School Lunches Minus the Meat

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As the first school in the nation to go completely meatless, 400 students at New York City’s P.S. 244, the Active Learning Elementary School, are treated to eclectic fare that includes black bean and cheese quesadillas, falafels, and tofu in an Asian sesame sauce. “We’ve had a really great response from the kids, but they also understand it’s about healthy options,” says Principal Bob Groff. 

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Healing Your Body Through the Gut

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by Jason Gourlas, PA-C

A leaky gastrointestinal (GI) tract or “gut” may be the root cause of autism, depression, chronic fatigue, allergies and autoimmune diseases. Hippocrates, the father of medicine said, “All diseases begin in the gut.” As we gain more knowledge and catch up to this ancient wisdom, we are beginning to see how right he was.

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Killing Fields: Neonicotinoid Pesticides Threaten Birds and Insects, Too

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Controversial neonicotinoid pesticides linked to catastrophic honeybee declines in North America and Europe may also kill other creatures, posing ecological threats even graver than feared, according to a new report by the American Bird Conservancy. It claims that dangers to birds and streamdwelling and soil-dwelling insects accidentally exposed to the chemicals have been underestimated by regulators and downplayed by industry.

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Oil Alternative: Bio-Breakthrough Can Reduce Fossil Fuel Use

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Researchers at Virginia Tech, in Blacksburg, attest they have succeeded in using xylose, the most abundant simple plant sugar, to produce a large quantity of hydrogen in a method that can be performed using any source of biomass. “Our new process could help end our dependence on fossil fuels,” projects Y. H. Percival Zhang, the associate professor of biological systems engineering who is spearheading the initiative. 

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Workout Recovery: Focus on Refueling to Maximize Your Workouts and Your Health

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by John Ruibal, MS,RD,CSSD,LD

Ever wonder why your muscles seem to always be sore after your workouts? It could be that you are not properly refueling. What many people do after a workout is get something to drink, cool down, maybe grab a shower, or jump in the car to head for home, work or school. This can set your recovery back, and you may not be refueled for your next workout. 

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Q&A: Chiropractic Care

Drs. Mackenzie and Oscar Romero, both practicing chiropractors, provided expert guidance for the following health question:

Q: My infant seems to prefer to tilt his head to one side and doesn’t like to turn his head in one direction. Can chiropractic help?

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Local, Sustainable Food is the Focus at The Clean Plate

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So many healthy, sustainable options are popping up for San Antonio residents, and a new lunch option near downtown is worth mentioning: The Clean Plate, located at 1022 N. Main, at the triangle at Lexington and Main avenues. The emphasis is on “clean, local food,” meats and produce provided by farmers and ranches who demonstrate respect for the land and their animals, says Chef Catherine New, who oversees the restaurant’s menu. 

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Fare Sharing: Three Is the Perfect Number

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With increasing traffic congestion and escalating gas prices, carpooling has become a way of life in America’s biggest cities. Now new high-tech innovations such as ridesharing apps that make the process more efficient have given rise to a new class of riders known as “slugs”. 

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10 Reasons to Practice Yoga

 

1. Stress Relief

Yoga reduces the physical effects of stress on the body. By encouraging relaxation, yoga helps to lower the levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Related benefits include lowering blood pressure and heart rate, improving digestion and boosting the immune system as well as easing symptoms of conditions such as anxiety, depression, fatigue, asthma and insomnia.

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STAYING POWER: A Good Trainer Keeps Us On Track

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by Debra Melani

Maintaining one’s own fitness program can prove a challenge when the will to work out fizzles. Many people are getting help conquering roadblocks and staying on an effective path of regular exercise through an enduring relationship with a personal trainer.

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