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It’s Not Too Late for a Flu Shot – Take 3 Steps Now

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Influenza (flu) is a contagious disease that can be serious. Every year, millions of people get sick, hundreds of thousands are hospitalized, and thousands to tens of thousands of people die from flu. CDC urges you to take the following actions to protect yourself and others from flu.

1. Get yourself and your family vaccinated!

A yearly flu vaccine is the first and most important step in protecting against flu viruses. Everyone 6 months or older should get an annual flu vaccine by the end of October, if possible, or as soon as possible after October.

Voluntary Recall on Certain Canned Cat Food

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The J.M. Smucker Company today announced a limited voluntary recall on certain lots of 9LivesTM, EverPetTM, and Special KittyTM canned cat food due to possible low levels of thiamine (Vitamin B1).

The issue was discovered by the Quality Assurance team during review of production records at the manufacturing facility. No illnesses related to this issue have been reported to date and the product is being recalled out of an abundance of caution.

12 Way to Have a Health Holiday Season

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Take steps to keep you and your loved ones safe and healthy.

Brighten the holidays by making your health and safety a priority. Take steps to keep you and your loved ones safe and healthy--and ready to enjoy the holidays.

1Wash hands often to help prevent the spread of germs. It's flu season. Wash your hands with soap and clean running water for at least 20 seconds.

2Bundle up to stay dry and warm. Wear appropriate outdoor clothing: light, warm layers, gloves, hats, scarves, and waterproof boots.

Defeating Those Winter Blues 

by Constance Brase, MA

Right now is the time of year when some people are affected by those "Winter Blues", or a mild form of depression.  Sunshine gives valuable nutrients, and what was stored in your body from last summer is now mostly depleted. There are some ways to counteract those "Blues" symptoms. As always, remember to check with your primary care provider before starting any new regimen involving over the counter medications or herbal vitamins and supplements as these can have a negative interaction with some prescription medications.

It’s never too early to think about a New Year’s Resolution

By JC Carrica, Chief Operating Officer

New Year's resolutions are an ancient tradition, focused on some form of self-improvement. e practice is just as relevant today as it was for the ancient Romans and Babylonians. Studies show that 46% of those who take the time to make common resolutions like weight loss, joining an exercise program, or quitting smoking, were over 10-times more likely to have a rate of success as compared to only 4% who chose not to make resolutions.

Boulder Brands, Inc. Recalls Products Due to Possible Dairy Allergen Contamination

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Boulder Brands, Inc. is voluntarily recalling Earth Balance Vegan White Cheddar Mac & Cheese and Earth Balance Vegan Cheddar Mac & Cheese. The products are being recalled as the health and safety of our consumers as our top priority. Boulder Brands initiated the recall after being informed by consumers that the product may contain a dairy allergen.   People with a dairy allergy or sensitivity run the risk of a serious or life threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product.