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  • It’s impossible to separate our individual health from our community’s health. When it comes to good health, a rising tide lifts all boats. Public health systems work to carefully monitor that tide, pinpointing choppy waters and struggling vessels and taking action to ensure that all boats have an opportunity to sail smoothly to healthier destinations.

  • Amid reports that the economy is recovering slower than many would like and that too many Kentuckians aren’t as healthy as they should be, it would be nice if there was something that could help with both of those issues.
    Fortunately, there is.
    Gardening, and more specifically, container gardening, is a way almost anyone can have healthy foods for a fraction of the cost of buying them at the store.

  • If you are looking for some recipes to use your garden fresh vegetables, Susan Spicer offered a few examples from “Susan’s Kitchen.”

    Mexican Rice
    2 T. butter or margarine
    1 large onion, chopped
    1 green peppers, chopped
    2 cloves of garlic, minced
    1 cup uncooked rice
    1 tomato, peeled and chopped
    2 cups of chicken broth
    1 t. cumin
    Salt to taste

  • The Marion County Chamber of Commerce will host its annual Heart of Kentucky Farm, Home and Garden Show at 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday April 6, and from 11 a.m. to 4 pm., Sunday, April 7.
    Katlin Schwartz with the Kentucky Beef Council will hold a cooking display at 1 p.m. on Saturday. On Sunday, singer Allison Stafford will be performing from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

  • Gardening can be a little daunting for beginners who have little or no experience planting flowers or vegetables. But gardening need not be so intimidating, especially for those beginners who adhere to the following tips aimed at helping novice gardeners start their gardens off on the right foot.

  • Creating a beautiful and bountiful garden is a popular pastime for people all across the country. It is important to keep in mind that aesthetically appealing plants may be appetizing to area wildlife, including deer. Those who do not want their gardens to turn into all-you-can-eat buffets for deer, rabbits and other wild animals can take a more proactive approach to gardening.

  • Gardening is often described as a relaxing and beneficial hobby regardless of a person’s age. While time outdoors in the garden can prove calming and enjoyable, there is a dark side to gardening as well. Namely the injuries that may result from various activities.
    According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, emergency rooms in the United States treat more than 400,000 outdoor garden-tool-related injuries each year. Additionally, the American Society for Surgery of the Hand has issued warnings that caution gardeners about hand-related injuries.

  • By Anna Downey

    Certain types of fat are essential for good health, while others can raise blood cholesterol and have negative effects on cardiovascular health. Fat should not be taken out of a diet completely, but choosing the right fat can be difficult. It is important to understand the differences in order to make heart healthy decisions.  

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  • The Lebanon Kiwanis Club is having its 2013 Auction Sunday, March 3, 2013, starting at 1 p.m. on Channel 6 TV and 100.9 WLSK FM.
    The club relies on the contributions of civic minded individuals and companies to gather items for the auction. Letters are being mailed to those who have helped us in the past, and soon, Kiwanis Club members will make personal calls on the community to gather this years auction items.

  • Kids from the local Modern Woodmen of America Youth Service Club recently worked together to raise funds to help their community. As part of the organization’s Matching Fund Program, the kids had a bake sale. The project raised $500 to benefit the West Marion Senior Citizens.
    Modern Woodmen matches money raised by the club to $500, so the local club’s donation totaled $1,000.