SAFE CAMPING

Some people love the great outdoors and are willing to pitch a tent in the nearest glade and set up a rustic campsite. Other people prefer to camp with all the comforts of home in an RV or trailer. (This is often called “glamping.”) Whatever your preference, being prepared is essential for a safe and successful camping trip.  “Being prepared for emergency situations is critical when people are out in remote areas with limited access to phone service, hospitals and emergency help,” said Don Lauritzen.

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LET YOUR KIDS STOP AND SMELL THE ROSES AT THE ARBORETUM

Are you looking for something that can provide your children a very special opportunity? Something that at the same time will allow them to experience stimulating sensations? The place you seek is right here in Lexington on the campus of the University of Kentucky. The Arboretum is Kentucky’s state botanical garden and includes the Home Demonstration Garden, the Rose Garden and the Fragrance Garden.  Start your exploration with a stop at the Dorotha Smith Oatts Visitor Center, which is open Monday through Friday....

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KEEPING KIDS ACTIVE IN THE SUMMER

Kids these days are heading down the path leading to a sedentary lifestyle, and that makes it important for adults to spark a passion for activity in them. This will keep their bodies, brains and development on track. Summer is the right time to get them moving.

Here are five ways to encourage your kids to live and love an active and healthier lifestyle outdoors.

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at fighting inflammation. They can be purchased fresh, dried, frozen or canned. However, be sure to check the labels because many canned and dried fruits contain added sugar.


6. Oranges


If you eat just one orange a day, you will get all the vitamin C you need. This low-GI fruit also contains folate and potassium, which may help normalize blood pressure. Another great citrus fruit choice is grapefruit.


7. Guavas


These are considered a super-food. They are high in vitamins A and C and contain high amounts of dietary fiber, which is good for constipation.


Other fruits to try include jackfruit, papaya, watermelon, kiwi, pomegranate, pineapple and apples.

According to guidelines put in place by nutritionists and medical institutions, everyone needs to eat at least four to five servings of fruit daily. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) says fruits are loaded with fiber, minerals and vitamins and should be part of a diabetes-friendly diet. If you have diabetes, you need to keep an eye on portion sizes and avoid fruits canned in syrups or any other type of added sugar.


The following fruits are recommended for people with diabetes:


1. Berries


According to the ADA, blueberries, strawberries and other types of berries are packed with antioxidants, fiber and vitamins; they are low-glycemic index (low-GI) fruits. You can try eating berries in a parfait, alternating layers of fruit with plain non-fat yogurt, which makes a great breakfast or dessert.


2. Pears


They are an excellent source of fiber and a good source of vitamin K. They make a wise addition to your diabetes meal plan. Store pears till they are ripe and ready to be eaten. Slice a pear and toss it into your next spinach salad.

7 GOOD FRUITS FOR PEOPLE WITH DIABETES

3. Apricots


This summer fruit is a wonderful part of a diabetes meal plan and a good source of fiber. Four fresh apricots equal one serving and provide more than 50 percent of your daily vitamin A requirement. Try mixing diced fresh apricots into hot or cold cereal or add some to a salad.


4. Peaches


This fruit contains vitamins A and C, fiber and potassium. They are delicious on their own or used in iced tea for a fruity twist. For a quick snack, whip up a smoothie by pureeing sliced peaches with low-fat buttermilk, crushed ice and a pinch of ginger or cinnamon.


5. Cherries


These, too, are low-GI, especially tart cherries, which are packed with antioxidants that may help fight cancer, heart disease and other diseases. Cherries are good

HARLEENA SINGH

Harleena Singh is a professional freelance writer with a background in teaching and education. She has a keen interest in food and health related issues and can be approached through her website freelancewriter.co. Checkout her blog and network with her on Google+, Twitter, and Facebook.

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