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Joan Crutchfield

camping, hiking and spending a lot of time outdoors keeps me healthy and fit. Cosplayer and costume maker.

Retirement means time for hiking adventures - Jackson Hole News&Guide: Columnists. Posted: Wednesday, May 3, 2017 4:30 am Retirement means time for hiking adventures Circling the Square / By Connie Owen Jackson Hole News&Guide | When I retired almost 10 years ago my dream was to purchase a small travel trailer so I could hike and explore the public lands in Utah, Arizona and New Mexico.

Retirement means time for hiking adventures - Jackson Hole News&Guide: Columnists

For the past nine years I have done just that. I just returned from a spectacular three-week trip. Education, fun, escape and personal challenges are some of the reasons I love to travel. The kickass cosplay of FanCon 2017. The real benefits of school meal programs. From before birth and through the school years, there are decades-old food programs designed to make sure children won't go hungry.

The real benefits of school meal programs

Experts agree that the nutrition provided to millions of children through school meal programs is invaluable for their health. The National School Lunch Program, a federally assisted meal program, has been around since In 1946, when it began operating in public schools as well as some private schools and child-care institutions.

The program provides nutritionally balanced low-cost or free lunches to children each school day. In 1966, the School Breakfast Program, which was designed for "nutritionally needy" children, started as a pilot project, and it received permanent authorization in 1975. Best Hiking Vacations With Luxury Hotels for All Skill Levels - Bloomberg. Though his words are more than a century old, there’s a decidedly 2017 ring to John Muir’s proclamation that “going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity … useful not only as fountains of timber but as fountains of life.”

Best Hiking Vacations With Luxury Hotels for All Skill Levels - Bloomberg

Back-to-nature adventures are a big highlight of this year’s Luxe Report, an annual trend forecast from the travel specialists at Virtuoso, whose clients ranked hiking first among all active pursuits. Also noticing the pattern is Travis Katz, co-founder and chief executive officer of, a travel-planning platform that lets users join “tribes” to find personalized travel recommendations.

4 Things You Can Do This Week to Be a Happier Person. There’s more to leading a healthy lifestyle than following an eating and exercise plan.

4 Things You Can Do This Week to Be a Happier Person

Finding happiness in your everyday life can also make a positive impact on your overall health. According to a study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, happiness has a positive effect in lowering cortisol levels, the stress hormone that is related to health conditions like type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and autoimmune diseases. But if you aren’t feeling that happy on a daily basis, what can be done to change that?

RELATED: Laugh Your Way to Good Health. Put your best fork forward for National Nutrition Month. Healthy living: Can Fitbits make us healthier? You’d like to live a healthier life.

Healthy living: Can Fitbits make us healthier?

But that goal is so big that you don’t know where to start. If you're feeling overwhelmed, here are seven simple ways to launch your personal health makeover. Floss Yes, you should. Many of us were surprised to learn last year that flossing lacked clear benefits in medical studies. Studies have been few, small and potentially flawed by people who claim they floss more, and more thoroughly, than they really do, experts say. Batgirl at 50: The best of Batgirl cosplay - Syfy Wire. As we celebrate the legacy of Batgirl -- and to an extent, Barbara Gordon herself -- it's worth taking a look at just how many different young women have carried the moniker.

Batgirl at 50: The best of Batgirl cosplay - Syfy Wire

Luckily, cosplay makes that easy: with a rich history of costume variety both on the comic page and off, Batgirl is one of the few characters who seems to have a costume fit for every taste. Creative fans have built costumes ranging from her classic comic book looks to remakes of looks from limited-edition Japanese figurines. ‘Get up! Go outside!’ hikers say.

OK, so we slid on icy sidewalks last week, it rained the holiday weekend and now the river is up.

‘Get up! Go outside!’ hikers say

No one would hike in these conditions, right? Think again. Study discusses model for understanding nutrition and brain development. URBANA, Ill.

Study discusses model for understanding nutrition and brain development

-Pediatric nutrition research has sh own the important effects of early-life nutrition on a baby's development--especially the gastrointestinal tract--and more recent research indicates that nutrition may also have an influence on an infant's brain as it develops. Does nutrition in the first weeks of life play a bigger role in later behavioral outcomes like memory and fine motor skills? For nearly a decade, researchers at the University of Illinois have studied the piglet as a translational model to understand which aspects of early brain development are affected by nutrition interventions.

Because of striking similarities in human infant and piglet brain development patterns, studies using the piglet have helped lead to advances in pediatric nutrition. Healthy New Year's Resolution Tips. It's time for New Year's resolutions, and we know many of you are planning on cutting back on the unhealthy things in your life.

Healthy New Year's Resolution Tips

But that doesn't always mean junk food or sweets — we've got some habits that might be holding you back from your healthy goals that you should definitely consider eliminating this year. Here's what we're cutting out in 2017 to have our healthiest year yet. Negative self-talk: Stop being mean to yourself. Just stop. You are enough! Image Source: POPSUGAR Photography / Kathryna Hancock POPSUGAR, the #1 independent media and technology company for women.

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