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How to Play with Your Toes (And Why You Should)
Health
Friday, 25 April 2014 20:30
Columbia, Missouri, April 2014—Here is some practical and fun advice from Lynn Maloney, a dear friend and gifted acupuncturist.

A stiff gait and poor balance make us feel less confident in our movement as we age. Falling also becomes a greater concern and bigger threat. However, this loss of agility is not a necessary part of aging. But how can we keep our gait agile and confident? It’s simple: play with your toes!

A wonderful Japanese acupuncture teacher, Kiiko Matsumoto, tells her patients to play the childhood game Rock/Scissors/Paper – but not with their hands, the way many of us did in school. Make these shapes with your feet and you will keep – or regain – more limber and stronger muscles in your feet. Healthy feet allow you to roll through your feet as you walk and keep your posture upright and confident. Massage and acupuncture help your feet in this way, too; but daily stretching and strengthening of the toes is a fun and easy way for you to take control of improving stability and ease when you walk.
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Better Sticks for Better Living
Health
Friday, 25 April 2014 20:23
Fort Worth, Texas, April 2014—The humble chopstick, used for over 5,000 years by billions of people the world over, just underwent a major overhaul. Future Sticks are a safe, high tech, newly-patented version of the chopsticks we've all come to know and love (or loathe).

They have a traditional tapered end, but with a newly patented eating end with teeth that increase the gripping power of the chopstick. This makes it possible for everyone to enjoy using chopsticks with ease and confidence, or to start that chopsticks diet everyone’s talking about.

Anyone who has sheepishly asked the waiter for a fork and knife while their dining companions used chopsticks like pros will welcome this innovation. So, too, will those with arthritis, hand tremors and other dexterity challenges. Even for the most experienced chopstick user there are certain dishes that are difficult to eat, such as noodles and hard shelled seafood. Future Sticks solve that problem; but if they wish, experienced users can also flip them over and use the traditional side to eat with.

But wait! There’s more!
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Feeling Good—Naturally
Health
Tuesday, 01 April 2014 20:44
We (the Editors) have discussed this natural phenomenon before, but not in every issue.

It’s time for an upgrade.

We’ve been introducing/talking about an all-natural product that comes from an ancient botanical called The Moringa Tree.

Dating to biblical times and valued for its medicinal properties, a few years back, scientists at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) declared the Moringa to be the “most nutritious botanical” they had ever studied.

The nutritive qualities within the Moringa are due to the fact that the extract from this tree contains most, if not all of the essential amino acids, plus a very high number of antioxidants, anthocyanins and anti-inflammatories. In addition, the absorption factor is abnormally high, enabling the goodness within this stuff to stick around long enough to do lots of good things.
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Upgrade Your Lemonade
Health
Tuesday, 01 April 2014 20:27
New York, New York, March 2014—To celebrate the brand’s 10th anniversary, Vita Coco® brings together two of summer’s most popular drinks. Think fresh coconut water and homemade lemonade, combined to create “Vita Coco Lemonade.” The new all-natural beverage – the company’s sixth standard flavor – can be found soon at groceries.

Vita Coco’s new lemonade flavor is made with coconut water, natural lemon puree and a touch of natural fruit sugar. It’s a nutrient-dense, thirst-quenching drink one can enjoy during and long after the dog days of summer (if they ever arrive!).
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Kids Live It Up
Health
Tuesday, 01 April 2014 20:13
Washington, D.C., March 2014—It’s National Nutrition Month, and the National Restaurant Association is celebrating a major program milestone. Its first-of-its-kind Kids LiveWell initiative has grown to 42,000 restaurant locations nationwide. The voluntary program provides a growing selection of healthful children’s menu choices.

To join Kids LiveWell, restaurants agree to offer and promote a selection of qualifying menu items based on leading health organizations’ scientific recommendations. The program now counts more than 145 restaurant brands in every state as participants. The list includes new national companies (Cosi, Jamba Juice and Rainforest Café), as well as other regional chains and independent restaurants. 
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Going Hawaiian
Business
Friday, 25 April 2014 20:13
Lahaina, Maui, April 2014—It has been almost 25 years since the former Pioneer Mill Company first started planting coffee on its Kaanapali Estate in West Maui. Today, MauiGrown Coffee is flourishing as one of the largest commercial coffee growers in the U.S. They've also carved a growing market niche worldwide for their 100% MAUI Origin Coffee.

"Back in 1988 we planted four Arabica varietals - Yellow Caturra, Red Catuai, Typica and Mokka," said James "Kimo" Falconer, President of MauiGrown Coffee. "At the time, it was considered cutting edge to have multiple coffee varieties planted on a single estate. Through the years, we focused on refining our varietal approach to growing coffee and our harvesting and processing methods. Today, the fruits of our labor are paying off."
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Thriving Under Stress
Health
Tuesday, 01 April 2014 20:37
Fayetteville, Arkansas, March 2014—Stop for a moment and consider your average workday. Do you rush to get things done but still fall behind? Is the pressure of your work so great that you “crash” when you get home? Do you want to live healthy, but never have the time or the motivation to do so?

The very nature of modern life is hectic to an extent that could not have been imagined just a generation ago. No wonder we struggle with work-life balance!

But despite the fast pace of everyday life and work, there are many who live a daily life that results in increasing motivation, productivity and wellbeing. Andy Core’s new book, Change Your Day, Not Your Life, shows you how to become one of those people. The author instills real-world mindsets and tools to make change a little less daunting and a lot more doable. And, he does so with a very simple premise: you don’t have to change your life, you only have to change your day.
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Fuel for Discussion
Bio-Based
Tuesday, 01 April 2014 20:17
Everywhere, USA, March 2014—Does it really matter what kind of fuel we use to power our lives? Must we choose between the lesser of evils? As always, it’s best to define terms before engaging in meaningful debate. Here again the science geeks at Earth Talk, a feature of The Environmental Magazine, answer a key question to inform one end of the discussion around the proposed Keystone XL pipeline:

What are “dirty fuels” and why are they so called?

The term “dirty fuels” refers to fuels derived from tar sands, oil shale or liquid coal. Just like their more conventional fossil fuel counterparts such as petroleum and coal, they can be turned into gasoline, diesel, and other energy sources. And they can generate extreme amounts of particulate pollution, carbon emissions, and ecosystem destruction during their lifecycles from production to consumption.
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Trade You for a Cap
Bio-Based
Tuesday, 01 April 2014 19:59
Everywhere, USA, March 2014—What are the odds? Can we expect the U.S. Congress to garner enough bi-partisan support to take on any environmental issues? Or might the states take the lead?

If “cap and trade” has worked so well in Europe for reducing greenhouse gas emissions there, why haven’t we tried something similar here in the U.S.?

“Cap-and-trade,” whereby big polluters must pay to emit greenhouse gases against a capped total amount that is reduced over time, has been in effect across the European Union (EU) since 2005. This so-called Emissions Trading System (ETS) requires 11,000 of the largest electric and industrial facilities in 28 European countries to participate. Some 45 percent of Europe’s total greenhouse gas emissions are regulated under the system. Proponents say the ETS has succeeded in keeping greenhouse gas emissions in check and making Europe a global leader on climate. The EU reports that, by 2020, emissions from sectors covered by ETS will be 21 percent lower than they were in 2005 and 43 percent lower by 2030.
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