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Donate Healthier Items to Food Pantries This Holiday Season

During the holiday season many schools, religious groups, and businesses conduct food drives for local food pantries. In the rush to grab something to contribute, nutrition or food safety isn't always high on the list of considerations. While the generous efforts of donating are appreciated, sometimes the food from pantry shelves is past the expiration date, which causes them to have to be tossed out instead of being able to benefit those that need it. Many of the typical non-perishable choices picked up at grocery stores tend to be high in sodium, sugar, or calories, which do not provide maximum nutrition for those that really need to make every bite count.
This winter, more people than ever are expected to visit a local food bank or seek out a pantry or assistance for utilities, housing and medical care than ever before. Use this list of suggestions to makeover your food pantry donations this holiday season and all winter long. Your healthier donations will go a long way to help those who receive them be as healthy as possible.
Posted 12/19/2011  10:00:00 AM By: Tanya Jolliffe : 17 comments   7,597 views
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Everything You Need to Know about Preventing Cold & Flu

Just as you hear someone cough or sneeze this time of year, you may wonder if that is something you should be worried about. Many people will come down with a cold or the flu during the winter months. But how should you take care of yourself when you are sick or around someone who is sick? Do you know the difference between the symptoms of a cold, allergies, and the flu? We have rounded up a variety of resources to help you learn about and sort out all the details about colds, the flu, and your immune system.

Posted 12/15/2011  10:00:00 AM By: Denise Tausig : 11 comments   23,495 views
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The Wellness Beat: Are We TECHing Our Way To Despair?

As a psychotherapist and interfaith minister, my specialty is helping clients uncover a state of deep well-being, and most importantly, one that is deeper and more reliable than the likability of their current circumstances.  

Ironically, deep well-being is not a state we need to create but rather one that we need to rediscover within ourselves.  It is a state of being that is here when we are born and is indeed always here, and yet it is a state that we lose touch with as we "grow up."  

Sadly, we are taught to believe that well-being lives outside of us, in other people and other things.  In truth, well-being is always inside us, patiently awaiting our own attention.  Deep well-being comes from being able to meet this moment, as it is, even as it is constantly changing.  Well-being means being able to ask "what is here?" rather than to demand that this moment give us something that we want.  The often overlooked fact however is that we need to spend time nurturing and nourishing our inherent well-being.  Simply put, we need to pay attention to our own well-being.  Well-being will not fall out of a tree and into our lap.  We need to practice returning home, to what is right here, right now, in this moment.  When we focus on what is here, we find the state of being which is eternally okay, content and well.  We find ourselves.
Setting out into the world as an investigator of well-being, I have begun to examine our current culture and ask: What in our society is eroding our attention to and relationship with this deeper sense of well-being?  What is obstructing our access to the well-being within us, deterring us from our inherent spiritual, emotional, and physical health.  What are the poisons to our state of deep well-being?  And what are the nutrients, those elements that reacquaint us with how well we really are?  This question brings me (quickly) to a discussion of technology...
Posted 10/13/2011  2:00:00 PM By: SparkPeople Guest Blogger : 38 comments   10,769 views
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