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’Tis the season… when many of us will gain unwanted weight from all the holiday parties, home-baked gifts, and irresistible goodies everywhere. “It doesn’t matter how old you are—between Thanksgiving and the New Year, people can gain weight that sticks with them the rest of the year,” says Beth Ernst, Life Enrichment Manager at Splendido, an all-inclusive community in Tucson for those 55 and better. “Yes, you can exercise and try to burn off those extra calories—but it’s much easier to avoid them in the first place.”
(BPT) - If you’re an expectant or new mom who has made the decision to breastfeed your baby, you’re not alone: 79 percent of new mothers initiate breastfeeding following the birth of their babies, according to the CDC 2014 Breastfeeding Report Card. Obtaining the right supplies and support can be key to breastfeeding success, and new healthcare legislation is making it easier than ever for moms-to-be and new moms to breastfeed.
(Family Features) This holiday, take some tips from the big man with the jolly red hat. Whether shopping for family and friends young or old, you're sure to find something for everyone on your list with these gifts, specially selected from Santa himself.
(Family Features) Tis the season for holiday feasts, but making smart food choices and stepping up your oral hygiene routine can help you have a healthy, holiday season and a fresh, bright smile.
(Family Features) During this hectic holiday shopping season, the best gifts for friends and family are not only wonderful to receive, but also give back to children who need help.
(NAPSI)—According to a poll conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health, 40 percent of Americans feel that they or their immediate family is at risk of getting Ebola. Yet with only a few confirmed cases of Ebola in the United States, the actual risk of contracting the disease is extremely low. In fact, other infections that don’t hit the same emotional hot buttons as Ebola—such as MRSA, an antibiotic-resistant bacterial infection, and even the common flu—pose much more of a risk than Ebola to the average American. So what is a rational response to the Ebola virus?
When Gertrude writes her book, hoping to change the future, she never imagines the repercussions that will come from it. Loki, the Norse trickster god, is sending her messages over YouTube, calling her a witch and causing her fans to turn away. But in the background of one of these posts a familiar face grabs Gertrude’s attention – a child who bears a striking resemblance to her own baby who died years before.
House members demanded Thursday to know why senior executives at the Department of Veterans Affairs who were implicated in recent scandals at the agency have not been fired, months after the agency got that authority.
(StatePoint) Have some lit lovers in your life? Want to make stocking stuffers extra special for them this year? Here are a few great ideas:
(BPT) - Skin changes with the seasons and it is important for women to adjust their daily skin care routine throughout the year. During fall and winter, low temperatures, low humidity and brisk winds deplete skin of its natural nutrients, which can lead to a dry, lackluster appearance. It is much easier to prevent dryness and irritation than it is to alleviate it, so now is the best time for women to start changing their routine before the weather becomes even colder.
(NewsUSA) - Nearly everyone gets heartburn now and then. But the fiery sensation that grips your chest and throat after eating spicy food, for example, can also be a symptom of a more serious condition: gastroesophageal reflux disease, which in its most chronic form can lead to cancer.
Science has proven that one way to Age Well is to incorporate art into your life. Whether you decide to dabble in watercolors or browse the Tucson Museum of Art, you’ll be doing something good for your physical and mental health, and taking a very pleasant step toward Aging Well.
(BPT) - The holidays are often an exciting but hectic time filled with parties, travel and social obligations. If you’re among the 68 percent of Americans who own a pet it can be tough to figure out how to keep your pet anxiety-free and happy during the holiday hustle and bustle.
Immigration advocacy groups from across the country urged President Barack Obama on Thursday to act swiftly to “end the deportation enforcement machine” that is separating parents from their children.
(StatePoint) This holiday season consider trying an unexpected wine pairing and surprise your guests with a bottle of port.
(StatePoint) A holiday feast is one meal you’ll want to ensure includes flavorful, thoughtful dishes. Unfortunately, it’s one of the busiest times of year, and sorting through recipes, especially for dessert, may get pushed down the to-do list.
(NAPSI)—Everyone from the baby boomer to the fresh-out-of-college millennial should think about retirement. More important, they should plan for retirement. Recent polls have shown that outliving retirement savings is one of the prime concerns for retirees.
(NAPSI)—Your adopted pet could be named in an upcoming novel, thanks to a unique contest.
Author Nicholas Sparks celebrates pet adoption by naming one lucky person’s pet in a new novel. (NAPS)
Arizona voters on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved Proposition 303, which aims to allow terminally ill patients to gain access to experimental drugs that have passed the first phase of FDA approval.
Former hip-hop mogul Suge Knight and actor-comedian Katt Williams were arrested last week and charged for an incident in Beverly Hills. The charges claim that the two men stole a camera from a celebrity photographer in September.
The Society of Southwestern Authors has awarded Desert Times freelance writer Albert Vetere Lannon second place prize for his essay, “Easy Does It — An Aging Handbook,” and a third place prize for his poem, “Autumn at Kentucky Camp.”
When the Arizona Legislature last passed an increase in the state gas tax, President George H.W. Bush was celebrating the liberation of Kuwait in the Gulf War and “Terminator 2: Judgment Day” was the top-grossing film in the country.
While Arizona’s most recent fire season was relatively tame, one study argues that the worst may be yet to come due to climate change.
Tucson celebrates Jesuit missionary Euesbio Francisco Kino as a revered person in local history. Fr. Kino, an Italian, arrived in the Southwest in March, 1699, following the Spanish conquistadores to Christianize the Indians. He was charismatic and energetic, bringing the Tohono O’odham grain seeds, livestock, fruit trees and vegetables -- and a forced change in a way of life lived for thousands of years. European crops joined the corn, beans and squash grown in the desert for thousands of years using intricate canal and mountain terraces to control water.