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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disease in which the body mistakenly attacks the pancreatic cells thatmake insulin. It affects about 5 percent of all people with diabetes.


According to the CDC, diabetes and its related complications rack up $245 billion in medical costs, lost work and wages, up from $174 billion in 2010.


Similarly, more than 3 million people in the United Kingdom are being treated for diabetes, an increase of nearly 60 percent in the past 10 years. According to the charity Diabetes UK, the figures show the majority there also have Type 2 diabetes.


Dr. Joan St John, a GP in Brent in northwest London, where diabetes levels are some of the highest in the country, said the condition had become incredibly widespread. She told the BBC News Web site, “It’s very noticeable in that not a week goes by that you don’t make a new diagnosis of diabetes, at least one if not two or three; previously that might have been one a month.”

Diabetes has reached epidemic proportions in the United States. It is partly due to a lack of exercise and sugary diets. According to the American Diabetes Association, diabetes kills more than 71,000 people a year. If the current state continues, one in three Americans will have diabetes by the year 2050. The condition over time can lead to limb amputations, blindness and kidney failure, among many other complications.


Over 29 million American adults have diabetes. And a quarter of them don’t even know it. That’s up from 26 million in 2010, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and represents more than 9 percent of the population.


According to Ann Albright, director of the division of diabetes translation at the CDC, these new numbers are alarming and underscore the need for an increased focus on reducing the burden of diabetes in this country. The CDC makes its estimates based on a national sample of Americans who are asked whether they have been diagnosed with diabetes and give blood samples. They are not asked specifically what type of diabetes they have, but the vast majority have Type 2 diabetes, which is often caused by poor diet and lack of exercise.


Type 1 diabetes, usually diagnosed in childhood, is an autoimmune

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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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