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Bent County Extension Office Hosting Mediterranean Diet Workshop

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What do vegetables, olive oil, red wine, fish, and whole grains all have in common? They are all key foods in the Mediterranean diet. 

The Mediterranean diet has been, and still is, a well-researched and popular topic in nutrition. The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines lists this diet as one of three recommended healthy eating patterns.

Three Ways Millennials Can Help Their Baby Boomer Parents Get Fit

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Aging baby boomers who neglect their health and fitness don't just harm themselves. Their lifestyles also affect their adult children, who eventually could end up caring for them - both financially and physically - as their health declines.

Of course, that's not the only reason those adult children might feel concerned. They also may like having mom and dad around and want that to continue for years to come.

So, they have a vested interest in encouraging their parents to get fit and stay fit.

EarthTalk

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Dear EarthTalk:Why on earth would cans and other food storage containers contain toxic BPA that can make us sick? Is there any way to avoid it?                         - Melinda Billings, Hixson, TN

Helpful Tips - Spring Cleaning: Keeping Your Identity Clean

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Are you getting ready to do some spring cleaning? If you are like most of us, you will toss out some papers as spring nears. April also happens to be Records and Information Management month. Identity thieves know that we often toss out valuable information during a spring cleaning purge, and they are on the lookout for anything they can grab that will help them steal your identity. Below are a few tips to keep your identity safe while you freshen up your home.

How Your IRA or 401(k) can Become a Tax-Free Gift for Your Loved Ones

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The IRS is coming - eventually - for the money in your 401(K) or Traditional IRA.

As a result, people who think they have $500,000 or $1 million stashed away for retirement will learn they have less than they realized once they start withdrawing the money and have to pay taxes on those withdrawals.

"It's not enough to simply save money and grow an IRA and 401(K)," says Troy Bender, president and CEO of Asset Retention Services Inc.