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Cook’s Library with Patsy

I heard a song on the radio recently that took me right back to college days, sitting on the floor of my apartment, looking at records with a friend. Yes, this was when we had vinyl and it wasn't retro – and when I regularly sat on the floor! Researchers tell us that at around age 33 we stop looking for new music. We settle into listening to the kind of music we liked at age 16-24 for the rest of our lives. Of course this song was from that time frame, and just a few notes transported me right ...

February 07, 2016 | Patsy Terrell | Lifestyle

USDA offers tips to help keep your holiday illness-free

As the end of the year approaches, it's likely there are multiple meals and parties in your future. Carrying food from one location to another and sharing dishes with a crowd means more opportunity for bacteria to grow and cause food poisoning. Whether you're an experienced cook, a first-time party host, or simply adding a dish to the potluck lineup, the holidays can make even the most confident chefs nervous.

December 17, 2014 | | Lifestyle

New report shows Kansas fell from 8th to 27th healthiest state

The annual America's Health Rankings report today ranked Kansas the 27th healthiest state in the nation, falling from our peak at 8th healthiest in 1991. Kansas' ranking dropped in 19 of the total 30 measures in the report and experienced a double-digit drop in rankings (falling behind 10+ states) in measures such as cancer deaths, children living in poverty, cardiovascular deaths and more.

December 17, 2014 | | Lifestyle

Expert has important changes to note when signing up under Affordable Care Act

Open enrollment under the Affordable Care Act began Nov. 15, and a Kansas State University community health specialist says there are some key changes to keep in mind when selecting a plan.

November 19, 2014 | | Lifestyle

By studying twins, psychologist researches proactivity in the workplace

A Kansas State University psychological sciences professor is using twin studies to understand the nature versus nurture debate of the workplace: Do genetic factors or environmental factors influence employee proactivity?

November 12, 2014 | | Lifestyle

Laugh it up

Have yourself a good laugh when you feel stressed, particularly as you grow older, suggests the Association of Mature American Citizens. It's a well-known stress reducer and now investigators have found that it may minimize those senior moments.

October 08, 2014 | | Lifestyle

More seniors choosing the hustle of city life

Statisticians report that baby boomers are turning 65 years of age at a rate of 10,000 a day and that by the year 2030, twenty-percent of the U.S. population will be 65 or older, according to the Association of Mature American Citizens.

October 08, 2014 | | Lifestyle

Healthy delights

We all know that dark chocolate is good; now there's evidence that it's good for your health as well, according to the Association of Mature American Citizens.

October 08, 2014 | | Lifestyle

Rate of Kansans without Health Insurance in 2013 essentially unchanged

The U.S. Census Bureau recently released the latest estimates on health insurance coverage. The American Community Survey (ACS) reported that 348,097 Kansans - or 12.3 percent of the population - did not have insurance coverage in 2013. This was essentially unchanged from 2012 (12.6 percent). The uninsured rate in Kansas of 12.3 percent is significantly lower than the national uninsured rate of 14.5 percent.

October 01, 2014 | | Lifestyle

Great Bend residents encourage attendance at St. Rose’s Kitchen Therapy

A Great Bend couple has been taking advantage of a monthly event at St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center to become more familiar with ways to serve up nutritious meals.

September 10, 2014 | | Lifestyle

Volunteers in Action

This month, Volunteers In Action/RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) recognizes their over 450 members who serve in this community every day to the tune of 44,000 hours last year an almost 22,000 hours this year so far.

August 20, 2014 | | Lifestyle

St. Rose offers new wellness program to area businesses

Barton and Pawnee county employers now have access to a new program at St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center designed to help their bottom line and encourage preventive health care for their employees.

August 13, 2014 | | Lifestyle

Governor Brownback proclaims August as Farmers Market Month

Promoting a growing sector of the state's agriculture economy, Governor Sam Brownback proclaimed August as Farmers Market Month in Kansas and the week of August 3-9, as Farmers Market Week.

August 06, 2014 | | Lifestyle

Surgeon General: Youth indoor tanning restrictions could save lives from skin cancer

The U.S. Surgeon General released a national Call to Action to Prevent Skin Cancer today outlining a plan to reduce the toll of skin cancer and save lives. Through a series of achievable goals and strategies focused on public policy and education, the plan will support more Americans in making healthy choices about protecting their skin. Kansas has an opportunity to implement the Call to Action locally by passing a comprehensive law restricting the use of indoor tanning devices by all minors.

July 30, 2014 | | Lifestyle

Interest in Food Preservation is Growing

During times of economic downturn, there has been an increased interest in home food preservation. Farm families have planted gardens and preserved produce for generations. During World War II, the government urged families to plant "Victory Gardens" and to can their surplus for later use. During the 60's and 70's, young women immersed in the back-to-the-land movement rediscovered home canning. Over the course of much of the past three decades, canning, as the primary method of home food preservation, faced serious competition as freezers became a common household appliance.

July 23, 2014 | | Lifestyle

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