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The great and lustful caper for capers

How did I ever find out about capers? Not really sure — it’s a mystery. But capers are those tiny green pickled berries used in classic dishes like chicken piccata. So I set off on a wild caper to find out about these pungent little packs of flavor. Are they healthy?

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Experts say amount, quality of sleep may impact heart health

In its first scientific statement on sleep, the American Heart Association and its committee of heart health and sleep researchers, including Michael Grandner, PhD, of the UA College of Medicine – Tucson, find in a review of current evidence that too much or too little sleep, along with sleep-related breathing irregularities and insomnia, may be linked to heart risk factors.

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Reap benefits at Community Health & Care Fair

Carpe diem! There are a host of people in the Rim Country who want to help you enjoy a life filled with health and the joy of helping others. It will cost you nothing but time to reap the benefits of their knowledge at the 18th Annual Community Health and Care Fair. Woohoo — 18 years and still going strong!

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Gila County can help residents get ready for winter weather

“It’s not just about weather stripping,” says Gila County’s Housing Services Administrator Estelle Belarde. “Reducing energy costs makes it possible for people to stay on top of other bills.”

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Gila County residents recycle 30,000 pounds metal, more

Gila County Recycling & Landfill Management accepted nearly 30,000 pounds of appliances and metal at its most recent recycling event on Sept. 10.

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Help kids learn to love books, reading

“The more experiences and vocabulary children have, the more of a leg up they’ll have when they get to school,” explains Gila County Public Services Librarian Elaine Vortruba. This is why early literacy — the process of getting children ready to read — is so important.

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Sugar industry paid for ‘official’ positive research

My blood caramelized when I learned that research published in Journal of the American Medical Association indicates the sugar industry paid for research to give little weight to sugar’s role in cardiovascular disease.

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County health educators make impact with students

“Start early and talk often,” says Gila County’s Health Programs Manager Nancy Rutherford.

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Improvements in Medicare in Arizona for 2017

Medicare continues to grow, while offering seniors and people with disabilities stable premiums and improved quality of care.

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Help with Medicare annual Open Enrollment

Fall Open Enrollment in Medicare is from Oct. 15 through Dec. 7, 2016 and it’s the time of year when people with Medicare can make unrestricted changes to their coverage options.

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Kale, the celebrity of vegetables

The Healthy Foodie

Kale is the new ‘It’ veggie.

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Coconino County Health warns against spread of Hantavirus

Increased rodent activity due to cooler weather may add to risk

The Coconino County Public Health Services District (CCPHSD) is reminding individuals to take precautions to protect against Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS). The disease is transmitted to people who come into contact or breathe infected urine, droppings and/or saliva of wild mice (primarily deer mice).

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Time to review your Medicare coverage

Sometime in late October, I’ll host the 12th Annual Friends of Elaine Kortzeborn Medicare Open Enrollment Party.

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Know your Medicare rights

As a person with Medicare, you have important rights. One of them is the right to appeal.

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Special programs planned

Special programs on dementia caregiver training and Banner Brain Health scheduled.