Being Green
Tuesday, 26 May 2015 16:44
Everywhere, USA—Teaching our kids about sustainability and green living is one of the most important things we can do to safeguard the future of humanity and the planet we inhabit.

The North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) reports that environmental education teaches children how to learn about and investigate their environment and to make intelligent, informed decisions about sustainability. Furthermore, learning about the environment is multi-disciplinary, so it allows teachers a rare opportunity to integrate different parts of their curriculum while challenging students to think about the big picture. Thankfully, teachers today have a plethora of resources for incorporating sustainability in their lessons and activities.
Whadaya Mean “Old”?
Tuesday, 26 May 2015 16:32
Everywhere, May 2015—With May being one of the ‘living life to the fullest’ months, when everything seems to be growing and blossoming—giving the viewer a notion of how beautiful life can be, the subject of growing older might come into play.

 Due to many surveys and research work being done, the so-called ‘gray of America’ continues. By the year 2050, we are told, the United States alone will house nearly 84 million who will be 65 or older. 

And with that, the definition of ‘old’ depends on who you ask. Due to a survey done recently by UnitedHealthcare (their 10th annual), 60 percent of centenarians (those 100 and older) say they do not feel old. However, ask one of today’s ten year-olds, and they’ll tell you that ‘old’ age begins when you’re about 46. 

What do they know, anyway?

Whatever one’s thoughts, all this talk of aging is a good reminder for all of us to take care of our mental, emotional and social health—in addition to the physical. 

Best Skin on the Beach
Wednesday, 22 April 2015 16:57
Everywhere USA, April 2015—Forget all those expensive creams, toners and scrubs. To have the most radiant skin on the beach, think instead the right kind of foods. To move you in that direction, here’s an example of what you should be consuming (and what you should avoid).

The words that follow are those of clinical professor Mitchell Gaynor, MD (and expert on gene therapy,) whose published works have been given a favorable nod by Dr. Mehmet Oz (you know him.)

Anti-“AGE” Foods: From now until Memorial Day and even the Fourth of July, focus on lowering AGEs, or ‘advanced glycation end products’, in your diet. AGEs are molecules that result from irregular bonding between sugar, DNA, proteins and fats. They attach to collagen in skin, reducing its elasticity. The worst AGEs are found in animal products and foods processed with high and dry heat.
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.
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.
How Do You Know it’s Gluten Free?
Tuesday, 26 May 2015 16:23
Everywhere, May 2015—Call it a fad, call it a health movement, or call it what you will—the reality is that millions of Americans have jumped aboard the gluten free train, whether because they have been diagnosed with Celiac Disease or another form of gluten sensitivity, or as an opt-in lifestyle choice. 

There has been much – and often heated – debate about the impact gluten has on the body, and what can be scientifically proven.  Regardless of the side of the argument you sit on, history tells us that where there is demand, supply often follows. As a result, more and more restaurants are identifying and adding items to their menu that are “gluten free.” But are they really?
Putting More Spice in your Life
Wednesday, 22 April 2015 16:51
Everywhere USA, April 2015—Most people wrongly assume that healthy eating is like eating chalk. No taste; no fun. If you feel this way, celebrity fitness trainer and nutrition expert Joey Thurman says, "One of the best ways to satiate your appetite and boost your metabolism is by making the most of spices and herbs."

Here are Joey's top recommendations for spices that can help you torch calories in time for swimsuit season, which is approaching fast.

Cayenne pepper, chili pepper, habanero: "You name it," says Joey, "Anything that brings the spice is good for your metabolism. In fact, research shows that spices that contain capsaicin (the ingredient that gives food heat) can temporarily increase your metabolism by up to 25 percent. Capsaicin is also a blood thinner which can prevent blood clotting diseases and is an anti-inflammatory for pain management. It can help save your life." 
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.
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