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Oct 31st

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Sugar vs. Artificial Sweeteners

Sugar vs. Artificial SweetenersDear EarthTalk: I saw an article on sugar’s effects on the environment. Has anyone compared different sweeteners (artificial or natural) for their environmental impacts? – Terri Oelrich, via e-mail
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3 tips for a tastier, lower-fat smoothie

3 tips for a tastier, lower-fat smoothieThere is a huge difference between a fruit smoothie you blend up at home and the concoctions you can get at your local retail shop. Yes, smoothies are loaded with fruit, and fruit is healthy. They can also be a wonderful, incredible, delicious component of a healthy diet, containing other "good for you" ingredients and nutrients that will leave you feeling satisfied.
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What to eat when eating out

What to eat when eating outRemembering to eat healthful foods can sometimes be challenging when you're not in your own kitchen. But it doesn't have to be. "There are many things you can ask restaurants," said Shirley Winslett, registered dietitian with Owatonna Hospital, part of Allina Health. "You can ask how the food is cooked; if it's cooked with butter, ask if they can cook with oil instead."
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Influenza: What you need to know

Influenza: What you need to knowYour child has been home from school for three days with a cough, runny nose, and fever. You've had to miss work to take care of him and are worried that you'll have to miss a couple more days. This is a common situation that families experience during influenza (flu) season because influenza can make people feel miserable for several days or weeks.
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Fitness: Create a program that's right for you

Fitness: Create a program that's right for youAsk yourself these questions to create a workout tailored to your needs and preferences.

Fitness programs abound, from yoga and Pilates to step aerobics and strength training — either at home or in a gym. So which type of fitness program is right for you? Ask yourself these questions to figure it out.
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MNsure promotes equal access to health care

MNsure promotes equal access to health careMinnesota has always been a leader in health care. Our health care system is one of the best in the world. We are the top state in the nation for long-term care services and the healthiest state for seniors. We are ranked in the top five for overall health care and health care for low-income individuals. Yet these rankings cover over the disturbing truth that Minnesota is home to some of the worst health disparities in the nation.
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Breast cancer disparities

Breast cancer disparitiesBlack women have the highest breast cancer death rates of all racial and ethnic groups and are 40% more likely to die of breast cancer than white women.

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths among women in the United States. Breast cancer deaths are going down fastest among white women. Black women are more likely to die of breast cancer than other women.
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