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Do’s and Don’ts of Halloween Candy!

  Preserve Your Bewitching Smile: Do’s and Don’ts of Halloween Candy Dressing up and trick-or treating creates lasting memories for the whole family, but there’s nothing spookier than cavities in your teeth! Moderation is key when it comes to tempting Halloween delights for your little ones. Check out these tips…
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October 21, 2015

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What’s the Deal With Coconut Oil?

“Gluten free,” “No GMO,” “All-Natural”… are labels consumers are paying much more attention to these days. Be wary of those labels in general. A common healthy substitute that’s spreading fast is coconut oil. It was featured on Dr. Oz, so it must be better than other cooking oils right? Not necessarily. While coconut…
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September 28, 2015

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Ambassador Spotlight: Jessica Romigh!

What do Ohio, Vermont, New York, and 27 other states have in common? They rank higher in “bike friendliness” than Texas. According to The League of American Bicyclists annual report card, Texas is ranked #30 in the nation for bike-ability. The inability to walk or bike around a city has a…
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September 21, 2015

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Dad’s Tips for Gardening in Texas

Growing up on a beautiful ranch in Central Texas allowed me to have many unique and memorable childhood experiences. Gardening is one that holds special meaning for me. I still love spending time in the garden with my dad, growing our own delicious and healthy foods! My dad’s heart has always…
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September 15, 2015

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Listen Up, College Students!

According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 90 percent of the alcohol consumed by those under age 21 is in the form of binge drinking. That’s a pretty sobering stat, pardon the pun. The CDC’s definition of binge drinking is consuming 4 or more drinks for women and…
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September 2, 2015

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Growing a Healthier Community: Colonial Hills Elementary

Last Saturday, Coach Terri Pitts led over 20 parent and school volunteers in building and filling 12 garden beds on their campus at Colonial Hills Elementary in San Antonio, TX. Their volunteer crew leveled the ground for even drainage, constructed the beds and a garden shed, and filled the beds with mulch…
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August 24, 2015

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Listen Up, Incoming Freshmen!

Congrats, Class of 2019! Leading up to this month you’ve heard plenty of tales of college glory, and plenty of horror stories. From encountering terrible roommates to tough professors, and everything in between. The biggest horror story of them all is the dreaded “Freshman 15”. When you hear friends’ stories…
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August 17, 2015

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7 Ways to Keep the Whole Family Moving!

Summer can be a difficult time to keep the family active. School is still out of session and after school sports programs may be on hold for the break. Push through the heat and round up the family to try these activities! You’ll get a great workout in, and make memories…
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August 11, 2015

My Meatless Week

One day for lunch about two weeks ago, I was eating a pulled pork sandwich, and I just felt so tired and bogged down by the meat. It was at this time that I decided I wanted a change in my diet, at least for a little while. I normally eat lean…
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July 28, 2015

Where the Classes are “Too Hot for Legwarmers”: The Jazzercise Franchise

Cara Mierl is a native Austinite and certified personal trainer with a passion for teaching Jazzercise. She has owned the Jazzercise franchise for more than 21 years.  “I started as a student of aerobics in the 80’s and then found Jazzercise, which was so different and so much more fun,”…
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July 10, 2015

Foods With Surprising Natural Health Benefits!

Sometimes even the most unconventional foods can surprise us with what they can do for our bodies. Here are a handful you may not know about: Fermented Foods: You are eating beneficial probiotics that help with your digestive system and also help absorb nutrients of other foods. Yogurt is a great example…
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July 7, 2015

All About “Leanwashing”

The grocery store is filled with an abundance of food choices, and it may seem easy to distinguish the healthy snacks from the unhealthy ones. Food brands label their products with phrases like “multigrain, light, fat-free, no sugar added, and all natural..” and the common consumer is trusting of these statements…
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July 1, 2015

Jinu’s Favorite Homemade Sweet Potato Fries!

When I entered college I knew I wanted to continue eating healthy and started seeking out healthy cooking alternatives to fast food and greasy dining hall options. I found several easy recipes that provide similar tastes to the unhealthy foods I craved, and I’m always hunting for new ones! I recently started craving…
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June 23, 2015

Tuning In: Favorite Healthy Podcasts!

Podcasts are more popular and relevant than ever. If you’re not already addicted like me, I encourage you to try them out. I listen in the car, at work, and in the gym, and podcasts have tons of subjects that can fit your interests.  These are my favorite fitness & nutrition…
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June 22, 2015

Start Planning a Fall Growing Healthy Schools Project!

School staff, administrators, PTA and SHAC members – it’s not too soon to start planning a Growing Healthy Schools project for the fall! The fall session begins on September 14th and will close on November 20th. Within those ten weeks, we provide tools to help you share and fundraise your project.…
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June 18, 2015