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Slow Cooker Simplified

What’s for dinner? If that question stresses you out, reach for the tools that can simplify evening meals. On hectic weeknights your crockpot or slow cooker can be your best friend! Preparing dinner with a slow cooker is an easy way to get all the nutrients of a home-cooked meal without slaving over a hot stove for hours.

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Natural Ways to Fight Colds & Flu

Sniff, hack, wheeze and cough; we’re riding out the cold and flu season with allergy season just around corner! Boost your immune system and ease that stuffy nose and cough naturally with healing foods and herbs.

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There is a Chance for Cooperation

We have already heard a lot about the potential conflicts between the new Republican controlled Congress and President Obama. But is there at least one issue that may get both sides on the same page? President Obamawas trying last year to get a number of trade agreements approved in Congress. However, Harry Reid basically said any trade authorizations were dead on arrival in the Senate. Can the Republican controlled House and Senate work with President Obama to pass new trade deals? Will the Democrats try to derail the deals? Would new trade agreements help the US economy? Should these agreements be a top priority in 2015? What is the “Right Thing to do?”

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3 Resolutions for a Healthy You in 2015

Do these three things this year and you’ll be on the path to better health.

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‘Tis the Season for Seasonal Foods

December isn’t necessarily the time when we think about eating “in season”, except for holiday treats. But there are many fruits and vegetables that are in peak season in the winter months that provide us a healthier way to balance out the holiday indulgences.

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Simply Cook Book

Representatives with Meijer, including its team of Healthy Living Advisors and registered dietitians, worked with its food bank and pantry partners to help fill a void. The result is Simply Cook, a 48-page resource that shares:In response to a need expressed by our food pantry partners for nutrition education resources, Meijer developed a cook book that features food safety and meal planning tips, as well as basic recipes using ingredients frequently found in food pantries.

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Holiday Gifts from the Kitchen

Personalize your holidays by giving homemade gifts from the kitchen! Gift making doesn’t need to be time consuming or costly, just made with love and thoughtfulness. Mason jars are trendy and make the perfect container for your holiday treat, some of us enjoy more traditional treats with a healthier twist, or for those who are pressed for time take advantage of no-bake treats that everyone can enjoy!

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Food Labeling: Nutrition Labeling of Standard Menu Items in Restaurants and Similar Retail Food Establishments

To implement the nutrition labeling provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (Affordable Care Act or ACA), the Food and Drug Administration is requiring disclosure of certain nutrition information for standard menu items in certain restaurants and retail food establishments. Here’s what this means for consumers and restaurant owners…

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How to Promote Healthy Skin

The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) has designated November as Healthy Skin Month, providing recommendations to keep that “healthy glow” at any age.

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Should We Provide Support for the Housing Market…Again?

The bursting of the housing bubble had a huge impact on the recession. As housing prices fell, millions of people found themselves underwater on their mortgages and millions more defaulted and lost their homes. Many analysts faulted the ease of credit and loose mortgage standards as a cause of the problem. There is now a new move to once again ease credit standards and possibly provide incentives to spur the lackluster housing market. Should mortgage standards be eased? Should new government incentives be passed to promote home ownership? What is the “Right Thing to do?”

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