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Schools that Rock

Innovators Blaze Creative Paths

by SANDRA MURPHY

Innovators Blaze Creative Paths

Creative educational initiatives offer more flexible programs of study than traditional institutions. First introduced into the United States in the latter part of the 20th century, today there are thousands of such facilities operating according to their own lights. Yet many share certain distinguishing characteristics including emphasis on...

Runner's Hi

Women and Social Media Revolutionize the Sport

by DEBRA MELANI

Women and Social Media Revolutionize the Sport

Whether donning colorful tutus or making a marathon a girls’ day out, the current running scene is attracting a broader group of fitness-seekers mindful of the enhanced benefits of a more well-rounded approach. Rather than pursuing...

Safe & Sustainable Seafood

Navigate Today’s Best Choices Using Updated Guides

by JUDITH FERTIG

Navigate Today’s Best Choices Using Updated Guides

Wlove our seafood, a delicious source of lean protein. The latest data reports U.S. annual consumption to be more than 4.8 billion pounds of it, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, with the average American eating 3.5 ounces of seafood a week. About half of the catch is...

Cures in the Kitchen

Dr. Mark Hyman is Fed Up with Our National Health Crisis

by JUDITH FERTIG

Dr. Mark Hyman is Fed Up with Our National Health Crisis

In the groundbreaking new documentary film, Fed Up, Dr. Mark Hyman prescribes a major overhaul of the diets of all family members in communities across America to prevent far-reaching unwanted consequences. Hyman practices functional medicine, which takes a whole-system approach to treating chronic illnesses by...

You, an Inspiring Force

5 Steps to Finding and Using Your Super Power Gifts

by TERESA BROWN

5 Steps to Finding and Using Your Super Power Gifts

We were all born with creative gifts and talents. Each of us has "something" special and unique to share with the world that will bring joy to, improve the life of, or change the path for someone else. The challenge is...

Summer Mini-Getaways

Green Travelers Recharge at Spas, Parks and Vineyards

by APRIL THOMPSON

Green Travelers Recharge at Spas, Parks and Vineyards

Carving out time from crammed calendars for a week or more away from home can pose such a hurdle that more than half of all American workers forfeit hard-earned vacation days every year. Sometimes a long weekend in an inspiring locale is all we need to...

Learning that Transforms Hearts and Minds

Rethinking How We See Our World Changes Everything

by LINDA SECHRIST

Rethinking How We See Our World Changes Everything

In the 30 years since Harrison Owen introduced Open Space Technology (OST), it has been used hundreds of thousands of times by three-quarters of the world’s countries. Whether a few people gather in a circle to share ideas and brainstorm personal issues or thousands discuss a bulletin board of topics around tables, OST is a safe, informal venue for...

Michigan's Ban Fracking Movement Recharges Efforts

by WENDY CLEM

Lets Ban Fracking

Fracking is already in Michigan, although a ballot proposal to ban it is gathering support from citizens statewide. The Committee to Ban Fracking in Michigan has...

Quick and Cool Vegan Smoothies

Summertime, and the Sippin’ is Easy

by JUDITH FERTIG

Summertime, and the Sippin’ is Easy

Smoothies offer big nutrition in a small package. Based on a vegan source of lean protein like coconut milk or yogurt, soy, chia seeds or a vegan protein powder made from dried beans or hemp, they can energize us for a full day of...

Fracking Versus Food

America’s Family Farm Heritage and Health at Stake

by HARRIET SHUGARMAN

America’s Family Farm Heritage and Health at Stake

What if farmers couldn’t confirm that what they grow and produce was devoid of toxins, cancer-causing chemicals, radioactive materials and other pollutants?
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and other federal and state agencies...

Camping Turns Kids into Nature Lovers

Forsaking 'Angry Birds’ for Bird Songs

by AVERY MACK

Forsaking 'Angry Birds’ for Bird Songs

"Whether urban or rural, children in our state average 4.5 minutes outdoors and four hours in front of a screen every day,” says Barbara Erickson, president of The Trustees of Reservations conservation nonprofit, in Sharon, Massachusetts...

Good Clean Fun Water Sports

Saying No to a Wave of Trash

by AVERY MACK

Saying No to a Wave of Trash

“The ocean is my bliss. My job lets me do what I love and call it work,” says Andrea Neal, Ph.D., founder and CEO of Blue Ocean Sciences, a scientific collaboration seeking healthy water solutions, in...

James Gormley Takes On the FDA

Why the Natural Health Movement Must Protect Itself

by KATHLEEN BARNES

Why the Natural Health Movement Must Protect Itself

James Gormley, a leader of the natural health movement in the U.S. and an award-winning health journalist, is a passionate advocate for natural health. For more than 20 years, he’s been at the forefront in the fight against...

Give Freedom a Hand

Let Peace and Prosperity Ring Around the World

by KIRK BOYD

Let Peace and Prosperity Ring Around the World

2048 is a plan to prevent wars, eliminate poverty and create the conditions for global sustainability by the time we celebrate the centennial of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, unanimously adopted in 1948 by all...

Lustrous Pooch

10 Foods to Make a Dog’s Coat Glow

by SUZI BEBER

10 Foods to Make a Dog’s Coat Glow

To keep our dog’s skin and coat healthy, supplements may first come to mind, especially oils and powders. However, whole foods deserve a closer look for naturally...

Stewards of Earth's Bounty

Organic Farmers Sow Seeds of Change

by MELINDA HEMMELGARN

Organic Farmers Sow Seeds of Change

From epidemic childhood obesity and rising rates of autism and food allergies to the growing risks of pesticides and climate change, we have many reasons to be concerned about the American food system. Fortunately, many heroes among us—family farmers, community gardeners, visionaries and activists—are striving to...

Essential Oils for Summer

Healing Fragrances for Bites, Allergies and Sunburn

by KATHLEEN BARNES

Healing Fragrances for Bites, Allergies and Sunburn

"Essential oils are not magic or folklore. There is solid science behind them,” says Elizabeth Jones, founder of the College of Botanical Healing Arts, in Santa Cruz, California.

Here’s what happens after inhaling lavender...

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