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The top 10 sources of hidden salt and how they hurt your health

A typical soup and sandwich lunch can seem like a healthy meal. However, the bread, cold cuts and soup can be packed with something that can have a negative impact on your overall wellness: salt. “Even meals that seem healthy, like a turkey sandwich with a side of cottage cheese, can have high levels of

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Plant and eat a rainbow of vegetables and fruits

Plan to eat a rainbow when you map out your vegetable garden this spring. “Vegetables and fruits in a rainbow of colors give the nutrients needed for good health,” says Janet Hackert, regional nutrition and health education specialist for University of Missouri Extension. “Red strawberries will all too soon be blooming and growing,” Hackert says.

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Love note from Jeff City

My Fellow Missourians: My in-district day on Friday actually turned out to be an out-district day at the KWTO Radio Station in Springfield.  I joined Representatives Lynn Morris and Jeff Messenger who host “Morning Coffee with Your Representatives.” This radio program reaches out all over Southwest Missouri and is broadcast weekly on Friday mornings from

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Looking forward to the work ahead

Last Friday, the lieutenant governor’s office visited Springfield, making eight stops over the course of the day. Springfield is home to thousands of veterans and seniors, a thriving tourism and economic industry, and quality higher education facilities. We were glad to be in Springfield and have productive conversations on how we can help. We started

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MDC offers new Permit Card for hunters, anglers, trappers

New plastic Permit Card can be customized and offers option to paper and electronic permits. Beginning April 1, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will offer Missouri hunters, anglers, and trappers its new Permit Card as an additional way of carrying and showing proof of most related permits. The new plastic cards are another option

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Plant rhubarb, the pie plant, in March

Fans of the popular public radio show “A Prairie Home Companion” know that rhubarb cures life’s ailments. When life cannot get any worse, “one little thing can revive a guy, and that is a piece of rhubarb pie,” according to the show’s creator, Garrison Keillor. Whether that is truth or fiction, rhubarb is known as

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Savvy Senior®

Forgetfulness: What’s normal, what’s not? Dear Savvy Senior Savvy Senior Forgetfulness: What’s Normal, What’s Not? Dear Savvy Senior, At age 76, my husband has become forgetful lately and is worried he may have Alzheimer’s. What resources can you recommend to help us get a grip on this? Concerned Wife Dear Concerned, Many seniors worry about

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7 steps to secure your home while you’re on vacation

Warmer temperatures, budding trees and blooming flowers are all lovely parts of spring, but what you really look forward to is the start of vacation planning season! Deciding where to go and what to see, making arrangements and planning your wardrobe are all exciting aspects of summer vacation planning. But before you pack up to

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Tips to get the most out of your HSA dollars

Millions of Americans with high-deductible health insurance plans rely on health savings accounts to help them manage the costs of health care. If you’re among them, you know how important it is to maximize the value you get out of every HSA dollar. If you don’t yet have an HSA, you may qualify for one

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Springfield man sentenced for child porn

Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Springfield, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for receiving and distributing child pornography over the Internet. Michael Greinke, 29, of Springfield, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Beth Phillips to eight years in federal prison without parole. The court

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