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Recipe: Enjoy the bounty of eggplant as summer comes to an end

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Bringing you the heart of the matter in LifeCycles by Laurie Edwards-Tate-All about eggplant.

A member of the nightshade family, this healthy fruit is related to both the tomato and potato and is used as a vegetable.

Profusely purple eggplant is common in North America and is healthy and delicious.

According to Wikipedia, eggplant originated in southern and eastern Asia since prehistory, with reference made in Qimin Yaoshu, an ancient Chinese agricultural treatise dated 544.

Eggplant is also known to have grown in ancient Greece, Rome, Africa, the Mediterranean and Arab countries.

As summertime continues, it is the perfect time to bring out the backyard grill and enjoy this easy to make Grilled Eggplant Panini, with this recipe published in Eating Well.

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Beyond the flood: Health risks of Hurricane Harvey

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Bringing you the heart of the matter in LifeCycles by Laurie Edwards-Tate-All about flood hazards.

Deemed by President Donald Trump as a once in 500-year flood, there is no denying the unprecedented trillions of gallons
of flood waters created by Hurricane Harvey and their devastating effect on Texas, Louisiana and bordering the Gulf States.

Rescue workers and emergency services are active and on high alert.

Hundreds of thousands of Americans are displaced from their homes and are seeking shelters.

Schools and businesses are closed, and oil refineries are brought to a production halt and completely shut down.

Economic damages are unprecedented as there is no possible way to work nor engage in commerce.

Power outages are now the norm.

Suitable drinking water is in limited supply, and many communities are requiring that it be boiled prior to imbibing.

FEMA will likely remain actively engaged within severely destroyed states to help them rebuild their communities for many years to come.

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Provincial Summer Vegetables: Recipe for summer’s garden harvest

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Bringing you the heart of the matter in LifeCycles by Laurie Edwards-Tate-All about summer vegetables.

Fresh from a summertime garden or farmer’s market, tomatoes, eggplant, summer squash and leeks can be combined to make a perfect side dish!

This colorful side dish enhances many summertime entrees such as grilled chicken, fish, burgers, vegan delicacies and more.

The following recipe, Provencal Summer Vegetables, is courtesy of Eating Well:

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Health tips for summertime and anytime travel

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Bringing you the heart of the matter in LifeCycles by Laurie Edwards-Tate-All about summertime travel.

Summertime is travel time for most Americans. Whether you travel abroad, across the country, or plan a staycation to enjoy more local sites, staying healthy is a top priority.

One of the benefits of taking a vacation is breaking free from the daily grind of everyday life. Exploring new locales lets us discover new sights, sounds, tastes and smells. These stimulate the senses and open the mind to new experiences. Meeting new people from a variety of backgrounds and cultures, hearing new languages and dialects, experiencing new customs and lifestyles all provide experiences that are invaluable for personal growth.

To make the most of all the benefits of travel, it is important to stay healthy and alert. The simple things can make all the difference between a dream vacation and a travel nightmare.

Start each day with a healthful breakfast. This supports the physical and mental vitality needed to enjoy every moment. Carry healthy snacks like nuts and dried fruits to avoid hunger and keep your energy up.

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Celebrate National Peach Month with Berry-Peach Cobbler recipe

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

Bringing you the heart of the matter in LifeCycles by Laurie Edwards-Tate-All about peaches.

Back on June 15, 1982, President Ronald Reagan declared August National Peach Month.

The United States was the greatest producer of the world’s supply of peaches at the time of the proclamation, producing 250 million pounds each year–benefiting the economy by generating revenue of approximately $325 million annually, according to U.S. Presidential Proclamation 4947.

What is not commonly known is that the peach originated in China in approximately 1,000 B.C. The peach tree was considered by the Chinese to be the Tree of Life and a symbol of immortality.

Peach trees were brought to the United States in a variety of ways: by Columbus during his voyage, by the French who brought them to Louisiana from South America and by the English settlers who came to America and brought them to Jamestown.

California produces 50 percent of the total American supply of peaches.

Peaches are a popular summer fruit and become available in the markets from approximately June through the end of August.

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Tips on having fun in the sun and avoiding skin cancer

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Bringing you the heart of the matter in LifeCycles by Laurie Edwards-Tate-All about skin cancer.

August is Sun Safety Month. With longer days and warmer temperatures, most Americans delight in the abundance of outdoor activities they have access to. However, with all that sun, comes some serious risks.

One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime, with more people having skin cancer than all other forms of cancer combined, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation.

But fear not, it is entirely possible to enjoy the great outdoors while also practicing sun safety. The American Academy of Dermatology reports that up to 9,500 Americans are diagnosed each day with skin cancer meaning that practicing sun safety is a necessity.

The American Academy of Dermatology reports that up to 9,500 Americans are diagnosed each day with skin cancer meaning that practicing sun safety is a necessity and easy when following some common sense guidelines.

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What you need to know about Senator John McCain’s glioblastoma

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Bringing you the heart of the matter in LifeCycles by Laurie Edwards-Tate-All about glioblastoma.

Senator McCain is an American hero and political icon and when news of his brain tumor was recently announced, it sent shock waves throughout our Country.

Captured by the Vietnamese and brutally tortured in their prisoner of war
camp, the Hanoi Hilton, McCain refused his privilege as an Admiral’s son, which would have allowed him to leave, instead choosing to remain for five years with the soldiers he commanded.

He returned to the U.S. as a celebrated war hero, exemplifying courage and
service above self.

Elected to Congress in 1982, he later won a seat in the U.S. Senate, where
he has faithfully served until this day.

McCain’s brain tumor, a glioblastoma, was discovered while having surgery
for a blood clot over his left eye. According to the American Brain Tumor Association, a glioblastoma is a highly malignant brain tumor which forms from astrocytes, star-shaped cells that make up the supportive tissue of the brain and that tend to reproduce quickly.

As a brain tumor, glioblastomas account for approximately 15.4% of all
brain tumors, and they are most prevalent in men and those of the age 45
to 65.

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Blueberries: Good for the palate and your health with this cobbler recipe

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Bringing you the heart of the matter in LifeCycles by Laurie Edwards-Tate-All about blueberries.

Pleasing to the palate and low in calories, blueberries are considered a superfood.
Delicious and beautiful blue-purple hued blueberries are one of America’s favorite fruits.

Along with only 84 calories per cup, a serving of blueberries contains 4 grams of fiber, 24 percent of the RDA for Vitamin C, 36 percent of the RDA for Vitamin K, and 25 percent of the RDA for manganese.

They may also provide significant protection from the damage caused by free radicals and are considered to have one of the highest concentrations of antioxidants of all commonly known fruits and vegetables.

Blueberries are thought to protect the body against cancer, aging, high blood pressure, heart disease, urinary tract infections and more.

In fact, there are some who believe that blueberries just might be the key to the fountain of youth!

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Protect your pet from heat and sun during dog days of summer

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Bringing you the heart of the matter in LifeCycles by Laurie Edwards-Tate-All about summer pet care.

Part of what makes summer enjoyable and fun is sharing it in a variety of ways with our beloved companions, whether traveling, going to the beach, swimming and playing games in the family pool or playing outdoor games of throw and catch.

What is not widely known is that dogs are prone to sun-related skin cancer. Believe it or not, the family dog needs protection from sun and heat all summer long!

According to Dr. Horvath-Ungerboeck, a veterinary dermatologist from the University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna, animals like dogs that enjoy lying on their backs and exposing their bellies to the sun are particularly susceptible to sunburn.

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The enduring spirit of our veterans on the Fourth of July

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Celebrating Fourth of July is a yearly spirited American tradition. Also known as Independence Day, July 4, 1776, is the day the Declaration of Independence was signed after all 13 colonies came together in one strong voice saying America will be united and free.

The birth of America must have been a joyous time, following years of turmoil with Britan, for those living through this historic experience.

Today, 241 years later, celebrations to commemorate the fourth range far and wide as fireworks blaze in the sky, parades are marched up and down our community streets and parties and gatherings abounded.

It would be all too easy to forget that the freedom Americans enjoy has not been free.

American freedom has been won through the hardships of many historic wars
and battles, costing many lives or loss of limb.

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