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Keeping Everybody Together. Everybody.
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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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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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Keeping Track
Health
Friday, 23 January 2015 17:51
Las Vegas, Nevada, January 2015—Withings, a leader in the connected health revolution, revealed at the recent Consumer Electronics Show the new face of activity tracking. The company announced Activité Pop, an analog watch with a sophisticated activity and sleep tracker inside. Following on the heels of the Withings Activité watch, Activité Pop is making waves in the space of wearable health trackers. It’s making the convergence of fashion and mobile technology accessible to everyone.

The company has paired Activité’s elegant Parisian design with fun-to-wear materials and pop colors in order to create a very personal device that people will hopefully want to wear and never take off.

Activité Pop adds to a new category of motion trackers where sophisticated sensors and connectivity technology are seamlessly integrated into a timeless fashion accessory. It features a lightweight and fun-to-wear design that extends across the watchcase and smooth silicone strap. In order to match and express personal style, the watch comes in 3 distinctive “pop chic” colors and a set of soon-to-come playful wristbands.
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Blueberries for Breakfast (And Lunch? And Dinner?)
Health
Friday, 23 January 2015 16:57
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, January 2015—With hypertension affecting nearly 80 million people in the United States and cardiovascular disease the leading cause of death, any intervention that can lower blood pressure has the potential to save lives. In a study in the current issue of the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Florida State University researchers found that daily consumption of blueberries for eight weeks resulted in significant reductions of both systolic and diastolic blood pressure.

Although the prevalence of hypertension is associated with aging in both sexes, the increased incidence of high blood pressure, particularly systolic blood pressure, in women after menopause exceeds that of men.
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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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Grumpy Cat Still in Lead
Research
Thursday, 19 February 2015 18:56
St. Louis, Missouri, February 2015—Recently, Friskies®, the cat food people, released their latest Friskies 50 standings, the definitive guide to the 50 most influential cats on the Internet.

With new feline phenoms popping up online every day, the Friskies 50 allows cat lovers to easily follow the status of their favorite furry friends. In the latest list, Grumpy Cat maintains her position at the top of the rankings, but Maru—who catapulted from #14 in the original standings—is closing in on Grumpy Cat and holding steady in the #2 position. Will they be able to hold their reign in the coming months? We shall see.
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The Skinny on Fat
Health
Friday, 23 January 2015 17:43
Everywhere, U.S.A., January 2015—there’s been a lot of press lately suggesting that fat wasn't so bad for us after all? Here’s an update of the skinny on fat.

Going “fat-free” might seem like a good way to lose weight, considering that fat contains nine calories per gram, compared to four per gram in carbohydrates and proteins. But if you consider that approximately 60 percent of human brain matter consists of fats, eating reduced fat or fat-free foods no longer seems as appealing for our health. This is especially true since these foods also tend to be high in sugar and refined carbohydrates.
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Putting Soy Back in the Spotlight
Health
Friday, 23 January 2015 16:48
Back when those running the show realized that obesity in general and childhood obesity in particular had reached epidemic proportions, the advent of soy foods and soy-enhanced foods became all the rage—as they should have.

Then things cooled off a little. First, soy manufactured for human consumption consumes a tiny sliver of the soy production pie in this country. And farmer/growers shifted their focus to biodiesel, which has still to make a significant mark.

Then inaccurate and negative publicity hit the streets regarding soy, and except for the diehards and staples like tofu, the romance with soyfoods faded. The obesity epidemic, however, remains with us and is worse than ever. 
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