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Green on the Go

Many people recycle at home. But did you know that there are many opportunities to protect the earth while traveling? Check out the list below to learn ways you can be green on the go. At a hotel. Some hotels let you choose whether or not your sheets and towels are washed daily. Consider reusing your linens to conserve water. At the mall. Instead  Read More…

Safe snow shoveling

Shovel Smart

To help avoid muscle strains or more serious injury such as a heart attack, consider these do’s and don’ts when snow shoveling this winter. Do talk to your doctor before shoveling, especially if you have a heart condition, smoke or don’t exercise regularly. Do take it slow and push snow (rather than lift) as much as possible. Do use a small shovel  Read More…

Fried foods and sweets are high in trans fats

The Skinny on Trans Fats

Trans fats have been getting a lot of buzz lately, but what’s the story with this type of fat? Read on to find out. What are trans fats? Trans fats (also known as trans fatty acids or partially hydrogenated oils) are a type of fat that is created when hydrogen is added to liquid vegetable oils in order to make  Read More…

Flu Shot to Prevent Influenza

Fight the Flu

Don’t skip your annual flu shot—it may be more important than you think. Influenza, commonly known as “the flu,” is the cause of about 36,000 deaths and more than 200,000 hospitalizations in the United States each year. Older adults have a higher risk of contracting the flu, which is why the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention strongly recommends  Read More…

Learn green labels

The Green Glossary: Understanding Earthfriendly Terms

If you’ve gone shopping lately, you’ve probably noticed that store shelves are filled with products that claim to be earth-friendly. If you’re looking for products that are better for the environment, make sure you understand the terminology commonly used on product labels. Recycled: The item is made in part or whole from previously used materials. Unless a product is made from 100% recycled materials, the label must  Read More…

Dumbbell weight

Strength Training: Exercise for All Ages

With age, adults loose between 20% and 40% of their muscle tissue, which can lead to reduced strength, endurance and balance. To counteract the loss of muscle mass and bone density, experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) strongly recommend regular strength training as a safe activity for women and men of all ages — even for seniors into  Read More…

A healthy smile

Brush Up on Oral Health

Good oral health is important at any age, but especially after age 50. As we age, so do our mouths and teeth, increasing the risk for new tooth decay, gum disease, dry mouth and oral cancer. Practice these oral hygiene basics to keep teeth and gums looking and feeling great: Brush your teeth twice a day Use a fluoride toothpaste  Read More…