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Friday, March 22, 2019

What Do You Mean First Place Isn't A Good Thing?

The United States alone contributes one quarter of the world's total carbon emissions, making us the number one global warming polluters. Global warming directly contributes to severe climate changes that are already affecting us.  The U.S. fire season has increased by 78 days over the last 20 years.

Here are a few tips for reducing your carbon footprint:
  • Walk or use a bicycle whenever possible.  You'll save money on gas and improve your health at the same time.  
  • Filter your tap water.  Bottled water produces large quantities of container waste.  
  • Composting food scraps reduces waste that ends up in a landfill and creates free fertilizer for your lawn or garden.
  • Reduce waste wherever possible. For example: use real dishes instead of paper ones.

We've only got one planet, so let's do our best to take care of it.

Fit Frozen Foods

March is Frozen Food Month, so you may find some good deals on frozen meals in the freezer section, however, don't let that be an excuse to splurge on unhealthy foods. Choose frozen meals with lots of vegetables, whole grains, lean meat, brown rice, fish or chicken. Inspect the nutrition facts on the package, and consider the serving size. Choose meals with less than 300 calories, 8 grams of fat and 800 mg of sodium, with a minimum of 3 to 5 grams of fiber.

Be Kind to Your Kidneys

This month is National Kidney Month, and according to the National Kidney Foundation, more than 26 million people in America have kidney disease, although most do not know that they do. Consider the following information about kidneys, and learn how to keep them healthy!
About: The primary functions of kidneys are to regulate and filter. Kidneys filter out drugs and toxins from the bloodstream at a rate of about 200 quarts of blood per day. Kidneys regulate things such as production of red blood cells, body fluids, salt and potassium. Kidneys also produce blood pressure regulating hormones and Vitamin D.
Risks: According to the National Kidney Foundation, "1 in 3 Americans is at risk for kidney disease due to diabetes, high blood pressure or a family history of kidney failure." However, most who have kidney disease are not aware that they do. Kidney disease is number 9 on the list of leading causes of death in America. Over 590 thousand Americans have kidney failure, and 95 thousand people are on the waiting list for a new kidney. Chronic Kidney disease may lead to heart problems including cardiovascular disease, heart attack and stroke, weak bones or nerve damage, high blood pressure or anemia, kidney failure and ultimately, death.
Symptoms: Much of the time, there are no symptoms or warning signs of kidney disease, and it progresses undetected. Reported symptoms do include, however, unusual or painful urine, tiredness, lack of strength, swollen or puffy extremities, face, or abdomen and being more thirsty than usual.
Prevention: Kidney disease can be prevented in many cases although it may also be a genetic predisposition. Like many other diseases, the prevention includes maintaining an overall standard of health with regular exercise, maintaining a healthy weight, eating healthy foods, refraining from bad habits such as smoking and drinking, as well as having a regular checkup done.
Source: National Kidney Foundation,

Creamy Chicken Enchiladas

Spice up spring with this delicious, creamy, cheesy enchilada recipe. It's easy to make and a family favorite!


  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 tbsp. butter or margarine
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 cups chopped, cooked chicken
  • 1 can chopped green chilies
  • 8 flour tortillas, warmed
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese or Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1 can enchilada sauce
  1. Mix soup and sour cream. Heat butter in saucepan. Add onion and chili powder, cook until tender. Add chicken, chilies and 2 tbsp. soup mixture.
  2. Spread 1/2 cup soup mixture in 2-quart shallow baking dish. Dip tortillas in enchilada sauce. Spoon about 1/4 cup chicken mixture down center of each tortilla. Roll up and place seam-side down in dish. Spoon remaining soup mixture on top. Drizzle remaining enchilada sauce over top. Sprinkle with cheese. Bake at 350 degrees F for 25 minutes or until hot through.


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