Wellness & Learning

Wellness & Learning covers all things fitness and wellness in creative and inspiring ways that resonate with people living in a mountain community. This story can stretch beyond sports into the greater outdoor realm.

Sweet Revelations

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The many different (and hidden) names for sugar

Antibacterial Soaps

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Practical Wellness
Numerous studies have shown that triclosan, the active ingredient in antibacterial soap, is no more effective at preventing infections than plain soap and water. In the larger picture, triclosan (and its cousin triclocarban) pose serious and unacceptable risks to human health and the environment.

Cooking Up Trouble

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Practical Wellness
Teflon cooks up some bad problems

Blueberries

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Superfood for the Brain

Protect Yourself from Hantavirus

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Though HPS is rare, it is often fatal; roughly 40 percent of patients who get HPS die. The last two cases in Truckee were in 1995 and 1997, and both victims survived.

Music as Medicine

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Practical Wellness

Nine Sensible Weight Management Tips

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On any given day in America, half of the women and a quarter of the men are on a diet. This time of year, the numbers are even higher, as people vow to lose weight for their New Year’s resolution.

Whole Grains

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Practical Wellness
It’s hard to know if a particular food is helping you meet the recommended three servings of whole grains per day when manufacturers aren’t required to tell you how much whole grain is in a product. So it’s up to the consumer to learn what 'whole grain' really means and how to decipher the often misleading uses of the words 'multi-grain,' 'whole grain blend,' and 'wheat.'

The Dangerous Side of Beauty

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As you might guess for someone who writes a health column, my house is relatively free of harmful chemicals – with one exception.

Better Grades, Better Moods

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The Importance of Eating Breakfast