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Nourish Your Joints

Most of us experience some joint stiffness during seasonal changes. However, degenerative diseases such as arthritis can inhibit daily activities.

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Questions & Answers About Sodium and Its Impact on Our Health

Excessive sodium in our diet can increase our blood pressure, especially in salt-sensitive individuals. High blood pressure, or hypertension, is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease. Heart disease and stroke are the first and fourth leading causes of death in the U.S., making cardiovascular disease responsible for one of every three deaths in the country.

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All About Beans Nutrition, Health Benefits, Preparation and Use in Menus

Beans are among the most versatile and commonly eaten foods throughout the world, and many varieties are grown in the U.S. Because of their nutritional composition, these economical foods have the potential to improve the diet quality and long-term health of those who consume beans regularly. The purpose of this publication is to provide evidence-based nutrition and health information about beans, preparation tips, sample recipes and references for further study.

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Finding the Truth I: Reliable Nutrition and Health Information

It is impossible to keep up with each new study, fad, fraud, cure, exposé, warning or hope that is being promoted or reported by someone. We can, however, build ourselves a box of tools to help us analyze these claims. This publication will give you a head start in making a rational decision about the nutrition and health information you see.

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Questions & Answers About Soy Foods

Soy is a plant native to Asia and has been a staple in the Asian diet for more than 5,000 years. Large-scale soybean cultivation did not start in the U.S. until around World War II. Today, the Midwestern U.S. produces about half of the world’s supply of soybeans.

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Questions & Answers About Fats in Our Diet

Through the years, certain foods fall in and out of public awareness and favor. This certainly has been true of fats, such as those found in margarine and butter. For example, for a time, margarine was recommended instead of butter for health reasons; more recently, margarine has gotten bad press because it contains trans fat.

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Nourish Your Muscles

The maintenance of your muscles plays a major role in healthy aging. By taking care of your muscles, you can impact your quality of life now and in the future. The proteins in our bodies continuously are being broken down and replaced. Protein is essential to life and needs to be consumed at each meal.

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Nourish Your Mind and Body With Accurate Health Information How to Sort Fact From Fiction

We’re all bombarded with information about nutrition and/or health in magazines and newspapers, and on TV and online through social media, blogs and YouTube videos. Also, family and friends might share information with us. With all this information, how do we separate fact from fiction? What are the clues to reliable health information in today’s fast-paced world? This publication will help you sort through the vast amount of nutrition and health-related information that is available.

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Healthwise For Women: Colon Cancer

According to the American Cancer Society, colon cancer is the third most common cause of cancer deaths for men and women in the U.S. One in 24 women and one in 22 men will develop colorectal cancer in their lifetime.

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Healthwise for Guys: Skin Cancer

Skin cancer is the uncontrolled growth of skin cells due to DNA damage. Basal cell and squamous cell carcinoma are the most common and highly curable types of skin cancer. A third type, melanoma, causes the most deaths.

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Coffee Time! Exploring a Favorite Beverage

Coffee originated in the coffee forests of Ethiopia and has grown in popularity across the world, especially with today’s hustle-and-bustle culture. Unfortunately, numerous health controversies, concerns and warnings accompany this increasingly popular beverage. With so much confusion surrounding this energizing drink, determining fact from fiction sometimes is difficult.

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Molds in Your Home

Exposure to mold is common both inside and outside the home, but some people are more sensitive to mold than others, especially those with allergies and asthma. Mold exposure may cause cold-like symptoms, watery eyes, sore throat, wheezing and trigger asthma attacks.

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MyPlate Plans for 15- to 19-year-olds

This chart was designed to provide an estimate of daily food needs based on the recommendations at www.choosemyplate.gov. On the following chart, find your gender, age and activity level. Mark the row with your plan. Visit www.choosemyplate.gov for more information.

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MyPlate Plans for Toddlers to Age 7

This chart was designed to provide an estimate of daily food needs based on the recommendations at www.choosemyplate.gov. On the following chart, find the child’s gender, age and activity level. Mark the row with your plan. Visit www.choosemyplate.gov for more information.

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Is Your Playground Safe for Kids?

We want our kids to “play hard,” but we want them to play safely, too. Parents and caregivers need to be aware of potential safety issues and what a properly maintained playground looks like. This publication provides information about surfacing materials and safety standards.

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MyPlate Plans for 8- to 14-year-olds

This chart was designed to provide an estimate of daily food needs based on the recommendations at www.choosemyplate.gov. On the following chart, find your gender, age and activity level. Mark the row with your plan. Visit www.choosemyplate.gov for more information.

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Healthy Skin: The Movie

Using a story board format, "Healthy Skin:The Movie" takes teens and preteens through some lessons about skin care, including good nutrition and sun protection.

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Walk This Way

Regular physical activity helps protect against cardiovascular disease and its risk factors: hypertension, obesity and diabetes mellitus. It also can reduce risk of osteoporosis, reduce stress and improve sleep and overall mood. This publication shares tips on walking to get fit and stay healthy. It includes a sample walking program.

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Folic Acid: A Vitamin Important at Any Age

The body uses folic acid to produce cells, including red blood cells, so it is important for men and women at all ages. Folic acid has been shown to help prevent up to 70 percent of birth defects of the brain and spinal cord, also known as neural tube defects. All women of childbearing age need folic acid before and during pregnancy. Adequate folic acid during pregnancy also may help prevent cleft lip/palate and other birth defects.

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