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“Pa. to eliminate asset test for food stamps”

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This April 21, 2015 article on the Philly.com website talks about a change coming to the SNAP (Food stamp) program.  It has been said in this article that as of Monday the asset test is being removed from the SNAP program.

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“Depression puts low-income population at even greater risk for obesity and poor nutrition”

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This March 10, 2015 Science Daily article talks about ongoing research that could be showing that treating the mental health issues of low-income people may help decrease obesity rates among this population.  The study paid close attention to low-income African-Americans in 2 separate Pittsburgh neighborhoods to see if there was any patterns to be uncovered.

“Diet May Be As Important To Mental Health As It Is To Physical Health”

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This February 24, 2015 Huffington post article talks about information that seems to point to the importance of a healthy diet for mental health as well as physical health.

“How can you improve your mental health and well-being in 2015?”

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This December 23, 2014 MNT  article offers not only suggestions for things we can work on in the coming year, but also explains why these suggestions could benefit us and those around us.  Suggestions range from improving mental health/wellness to eating healthy and exercising more, but also includes things like working either a paid or volunteer job or taking up a new hobby.  I would even suggest dusting off an old hobby you enjoyed in the past.  The common thread that I noticed that tied a lot of the suggestions offered together was setting and achieving goals, in addition to the potential for overall mental and physical health benefits to the person actively participating in whatever activity is chosen to work on.

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“Foods to Improve Your Mood”

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This undated article by Emily Waters and found on the Psych Central website talks about various foods that the scientific community is finding could be beneficial to improving our mood.  Many of the foods they list are inexpensive though some are a tad higher priced, most should be affordable to a lot of people at a variety of income levels.

“The Benefits of Cooking with Your Kids”

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This March 14, 2014 article on the AETNA Intellihealth website talks about ways that parents can teach their kids to eat healthier by including them in meal planning and preparation.

 

 

 

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“A heavy heart”

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This is a post I placed on another blog of mine on February 12, 2014, about something I had posted on Facebook on February 11, 2014.  I was deep in thought that morning and feeling both hopeful and hopeless at the same time.  It was an odd place to say the least, but I will let my words from that day speak for themselves.

“Food Deserts Aren’t the Problem”

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This February 10, 2014 Slate.com article talks about studies that have shown that having fresh produce sold in a store near to your home isn’t the only thing that effects whether low-income people will benefit from the healthier foods.

“Food Stamp Cuts, Cold Weather Put Extra Strain On Food Pantries”

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This January 28, 2014 NPR: The Salt article talks about the domino effect that occurs as temperatures drop causing heating bills to rise and for some a shortage of food because they have to shift money from their food budget to their heating budget leaving more people turning to food banks for help.

 

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“E.R. Doctors Give ’12 Days of Christmas’ Tips”

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This December 10, 2013 article on the Physician’s News Digest website talks about some simple tips that could help keep you healthy and safe this holiday season.

 

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