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Everything Easter

Americans will purchase more than 120 million pounds of candy for Easter this year, 70% of that is chocolate (about 71 million pounds!) Candy makers will produce 16 billion jelly beans for Easter, enough to circle the globe three times! This Easter season at Meijer we will sell more than 3.5 million pounds of ham, 11 million individual peeps, one million chocolate bunnies and two million dozens of Meijer large eggs. Whew!

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Seafood Season

The current recommendation for fish consumption is about 12 ounces per week. Fresh, frozen and canned fish can help you obtain the recommended amount of this exceptionally healthy protein source. Here are just some of the benefits that eating fish and seafood provide…

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Smoothies: To Blend, Juice, or Bullet?

The popularity of nutrition smoothies is at an all-time high. Green smoothies that use kale or spinach are pumping up vegetable intake (yay!) and the addition of chia seeds or ground flax seed is adding more fiber and healthy fats to our diets. The caveat is…

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Green Light for Saturated Fats?

A recent study (meta-analysis of 76 studies) published in the March 17, 2014 issue of the journal Annals of Internal Medicine, did NOT find that people who ate higher levels of saturated fat had more heart disease than those who ate less. What’s behind these results?

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Tax and Spend Again

The President unveiled his budget for fiscal year 2015 starting October 1, 2014. His budget calls for an increase in spending and taxes on upper income Americans. New policy goals were not included and instead included many of the measures that he had previously proposed. It did not include any changes to entitlements or any real move to reduce the deficit or any plans to improve the economy. Even though it is an election year and as a result the usual intention to provide spending for critical Congressional elections, should the budget contain overhauls necessary to spur the economy and reduce the debt? Is this budget the “Right Thing to do?”

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Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right

National Nutrition Month is the perfect time to explore better ways of getting nutrition and actually enjoying healthy food.

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Where Will The Money Come From?

The debate about raising the minimum wage is heating up. President Obamacalled on Congress to pass an increase in the minimum wage to $10.10 in his State of the Union address and then signed an executive order raising the wage for workers on new federal contracts. The State Board of Canvassers unanimously agreed to allow the group, “Raise Michigan” to begin collecting signatures to place a question on the November ballot to raise the minimum wage in Michigan to $10.10 an hour. What are the implications of a move to raise the minimum wage and is the “Right Thing to do?”

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Get Crackin’ – Celebrate National Pistachio Day

February 26 is National Pistachio Day and a great time to experiment with new recipes using this ultra-healthy nut! Pistachios help fight heart disease and improve circulation. Phytochemicals found in pistachios reduce oxidative stress that can damage arterial walls and help decrease total cholesterol.

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AMD Awareness

Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of blindness in those 65 and older. More than 2 million Americans, ages 50 and over, have AMD, a 25 percent increase from the last decade. Symptoms of AMD include…

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Detroit: A Bailout or a Settlement?

Last week Governor Snyder announced a plan to help the City of Detroit. The state would contribute $350 million to help save the Detroit Institute of Art and to help pay the pensions of city workers. There is no question that the state needs a healthy Detroit, but was the pledge of state dollars the “Right Thing to do?”

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