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Wheat Berries

“Move over, quinoa. Wheat berries, which are whole-wheat kernels, contain one of the highest amounts of protein and fiber per serving of any grain – 6 grams of protein and 6 grams of fiber. Protein triggers the hormone ghrelin to tell our brain that we are satisfied…and fiber activates appetite-suppressing gut hormones…Toss wheat berries with apples, nuts and other diet-friendly foods to make a super tasty salad.” (p. 41)

Jurick, N. (2013). Yes! The Most Filling Foods. Health, 27(10), 35-41.

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Put a Lock on Alcohol-Impaired Driving

“In 2012, some 9,900 people in the United States died in crashes involving drivers with blood alcohol concentrations above the legal limit –an average of one death every 53 minutes. AAA is saying enough and is calling on legislators to curb these preventable deaths in Georgia by requiring ignition interlock devices for all convicted drunk drivers, including first-time offenders. Ignition interlock devices require a driver to blow into the device and register a sober blood alcohol level. If the driver has been drinking and is unable to pass the breath test, the car will not start…Research shows that it can reduce repeat offenses by two-thirds.” (p. 62)

To learn more, visit AAA.com/GetInvolved

Source: AAA Living, January/February 2014, p. 62

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Is Obesity a Disease?

“The American Medical Association (AMA) recently classified obesity as a disease. The purpose of the policy is to advance obesity treatment and prevention, wrote AMA president Ardis Dee Hoven, MD. It issues a call for a paradigm shift in the way the medical community tackles this complicated issue so that we can reduce the number of Americans suffering from the effects of heart disease, diabetes, disability and other potentially life-changing health conditions.” (p.50)

Wolfgang, K. (2013). Is Obesity a Disease? Advance for NPs and PAs, 4(8), 50.

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