Fouled Play: Toxic GMO Pesticides Drift Near Athletic Fields


In an Environmental Working Group (EWG) survey, more than 90 percent of athletic fields and parks in six sample states are within 1,000 feet of a corn or soybean field where two toxic weed killers, glyphosate and 2,4-D, are commonly sprayed on genetically modified (GMO) corn, soybeans and other crops, meaning that nearby athletes are likely to be exposed.

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Both Boys and Girls Invited to Annual Girls on the Run 5K Run/ Walk on May 15


The Girls on the Run 5K spring session sprints into action on Sunday, May 15, at the Martin Luther King Jr. Park. This annual event is a chance for girls of all ages and economic backgrounds to experience joy and confidence through running; it also encourages lifelong health and fitness. The event is open to the public, and all are welcome to participate.

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Christie Brinkley Shares Her Secrets to Lasting Beauty: Why She Still Looks Terrific After 40 Years as a Model


by Gerry Strauss

Supermodel extraordinaire Christie Brinkley looks as amazing in her 60s as she did when she first graced the cover of Sports Illustrated nearly 40 years ago. In a new book, Timeless Beauty, Brinkley reveals her anti-aging secrets, many of which involve reliance on healthful foods, a positive attitude, exercise and good skin care. Much of what she’s learned is reflected in her line of Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare.


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Magnesium Improves Childbirth for Mother and Newborn


Research presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Anesthesiologists has found that magnesium reduces fevers during childbirth, as well as complications among newborns. The study followed 63,000 deliveries from Northwestern Memorial Hospital, in Chicago, between 2007 and 2014. Of these, 6,163 women developed fevers of at least 100.4° F during labor.

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Letter from the Publisher

Joel Shuler

This month’s theme of Women’s Wellness is heavy on my mind. In late March, I lost one of the most near and dear women in my life to cancer, a very aggressive lymphoma. I am still numb and devastated by the loss. I’m also angry, angry that cancer in all its horrendous forms continues to maim, cripple and kill. Almost 1.7 million new cases of cancer will be diagnosed this year alone, and almost 600,000 Americans will die, according to the American Cancer Society.

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SPARK UP YOUR LOVE LIFE: Natural Ways to Boost Libido


by Lisa Marshall

Underlying health issues aside, a hectic schedule packed with work deadlines, kids’ sporting events and household chores can leave little time for intimacy. Letting that pattern go on too long can become a problem. “There’s a use-it-or-lose-it phenomenon that occurs,” says Dr. Anita Clayton, a University of Virginia psychiatry professor, neurologist and author of Satisfaction: Women, Sex, and the Quest for Intimacy.

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GRAND OPENING! 5 Points Local Hosts Health- Focused, Festive Opening Event on May 7


Breathe. Nourish. Connect. That’s both a mantra and an invitation at 5 Points Local, a new health-focused destination just north of downtown San Antonio on North Flores. The refreshing little storefront offers nourishment for both body and mind through its restaurant featuring “local, clean food,” and through its yoga studio that offers a variety of daily classes.


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ALLERGENS BE GONE: Beat Back Irritating and Potentially Harmful Allergens with Essential Oils


by Ashley Stone

 Allergic disorders have increased during the last 50 years and today affect more than 40 million Americans. An allergic response develops when the body’s immune system becomes sensitized and overreacts to something in the environment. People are often told to avoid allergy triggers, but that can be difficult when the seasons are changing, and when our immune systems are fighting environmental toxins and hidden triggers in the foods we consume.

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GMO-Free Germany: Five Dozen Countries Now Ban or Label GMO Crops


New rules implemented by the European Union now allow individual member states to block farmers from using genetically modified organisms (GMO), even if the variety has been approved on an EU-wide basis. Scotland was the first to opt out and Germany is next, according to German Agriculture Minister Christian Schmidt.

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Work Out Like a Millennial: They Like Short, Social and Fun Workouts


Millennials are a big deal. Most businesses view them as trendsetters for good reason: Born between the early 1980s and early 2000s, they make up 25 percent of the population and represent $200 billion in annual buying power. Like the baby boomers before them, they also have the power to profoundly influence other generations, both young and old.

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