Dear Dietitian – what makes “blue zone” diets healthy?

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Dear Dietitian,

What makes "blue zone diets" like the Mediterranean diet so healthy --Chris

Dear Chris,

Blue zones are areas of the world where people live much longer than average. The term was trademarked by Dan Buettner who identified these five regions of the world: Sardinia, Italy; the community of Seventh-Day Adventists in Loma Linda, California; Ikaria, Greece; Okinawa, Japan; and Costa Rica's Nicoya Peninsula.

About Town

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Let's Be Thankful

"Let's Be Thankful. Let's be happy. Let's enjoy what we got

Let's remember that God loves us not a little but a lot.

Let's look up to the sunshine. Let's have faith that the clouds will part.  And appreciate God's blessings with an ever-grateful heart."

--Jean Kyler McManus

Movie Review - Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch

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I am of the boring opinion that the 1966 animated holiday classic "How the Grinch Stole Christmas!" is a work of genius and the 2000 live-action take on the same story is an ugly, mean-spirited abomination. Is it any surprise that the new animated film "Dr. Seuss' The Grinch" falls somewhere in between? I suppose it might be a mild surprise that it's not as bad as the 2000 version, given the painful, obnoxious ad campaign for the film (The Grinch threw a sarcastic compliment at "The Emoji Movie," ha... ha?).

Home Country

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The latest topic du jour at the world dilemma think tank is Dud Campbell's trapline. It should be noted that no animals were harmed in the production. In fact, the "victims" of Dud's trapline probably gained a pound or two during the ordeal.

EarthTalk – What are PFASs and should we be concerned?

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Dear EarthTalk: What are PFASs and why should we be concerned about them? -- Jim Stobbins, Cary, NC

PFASs--short for perfluoroalkyl substances--are synthetic chemicals of various formulations (including PFCs, PFOA, PFOS and GenX, among others) that are used widely in various products for moisture and stain resistance. Non-stick pans, rain jackets and carpeting are among thousands of different types of consumer goods that now contain one form or another of PFASs.