Quick and easy recipes add spark to Fourth of July celebrations

Photos courtesy of jeff_golden, Sue Waters, Mike Mozart, John Lustig, Valerie Hinojosa, Adam Baker/flickr

Photos courtesy of jeff_golden, Sue Waters, Mike Mozart, John Lustig, Valerie Hinojosa, Adam Baker/flickr

Celebrating Fourth of July is one of America’s most cherished traditions.

While paying tribute to the signing of the Declaration of Independence by our Founding Fathers on July 4, 1776, those who declared freedom from English oppression to establish the United States of America, family and friends will gather together in celebration with barbecues, parties, picnics and other forms of revelry.

For the busy hostess or host, it can be challenging to find time to prepare crowd-pleasing fare which also encourages good health.

The following Fourth of July recipes are extremely healthful, and have red, white and blue ingredients and colors which also pay homage to our nation’s Old Glory.

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Laurie Edwards-Tate on KPBS Midday Edition with Maureen Cavanaugh

Hear the live interview on KPBS as Laurie Edwards-Tate, President and CEO of At Your Home Family, discusses the impact of The Paid Sick Leave Law on businesses with Midday Edition host Maureen Cavanaugh.

Listen to the interview here » http://www.kpbs.org/audioclips/24735/#transcript

Left: Laurie Edwards-Tate, President and CEO At Your Home Familycare Center: Robert Nothoff, Center on Policy Initiative Right: Peggy Pico, Host of KPBS Evening Edition

Left: Laurie Edwards-Tate, President and CEO At Your Home Familycare
Center: Robert Nothoff, Center on Policy Initiative
Right: Peggy Pico, Host of KPBS Evening Edition

Laurie Edwards-Tate on KPBS Evening edition

“See me tonight on KPBS Evening edition at 5 pm PST, hosted by Peggy Pico, as we discuss the Paid Sick Leave Law and its impact on small business!”

Left: Laurie Edwards-Tate, President and CEO At Your Home Familycare Center: Robert Nothoff, Center on Policy Initiative Right: Peggy Pico, Host of KPBS Evening Edition

Left: Laurie Edwards-Tate, President and CEO At Your Home Familycare
Center: Robert Nothoff, Center on Policy Initiative
Right: Peggy Pico, Host of KPBS Evening Edition

Helen Keller Deaf-Blind Awareness Week

Photos courtesy of Wikimedia/public domain

Photos courtesy of Wikimedia/public domain

Helen Keller was a deaf-blind American woman whose courageous journey began on June 27, 1880, and who continued to inspire the world until her death at the age of 87.

Born with normal hearing and sight, at 19 months she suffered an illness of “acute congestion of the stomach and brain” that was believed to have been the cause of her lifelong deafness and blindness, according to Wikipedia.

The exact nature of her illness is not known, though it has been speculated that she suffered from a form of meningitis or possibly scarlet fever.

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Acknowledging the importance of dads on Father’s Day

Photos courtesy of Peter Werkman, DavidW, DVIDSHUB, Army Medicine, Katsuhito Nojiri, Richard Leeming/flickr

Photos courtesy of Peter Werkman, DavidW, DVIDSHUB, Army Medicine, Katsuhito Nojiri, Richard Leeming/flickr

The first presidential proclamation honoring American fathers was issued by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1966.

President Richard M. Nixon later signed Father’s Day into law, establishing it as a national holiday in 1972.

Father’s Day is now an American tradition celebrated the third Sunday in June each year.

It is a time to pay tribute to the importance of dads in family life and their critical role in helping shape the growth and development of each of their children.

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End extinction while having fun at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Photos Courtesy of Laurie Edwards-Tate

Photos Courtesy of Laurie Edwards-Tate

For summer travelers and San Diegans alike, visiting the San Diego Zoo Safari Park is a fun and worthwhile experience.

Located in the San Pasqual Valley region of Escondido, Calif., the San Diego Zoo Safari Park delights approximately 2 million visitors each year, persons of all ages and physical abilities.

The safari park was originally conceived with animal breeding and plant conservancy in mind.

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Celebrate National Cancer Survivors Day June 7th

Photos courtesy of Linda Tanner, Ed Uthman, Dave Conner, Maryland GovPics, Jenny Mealing, ronsombilongallery/flickr

Photos courtesy of Linda Tanner, Ed Uthman, Dave Conner, Maryland GovPics, Jenny Mealing, ronsombilongallery/flickr

National Cancer Survivors Day is the annual celebration for those who have courageously transcended cancer to become survivors.

Observed worldwide on the first Sunday of June each year, hundreds of cancer survivors and their families and friends gather in communities across America, celebrating life and inspiring others.

There are over 11 million cancer survivors in the United States today. The American Cancer Society reports that that number is expected to increase to 19 million by 2024.

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Get FIT to detect early signs of colon cancer

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There are over 1 million colon cancer survivors alive in the United States today, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Affecting both men and women, colon cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer-related deaths.

Early detection of colon cancer is critical to ensure immediate treatment and an increased rate of survival.

Methods of testing and detecting colon cancer are sensitive topics of discussion for many, causing embarrassment, emotional discomfort and even denial.

A lack of adequate information regarding methods of early detection is another barrier that prevents people from taking advantage of the currently available colon cancer tests.

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Share the love: Irresistible bond between humans and dogs

Photos courtesy of LuAnn Snawder Photography, Eddy Van 3000, Travel and Roll, Andre Hagenbruch, Picolo J, Swallowtail Garden Seeds, Ash Carter/flickr

Photos courtesy of LuAnn Snawder Photography, Eddy Van 3000, Travel and Roll, Andre Hagenbruch, Picolo J, Swallowtail Garden Seeds, Ash Carter/flickr

With over 70 million family dogs in the United States, it is clear that Americans love dogs.

Whose heart doesn’t melt while holding a puppy or experiencing the pure joy of being greeted by an enthusiastic tail-wagging family dog?

It is possible that the nature of dogs facilitated their positive relationship with humans due to their natural proclivities for living in packs, communicating vocally and scavenging for food.

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Cabo San Lucas: Tropical destination for renewal

Photo courtesy of Comisión Mexicana de Filmaciones/flickr

Photo courtesy of Comisión Mexicana de Filmaciones/flickr

Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, is located at the southernmost point of the Baja peninsula.

 

It is surrounded by the Sea of Cortez on the east, and the Pacific Ocean on the south and west.

Sea life is abundant in the jewel-like green and turquoise bodies of water of Cabo San Lucas, and includes many varieties of fish, sponges, sea turtles and invertebrates.

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