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Summer Fire Safety

Wednesday, July 11th, 2018

Summer is a time for relaxation, fun, and spending time with family and good friends. We celebrate with fireworks on the Fourth of July, have cookouts, and sit around campfires. As enjoyable as these simple pleasures are, they can also be accidents waiting to happen if we don’t understand the personal safety dangers associated with…

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Making the Most of Trips to Your Favorite Farmers Market

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018

Spring has finally arrived in Indiana, bringing budding trees and flowers, longer days, and the return of farmers markets. With over 150 farmers markets throughout the state, you are sure to find one near you. Some of the larger markets can be overwhelming to navigate, making it difficult to know if you’re getting the best…

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Fairs, Festivals, and Food Trucks, oh my!​

Monday, April 30th, 2018

Spring might have been slow to warm up, but summer is just around the corner, and summertime in Indiana means fairs, festivals, and food trucks. This can be the season for  deep-fried, sugar-laden, high-calorie foods and beverages. If you attend one or even two of these events over the summer, you shouldn’t worry too much…

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Cycling Safety Tips for Springtime

Friday, March 30th, 2018

Did you know that the bicycle was invented in 1817? This early version had no steering, pedals, or brakes and was made entirely out of wood. Lucky for us, we’ve come a long way with more comfortable and safer options today.Bicycles are a source of enjoyment and entertainment. They provide youth with physical activity and a…

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Food Insecurity in Indiana – A Conversation About How Youth Can Make a Difference

Wednesday, February 28th, 2018

H​ave you ever known a child who received free or reduced priced meals at school, or a family who received food stamps? Have you ever volunteered at a food pantry, soup kitchen, or community garden? Have you ever been a recipient of food from one of these places? And have you ever thought about how…

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Treat Your Teeth – Tips for Keeping Your Family’s Smiles Healthy for a Lifetime

Wednesday, January 24th, 2018

Every February we celebrate National Children’s Dental Health Month, supported by the American Dental Association (ADA). It first began in 1941 as National Children’s Dental Health Day. The topic’s popularity grew so that in 1981, the day became a month-long focus on children’s dental health. National Dental Health Month focuses on community, through sharing education and activities…

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Set Yourself Up For Ne​​w Year Success With S.M.A.R.T. Goals

Friday, December 15th, 2017

Next month, approximately 40 percent of American will make a New Year’s resolution. In the hopes of maintaining long-lasting change, it is common for people to empty their pantries of tempting foods, lace up their jogging shoes, buy a yearly planner or trade sugary drinks for big bottles of water. These commonly followed steps to…

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Spread Holiday Cheer, Not Bacteria: Four Food Safety Tips

Tuesday, December 5th, 2017

The holidays are all about bringing family and friends together to celebrate the season and enjoy good food. However, some unwelcome guests like Salmonella, E. coli, Staph aureus and Listeria can ruin an otherwise great party. According to the Centers for Disease Control, approximately 48 million people get sick with a foodborne illness every year,…

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Get your daily nutrition with a mix of fresh, frozen and canned fruits, vegeta​bles

Friday, October 27th, 2017

Just because it’s autumn doesn’t mean you have to wait to have your favorite summertime fruits and vegetables. This article aims to take on the myth that fresh is always best when choosing fruits and vegetables. Many people have heard this myth in the past; this can cause them to want to shun canned or…

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6 Reasons Why Family Mealtime Goes Beyond the Meal

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

Busy schedules for kids and parents make family mealtime a challenge. With our hectic modern lifestyles, this can leave little room in our schedules for family meals. This time together provides important benefits for everyone in the family. Research suggests that children who take part in regular family meals eat healthier foods, have fewer problems with delinquency…

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Summer’s Almost Over, but Sun Safety Isn’t: Tips for Protecting Your Skin from Sun Damage

Monday, September 4th, 2017

Sunburns not only hurt, they can also ruin a family outing, sporting event, or outdoor fun. Many people have experienced the disappointment of having to stay inside while waiting for their sunburns to heal — and that doesn’t account for the long-term damage unprotected skin can experience. This article will help to shed some light…

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Staying Hydrated Helps Keep You Healthy

Monday, July 24th, 2017

In Indiana, we typically spend summertime outdoors enjoying the activities we Midwesterners can only do in summer. It’s easy to spend hours in the sunshine — whether playing in the backyard, sitting on the porch, or tending to the garden. But with the increased time spent in the heat and being more physically active, staying…

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