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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We’re often told how important it is to stay hydrated. Water is one of the essential elements involved in the proper functioning of the body, helping it perform at its optimal level. Instead of sugary beverages such as sodas, drink more water to support a healthier body and brain.


Sodas are one of the major sources of added sugars in the diets of Americans, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A diet soda seems to be a health-conscious choice when it comes to carbonated beverages. However, there are more ingredients in a diet soda than you may be aware of. Diet sodas are advertised as being lower in calories and a healthier option. However, they still contain artificial sweeteners such as aspartame, saccharin and sucralose.


The main reason people start drinking diet soda is to cut back on calories in order to lose weight. A study conducted by the University of Texas Health Science Center found the more diet sodas a person drank, the greater the risk of becoming overweight. Consuming two or more cans a day increased waistlines by 500 percent. Just because diet sodas are low in calories or have zero calories does not mean they will help you lose weight. The artificial sweeteners added to diet sodas are known to have the same effect on the body as regular sugar. These sweeteners are still able to trigger insulin, which sends the body into fat storage, which then contributes to weight gain. Artificial sweeteners are also known to have a

WHY YOU SHOULD STOP DRINKING DIET SODAS

TANIQUA WARD, M.S.

TaNiqua Ward is a staff writer for Health & Wellness magazine.

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more intense flavor, which can eventually dull your taste buds to the taste of natural sugars such as those found in fruit.


Drinking sugar-sweetened beverages has been linked to a variety of adverse health effects, including obesity and type 2 diabetes, as well as liver disease, gout and tooth decay.


So what may be a better option than a diet soda? If you don’t like the non-flavor of water, there are other healthy alternatives. Try drinking sparkling mineral water, tea or coffee. These are all better options than diet soda. If you choose to drink a diet soda with zero calories, you might as well drink water with zero calories. At least water provides nutritional benefits to the body, unlike a diet soda.