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Get fit, be safe: Exercise caution at the gym, too
We know the drill — Jan. 1 arrives, and we make our enthusiastic New Year's resolutions. We buy the gear, sign up for the gym and stock our refrigerators with healthy food.
But oftentimes, a few weeks in, the couch looks more inviting than the treadmill, and the sugary
snacks start calling from the pantry. Before we know it, we're staring summer right in its hot, sticky face, and we've made little progress on our resolutions. More »
It takes a community: Urban gardens flourish with help from local church, volunteers
A small church is providing sizable benefits through its urban gardens in Rock Island.
Spearheaded by one of its elders, Broadway Presbyterian Church, with about 100 members, has been addressing food insecurity, challenges faced by refugees and immigrants and more, by working the soil.
"I'm one piece of a big puzzle," says church elder Brian McMaster. "We're doing it with the help of our friends."More »
Indian Creek Nature Center: New space, same mission
Kelli Eggert is on a "mission" to hike with her 3-year-old son, Charlie.
When it comes time to head outdoors, one of their favorite places to go is the Indian Creek Nature Center, Iowa's only private, nonprofit nature center. The southeast Cedar Rapids center features about four miles of trails that wind through 210 acres of wetlands, riparian forests, maple sugar bush, tall-grass prairies and oak savannas.
The mother-son duo... More »
Unsure about supplements? Check in with an expert
Melatonin, flaxseed, fish oil, prebiotics, probiotics, black cohosh, calcium, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin D, ginseng — the list of supplements goes on. But when it comes to our health, are dietary supplements necessary? Are they effective? Are they safe?
According to the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994, a dietary supplement is a product intended to supplement or reinforce the diet, is taken by mouth, and contains a... More »
from the editor
Well, folks, it's finally May — which means that it's high time I got started on my New Year's resolution: eat better and move more!
Better late than never, right?
I'm probably not alone, but it seems like typically, I only can do one of these things at once. I can be great about hitting the gym and making it to my Zumba classes after work, but my nutrition falls by the wayside. Or, I can meal prep like a... More »
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