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Karen Poff

Safety after the storm...

When the worst of the storm is over, everyone is tempted to breathe a sigh of relief. But many cases of illness and injury actually occur after a natural disaster, as people return to their homes and go through the clean-up process. Take the following precautions to protect yourself and your family:
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Karen Ridings

Health care costs: Everyone's responsibility

Since 2000, health care costs for a typical family of four has risen 114 percent, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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Karen Ridings

Tis' the season for local Virginia apples!

Apple season is here! Now is the time to pick or purchase crisp, juicy Virginia apples. Did you know that Virginia ranks sixth in apple production in the United States, with over 250 commercial growers? About half of Virginia's apples are grown in Frederick County!
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Karen Ridings

Sitting can become a bad habit

Have you heard of "sedentarism"? In the August issue of the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Matthew Fox discusses "sedentarism" and the health risks associated with a sedentary lifestyle. "Sedentarism" can be thought of as the opposite of being physically active.
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Karen Ridings

Are you canning safely?

Here is a list of questions you should ask yourself before you start the canning process:
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Karen Ridings

Establish routines to get kids ready for school

Summer is coming to a close and soon children will be back in school. Over the summer, most children have very different routines than when they are in school. For example, in the summer children may go to bed later and rise later than they do during the school year. Some children may have different meal schedules during the summer. Once the school year begins, children must wake up earlier, eat breakfast earlier, and complete homework on a daily basis.
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Karen Poff

Back to school shopping sanity

Virginia's "sales tax holiday" the first weekend in August can make these expenses a little more affordable for families. But this year, to make the shopping experience even more enticing, retailers have created "Back-to-School Saturday," slated for Aug. 11.
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Karen Ridings

Tomatoes, the wonder fruit!

Summer is the season for tomatoes! In the Shenandoah Valley, tomatoes will be abundant by the end of June, early July. Are you ready for a delicious fruit that is a wonderful source of vitamins A and C and lycopene, a powerful antioxidant?
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Karen Ridings

Food safety after a storm

Hurricanes and severe storms can cause power outages and food safety issues. Unfortunately, many people have recently lost power for extended periods resulting in loss of refrigeration. Frequently, people want to know how long their food will keep in the refrigerator and/or freezer after an outage.
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Karen Poff

OPT-OUT of pre-approved credit offers

Are you one of the many people who are annoyed by a constant barrage of pre-approved credit offers? If so, you'll be glad to know there is a solution to the problem.

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