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FIVE TRAVEL TIPS: Feel energetic and healthy on your next getaway
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FIVE TRAVEL TIPS: Feel energetic and healthy on your next getaway

[caption id="attachment_24228" align="alignleft"]canstockphoto25060037canstockphoto[/caption]Whether you are getting away on a much needed vacation or packing up for yet another business trip, being able to stick with a healthy eating plan while traveling can be a trick. It’s hard enough to know what to eat when you are home, but trying to figure out how to avoid unhealthy foods while on the go can seem nearly impossible. Here are five tips to help you navigate the food world on your next trip:

Know your allergy and asthma symptoms and triggers
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Know your allergy and asthma symptoms and triggers

Allergies and asthma can go hand-in-hand with some of the same substances that trigger allergy symptoms also causing asthma symptoms. Allergic reactions begin in the immune system when it overreacts to an allergen and produces antibodies that release histamine and other chemicals, causing symptoms like nasal congestion and itchy eyes. For some, the same reaction leads to asthma symptoms in the lungs and airways. And, in serious cases, a life-threatening reaction called anaphylaxis can occur.

Should I recycle my disposable batteries?
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Should I recycle my disposable batteries?

[caption id="attachment_24172" align="alignleft"]batteriesNow that there’s no more mercury in disposable alkaline batteries, they can go right into the garbage. Credit: Heather Kennedy, FlickrCC[/caption]Dear EarthTalk: Can I throw my old disposable batteries in the trash or is there a way to recycle them? — Jennifer Brandstrom, Chicago, IL

Stemming the tide against Alzheimer’s disease
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Stemming the tide against Alzheimer’s disease

[caption id="attachment_24057" align="alignleft"]stockvault-homless-portraiture111422stockvault.net[/caption]Many of us know a loved one who has faced Alzheimer’s disease. It’s a wrenching experience—watching them slowly slip away, trying to be a source of comfort and companionship, even as a cure remains painfully out of reach. Alzheimer’s has come to be known as the “long goodbye,” a disease that gradually takes its toll on millions of people in Minnesota and across the country every year.

Eat Carbs-No Weight Gain!
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Eat Carbs-No Weight Gain!

The much-maligned carbohydrate (an essential, macro nutrient) has been touted as the bane of your dietary existence for too long. Don’t worry, you can eat your comfort food carbohydrate favorites without the guilt that often comes with consuming them and you don’t have to pack on dreaded pounds when you do. Instead of banning pasta, potato chips, ice cream, and those hi-carb foods that send you swooning every time you catch a whiff of their gooey goodness, I encourage you to proceed without the caution using the small tweaks I give you below. Here are my Top 4 Carb Fixes that deliver on taste, while lowering the calorie and carb content:

Worried about the cost of shots? The MnVFC program can help
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Worried about the cost of shots? The MnVFC program can help

[caption id="attachment_23899" align="alignleft"]stockvault-syringe150717stockvault.net[/caption]Maria is the mom of a 12-month-old who is due for her next well child check-up with the doctor. Like any other parent, she wants what is best for her child. She knows that getting her daughter vaccinated is an important thing to do to protect her from dangerous diseases.

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