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Clinton Foundation honors Leonardo DiCaprio

Green Living is a lifestyle, and many celebrity role models are setting a great example for us. With this in mind, we are happy to share that Media outlet Politico reports that the Clintons will honor Leonardo DiCaprio in late September 2014 for his outstanding environmental work, the Clinton Global Initiative announced. Along with DiCaprio, there will be other honorees at the annual Clinton Foundation meeting, including the president of Kosovo. The meeting will open on September 21 with the Clinton Global Citizen Awards, the organization stated. “Collaboration and turning ideas into action are core to the ethos of the Clinton Global Initiative and the Clinton Foundation,” Chelsea Clinton told the Hollywood Reporter. “Hollywood, likewise, relies on collaboration to bring creative visions to life and has been an excellent partner to the foundation across a number of our efforts,” she added. Leonardo DiCaprio, who has been praised...

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Is there a link between wearing a bra and breast cancer?

A population-based study found no association between wearing a bra and increased breast cancer risk with menopausal women, according to research by the American Association of Cancer Research. The study was published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention. “There have been some concerns that one of the reasons why breast cancer may be more common in developed countries compared with developing countries is differences in bra-wearing patterns,” said Lu Chen, MPH, a researcher in the Public Health Sciences Division at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and a doctoral student in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Washington School of Public Health. “Given how common bra wearing is, we thought this was an important question to address,” she added. “Our study found no evidence that wearing a bra increases a woman’s risk for breast cancer. The risk was similar no matter how...

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Potassium-rich foods cut stroke and death risk

Fresh organic foods are packed with antioxidants and unique nutrients that boost the immune system and help us reach optimum health. Postmenopausal women who eat potassium-rich foods have a lower risk of stroke and death than women who eat foods with lower potassium, according to research by the American Heart Association (AHA). The study was published in AHA’s journal Stroke. “Previous studies have shown that potassium consumption may lower blood pressure. But whether potassium intake could prevent stroke or death wasn’t clear,” explains Sylvia Wassertheil-Smoller, Ph.D., study senior author and distinguished university professor emerita, department of epidemiology and population health at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY. “Our findings give women another reason to eat their fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables are good sources of potassium, and potassium not only lowers postmenopausal women’s risk of stroke, but also death,” she added. The research team...

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Why are your kids not getting enough sleep?

Do not ignore the power of a good night’s sleep. Quality sleep has become somewhat of a rarity these days. Sometimes, it is easy to believe that you can get by without an adequate amount of rest, but a lack of sleep can contribute to health risks in the long run, so it is important to make it a priority. The same applies to our kids. According to SleepMed of Santa Barbara, “over 2 million children suffer from sleep disorders,” and an estimated 30 to 40 percent of children do not sleep enough. Children who leave electronic devices on at night sleep one hour less on average, according to a poll released by the National Sleep Foundation. Dr. Jill Creighton, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Stony Brook Children’s Hospital, believes that a successful school year starts with good sleep. So how can you make sure your...

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Homemade coconut and geranium anti-bacterial body wash

The FDA is currently taking a look at the risks of triclosan, a common ingredient in antibacterial soaps and products. Evidence is mounting on the health risks of triclosan. “Millions of Americans use antibacterial hand soap and body wash products,” the FDA said in a statement. “Although consumers generally view these products as effective tools to help prevent the spread of germs, there is currently no evidence that they are any more effective at preventing illness than washing with plain soap and water. Further, some data suggest that long-term exposure to certain active ingredients used in antibacterial products — for example, triclosan (liquid soaps) and triclocarban (bar soaps) — could pose health risks, such as bacterial resistance or hormonal effects.” With all these concerns in mind, we have a simple body wash that is free of harmful chemicals including triclosan. It contains oils with natural...

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