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Silly Putty...the retro toy has other uses, too

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What pink substance is a toy, a stress reliever and can be used to clean a computer keyboard? Silly Putty of course, an icon of American pop culture. It is the classic toy with only “one moving part” that comes in a plastic egg. While kids love its fun attributes like stretching without breaking, Silly Putty is used by adults in more practical applications.
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Tuesday, July 22, 2014/Author: Cindy Sue Blair/Number of views (54)/Comments (-)/
Categories: Health

Five things I’ve learned while bike riding this summer

Discover your community on two wheels!

Like most kids, when I was growing up I rode my bike almost daily. Then my teenage years happened, and the bicycle lost all its luster and charm to the freedom of my first car. But all of that changed last summer when I bought a used bike at a garage sale for next to nothing. I’ve been off peddling and exploring, learning more about my neighborhood every day.
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Wednesday, July 16, 2014/Author: Jamesey Thomas/Number of views (180)/Comments (-)/
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Eating healthy and delicious

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Gram always said, “If you have your health, you have everything.” Good health is the cornerstone on which to build your life’s goals and dreams. Whether your goals include a new career or a trip to an exotic locale, you will need the energy and focus that healthy eating provides, like this summer favorite, Spicy Fruit Salsa.
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Tuesday, July 15, 2014/Author: Cindy Sue Blair/Number of views (142)/Comments (-)/
Categories: Health

Gluten-free shopping

Cutting costs on a gluten-free diet

Even if you or someone you know does not suffer from a gluten allergy, if you have paid attention to the media lately or visited your local grocery store, there is a very good chance you have heard the expression “gluten-free.” Living with Celiac's disease, I have been gluten-free since long before it became a diet fad.
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Friday, July 11, 2014/Author: Niki Newcomb/Number of views (173)/Comments (-)/
Categories: HealthSavvy Living

Understanding your body's metabolism to lose weight

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“I only eat once a day. Why can’t I lose weight?” A common myth involving weight loss is that starving your body will force it to lose weight. This idea is based on wishful thinking rather than a basic understanding of how your body functions.
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Tuesday, July 08, 2014/Author: Cindy Sue Blair/Number of views (203)/Comments (-)/
Categories: Health

Thank you, OASIS CATCH Healthy Habits volunteers!

Without you, CATCH wouldn't be possible

To our CATCH Healthy Habits volunteers ... we can’t thank you enough for all you do to make your communities healthier for generations to come. In addition to teaching youth about healthy habits, you are also passing along knowledge and motivation to your peers and perhaps inspiring yourself too.
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Monday, July 07, 2014/Author: Shelby Schroeder/Number of views (210)/Comments (-)/
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A good reason to get RIPPED

… into shape, that is!

Michael Colabufo has strugged to keep his heart healthy for years after a heart attack at age 38. When he retired, he was overweight with high cholesterol and knew he had to do something about it. He found the answer through the fitness programs at OASIS in Syracuse.
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Wednesday, July 02, 2014/Author: Janice Branham/Number of views (556)/Comments (-)/
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Stress may be inevitable, but it's manageable

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We deserve to feel good about ourselves emotionally, mentally and physically. Turning to food in times of stress is a bad habit many people have, so making the decision to develop a positive one to replace it is a start. Beginning with baby steps and developing stress reduction techniques can help you achieve a more peaceful perspective on life.
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Wednesday, June 25, 2014/Author: Cindy Sue Blair/Number of views (242)/Comments (-)/
Categories: Health

Volunteering is helping Joan Valdes stay healthy

Joan Valdes is staying pretty busy in retirement. A former social worker, she spends her days taking classes at OASIS, doing volunteer social service work, exercising and helping children develop healthier habits for a lifetime through the CATCH Healthy Habits program in Escondido, CA.
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Tuesday, June 24, 2014/Author: Danni Eickenhorst/Number of views (409)/Comments (-)/
Categories: HealthVolunteering
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Knowing heart disease risk factors and options for modifying can help reduce worries

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Sierra’s father had just returned home after several weeks in the hospital. He had suffered a major heart attack and complications. "Family history" and "genetic predisposition," expressions used by the doctor, were keeping Sierra awake at night. Genetics cannot be altered, but she can reduce her risks through lifestyle changes or medications.
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Tuesday, June 17, 2014/Author: Cindy Sue Blair/Number of views (268)/Comments (-)/
Categories: Health

Want to improve your brain health and memory? Try juggling!

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Juggling is not just entertaining, its exercise for the brain and body. Researchers have found links between learning to juggle and an increase in the grey matter in the brain. Twenty percent of the oxygen taken in by the body goes to the brain and 95% of that oxygen goes into grey matter.
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Wednesday, June 11, 2014/Author: Cindy Sue Blair/Number of views (331)/Comments (-)/

The power of positive thinking

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“Only those who have mastered the art of happiness can prosper and progress. The happy spirit sees no obstacles, is not blinded by gloom, and invokes the strength and ambition that surmounts all difficulties and gains success.”
If you are not a natural positive thinker, how do you begin to develop the ability?
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Monday, June 02, 2014/Author: Cindy Sue Blair/Number of views (401)/Comments (-)/
Categories: Health

Five great reasons to join an exercise class

Let’s face it - starting an exercise program for most people is fairly easy. Sticking to an exercise program and making it a part of your everyday routine like brushing your teeth is a totally different story. Just look at the amount of people year after year who start New Year’s Resolutions to lose weight, diet and exercise only to fail in a few weeks time. Joining an exercise class might be a way to keep you on track.
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Friday, May 30, 2014/Author: Jane Overall/Number of views (385)/Comments (-)/
Categories: Health

Skipping breakfast? That's one way to become "hangry"

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One habit that causes bad food choices is skipping meals, particularly breakfast. The human body needs energy and nutrients to start the day, which makes breakfast the most important meal of the day. Don't let your mind overrule your body’s common sense. Experience the bounty of life when you use your brainpower, fueled by breakfast, to make simple yet effective lifestyle changes.
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Tuesday, May 27, 2014/Author: Cindy Sue Blair/Number of views (404)/Comments (-)/
Categories: Health

Building strong bones now for your future

May is National Osteoporosis Month - break free!

My mom tripped on an area rug a few weeks ago, causing her to fall and fracture her pelvis and hip.  According to her physician, it was the “best” hip fracture to have; she only needed three rods in her hip instead of a hip replacement.  In the past, she’s also had multiple compression fractures in her spine. Why so many bone breaks? Just like her mother before her, my mom suffers from osteoporosis. There are ways to help reduce your risk.
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Thursday, May 22, 2014/Author: Michele Dinman/Number of views (823)/Comments (-)/
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