Wear It Well; First Eat Local, The Dress Local

Buying local isn’t just about food choices. In supporting community businesses and reducing our ecological footprint, fiber is another important  consideration, encompassing farmers that grow cotton and hemp or raise sheep for wool, fiber artisans and textile designers.

The U.S. presently imports about 95 percent of Americans’ clothing, reports the Ecology Global Network (Ecology.com),

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Functional Training Protects Against Falls

Seniors that integrate strength and balance training into everyday activities experience nearly one-third fewer falls, according to a new study published online by BMJ (formerly British Medical Journal). A team of researchers at the University of Sydney, Australia, designed and tested the Lifestyle Integrated Functional Exercise program

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Fun in the Mud

The Texas Mud Series hosts the Jailbreak DFW 5K Mud Run, September 28, at DFW Adventure Park, in Roanoke. The off-grid adventure is one of four in a series of Jailbreak mud runs in Texas that challenges thrill-seekers of all fitness levels and age; 14 and over.

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Healthy Lifestyle Tweaks; Surprisingly Simple Changes for Feeling Good

All of us have heard the admonition: “Eat lots of veggies and exercise daily and you’ll live a long, healthy life.”

There’s no question this advice is sound, but what about other helpfully healthy lifestyle adjustments we can make? Experts attest that doing easy things,

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Bounce House Boo-Boos

A staple at amusement parks, fast-food restaurants and kids’ backyard parties, inflatable bounce houses look and sound like a lot of fun—yet can cause problems. “I was surprised by the number of injuries, especially by the rapid increase,” says Dr. Gary A. Smith, lead author of a recent study by the Center for Injury Research and Policy that he founded at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital, in Columbus, Ohio.

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A GMO-Free Grocery List

According to a recent article published in Green American magazine, 93 percent of Americans believe that genetically modified foods should be labeled. However, only USDA-certified organic products cannot intentionally contain genetically modified

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Chug-A-Lug; Pricey Bottled Water May Come from a Tap

Peter Gleick, the author of Bottled and Sold: The Story Behind Our Obsession with Bottled Water, found that most companies are cagey about revealing the source of their water. “There’s no legal requirement that they say on their label where the water comes from, and they don’t like to advertise that fact,” says Gleick.

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Managing End of Lifecycle Electronics

Electric and electronic equipment comprises 6 percent of the U.S. gross domestic product, up from 5 percent 10 years ago, although the process of manufacturing an electronic device hasn’t changed much in the last 10 years. Significant amounts of natural resources and fossil fuels are consumed in making these new devices.

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High-Tech Teachers; Students Use Smartphones to Study

Highlighting the potential for digital learning, a new survey by the Verizon Foundation has found that a third of middle school students are already using mobile apps on smartphones to do schoolwork and collaborate with peers on projects. Beyond accessing information via the Internet, students often turn to free apps to play games that help them master math concepts, virtually dissect an animal or analyze clouds and concepts of condensation and more.

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