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Valentine’s Day: The gift of love

(photo by Sutton Porter/courtesy of Laurie Edwards-Tate)

(photo by Sutton Porter/courtesy of Laurie Edwards-Tate)

Billions of people worldwide open their hearts while engaging in a variety of Valentine’s Day expressions of love.

February 14th is the traditional day, dating back to the Middle Ages, in which people from all over the world celebrate Valentine’s Day.

According to Wikipedia, it is thought that the first American mass-produced valentines were created and sold in the 1800’s by Massachusetts entrepreneur Esther Holland.

With her fondness for English valentines, replete with fine laces and floral designs, Holland sparked a revolution in the greeting card industry, setting new standards which led to an annual greeting card award given in her name.

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Business owners feel optimistic and resilient since election

Laurie Edwards-Tate, President and CEO of At Your Home Familycare discussed optimism among small business owners on Politics & Profits with Rick Amato.

You can listen to the podcast by clicking on the photo below

Business Owners Feel More Optimistic, Resilient Since Election

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Don’t miss Laurie Edwards-Tate, President and CEO of At Your Home Familycare on Politics & Profits with Rick Amato today at 12pm PT/3pm ET! You can listen online at politicsandprofits

Tasty ways to get your probiotics

(photo by Sutton Porter/courtesy of Laurie Edwards-Tate)

(photo by Sutton Porter/courtesy of Laurie Edwards-Tate)

Have you ever wondered what probiotics really are? Probiotics are “friendly” microorganisms which are similar to those naturally living in the human body. You can find them in many of the foods we love to eat, from yogurt, pickles, sauerkraut, miso soup and even dark chocolate according to GlobalHealingCenter.com.

The trillions of friendly bacteria which exist in and on the human body are those bacteria our bodies depend on to help digest our food, produce some vitamins we depend on, maintain the health of our skin, inhibit the growth of bacterial pathogens, and numerous other tasks in the human microbiome. The word “probiotic” is derived from the Latin “pro,” meaning for, and “biota,” meaning life.

Probiotic literally means “for life.”

Read more on Laurie’s column at LifeCycles in the Communities Digital News

Coping with the loss of a pet

image via Wikimedia/Rainbow Bridge Heaven/Maris Stella (assumed)

image via Wikimedia/Rainbow Bridge Heaven/Maris Stella (assumed)

You’re not just losing a pet when your furry and feathered friends pass away; you are losing a family member and the loss can be just as devastating.

Over 70 million pet dogs in the U.S. are a testament to the natural bond between humans and dogs.

According to a Japanese research team led by Takefumi Kikusui at Azab University’s School of Veterinary Medicine, dogs are the only animals that have a neurological connection to man.

It is believed that it is the result of thousands of years of co-evolutional human-dog-bonding.
Upon gazing into each other’s eyes, both human and dog produce the hormone oxytocin, which creates a feel-good response.

Very few humans could deny the pure joy experienced as their family dog barks for joy, wags its tail and generously supplies wet kisses upon their return home.

Dogs provide companionship, protection and unconditional love to those they consider their people.

Many dog owners believe that their canine is a member of their family and include him/her in their daily activities, outdoor adventures, special events, birthdays, holiday celebrations and family vacations.

Read more on Laurie’s article at LifeCycles in the Communities Digital News

AYHFamilycare CEO Laurie Edwards-Tate first Board Meeting at American Lung Association

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So excited to be at my first official Board Meeting of the American Lung Association!
To my left Rita Stenlund, Managing Director and to my right Jeff Wheeler, Associate Vice President.

Maintaining a healthy weight could prevent Alzheimer’s

Image via pixabay/Gerault

Image via pixabay/Gerault

There is a surprising link between being overweight in mid-life and early development of Alzheimer’s disease.

As part of a 14-year study known as the Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging (BLSA), researchers from the National Institute on Aging evaluated the body mass index (BMI) of 1,394 volunteers, utilizing an estimate of what it would have been for each person at the age of 50, regardless of their BMI at the beginning of the study.

Every two years, each participant underwent cognitive testing.

At the end of the study, researchers conveyed the following findings, published by the National Institutes of Health and online in the Sept. 1, 2015, edition of Molecular Psychiatry.

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At Your Home Familycare sponsors Hidden Heroes Cities Summit!

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At Your Home Familycare is proud to be a sponsor for the March 2nd Hidden Heroes Cities Summit! We honor our military and their families.

At Your Home Familycare and Southern Caregiver Resource Center celebrate 8 yrs.

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At Your Home Familycare is proud to be a Year Round Corporate Partner of Southern Caregiver Resource Center for an 8th consecutive year!

( Pictured Left and far right SCRC Executive Director Roberto Velasquez and staff person Malea Santos; center is Laurie Edwards-Tate, President and CEO At Your Home Familycare)

Going gluten free doesn’t have to be boring

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(photo by Sutton Porter/courtesy of Laurie Edwards-Tate)

If you are one of the millions of people affected by gluten intolerance there are alternatives that are not only tasty, but healthy that you can add to your diet. A trip to your local farmer’s market can provide inspiration for preparing gluten free meals.

Gluten intolerance is caused by consuming any product containing wheat, barley, rye or triticale.

Wheat additives also contain gluten and are commonly found in fresh and frozen foods, soups, breads, pastries, desserts, beverages, vitamins and medications.
There are two primary and more common forms of gluten intolerance–celiac disease and non-celiac gluten intolerance.

Considered an autoimmune disease, celiac disease attacks the small intestines in response to the consumption of gluten.

Celiac disease is also considered the most common genetic disease affecting populations worldwide.

Read more on Laurie’s article at LifeCycles in the Communities Digital News