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    • 6 Small Ways to Help Stimulate the Economy

      4 March 2021

      In a time when the U.S. is still navigating historically high unemployment, more families whose lives have not been terribly impacted are feeling the pain of people out of work and small businesses struggling to stay afloat.

      If you have the means and you’re looking for ways to help, financial experts and entrepreneurs suggest these tips to help you stimulate a sagging economy. 

      • Buy Local - The book you buy for $20 online may cost $30 at the local bookstore, but your support in paying the higher price helps more than just the bookseller and her employees. Since small businesses tend to buy supplies from other local businesses, the extra dollars you paid for that book may have a more far-reaching effect.
      • Update Your Home - If you’ve been wanting to get your home painted, remodel your bathroom or change out the living room lighting, now is the time to do what you can afford. You can help appreciate the value of your home while doing your part to improve the economic landscape.
      • Order More Takeout - Even if you love cooking, declare a “Takeout Tuesday” night and support local restaurants by ordering in. It can bring a little spice into your life (literally!) while helping local restaurants survive.
      • Celebrate Now - Got a promotion? A birthday? A Zoom graduation coming up? Instead of putting off celebrations “until things are back to normal,” treat your family or friends to a celebratory gift they can enjoy now. Whether it’s a new outfit or a new car, every dollar you spend contributes to the economy.
      • Give What You Can Afford - Direct donations to food banks, emergency service organizations or your favorite charity will never be more useful or appreciated. Consider giving to a scholarship fund to help needy students get the educational grounding they need to start a lucrative career. 
      • Be an Influencer - Whether on Instagram or over the phone with friends and family, talk up the books, car or cookware you bought, or the great dinner you had delivered from a local eatery. Your recommendations may spur others to open their wallets, too.

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    • 6 Activities That Non-Skiers Can Enjoy in the Mountains

      4 March 2021

      Ski resorts are always a great place for the whole family to come together and make memories during the winter. The reality, however, is that hitting the slopes is not for everyone. If the non-skiers in your crowd are looking for ways to spend their day while everyone else is on the mountain, here are a few activities to ensure they have just as much fun.

      Spa Day
      There’s a luxurious spa and wellness center to be found at just about every ski resort, and for those who like to be pampered, a day of personal treatments will certainly keep them happy. From relaxing massages to rejuvenating facials, chances are they won’t feel like the ones who are missing out when the skiers get home at the end of the day. 

      Snowshoeing is a great way for just about anyone to get outside and exercise while taking in the beautiful surroundings. Most ski resorts have guided snowshoeing tours and designated trails for snowshoers that are groomed, or you can always explore on your own and venture up the mountain.

      Of course, a little retail therapy might be just the thing to stay busy during the day. If this sounds like you, then you’ll be pleased to learn that most ski resorts have charming villages with boutique shops that you can stroll through to your heart’s content.

      Cross-Country Skiing
      Alpine skiing may not be your thing, but you can still strap into a pair of skis and embrace the outdoors. Cross-country skiing is another fun option that provides kids and adults of all ages the opportunity to exercise while immersing themselves in the scenery.

      Sleigh Ride
      A horse-drawn sleigh ride through the mountains offers a majestic experience that’s suitable for the entire family. Just make sure to bundle up and maybe even bring a blanket, as it can get chilly sitting still in the elements.

      Après Ski
      Who said you had to ski to enjoy a little après? When the lifts stop running, everyone can get together for drinks and snacks around a roaring fire to share the highlights of their day in the mountains. 

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    • Things to Focus on When Looking at Nutrition Labels

      4 March 2021

      Packaged foods have nutrition labels containing important information that you can use to improve your health. Here are some tips to help you interpret these facts on food labels.

      Focus on Portion Sizes
      Food labels include information on the number of servings per container and the size of a serving. Some products have labels that list information for one serving and for the entire package. 

      People often eat more than one serving at a time and consume a lot more calories, sugar and fat than they realize. That’s why it’s important to pay attention to portion sizes. If you buy a package of cookies, for instance, and the label says that a serving is two cookies, but you eat four, you will have to double all the numbers on the nutrition label to figure out how many calories and how much sugar you are actually consuming. 

      Look at Information on Calories, Fat, Sugar and Nutrients
      The nutrition label will tell you the number of calories in one serving. People need about 2,000 calories per day on average, but you may need more or less, depending on your gender, body type and activity level. Eating too many calories and not exercising enough can lead to obesity.

      The label will tell you how much fat, sugar and nutrients are included in one portion. It will provide information on both naturally occurring sugars and sugars that have been added to processed foods. 

      The label will also include information on the “percent daily value” for fat, sugar and nutrients. If a label says that a food contains 10 percent of the daily value of fat, for example, that one serving has 10 percent of the total amount of fat you should consume in a day. Daily values are based on a 2,000-calorie diet. If you need fewer calories than that, or if you eat more than one serving, you may quickly reach or exceed the total amount that you should consume in a day.

      High amounts of saturated fat, cholesterol, sodium and sugar can lead to a variety of health problems, such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Be careful not to eat more than the recommended daily values. 

      Nutrition labels will also include information on the amount of nutrients, such as vitamins, fiber and calcium included in the food. Look for products that are high in healthy nutrients.

      Know What You’re Putting in Your Body
      It’s easy to choose foods that taste good and to consume more unhealthy substances than you should. Understanding how to interpret the information on nutrition labels and comparing products side by side can help you make healthy choices for yourself and your family.

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    • How to Raise a Healthy Eater at Every Stage of Childhood

      3 March 2021

      (Family Features) Daily food choices can have a profound impact on overall health and well-being. Not only do healthy dietary patterns help maintain good health, they also reduce the risk of chronic diseases throughout all stages of life. 

      The United States Department of Agriculture’s Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2020-2025, and nutrition experts agree it is vital to establish  healthy eating habits early and maintain them throughout childhood. 

      “Research shows toddlers who eat a wide variety of foods are more likely to carry those habits into adulthood, so it’s important to introduce and reinforce healthy eating habits from the time a child starts to eat solid foods,” said Courtney Hines, KinderCare Learning Centers’ registered dietitian. “In fact, the first two years of a child’s life are often referred to as ‘the golden window’ because this is when kids are most open to trying new foods and flavors. By encouraging variety and healthy eating early in life, parents and families can dramatically reduce picky eating habits many toddlers and children develop over time while also helping their children develop balanced relationships with food they’ll carry with them into adulthood.” 

      Consider these tips and tricks to try at home with kids of all ages to build healthy eating habits and excitement around trying new foods.

      When babies are ready for solid foods, be sure to expose them to a wide variety of whole, unprocessed foods with varying flavors and textures. Start with soft foods like mashed potatoes, avocados, cooked rice and bananas until your children are ready for firmer solids. 

      Toddlers who turns up their noses at veggies or fruit may be more open-minded if they’re an active participant in mealtime prep. Ask your children to pick one new fruit or vegetable and agree that you’ll both taste it. Asking your children to describe the appearance, texture, taste and smell of the food can also be a fun way to build vocabulary.

      Around the 2- or 3-year mark, children become interested in investigating and learning. Engage their natural curiosity in the world around them by planting a small vegetable, fruit or herb garden for your tiny chefs to tend to ─ it can be as simple as a windowsill garden. Gardening helps children understand where healthy, nutritious foods come from. Plus, children are more likely to eat what they’ve grown, which means more fruit and veggies in their diets. 
      The kitchen is chock-full of learning opportunities for all ages. School-agers can work on their math skills as they measure ingredients for recipes. 

      “Cooking together also gives parents an opportunity to talk about nutrition in terms children can understand,” Hines said. “For example, carbohydrates, like bread, provide energy for our bodies and brains. When we eat carbohydrates, our bodies store them for later. That’s why we’re having whole-grain pancakes for breakfast, so you have the energy you need to fuel your brain and body all morning.” 

      For more tips about building healthy eating habits with children of all ages, visit

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    • 6 Ways to Ward Off Headaches Without Medicine

      3 March 2021

      Whether you suffer from migraines, tension headaches or the occasional run-of-the-mill headache, there are limits to the value of over-the-counter meds, such as aspirin or ibuprofen. While they may bring pain relief in the short term, doctors say that overusing such meds can induce more frequent headaches in the long run and may even leave the sufferer resistant to other treatments.

      Chronic headache sufferers and medical professionals offer six holistic tips for getting the best of headaches.

      Stay Hydrated - Dehydration is a known trigger of migraines. Most people need about eight glasses of water per day, so be sure you are drinking enough.

      Kick Stress - Tension headaches brought on by stress typically involve muscle tension. Try closing your eyes and focusing on one group of muscles in your body at a time, such as your hands,  feet or back. As you focus on each muscle group, take a deep breath, tense those muscles, then exhale and release the tension.

      Try a Massage - Massages are another way to release stress trigger points. Pressing on the temple areas or over the ears can help relieve bands of tight muscles. Or have someone massage the trapezius muscles in your shoulders.  

      Take a Screen Break - One of the most common symptoms associated with digital eye strain is headaches. The American Optometrists Association recommends following the 20-20-20 rule: Take a 20 second break from your screen to view something 20 feet away every 20 minutes.

      Check Your Caffeine Intake - If you are accustomed to drinking coffee in the morning, omitting it can bring on a headache. On the other hand, too much coffee brings on a headache in some people. Morning coffee drinkers should have no more than two eight-ounce cups.

      Try Vitamin B2 - High doses of vitamin B2 have been shown to decrease migraines, according to medical reviews. Taking 400 mg per day of the nutrient, also called riboflavin, has had a positive effect on adult migraine patients.

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