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Packing a nutritional punch

When walking down the aisle of the supermarket, one may find a new addition to the selection of kiwis. 
Less than 15 years ago, through cross-breeding and grafting, a new species of kiwi called the Golden Kiwifruit was created. 
While having a shorter storage expectancy than regular green kiwis, it has a number of advantages. 
The yellow kiwi gets rid of the fuzz that is so distinctive on the more popular green kiwi, making the skin edible. 

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Watermelon, more than water and sugar

Whether you are at a picnic, the pool, the beach or just at home barbecuing, watermelon is the go-to for a delicious refreshing treat. Even my furry little beagle, Pebbles, enjoys this juicy fruit.
There is often a misconception that watermelon is just a ton of water and sugar, with little or no nutritional value —possibly because watermelon is made up of approximately 92 percent water. But that means that watermelon is great for hydration —  and it has many other health benefits as well.

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The positive effects of protein shakes

A couple of years ago my twin sister, Rachel, and I started making protein shakes while we were on the Paleo Diet for Athletes, which is a high-protein, vegetable and fruit-based diet. 
The Paleo Diet for Athletes boosts your metabolism and you eat more nutrient-dense whole foods that are not highly processed. Protein is essential to your daily diet, and having proper amounts of it can boost your metabolism. We found that protein shakes were a fast and easy way to get the nutrients that we needed.

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Kilmer honored for her CNA work

SHARON --— Rhonda Kilmer, certified nursing assistant at Sharon Health Care Center, was recently honored by the Connecticut Chapter of the American College of Health Care Administrators.  
Kilmer was inducted into the chapter’s Certified Nursing Assistant Hall of Fame during a luncheon at Zandri’s Stillwood Inn in Wallingford, Conn.  

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There’s a new orthodontist in town

SHARON — With more than 15 years of experience, Dr. Jeffrey Dixon has joined the practice of Dr. James Lovell (who has served the Sharon area for more than 25 years). 
In mid-March, Dixon began as an associate with Lovell, adding a Sharon practice to his existing practices in Simsbury and East Hartford. Because the East Hartford office is fairly self-sufficient, he said he will concentrate on Simsbury and Sharon. Similarly, Lovell practices in two locations: Sharon and West Hartford.

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Simple steps to avoid a stroke

SALISBURY — Melissa Guisti Braislin, stroke progam coordinator at Sharon Hospital, took a group through the basics of strokes on Saturday morning, April 28, at Noble Horizons.
Braislin said that strokes are 80 percent preventable. That was the good news.
The bad news was that strokes are the fifth leading cause of death in the U.S.
With ischemic strokes, a blood vessel to the brain is blocked. This is more common than the hemorrhagic stroke, in which a blood vessel in the brain bursts. Hemorrhagic strokes are more deadly.

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Love and help from service dogs

SALISBURY — Everyone had to restrain the natural instinct to pet the dogs at the Scoville Memorial Library on Saturday morning, May 5.
Barbara Hayward and Jeanne Jones from Educated Canines Assisting with Disabilities (ECAD), a nonprofit group in Winchester, brought Honor, a golden retriever puppy (5 months old) and the more experienced black Lab Holly (6 years) to demonstrate how dogs are trained to assist people with disabilities.
It’s a lengthy process. 

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The pros and cons of getting the rabies shot

Some people are still afraid that vaccines are causing autism in their children, even though science seems to have pretty conclusively proved that this is not the case; but we parents do love our offspring and want to do all we can to protect them.
Which of course is why you should vaccinate them: to protect them from the many diseases that killed and crippled previous generations of children. 
Now there is a movement against getting distemper or rabies vaccines for dogs and cats. There is a fear that the shots will (again) cause autism. 

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Salad days and dandelions

Dandelions must have incredible life force; how else could they thrive and survive when pretty much everyone in America is trying to kill them?
It seems that there is an effort now to stop trying to eradicate these wild green-and-yellow beasts (see the article in this week’s Compass Arts and Entertainment). They’re good for the bees, and we of course want to do all we can to help our pollinators thrive. 

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The skinny on coconut fat

I’ve cooked for some people with pretty serious food restrictions, either by choice or because of allergies or intolerance.
It’s possible that I am now faced with my greatest challenge. I won’t lay out the full extent of it but I’ll say the list of forbidden foods is umm quite large. He’s a lovely person, however, and therefore worth the effort.

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