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The 25 Best…Good Eats
Health
Tuesday, 11 February 2014 19:16
New York, New York, February 2014—Parents magazine recently revealed its picks for the 25 Best Packaged Foods of 2014. These candidates contain reasonable levels of fat and sodium and contain no artificial colors or flavors. Winners were selected in several categories in a taste test by more than 75 kids and parents.

“We were impressed by the variety of packaged-food options at the supermarket that tasted great and had a good nutritional profile,” said Dana Points, Editor-in-Chief, Parents magazine. 
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The Message Continues…
Health
Tuesday, 21 January 2014 21:38
After a serendipitous discovery back in the early fall of 2013, the physical lives of your Healthy Newspaper editors began to change for the better on Tuesday, September 23.

As we pointed out earlier, during the course of our advertising, public relations and promotions career, we had become pretty knowledgeable about health & wellness, but rarely endorse products.

This is different.

The US-based company we’re talking about is Zija International. There an excellent company with a great track record—but it’s what they’ve done to create a proprietary formulation of that which can be extracted from the Moringa Tree that’s so fascinating. And it is, as we have said before, truly revolutionary. 

The Moringa Tree is an ancient bush, with a history right up there with Frankincense and Myrrh.

Through the generations the Moringa Tree’s medicinal quality value exploded, but its general use relegated generally to that part of the world where it was grown: Sub-Saharan Africa and the Near East.
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Feeling Better Wins Out Over Weight Loss
Health
Tuesday, 21 January 2014 21:25
Sacramento, California, January 2014—Blue Diamond® Growers (of almond fame) recently announced the results of a national Harris Interactive survey. They reveal that nearly 75 percent of Americans’ New Year’s resolutions focus on eating healthier and improving fitness. Unfortunately, nearly a quarter of Americans will fail to keep their resolutions for more than three months.

“It is encouraging to see people moving away from wanting to lose weight just for the sake of losing weight,” said Ashley Koff of Blue Diamond. “These results show that Americans want to take an active role in improving their health and wellness, but need a little guidance on how to make sustainable changes.”

Survey respondents report that the top challenges to sticking to their health-minded resolutions are avoiding sweets and not wanting to give up taste when seeking out healthier alternatives. Despite these pitfalls, Americans are acutely aware of what they need to do to get healthier; more than half of those polled recognize that small changes in their diets will lead to big health improvements.
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Ocean Sprawl
Bio-Based
Tuesday, 21 January 2014 20:58
Coastal USA, January 2014—We are all familiar by now with “urban sprawl”—the uncontrolled spread of urban development into areas beyond the city. But environmentalists warn that the next frontier in sprawl is on the high seas, where the proliferation of fishing, shipping, tourism, resource extraction, energy development, military exercises and other human activity has begun to call into question just how vast our oceans really are.

According to the non-profit Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), our oceans are already under siege from problems like pollution, overfishing and acidification. Add to this the increased industrial activity off-shore—which leads to so-called “ocean sprawl”. These factors will jeopardize the food, jobs and recreation we have come to depend on the oceans to provide. It’s hard to believe, but true: With all the planning that goes into various types of development and human activity on land that our oceans are still considered like the Wild West once was: Different entities staking claims on huge stretches of territory for their own purposes.
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Making the Holidays Truly Green
Health
Friday, 20 December 2013 22:21
Everywhere, USA, December 2013—While the holidays are festive and fun, they can take a toll on the environment. All that shopping, decorating, food preparation and travel add up to more carbon emissions and more waste.

But there are ways to minimize our impact and still celebrate the season in grand style.

For starters, buy fewer gifts. Homemade, personal gifts are always appreciated as much or more than something store-bought. Paint a painting, bake a cake, or make a playlist of favorite songs. EarthEasy.com recommends giving services instead of goods to cut down on the materialism of the holidays. “A great gift could be an hour's massage at a local spa, or music lessons for a budding musician.” Other service gift ideas include childcare or tutoring, dog walking, cooking, window-washing, auto maintenance or computer lessons. More ways to cut down on the amount of stuff passing under your tree: declare a re-gifting season, or have a Secret Santa exchange among adults.
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Whiz-Bang Thermostats
Bio-Based
Tuesday, 21 January 2014 21:32
Everywhere USA, January 2014—Spending $200 or more to replace that older, still functioning thermostat with a new whiz-bang “smart” variety might seem like a waste of money, but it can be one of the best small investments a homeowner can make, given the potential for energy and cost savings down the line.

The coolest of the bunch is the Nest. It was created by former Apple employees who had been instrumental in designing the original iPod and iPhone years earlier. This simple-looking round thermostat is reminiscent of old-school instruments that one would manually adjust by turning the temperature dial. But the auto-awake feature that turns on the bright blue digital display when someone walks nearby gives the Nest away as an ultra-modern piece of high tech gadgetry.

The Nest’s software “learns” the habits in a given space by logging when inhabitants tend to be home and awake and noting when they tend to turn up or down the heat—and then sets a heating/cooling schedule accordingly. Owners can also program the Nest, which connects to the Internet via Wi-Fi, to heat up or cool down the house at a set schedule or go into “away” mode from any web browser or smart phone.
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President Obama and the Great Outdoors
Health
Tuesday, 21 January 2014 21:17
Everywhere, USA, January 2014—In 2010, President Obama signed a Presidential Memorandum establishing the America’s Great Outdoors Initiative. Its purpose is to promote and support community-level efforts to conserve outdoor spaces and reconnect Americans to the outdoors.

Together, the Departments of Interior and Agriculture, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the White House Council on Environmental Quality provide collaborative leadership. Eight other federal agencies and thousands of partners from state, local and tribal governments, non-profits and the private sector play supporting roles. Getting young people, especially city kids, into the outdoors to experience our country’s unique natural heritage is a top priority.

Before pursuing any specific strategies, leaders solicited feedback from everyday Americans about what mattered most regarding conservation and access to the outdoors. Some 105,000 written and verbal comments streamed in from “listening sessions” held coast to coast and were crucial to the development of programs. Public feedback continues to shape the initiative’s agenda.
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Putting Zija in Your Life, Part III
Health
Friday, 20 December 2013 22:28
When you reach a certain age, travel that takes you out of your environment from a few days to a few weeks can cause problems—even if you’re in pretty good shape.

Those changes can be subtle, but creep up on you nonetheless. After reaching your destination, the weather may be wetter or drier—or you may find yourself way out of your time zone, and three or more hours can make a very real dent in your get-along.

At least temporarily.

You may be visiting friends or family, which can mean you’ll be eating and drinking a little more than you usually do. Keep it up and your body’s going to tell you sooner or later to stop.
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Cookie Monsters’ Delight
Business
Friday, 20 December 2013 22:12
Gardena, CA, December 2013—When butter, sugar, flour, and eggs converge, magic happens. Add a splash of vanilla, a dusting of cinnamon, or morsels of semisweet chocolate, and things get even better. Now, imagine all that goodness condensed into a svelte, crispy coin of a cookie.

Cookie Chips marry the satisfying crunch of a chip with the irresistible flavor and aroma of a classic cookie. Made with only the finest, all-natural ingredients, this snack-dessert hybrid brings homemade quality to supermarket shelves. We’re talking milled cane sugar, hormone-free butter, cage-free eggs, and pure Bourbon vanilla, for starters. But just as important is what’s left out of the recipe. Cookie Chips never contain trans-fats, artificial flavors or colors, preservatives or GMOs.
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