“Dirty Dozen” and “Clean Fifteen”

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May 31, 2011 |

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Because the harmful effects of pesticides are worrisome, not well understood, or in some cases completely unstudied, it's wise for us to limit exposure to pesticides whenever possible. Although washing fresh produce can reduce levels of some pesticides, it does not eliminate them. Peeling also reduces exposures, but important nutrients often get thrown away with the peel. The best choice is to eat a varied diet, wash all produce, and select organic when possible to lower exposure to potentially toxic chemicals.

Since many of us can't always buy organic then it helps to know what conventional foods are safer choices. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) conducted a study to see which fruits and vegetables had the highest and lowest levels of pesticides. The EWG's computer analysis found that we can cut our pesticide exposure by almost 90% by avoiding the most contaminated conventional fruits and veggies and eating the least contaminated instead. Here's what they found: 

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91 Year Old Track Star

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May 23, 2011 |

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When you think of world record holders in track and field you probably don't think about Canadian Olga Kotelko. Her competitive quest has taken her from Argentina to Austrailia and she has won numerous medals. She is truly a remarkable 91 year old woman.  You have got to watch this video! You'll be amazed and inspired for sure.  I sure was! 

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Senior Line Dance Demo

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May 14, 2011 |

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Today I gave a demo line dance class at the "Let's Move, Novato! event that was put on by the Novato Parks, Recreation and Community Services. It was a fun day of activities and interactive informational booths related to health and exercise. I was happy to be a part of it. This health fair was inspired by the President's Challenge: America's move to raise a healthier generation of kids. This post includes a video clip of our demo class which gives a good taste of what my Youthful Hearts line dance classes are like.

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