Articles from: August 2014

Healthy Tips for Lunchboxes: Sept. 20 Workshop Designed to Help Move Fresh Foods from the Garden to the Lunch Plate


It can’t be time to think about school lunches yet! Oh, but it is. Fortunately, the Green Spaces Alliance is hosting a fun workshop that’s intended to help everyone prepare healthier school lunches. “From Garden to Pantry to Lunchbox” is a workshop happening Saturday, Sept. 20, at the Diabetes Education Garden, 701 S Zarzamora.

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Siclovia Returns Sept. 28!


San Antonio’s day to “play in the streets” returns to Broadway on Sunday, Sept. 28. Between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. several miles of Broadway will be temporarily car-free, opening the street to runners, walkers, bicycles, skates, scooters and all manner of human-powered transportation.

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RUNNER’S “HI”: Women and Social Media Revolutionize the Sport


by Debra Melani

Whether donning colorful tutus or making a marathon a girls’ day out, the current running scene is attracting a broader group of fitness-seekers mindful of the enhanced benefits of a more well-rounded approach. Rather than pursuing fierce competition and personal bests, these runners are focusing on social bonding and overall well-being, likely boosting their fitness success.

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Ren Shen (Ginseng) is a Staple Herb for Chinese Medicine Practitioners

by Kai-Chang Chan

Ginseng is an important traditional Chinese herbal remedy. It is one of the most popular natural tonics and has been shown to possess many intriguing health properties including a protein anabolic effect, anti-tumor activities and an inhibitory effect on tumor angiogenesis and metastasis.

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FALL CLEANING: With a New Fall Schedule and the Holidays in Sight, Now’s a Great Time to Clean Out and Get Organized


by Barbara McNeely

August is a great time to clean up and clean out. A new school schedule is about to start, and the holidays are within sight, so your kitchen is a great place to start. Maybe this describes your kitchen space:

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SCREENING CONCERNS: A Recent Study about Mammograms Raises the Question: Are They More Harmful than Beneficial?


by Loretta Van Coppenolle

Earlier this year, in February, news broke of a large 25-year-long British Medical Journal study that showed no benefit from mammography for women aged 40 to 59. The death rate from breast cancer or other causes in Canadian women who had mammograms and those who did not was the same.

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True Grit: Why Persistence Counts


Some educators believe that improvements in instruction, curriculum and school environments are not enough to raise the achievement levels of all students, especially disadvantaged children. Also necessary is a quality called “grit,” loosely defined as persistence over time to overcome challenges and accomplish big goals.

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Running Tips From iRun’s John Ruibal


Q: How can eating beets help my endurance?

No, I do not get this question every day, but the connection between beets and endurance is fascinating. It turns out that beets are a great way to naturally increase the nitric oxide levels in your body. What is nitric oxide and how does it help your running? Nitric oxide helps the body get oxygen into working muscles; it also reduces blood pressure, helps with circulation and aids in recovery.

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Flight Zone: Airports Establish Bee-Friendly Acres


The Common Acre is a nonprofit partnering with the airport serving Seattle, Washington, and the Urban Bee Company ( to reclaim 50 acres of vacant land to plant native wildflowers as pollinator habitat for hummingbirds, butterflies and disease-resistant bee colonies. A GMO-free (no genetic modification) wildflower seed farm is also in the works. Bees present no threat to air traffic and the hives discourage birds that do pose a danger to planes.

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Safe & Sustainable Seafood: Navigate Today’s Best Choices Using Updated Guides


by Judith Fertig

We love our seafood, a delicious source of lean protein. The latest data reports U.S. annual consumption to be more than 4.8 billion pounds of it, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, with the average American eating 3.5 ounces of seafood a week. About half of the catch is wild-caught and half farmed. How do we know which fish and shellfish are safe to eat and good for ocean ecology?

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