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Trick or treat? Tricks to cut back on the sweets not the treats!
Chocolates and hard candies and gummies oh my! Halloween is packed with so many sugary treats that even the gingerbread man in his gingerbread village would blush. For the most part, all of them are A-OK in moderation, but how in the world can you slow the centrifugal force of candy on Halloween?

For starters, you can control the treats that you provide. Whether you're toting treats to your child's school, entertaining a houseful of little ghouls or simply answering the door on All Hallows' Eve, we've got plenty of ideas to help you keep the "treat" in "trick or treat" no candy required!
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Mercado on Fifth opens to good turnout
Bob Ontiveros was all smiles as he walked down 5th Avenue, having finally realized a dream come true.

Mercado on Fifth might be described on paper as a Mexican open-air market, but the sights and sounds on its opening evening back in August suggested more of a racially diverse block party.

Children were getting their faces painted. Customers lined up in front of Streets of Italy for a personal pizza. The University of Illinois... More »

Going sugar free: Small victories yield big results
Last November, I decided to try cutting sugar from my diet. I didn't cut out all carbohydrates, and I do slip up from time to time, but overall, I have made a huge change to my eating habits, and the results speak for themselves.

The popular diet and exercise website MyFitnessPal states, "In its natural state, sugar is a relatively harmless — even necessary — carbohydrate that our bodies need to function. It's found in... More »

Happy fall, y'all! Check out these great autumn festivals
Fall is the time for festivals, for gathering in the great outdoors with friends and family to soak up the fleeting colors of the season and steal a taste of the harvest. This autumn, you and yours can enjoy healthy, fun activities in picturesque settings at several events throughout the region. Here's a peek at some of this month's happenings:

Oktoberfest, Sept. 30-Oct. 2, in Amana, Iowa. Festival director Savanna Collier says... More »

from the editor
Several years ago, Staples ran a back-to-school commercial to the tune of "It's The Most Wonderful Time of the Year," where a smiling father rides on the back of a shopping cart with one leg in the air as it coasts down an aisle. This commercial hits extremely close to home for me this month. Not because I'm a cheerful father whose kids are going back to school but because this is exactly how I act in the Halloween section of every... More »

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