015 16:26
Bethesda, Maryland, April 2015—The U.S. government should promote plain drinking water as the beverage of choice, according to comments recently submitted by the University of California’s Nutrition Policy Institute (NPI) at a public meeting for oral testimony on the Scientific Report of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee.

The institute also urged the U.S. Department of Agriculture to add a symbol for water to its MyPlate graphic, which is used by USDA to portray the recommendations in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
Swap Time (National Nutrition Month)
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. 
Get Up and Grow
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.
Keeping Everybody Together. Everybody.
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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