Take Your Pick: The 20 Best Fruit Farms Across the United States

Nothing quite compares to that zesty burst of flavor that you get from luscious strawberries, juicy raspberries, tart cherries, succulent peaches, earthy greens, and crisp apples, especially when you pick them yourself. No matter where you live in the United States, chances are that there are some great “u-pick” farms right in your own backyard. There’s no need to head to a restaurant for farm-to-table freshness when you can try your hand at picking your own produce at some of these beloved locations across the country.
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Celebrities at New York’s annual Met Gala on Monday interpreted the evening’s theme, “Camp: Notes on Fashion” with Lady Gaga wearing four outfits on the red carpet and Katy Perry dressing up as a chandelier. Havovi Cooper reports.


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How far-right political operatives tried to take down Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg and ended up humiliating themselves

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Caster Semenya, Defiant After Race Win, Says She Won’t Take Hormone Reducing Drugs

Caster Semenya was defiant in every way at what very well could be her last 800 meter race.

Her raised fist at the start. Her unstoppable victory. And with her reply Friday to the big question of whether she will now submit to new testosterone regulations in track and field and take hormone-reducing medication.

“Hell no,” the Olympic champion from South Africa said.

Semenya responded to her defeat in a landmark court case against track and field’s governing body two days earlier with a resounding win in a place where she’s done nothing but win the last four years — over two laps of the track.

She won the 800 meters at the opening Diamond League meeting of the season in Doha, Qatar, with a meet record of 1 minute, 54.98 seconds. It was her fourth-fastest time ever. The only person ahead of her at any time during the race was the pacemaker.

Semenya’s nearest challenger, the Olympic silver medalist Francine Niyonsaba, was nearly three seconds and about 20 meters behind her — barely in the picture. Ajee Wilson of the United States was third.

It was Semenya’s first 800 meter race this year and first since losing her case against the IAAF this week.

“Actions speak louder than words,” Semenya told the BBC. “When you are a great champion, you always deliver.”

But Semenya’s four-year dominance over two laps — Friday’s win was her 30th straight in the 800 continuing a run that started in late 2015 — may now be at an end.

Ended not by another competitor, but by new regulations set to come into effect Wednesday. They require the South African star and other female athletes with high levels of natural testosterone to medically lower them to be eligible to compete in events ranging from 400 meters to the mile.

Semenya failed to overturn those rules in her appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Now, her career appears to be at a crossroads: Does she take medication to lower her testosterone? The medication will likely inhibit her athletic performance and could blunt her dominance. Or does she switch events and run in long-distance races not affected by the regulations?

She was emphatic when she told reporters after Friday’s race that she wouldn’t take the medication.

“That’s an illegal method,” she said.

But Semenya also didn’t give a clear idea of what she would do next. She said she wouldn’t move up to the 5,000 meters and she definitely wouldn’t retire.

“God has decided my career, God will end my career,” she said in the BBC interview. “No man, or any other human, can stop me from running. How am I going to retire when I’m 28? I still feel young, energetic. I still have 10 years or more in athletics.

“It doesn’t matter how I’m going to do it. What matters is I’ll still be here. I am never going anywhere.”

Semenya’s comments may foreshadow an appeal against the CAS ruling, aimed first at allowing Semenya to defend her 800 title at the world championships, also in Doha, in September and October while not taking the hormone-suppressing drugs.

But, if she keeps her promise not to lower her testosterone, there is a chance that Friday was the last time that Semenya runs in the 800, where she is a double Olympic and a three-time world champion, and arguably the best female athlete to run the distance in 40 years.

Her career, however, seems destined to be overshadowed by the testosterone debate, which has the potential for implications far beyond her own results.

Semenya gave away little on the track to indicate it might be her last race at the distance. She raised her right fist when announcers introduced her before the race.

She was presented with a bunch of flowers and tossed them to the crowd at the end. She then gave a thumbs-up to fans, flashed a brief smile, and walked off the track.

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4 underrated romantic destinations you need to take a loved one to


Traveling can be one of the most romantic things you can do with a loved one. It can also be a real test of your relationship – after all, if you can still love someone when you’re both jetlagged, a bit haggard from the journey, someone has forgotten something important, and someone else refuses to ask for directions, you might just be in it for the long haul! Instead of just taking your beau to somewhere cliche like Paris, why not check out one of these underrated romantic destinations instead.

Zanzibar Island, Tanzania

With stunning turquoise waters, untouched white sand, and beautiful coral reefs, Zanzibar is an intimate haven, perfect for a romantic couple. For a bit of adventure, why not go snorkeling or diving, and be sure to enjoy some local food from the Darajani market. If you are animal lovers, be sure to check out Changuu to see some absolutely enormous tortoises, keep your eyes peeled for dolphins, and, of course, head out on a safari. There is just so much to see and do in Zanzibar; it’s a beautiful romantic destination.

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The Azores, Portugal

Some of the views in the Azores have to be seen to be believed and experiencing a sunset on one of these nine islands is one of the most romantic things we can imagine! Take a romantic bike ride with your love to experience the stunning views, and cool off afterward at the hot spring in Ponta da Ferraria. Be sure to head to São Miguel to see if you can spot any whales or dolphins too. This is a romantic trip full of activities and adventure and certainly one to remember for years to come.

Puglia, Italy

The unimaginative among you may book a break to Venice or Rome for a romantic Italian trip, but if you want something a bit different and underrated, Puglia is the place to go. You still get to experience the important parts of Italy, such as delicious food, fantastic culture, breathtaking scenery, and passionate locals, but you can also explore the Gargano National Park which is full of rare and beautiful flora and fauna. Alternatively, get active together and climb the summit trail of Gargano mountain.

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Puerto Rico

Right in the middle of the Caribbean, Puerto Rico has a lot to offer a couple, whether you want to soak up some history and culture, relax by the beach, or get active. El Yunque National Forest is worth a visit as it is the only tropical rainforest that is part of the National US Forest System and home to bats, birds, lizards, and tree frogs. If you’re feeling adventurous, you could go spelunking at the Rio Camuy Caves, or a night kayak tour to experience the Bioluminescent Mosquito Bar for some fantastic stories to take home and share!

So, either book a surprise trip for you and your other half or print this out and leave it somewhere to drop a hint… Who needs Paris, anyway?

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Coachella 2019 Celebrity Sightings: See Hollywood Take Over the Music Festival

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Peru: take the high road to Inca glory

Macchu Pichu sees a million visitors a year, but another great pre-Columbian monument remains little-known. We join the first supported trek on the Incas’ Royal Road

Climbing from the ancient Peruvian pilgrimage site of Chavín, we pass fields of quinoa flowering purple in a last burst of energy before they are harvested. There are bunches of maize hanging from the farmhouse rafters in shades of gold and red, and the small village plaza has plants that would not be out of place in an English country garden: hibiscus, hollyhocks and astrantia.

And then we are above the village and the tree line and come to the Royal Road of the Incas, the Capac Ñan, which stretches for an astonishing 1,500 miles from Ecuador to Bolivia – down the length of the Andes, and their empire.

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Selena Gomez And Cardi B Take The Stage Together At Coachella

On Friday, Cardi B and Selena Gomez took the stage at the Coachella Festival but, unfortunately for the fans, they weren’t actually performing a full set. DJ Snake was the first artist to perform on that day and Cardi B appeared on the stage first with Selena trailing closely behind.

As fans of Selena know, she hasn’t had a concert for almost a year, with the last time being when she took the spotlight with Taylor Swift back in May of 2018 for her Reputation Tour. Moreover, Selena skipped last year’s Coachella as well.

For the last few years, Gomez has struggled with mental health issues among other complications, including her very public kidney transplant that was widely reported on after the fact.

Additionally, her final breakup with Justin Bieber was claimed to be one of the reasons for her mental breakdown as well, although this can’t be substantiated.

As it was previously reported, Justin and Selena briefly rekindled their romance last year, however, Bieber went on to marry Hailey Baldwin instead. Thankfully, Gomez is back in her usual condition, jamming along with the Grammy-winning rapper, Cardi B.

One year before that, in 2017, Gomez insinuated she and The Weeknd were dating, but they also broke up not long after. Regardless, this brief appearence at Coachella is likely a sign of what’s to come: either a new record or possible concert dates. As for what the duo played, Selena and Cardi B performed the track, “Taki Taki,” which they first recorded with the DJ.

Interestingly, Cardi B wasn’t supposed to even be at the festival this year, because she’s not scheduled to perform. Last year, the star took the stage despite being pregnant, so fans have been quite understanding on social media.

Around that time, Cardi B was gearing up to have her very first baby with the Migos rapper, Offset. They secretly got married and it was later revealed by the media, however, they broke up again when Offset was accused of cheating on her with multiple women.

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Good News In The Stock Market: How You Can Take Advantage

What’s the good news in the stock market?

I am happy to join Money Monday this morning with good news, and that is not an April Fool’s joke. On Friday, the US markets closed out a great quarter. The S&P 500 rose 0.7% to 2834.4, closing out the quarter up 13% for the quarter, its best showing since 2009. The Dow Jones Industrial Average on Friday hit 25928.68, finishing up 11% over the last three months. And the Nasdaq Composite added 16% since January 1, topping 7729. And the Russell 2000 – an index of smaller market cap companies – has its best start of the year since 1991. Overall, investors have a lot to smile about so far this year.

What is behind this investor optimism?

There are a few factors that contributed to the first quarter rally. First, stocks were down sharply at the end of 2019, and many believe the selloff might have sharper than the economic news warranted. Second, investors are reacting positively to the Fed decision, along with other central banks, to pause additional interest rate hikes as the economy has shifted down a gear. The markets are also rallying around the fact that the US economy remains a bright spot in the global economy. Brexit is shaking the UK and Germany’s economy – the biggest in the European Union – has slowed dramatically. China’s growth has cooled as well. So, while the economy here at home isn’t breaking records, it is steady, and that has helped to boost investor confidence.

Is it just select sectors that are giving the markets a boost?

No. Over the past three months, we have seen good news out of all sectors. In fact, all 11 sectors of the S&P 500 sectors kicked off the first quarter higher. That is something we have not seen in 5 years. Now, this is not to say some didn’t do better than others. The tech sector and energy companies started 2019 particularly strong. But we did see gains across the board in Q1.

Are there any clouds on the horizon? Can the bull market continue?

There are some concerns that are weighing on investors’ minds. First, how much has the US economy downshifted? We have seen consumer confidence soften, and with it, consumer spending, which is up slightly after being down at the end of 2018. The Bureau of Economic Analysis also revised GDP growth down to 2.2% from the initial estimate of 2.6% in the final three months of 2018. Many also believe the stimulus effects of the corporate and individual tax cuts are wearing off. Finally, some are concerned about the recent divergence between the stock and bond market yields. They typically rise together when investors are confident.

That said, there is no way of knowing what is around the corner! Perhaps Brexit comes to a quick resolution, or that the US and China reach an agreement to end the trade war. We could see investors continue their optimist streak. And the end of the day, trees don’t grow to the sky, and there will be a correction. We just don’t know when that will be. You simply cannot predict the future.

As we celebrate a strong quarter, what should we keep in mind for our portfolio?

As you know, at Ariel we believe slow and steady wins the race. The best thing you can do is to consistently save and contribute to your retirement and take a long-term view. Do not try to time the market. And remember, never be afraid to ask questions. If the ups and downs of the past few months make you nervous, I would encourage you to speak with your financial advisor or the company that manages your retirement account. You can never have enough information, Tom, and the beginning of the year is as good a time as any to review your retirement account and ensure remain on track.

 


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How often should we really take vacations?


The world is obsessed with travel, and it’s great. However, the world of social media can make it appear as if some people are always abroad while holding down a full-time day job. There are of course people out there who do have that luxury, but not as much as you might be thinking. So, how often should we take vacations anyway?

Traveling vs. Vacation

Traveling can be quite full-on, and the inspiration behind the reason for traveling will determine whether you’re relaxing, on the move or both. If you’ve decided to go on a four-day city break somewhere, then you’re probably going to be rushing around trying to see as much as is possible in that time. However, if you’ve decided to walk the sandy beaches of Mallorca, then you’re likely going to be prioritizing relaxation instead of driving those dusty roads. Your motivation will decide how often you travel, whether it’s living and breathing culture or the desperate need to be away from the office, so to speak.

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Time off work vs. Finances

Not a topic anyone likes talking about, how many days off work do you have left and how much time you can reasonably take off work before having to return to day-to-day life. While it might leave a bitter taste in your mouth, take solace in knowing that pretty much everyone has to make a living somehow. This will impact how often you can go traveling unless you take that giant leap and go on a late gap year, you’ll be somewhat restricted. You also need to make sure you keep things at home running smoothly, your rent or mortgage has to come before a quick trip to Fiji, sadly.

Family, friends, and relationships

Of course, we can’t forget the people around us, and if we’re always away, then those relationships might start to dwindle. That doesn’t mean you can’t go away, but making time for the people close to you is essential, and there is always the possibility you can plan your vacations together.

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For the vacation-deprived

It’s all well and good talking about the people who want to go on vacation, but sometimes we feel like all of the above factors get in the way, so we stop ourselves from going on vacation as it might not be a priority over finances, family, children, career and so on. ‘Clever Journey’ suggests that people should spend, in total, between 30-45 days vacationing per year, with two longer vacations and a couple of smaller ones in between. This is supposed to keep us mentally healthier and happier. So if it’s been a while since your last vacation, you need to book some tickets now!

After all that, is there a limit? When you consider the restrictions there are just in day-to-day life, is it then reasonable to suggest there be any other limitations? You need to ask yourself how important vacations are to you, after all, you might prefer a short weekend trip down the road with a few close friends to regularly flying off to exotic countries. On the flip side, if you’re not an avid traveler at heart, then considering a few more vacations can be a healthier option.

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FASHION ON POINTE: Three designer labels are pitching in to help young ballet stars pursue their dream at this year’s Youth America Grand Prix.
Monse’s Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia, Carolina Herrera’s Wes Gordon and The Row’s Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen have each designed one-of-a-kind tutus that will be auctioned at the YAGP’s April 18 “Stars of Today Meet the Stars of Tomorrow” gala and performance. The designer component is a new initiative called “Beautiful at the Ballet.” Once the tutus are displayed at the gala, they will be auctioned online via Charitybuzz. Proceeds from the auction will benefit YAGP educational programs to help up-and-coming dancers.
This year’s 20th anniversary YAGP is a sold-out event which will feature a mashup of YAGP young finalists and members of the international ballet circuit’s establishment performing. Guests will be the first to see “Porte Rouge,” a collaboration between Mick Jagger and Melanie Hamrick. Jagger-orchestrated Rolling Stones music will be paired with choreography by Hamrick and Jenn Delifice. Jagger and Hamrick, an American Ballet Theatre ballerina, have a toddler son, Devreaux. Organizers were not certain Monday whether Jagger, who is recovering from recent heart surgery, would be able to attend to see the work that he and

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R. Kelly Asks Media To ‘Take It Easy’ On Him In Springfields [sic]

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R. Kelly is out here doing R. Kelly things, for a check. The accused sexual predator is asking the media to “take it easy” on him with his upcoming paid gig.

“Yo, this is your boy Kells and I got an event to do tonight in Springfield, Illinois, so I want the media to take it easy on me, man,” said R’uh, on Instagram.

Yes, that bammas said “Springfields,” like, plural.

And by his description it wasn’t even a singing event, it was a club appearance.

He added, “This is how I got to get paid for right now. So if you see me in the club, with a couple of drinks in my hand, and chilling, please, take it easy.”

Did he take it easy on all those alleged victims? Exactly.

R. Kelly has had numerous financial issues—he had to have someone else post his bail, is behind on child support, amongst other struggle.


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Take a seat, does Yinka Ilori have your attention?

Designer Yinka Ilori is known for his distinctive, vivacious use of bold colours and pattens in his pieces of furniture. He brings his childhood spent surrounded by intricate African Fabrics and Nigerian parables into the contemporary through his experiments with function and form. His most recent projects include Restoration Station, where he directly collaborated with recovering addicts in a workshop to up-cycle donated furniture. Allowing people who were also going through a transformation to create stunning work with him and to express their own narrative was a huge success. The chairs were put on display as part of the London Design Festival, and raised £2,520 for the company.

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Injecting artistic exuberance through this work, he aims to work with more communities following the success of the Restoration Station. His proposal to transform a gloomy overpass in South London has been accepted and will be organised as part of the London Festival of Architecture in June. The design, entitled ‘Happy Street’, is a kaleidoscopic rainbow pattern reinvigorating a public space that previously scared the local schoolchildren. Expressing multiculturalism and diversity, IIlori’s work is vital and important within the public spaces of London, addressing issues around sexuality and class. His work is inclusive and celebratory, for everyone to enjoy. Playfully serious, beautiful and yet available to all, Ilori is re-writing the rules of the art world.

Most recently, Ilori has collaborated with Universal Music to produce a special edition print in honour of the Brit Awards. The print ‘Love in a line’ is a geometric explosion of colour and clean lines, nodding to his influences of Nigerian pattern. He wanted to celebrate the bravery and beauty of being different, racially, sexually or creatively. The movement in the piece implies development, and a nod to the future. Ilori often asks questions in his work about where we are going, where we’ve come from and the constantly fluctuating nature of identity. One of this strengths as a designer is his storytelling ability. Being influenced by the power of narratives in his childhood from the African parables, he brings this dimension to his work. Whether it is print, furniture or urban landscape projects, the notion of transformation is threaded throughout.

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The artrepublic Brighton gallery are excited to stock his prints from the ‘Do Good Because Of tomorrow’ Exhibition. The phrase is widely used in Nigeria and is used to inspire people to participate in good deeds and catalyse positive changes. The stories inherent within his work resonate with a huge range of people, and we’re delighted to feature him. Please drop in to experience his work in person!

 

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California Is Next Up To Take On Hair Discrimination With The “Crown Act”

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California lawmakers are in the beginning process of ending discrimination against persons who wear their hair in traditional natural styles, such as afros, braids and dreadlocks.

A new bill titled the “Crown-Act” or SB188, would make it illegal for employers to participate or enforce workplace policies which determine how Black employees and employees of color, choose to wear their hair, according to KABC-TV.

The bill is supported by California Sen. Holly Mitchell who sports sisterlocks, a natural style derived from dreadlocks but separated in smaller portions. Mitchell represents the 30th Senate District, which includes Culver City, Ladera Heights, Westmont, Crenshaw, Downtown, and Florence, well-known Black neighborhoods in Los Angeles. Mitchell has served in her role for almost six years.

“There are any number of court cases that we’ll talk about in judiciary committee that will suggest it is a problem for employees across this country and across the state,” Mitchell said.

The bill follows a recent surge in lawmakers taking a vested interest in hair discrimination, as the laws disproportionately affect Black people. In February, New York City introduced guidelines which would give legal discourse to those who have been either harassed, punished, or terminated from their positions by wearing natural hair styles.

As we know in recent national cases surrounding the issue, Black employees and military service members have been discriminated against the way they chose to wear their hair, which in many times is the way it grows out of their head.

Workplace practices have long determined respectability based on European beauty standards. And unfortunately the shame and practice of hair discrimination starts even before the workplace, and is not limited to gender.

In January, a New Jersey teen was forced to cut his dreadlocks before he was allowed to participate at a wrestling event. Video of the incident went viral and sparked discussions regarding the pervasiveness of hair discrimination.

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As Jussie Smollett proclaims innocence, mayor and police chief take aim at ‘whitewash of justice’

Actor Jussie Smollett says he has been “truthful and consistent” from the jump. The prosecutor’s office says dropping the charges was just and appropriate. The mayor and police superintendent? Not so fast, they say.


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Evelyn’s Double Take: Sugar & Spice

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Design and Event Editor Evelyn Eshun creates two stunning looks using the same condo size sofa.

Sugar

Texture and elegance with a touch of whimsy are key to bringing out the feminine side of this beautiful sofa. Over the sofa, an image of a horse is an elegant choice, full of expressions of beauty and movement. For the area rug, a hide rug works well with the leather sofa but this area rug has flecks of metallic gold adding glamour and elegance. I also chose a classic light fixture with an airy feeling to balance out the heaviness of the sofa. Accessories that are shapely and soft add a feminine touch while a classic leopard print throw adds glamour and elegance. Fun pillows like the poodle pillow are the perfect finish for a whimsical touch.

Spice

For this look, I embraced the bolder side of the leather sofa. I started with photographic artwork of a lion; a symbol of strength and stability. I also chose a unique area rug. It’s a compilation of round hide shapes to add texture and pattern. I then continued this textural look in the throw pillows. The round yellow ottoman added a shot of color and can easily be moved wherever needed. I finished the look with a desk lamp repurposed as a table lamp and a few simple yet bold accessories. Accessories, like the athletic figure, are a great way to express your personality within a space.

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1.Layering open squares on top of each other creates a side table that is sculptural and textural while offering storage space. These flexible pieces can also be moved and used individually as needed. – Cube Square Set,
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2. The base of this cocktail table is an actual piece of wood. Each table is a unique statement piece. With a round, clear glass top, this table allows for the appreciation of the table trunk while being functional. – Roots Coffee Table, www.karedesign.ca

3. A blush pink pleated chair on gorgeous slim metal legs adds a feminine touch to this room with soft and gentle curves. – Perugia Armchair,
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4. A set of trays on a stand work as a flexible set of cocktail tables. This multifunctional furniture is perfect for a small space because they are beautifully detailed and work as an accessory as well as a set of tables. – Mystic Flower Side Table Set, www.karedesign.ca

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My inspiration for this double take came from this simple, vintage style, soft leather sofa. Typically, this sofa would be added to a room with a bold and masculine look so I embraced the challenge to show this sofa in a softer light as well. The simple style of this sofa works well with a variety of styles which allows for a great deal of flexibility. I used the 2.5 seater version of this sofa which is a great choice for a small space or condo, allowing you that full sofa look without taking up as much space. – Cubetto Sofa, www.karedesign.ca

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Texas Lawmakers Take Aim At Surprise Medical Bills

A bipartisan group of lawmakers announced plans to address surprise medical bills in a way that would take the “burden” off Texans.

During a press conference Thursday, state Sen. Kelly Hancock, a Republican from suburban Fort Worth, announced he had filed a bill aimed at preventing medical providers from balance-billing patients, among other things. State Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer, a Democrat from San Antonio, is filing a similar bill in the House.

If passed, the legislation would force medical providers and health insurers to mediate payment disputes before they send bills to patients. Hancock said the point of SB 1264 is to take “the burden off of patients.”

“[It] takes it off of their plates completely,” Hancock said.

He highlighted the case of Drew Calver, a public school teacher in Austin whose six-figure hospital bill after a heart attack was featured in a “Bill of the Month” investigation by KHN, NPR member station KUT and CBS. Hancock noted Calver’s bill was reduced after the media attention, but it shouldn’t take such attention for a patient to get a reasonable bill.

Under this legislation, both sides of the payment dispute would settle their issues through an existing balance-bill mediation program. The Texas Department of Insurance program has been successful in lowering medical bills across the state.

The legislation would beef up the program, which addresses surprise balance bills greater than $ 500 from all emergency providers, including free-standing emergency departments and all out-of-network providers working at a network facility.

“This is designed to apply in situations where patients don’t have any choice which facility they go to or which physician is involved in their care,” Hancock said.

The insurance department’s mediation program, historically, had many loopholes and few consumers qualified for help. It was expanded in 2017, though, and more patients have been filing complaints.

For example, in 2014, the department was asked to mediate 686 medical bills. During the 2018 fiscal year, it received 4,445 bills.

Hancock said the program, so far, has saved Texas patients $ 30 million.

Consumer advocates argued the system works only when patients know mediation is an option, however.

Stacey Pogue, a senior policy analyst with the Center for Public Policy Priorities, said patients don’t always know help is available or they find the process intimidating.

“The instructions for how to do it are on your medical bill and your explanation of benefits — the most indecipherable documents you are going to get,” she told KUT earlier this year.

She and others have argued Texas should adopt a program similar to those in states like New York, California and Florida, whose systems are more consumer-friendly.

Martinez Fischer said it’s time Texas officials step in to help patients who are caught in the middle of disputes between medical providers and health insurers.

“It has been an industry issue for a few years — I grant you that,” he said, “the health plans and the providers fighting over their business interests, and I respect that. But 10 years later, it is a consumer issue.”

Among other things, Hancock’s bill would allow people with federally regulated self-funded health plans to opt into the state’s mediation program. According to Hancock, those plans make up about 40 percent of Texas’ insurance market, but those consumers are currently not able to take part in the program. Hancock said this should provide relief to consumers while federal lawmakers weigh their own efforts to address surprise medical bills.

“Texas will send a loud and clear signal to D.C. that similar consumer protections need to be passed at the federal level,” Hancock said. “Until then, Texas … [is] committed to doing something about it.”

U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett said he’s encouraged by Texas’ efforts, but called federal protections “essential.”

“Only approval in Congress of legislation like my End Surprise Billing Act can both protect those who work for large employers with self-funded, federally regulated ERISA plans and assure that patients across America are not forced to pay the price for conflicts between insurers and health care providers,” he said in a statement.

This story is part of a partnership that includes KUT, NPR and Kaiser Health News.

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Why you should take a road trip on the historic Route 66

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Route 66 is known as “America’s Highway” as it connects Illinois with California. The route has been driven by millions of Americans and tourists, but what is so special about it? Is Route 66 just another road or is it as special as people make it seem? This is why you should take a road trip along Route 66.

It’s long

Getting from one end of Route 66 to the other is a big commitment. You’ll travel over 2400 miles, crossing into eight different states. That means you’re going to have a real adventure and that’s what life is all about. You’ve probably heard the saying, “Life is about the journey, not the destination,” and that couldn’t be truer on Route 66.

The road is fun

Unlike traveling a long journey on the interstate, you’ll find lots to keep you interested during this route. It is a well-trodden path that cuts through many small towns giving you an insight into life in rural America. You can just enjoy cruising along the open road, not worrying about what lane you’re in, just taking in the amazing sights. Make sure you stop off in some of the ghost towns abandoned by their residents years ago. It’s a great insight into recent history, and a cool opportunity to take some memorable pictures.

You’ll not go hungry!

One thing America is known for is it’s quality diners, and along Route 66 you’ll find your fair share of them. You can be safe in the knowledge that you’re never too far away from your next delicious burger, fries, and milkshake. There are plenty of vintage ‘50s-style diners to give you that authentic meal on the road experience. Just try not to stop at all of them or your trip will take you way longer than expected, and your pants definitely won’t fit by the end.

The attractions

There are so many fun roadside attractions to break up the journey. You’ll come across a giant rocking chair, the Whale of Catoosa, Cadillac Ranch, the WigWam Motel and the Mid Point Cafe. The Mid Point Cafe is a must, as you’ll know you’ve made it halfway and there’s still plenty of road in front of you. There are a bunch of fun gifts shops to stop at to find the perfect souvenir to remind you of your time on the road.

Amazing people

What makes experiences even better is having someone to share them with. The Route should be shared with a buddy, to at least to spread the driving load if nothing else. If you do make the journey solo, you won’t feel all that lonely. You’ll meet a bunch of fun characters along Route 66, all who are more than happy to share some of their stories about the famous road.

If you’ve been thinking about doing Route 66 then what are you waiting for? You’re going to have a great time experiencing America’s Highway, taking in the quirkiest, strangest, but most exciting road in the USA.

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Well that’s a wrap. London Fashion Week is over for another season, and if you need a little recap, here’s what you’ve missed.

Karl Lagerfeld left us and the fashion world mourned

On the last day of London Fashion Week, it was announced that the legendary designer behind Chanel and Fendi had passed away. The timing meant all the fashion editors couldn’t cover the news as they were at the shows, but they held a minute’s silence at the last show of the schedule, at the BFC showspace, which Camilla also attended.

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Victoria Beckham delivered a superb collection (and launched a Youtube channel)

VB truly pulled one out of the bag this season. Not only did she serve up a collection every woman wants to be seen in – think checked blazers layered over checked shirts, floaty dresses and a mix of neutral and bold colours – but she also launched a YouTube channel, which will give us an insight into her fashion, beauty and family. Oh and Harper Beckham’s new haircut also stole the show.

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Shrimps had its first runway show

After a few London Fashion Week presentations, Shrimps founder Hannah Weiland hosted her first runway collection, and it was one of the dreamiest things we’ve ever seen. There were silky dresses, oversized bags, shells and lots of faux fur of course.

Camilla championed sustainability

The BFC is very much pushing for sustainability this season. BBC Earth and Mother of Pearl teamed up to host a panel and launch a flagship collection inspired by BBC Planet and created using sustainable production methods to show how innovation and new technology can help us to reduce the impact of fashion on the planet.

And to close LFW, the Duchess of Cornwall presented the QEII award for design to Bethany Williams, who exclusively uses recycled materials in her collection.

Roksanda, Erdem and Rejina Pyo made us dream

Some of our favourite designers truly hit the sweet spot between OTT and wearable, dreamy and feminine. There were yellow feathered ballgowns at Roksanda, pointy collars, detailed embroidery and florals at Erdem, and gorgeous tonal separates at Rejina, who also had the most amazing accessories. Can we also talk about the fact the Erdem show started late because we were all waiting for Joan Collins to join the FROW? Legend.

Rixo partied with drag queens

For its Studio 54-inspired collection, Rixo took over Cafe de Paris, where models and drag queens dancedunder disco balls, wearing sequins and vintage prints. Joyful.

Aspinal was delightfully British

The likes of Olivia Palermo and Amber Le Bon helped Design Director Giles Deacon and Creative Director Mariya Dykalo celebrate the new collection, which featured quintessentially British motifs such as the Queen’s guards and dogs.

adidas Originals entered the LFW schedule

adidas Originals debuted its collection with New York designer Ji Won Choi, which took place in Hawley Wharf – a never before used location in underground Camden. The collaboration with Ji Won Choi is the third in a series of collaborations with emerging female designers who reimagine adidas’ design identity.

 

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This Baseball Team Wants to Rewrite ‘Take Me Out to the Ball Game’ After Going Peanut-Free

A Connecticut minor league baseball team is banning peanuts and Cracker Jack from its stadium to protect fans with food allergies — and it’s even rewriting a classic ballpark song because of it.

As of the 2019 season, the Hartford Yard Goats will no longer sell peanut products at Dunkin’ Donuts Park, according to a team announcement. While other teams have hosted peanut-free nights or maintained peanut-free sections, team officials said they believe they are the first to implement a full ban.

The decision came after Kerry Adamowicz and other local parents approached team officials about their children’s food allergies. Adamowicz’ two-year-old son, Sam, has a life-threatening peanut allergy, and the new policy means he can grow up a baseball fan, she told NBC Connecticut.

“It’s a huge relief,” Adamowicz said. “It’s a really good feeling to come to the park and know that’s one stress that is taken away and we can breathe a sigh of relief and enjoy baseball.”

As many as 2.5% of U.S. children are allergic to peanuts, an increase of 21% since 2010, according to a recent estimate from the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. A recent study also estimated that about 4.5 million adults are allergic to peanuts, and 3 million are allergic to tree nuts.

Yard Goats President Tim Restall told the Hartford Courant that helping kids and adults with peanut allergies to enjoy the game is more important than selling peanut products.

“The way we look at it, if we eliminate this one item to allow kids to enjoy a baseball game, that’s what it all comes down to,” Restall said. “Why prevent someone from catching a foul ball or getting a picture with [mascots] Chompers and Chew Chew because of a food item?”

And while General Manager Mike Abramson admitted to NBC Connecticut that the team would likely get “flak” for the decision, it’s taking it in stride.

The team is even sponsoring a contest to rewrite the “peanuts and Cracker Jack” lyric in “Take Me Out to the Ball Game,” and the winning submission will be sung at the park this season, the Courant reports.

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4 Financial Steps to Take if You’re Raising a Child With Special Needs

Raising any child is expensive, but when you’re raising a child who has special needs, there are additional financial responsibilities to consider.

The cost of doctor’s visits, therapy appointments, medication and special equipment add up. The amount of time needed to provide care may restrict you or your partner from working outside the home — or even at all.

Depending on your child’s condition, you may need to provide them with lifetime support.

It can be overwhelming just dealing with the medical and emotional aspects of your child’s particular challenges. Here’s what to know so that your finances don’t add to that stress.

Apply for Government Benefits

After your child is diagnosed, you’ll probably want to speak with a social worker who can help you understand what assistance may be available to your family and how to apply for that aid. Your child’s physician may be able to recommend a social worker, or you can contact your city or county department of social services.

A special needs attorney can also assist you. Robert Fechtman is a special needs attorney in Indiana and the president of the Special Needs Alliance, a national organization made up of attorneys who specialize in disability and public benefits law. He helps families navigate the public benefits system and plan for their children’s futures.

Fechtman said families may qualify for financial assistance through Social Security.

The Social Security Administration gives out Supplemental Security Income, also referred to as SSI, to children with qualified medical conditions whose family’s income falls under a certain threshold. The amount of assistance, which is given out monthly, varies from state to state.

Once your child reaches adulthood, he or she may also be able to receive Social Security disability benefits, which the administration gives out when an adult isn’t able to work due to a medical condition.

Depending on your family’s income, your child may also be able to qualify for free health insurance through Medicaid. Oftentimes if your child qualifies for SSI, he or she would also qualify for Medicaid. The Children’s Health Insurance Program, or CHIP, is available for families that make too much money to qualify for Medicaid but still can’t afford private health insurance.

The Fouche family of Ocala, Florida, qualifies for both Medicaid and SSI to cover costs for their 10-year-old daughter, Hannah, who has cerebral palsy. Vicki Fouche, Hannah’s mother, says the government aid has been a blessing for their family, but she worries that if her husband made more money, they’d lose those benefits and have more out-of-pocket expenses.

A mother puts shoes on her daughter as her daughter is playing on an iPad.

Families that don’t qualify for publicly funded medical insurance might find an affordable health insurance provider via the Health Insurance Marketplace at HealthCare.gov. Open enrollment has ended for 2019, but you can enroll if you have a qualifying life change, such as if you recently lost health insurance.

Fechtman also tells his clients to apply for Medicaid waivers, which allow those in need of long-term care to get free health care in home settings instead of a nursing facility. Children with special needs may qualify regardless of their parents’ income or assets. Each state operates its own Medicaid waiver program.

Fechtman said that many times, families aren’t aware of these waivers. There are often waitlists for applicants, so it’s generally one of the first things he brings up when meeting with new clients.

Families struggling with their finances should also check to see if they qualify for other public benefit programs, such as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). TANF provides monthly cash assistance for families, while SNAP provides money specifically for buying food. Both are income-based programs.

Set up a 529 ABLE Account or a Special Needs Trust

When you’re applying for government aid, the administering agency will typically have rules about how much income your family can earn and how many assets you can own. Money in a traditional checking or savings accounts could restrict a family from receiving public benefits.

However, Fechtman said parents can save money in a 529 ABLE account or a special needs trust, and those dollars won’t count toward a family’s assets.

ABLE accounts are tax-deferred similar to 529 college savings accounts. However, ABLE account funds can be used for more than just education. Fechtman said qualifying expenses also include health, wellness and transportation expenses for a child with a qualifying disability.

According to SavingforCollege.com, families can withdraw the money tax-free and can have up to $ 100,000 in the account without it affecting the child’s eligibility for SSI benefits.

The annual amount that could be contributed to an ABLE account in 2018 was $ 15,000.

Fechtman said it’s relatively inexpensive to open and maintain an ABLE account. However, one downside is if the child dies, the money in the account must go to reimburse whatever state provided Medicaid benefits for the child.

Families that save money for a child in a special needs trust don’t have to worry about those savings going to reimburse the state. A special needs trust is a legal arrangement set up to hold money for someone with a disability so that the person can continue to receive public benefits. The trustees — those who manage the trust — generally have few restrictions on how the money in the trust is used as long they don’t interfere with the beneficiary receiving government assistance.

Another difference between the two money-saving vehicles is the cost, which varies depending on factors such as who sets up the account and what state you live in.

Fechtman said an attorney might charge around $ 1,500 to draft a special needs trust. However, families can also join a pooled trust managed by a nonprofit organization, which could cost half that. Setting up an ABLE account could cost as little as $ 50.

Look Into Assistance from Nonprofits

Government programs aren’t the only source of assistance. Nonprofit organizations also provide help to families struggling financially.

Here are just a few organizations that help families in need:

  • The HealthWell Pediatric Assistance Fund provides financial assistance for families whose health insurance doesn’t cover the critical medical treatments their children need.
  • The UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation issues grants to help children get medical services that aren’t fully covered by their private health insurance.
  • The Different Needz Foundation provides grants for families so they can get medical equipment or services.
  • The M.O.R.G.A.N. Project has a pediatric disability equipment exchange program that lets families receive donated medical equipment for free.
  • Ronald McDonald House Charities provides families with places to stay when they have to travel so that a child can receive extended treatment at a hospital away from home. Families may be asked to make a donation of up to $ 25 per day, but no family is turned away if they can’t pay.

Organizations like United Way and the Salvation Army also help families struggling financially — not just those with special needs children.

Think About the Future

No parent wants to think about a situation where they aren’t alive to care for their child, but it’s important to prepare for — especially if your child has special needs.

“Every person who’s got a disabled child is horrified by the notion that they’re going to die before that child and that the child won’t have the care and support and everything that the parents provide,” Fechtman said.

Having a will is a given. But Fechtman said the will should direct inheritance money to a special needs trust so that the child can continue to qualify for public benefits.

Designating who will become the child’s guardian is also key, he said. Parents should look for someone who would be able to provide proper care for their child.

In addition, Fechtman said parents should have an adequate amount of life insurance to provide for their family in the event of their untimely death.

He recommends parents — specifically those in a two-parent household — get a survivorship life insurance policy, also known as a second-to-die life insurance policy. It covers both parents, but it doesn’t pay out until both parents are deceased.

One benefit of this type of policy is that premiums are generally much lower than for other policies. Another benefit is that coverage lasts until the policyholders die — unlike term life insurance, which ends after a certain number of years. This is especially important for parents who have special needs children, because those children may not be able to be independent and support themselves once they reach adulthood.

Of course, single parents wouldn’t be able to open this type of policy, and it may be insufficient if one parent is the household’s sole income earner.

“If you only have one breadwinner, you’d need to have individual insurance on that breadwinner,” Fechtman said. “Maybe you’re lucky enough that they have some kind of life insurance through work, so maybe you wouldn’t have to run out and get a seperate policy.”

The important thing is to have a plan in place so that your child is financially taken care of no matter what.

Nicole Dow is a senior writer at The Penny Hoarder.

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Why you should take a trip to the desert

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If you’re currently looking for your next vacation destination, there’s a high chance that you’re looking for something a bit different. So, where do you go? Do you go cage diving in South Africa? Do you go bungee jumping in New Zealand? Do you go backpacking in Asia? While you can do all of those things, we were thinking of something a little more unique. This is why you should take a trip to the desert.

You can sleep under the stars

Unless you live in the middle of nowhere, you probably don’t appreciate the night sky as much as you should do. This may be because you simply cannot see the stars above the giant skyscrapers, or it may be because you just don’t look up. However, if you do choose to take a trip to the desert, you could quite literally sleep under the stars. With little cloud cover and no pollution in sight, you’ll have unedited views of the night sky. What could be better than that?

You can try out a new form of transportation

Bored of driving your car to work every day? Can’t be bothered to sit next to the man who constantly coughs on the subway? It sounds like you’re ready for a new form of transportation to make its way into your life. No trip to the desert would be complete without a ride on a camel, and we reckon it could be the perfect way to put a smile on your face. You won’t have the hump, at least.

You get a front-row view

If you’re fond of a good ol’ sunset, you’ll be able to get more than enough photos for the ‘Gram in the desert. Without a soul in sight, you’ll get a front-row view of the sun setting beyond the dunes, and you’ll be able to see your bright oasis transform before your very eyes. Make sure you take a jacket, though, because the desert can be pretty chilly once the sun goes down.

You can experience a whole new world

Although we’d love for Aladdin to come along with his flying carpet, that’s not what we mean by a whole new world. The desert is a weird and wonderful place, and it’s sometimes impossible to believe that you are still on planet earth. With sand all around you, it looks like you’re on another planet – and that’s something most of us will never experience in our lives. So, might as well take advantage while you can.

You can try out a new sport

While many people take a trip to the desert to check out the rolling hills of sand, there are other people who go there to try out a new sport. From sandboarding to 4×4 driving experiences, there are so many ways to enjoy these hills. Where else can you surf without there being any water around? Only in the desert, baby!

If you’re currently in two minds as to whether you should go to the desert or not, here’s your answer: Yes.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Wendy Williams is taking an extended break from her TV talk show to deal with health issues related to her immune system disorder, her family said Friday.

The family wrote in a statement that Williams has suffered complications from Graves’ disease in the past few days.

Treatment is necessary and will include “significant time” in the hospital, according to the family statement provided by show producer and distributor Debmar-Mercury.

Williams has a strong desire to return to work but must focus on her “personal and physical well-being,” the family said, adding a request that her privacy be respected.

Williams, 54, is married to Kevin Hunter.

She is on the mend from another health problem, a shoulder fracture she suffered in December, the statement said.

The host revealed the Graves’ disease diagnosis on her show last February, when she announced a three-week hiatus.

Graves’ disease leads to the overproduction of thyroid hormones and can cause wide-ranging symptoms and affect overall health.

In October 2017, Williams fainted on stage during her show, saying later she became overheated while wearing a bulky Halloween costume.

Debmar-Mercury said that it “wholeheartedly” supports Williams’ decision to take the time she needs. She will be welcomed back when she is ready, the company said.

Repeats of “The Wendy Williams Show” will air during the week of Jan. 21, to be followed by original episodes with guest hosts.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Is the pain stabbing or burning? On a scale from 1 to 10, is it a 6 or an 8?

Over and over, 17-year-old Sarah Taylor struggled to make doctors understand her sometimes debilitating levels of pain, first from joint-damaging childhood arthritis and then from fibromyalgia.

“It’s really hard when people can’t see how much pain you’re in, because they have to take your word on it and sometimes, they don’t quite believe you,” she said.

Now scientists are peeking into Sarah’s eyes to track how her pupils react when she’s hurting and when she’s not — part of a quest to develop the first objective way to measure pain.

“If we can’t measure pain, we can’t fix it,” said Dr. Julia Finkel, a pediatric anesthesiologist at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, who invented the experimental eye-tracking device.

At just about every doctor’s visit you’ll get your temperature, heart rate and blood pressure measured. But there’s no stethoscope for pain. Patients must convey how bad it is using that 10-point scale or emoji-style charts that show faces turning from smiles to frowns.

That’s problematic for lots of reasons. Doctors and nurses have to guess at babies’ pain by their cries and squirms, for example. The aching that one person rates a 7 might be a 4 to someone who’s more used to serious pain or genetically more tolerant. Patient-to-patient variability makes it hard to test if potential new painkillers really work.

Nor do self-ratings determine what kind of pain someone has — one reason for trial-and-error treatment. Are opioids necessary? Or is the pain, like Sarah’s, better suited to nerve-targeting medicines?

“It’s very frustrating to be in pain and you have to wait like six weeks, two months, to see if the drug’s working,” said Sarah, who uses a combination of medications, acupuncture and lots of exercise to counter her pain.

The National Institutes of Health is pushing for development of what its director, Dr. Francis Collins, has called a “pain-o-meter.” Spurred by the opioid crisis, the goal isn’t just to signal how much pain someone’s in. It’s also to determine what kind it is and what drug might be the most effective.

“We’re not creating a lie detector for pain,” stressed David Thomas of NIH’s National Institute on Drug Abuse, who oversees the research. “We do not want to lose the patient voice.”

Around the country, NIH-funded scientists have begun studies of brain scans, pupil reactions and other possible markers of pain in hopes of finally “seeing” the ouch so they can better treat it. It’s early-stage research, and it’s not clear how soon any of the attempts might pan out.

“There won’t be a single signature of pain,” Thomas predicted. “My vision is that someday we’ll pull these different metrics together for something of a fingerprint of pain.”

NIH estimates 25 million people in the U.S. experience daily pain. Most days Sarah Taylor is one of them. Now living in Potomac, Maryland, she was a toddler in her native Australia when the swollen, aching joints of juvenile arthritis appeared. She’s had migraines and spinal inflammation. Then two years ago, the body-wide pain of fibromyalgia struck; a flare-up last winter hospitalized her for two weeks.

One recent morning, Sarah climbed onto an acupuncture table at Children’s National, rated that day’s pain a not-too-bad 3, and opened her eyes wide for the experimental pain test.

“There’ll be a flash of light for 10 seconds. All you have to do is try not to blink,” researcher Kevin Jackson told Sarah as he lined up the pupil-tracking device, mounted on a smartphone.

The eyes offer a window to pain centers in the brain, said Finkel, who directs pain research at Children’s Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation.

How? Some pain-sensing nerves transmit “ouch” signals to the brain along pathways that also alter muscles of the pupils as they react to different stimuli. Finkel’s device tracks pupillary reactions to light or to non-painful stimulation of certain nerve fibers, aiming to link different patterns to different intensities and types of pain.

Consider the shooting hip and leg pain of sciatica: “Everyone knows someone who’s been started on oxycodone for their sciatic nerve pain. And they’ll tell you that they feel it — it still hurts — and they just don’t care,” Finkel said.

What’s going on? An opioid like oxycodone brings some relief by dulling the perception of pain but not its transmission — while a different kind of drug might block the pain by targeting the culprit nerve fiber, she said.

Certain medications also can be detected by other changes in a resting pupil, she said. Last month the Food and Drug Administration announced it would help AlgometRx, a biotech company Finkel founded, speed development of the device as a rapid drug screen.

Looking deeper than the eyes, scientists at Harvard and Massachusetts General Hospital found MRI scans revealed patterns of inflammation in the brain that identified either fibromyalgia or chronic back pain.

Other researchers have found changes in brain activity — where different areas “light up” on scans — that signal certain types of pain. Still others are using electrodes on the scalp to measure pain through brain waves.

Ultimately, NIH wants to uncover biological markers that explain why some people recover from acute pain while others develop hard-to-treat chronic pain.

“Your brain changes with pain,” Thomas explained. “A zero-to-10 scale or a happy-face scale doesn’t capture anywhere near the totality of the pain experience.”

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Going on a trip can be described in very few words. Packing, packing and more packing. And then there’s the part where you forget to pack up something important and your entire minutely planned trip becomes a headache-causing nightmare. No matter how much caution you take, how many times you remind yourself, there are those times you overlook something important. Something that’s at most times even obvious.

The easiest way to avoid finding yourself in this kind of situation is making a checklist of all the things you need to take with you when you travel. A checklist of everything, no matter how obvious and non-forgettable something seems. Only after you place an item in your traveling bags should you check it off. Here, we’re going to look at five of the most important items to take while you travel according to experts. With these 5 items with you, there isn’t something you can leave behind that has the power of ruining your trip.

1. Luggage

Well, yes, as obvious as this might seem, this happens to be the most important item to take with you because this is where all your other important items will be kept safely. As such, it should be secure. Then lightweight while still being spacious enough. Your luggage shouldn’t feel like extra baggage that tires you out. You’ll get enough fatigue from long flights and drives. Wheeled luggage is very convenient if you’re traveling to places with paved paths. Versatile ones that can be carried and also rolled are great if you’ll be venturing into some rough terrain areas. A carry-on is ideal for keeping all your important documents close to you.

2. Travel documents

These are probably the first things that should go into your travel bags before anything else. Vital documents while you travel include your passport/Visa, ID, boarding passes, airline tickets and insurance cards. There will be many places you’ll need to identify yourself, especially in a foreign country. Maps and guide books should also be kept with this lot.

3. Technology devices

Staying at reach and in contact is important, especially when you’re traveling away from home. Your mobile, tablets or laptop should come with you. Never leave your chargers behind. Take along your camera to record those moments on your trip, and headphones, preferably the noise-cancelling ones to get you through noisy commuting.

4. Cash and credit cards

You’ll need money to get plenty much anything you want to get done on your trip, so keeping enough cash on you and carrying your credit cards is important. Make sure to keep it in a safe place, and notify your bank if you’re traveling abroad and will be using your credit card. Also, familiarize yourself with the currency rates of the country you’ll be visiting to avoid carrying too little cash.

5. Precautionary items

You can never be too cautious, and that’s why you should travel ready for anything. Personal prescriptions, fever and pain relievers along with a full first-aid kit are things you should take with you in case of any medical emergencies. Others include allergy medicines, multivitamins, antibacterial ointments, sunscreen and insect repellants. If you have a history of succumbing to motion sickness, take along pills. With all these in place, you’ll prevent the possibility of having your trip cut short by unexpected ailments or extreme reactions to new environments.

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Take the long view: Chile revisited

In three trips over 25 years, writer Sara Wheeler has discovered as much about this South American country as she has about herself

When I first went to Chile 30 years ago, I interviewed a television weatherman. Every evening after the six o’clock news, this fellow had to say : “Tomorrow it will be very hot in the north, pleasantly warm in the middle, and perishing at the bottom.”

What a shape. That was what attracted me to this long, thin country. Could a Chilean woman at the top possibly have anything in common with a man born 4,270 kilometres (2,653 miles) below her? How can a country function when it is 25 times longer than it is wide? I went to find out. This is the story of a love affair with a land where I spent six months travelling from the Peruvian border to Cape Horn; it is also a story of return; and of the ever-changing past. The working title of the book that resulted from that first journey was Keep the Mountains on the Left. If I did that, I couldn’t get lost.

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THE first pics from the show have been revealed and the stars and professionals are lighting up the rink with their skills in the group performance.

Clad in extensive amounts of sequins and tassels, the photos show all the skaters together in what looks to be an illuminating performance.

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Fans of the show have been eagerly awaiting the start of the new series since the line-up was revealed last year.

Dancing On Ice bosses have made a number of big changes to the new series, including two new dancers and a revamp to the studio – after it was plagued with sound issues.

Host Phillip Schofield gave fans a sneak peek behind-the-scenes on his usual show, This Morning.

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Panning round to give a full view of the studio and ice rink, the presenter told the hosts that they had a “brand new rink”.

He said: “It’s more substantial than it was last year, you may remember, we had a rattling problem with the howling winds, so we’ve rebuilt the studio.

“The studio audience has a capacity of 530 so it’s bigger than it was last year.”

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Why you should take a winter road trip

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If you don’t fancy a hot summer vacation but still fancy traveling somewhere new, then a winter road trip could be your ideal getaway. There are plenty of benefits of a road trip during the colder months as opposed to the heat of the peak season and could make for the perfect vacation.

Miles of open road

During winter, needless to say, everywhere is much less busy. Fewer families are traveling to and fro day trips and vacations, and so you’ve got the choice of roads and attractions where significantly fewer people are there than in summer. This can make for a much more relaxed and peaceful drive, so long as you drive safely and according to the weather conditions.

Avoid the crowds

For the same reason, almost any attraction, restaurant, or hotel you stop at is much less busy. There’s more chance of you finding rooms or tables on arrival than you would in summer. This is not to mention the reduction in the price of many goods and services during the off-season.

Take in the views

With less people around and significantly less traffic, you’re free to soak up the views of wherever you decide to head. If you take a winter road trip through Canada, for example, when no other vehicles are around, you can take in the stunning mountains and snow-covered trees in peace. You can even find a spot to park – which is easy in the off-season – and go for a walk in the pristine snow and forests.

Wildlife spotting

Not all animals hibernate over winter, and with considerably less traffic than in summer, you might just get the opportunity to see some animals and beautiful wildlife puttering about. You might also be treated to an incredible experience of seeing animals playing and bounding around in the snow if you’re lucky.

Better climate

Besides the lack of people around in winter, the cool air can make for a perfect road trip. While you might enjoy driving with the windows down in the heat of summer, winter road trips are great to avoid overheating or having hair whipped in your face. Winter tends to be a peaceful and serene time to drive where we can feel warm and cozy in the protection of our own cars.

An alternate winter

Just because it’s winter, doesn’t mean it has to be snowy, icy, or even cold at all. Many places, like Vancouver Island, get rain rather than snow which makes for a totally different experience. Surfing is often best in the off-season, as are the incredible storms you can witness over the ocean in winter. You could even take a trip to Hawaii, where winter is still warm regardless of the weather elsewhere.

There are plenty of reasons to take a winter road trip and many ways in which it beats a summer road trip, but it’s important to remember that it’s not as easy. Harsh weather conditions can make for a dangerous drive if you’re not careful and the cold can run your battery dry, so make sure you don’t leave any lights on overnight.

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Take a Brighton street art tour with REQ and artrepublic

Right here, right now; street art has never been fresher in Brighton.

Brighton Street Art Tour with REQ

Brighton’s reputation for being a hub of creativity is no better demonstrated than with the ever-evolving street art scene. Street artist REQ and artrepublic are working together to provide two hour guided Brighton street art tour so you can dive into the mysterious and eccentric world of the city’s graffiti scene with a professional by your side. The tours can be booked through Eventbrite or Airbnb.

With knowledge of the labyrinthine lanes like the back of his hand, REQ can guide you to the hidden street art you might otherwise miss. Instead of being just a spectator, REQ provides insight into what artists and what kind of street art are making a splash pavement-side right now. REQ has been hosting street art walks since 1984. He contributes to the scene and can illuminate the stories behind each piece that you encounter as you wander through Brighton.

Similar as to how you would get a tour of the artrepublic gallery, the city of Brighton offers a huge amount of artistic talent to admire. Locals are often surprised when stumbling upon a new piece. With REQ, you’ll experience years of expertise and passion for street art, with insight that is hard to find unless you’re part of the scene itself. An exploration of the lesser-known pathways and backstreets, you’ll behold the walls through the lens of an artist, and come away from the tour with more knowledge than the most explorative locals.

London and Bristol based graffiti artists often come to Brighton, where the scene flourishes, to unleash their raw talent on the streets. Its a point of pride that Brighton has the size of a small town, but the creative output of a big city. The perfect place to host one of the most exciting and colourful walkable street art tours.

Upon purchasing a ticket for one of our tours with REQ, artrepublic are delighted to provide a £10 gift voucher for the Brighton gallery. A lot of the local street artists do canvases for our gallery. After the vibrant energy and talent captured on the walls of Brighton, you may be inspired to take a piece of the scene home.

To book your Brighton street art tour with REQ, please visit the artrepublic page at Eventbrite or you can book it as an Airbnb Experience . There is a small charge for the tour, great value for a fascinating couple of hours.

 

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It was recently reported that Offset managed to embarrass Cardi even more during one of her concerts. The man showed up on stage during one of her shows to beg her once again to take him back.

People understood that he had the best intentions, but Cardi was not impressed at all, and it’s quite understandable.

After doing this, Offset posted a message on social media in which he was saying that he felt like a public apology was necessary after his cheating became a public matter as well.

This message did not impress fans at all, and they slammed him saying that he is only sorry because he got caught.

More celebrities got themselves involved in the drama and supported Cardi B or Offset. For instance, Azealia Banks also chose to speak on the recent events surrounding Cardi B, and Offset.

‘I think it’s messed up that men think it’s okay to desecrate her workspace with their opinions of what she should be doing. No clue why think it’s okay to just barge in on women when they feel like it,’ she posted on Instagram.

She continued and wrote that ‘If it were the other way around they would be bashing the woman saying she’s no good, calling her a hoe, etc. etc…but since it’s the man they expect it to be accepted as part of his hip-hop persona and everyone will rush to defend them.’

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Standing for months in front of Trump Tower with a “literary” sign—such as WHO WILL GO UPRIVER FOR PRESIDENT KURTZ?—I wondered which American novelists would dare to brave the supposed curse of topicality and treat the famously litigious Donald Trump during his Heart of Darkness and Apocalypse Now presidency.

The first was the relatively new U.S. citizen Salman Rushdie in The Golden House. In the last month or so, Gary Shteyngart in Lake Success and Jonathan Lethem in The Feral Detective have published novels set, respectively, just before and just after Trump’s election. All three novelists call Trump a “monster” but avoid engaging him directly as a character. They instead make him an off-stage figure, to whom their characters react, and invent Trumpian stand-ins to absorb the writers’ wrath.

Sufficiently enraged to stand in the cold, I hoped for a novel as super-heated, explicitly political, and courageous as Robert Coover’s The Public Burning. About the Rosenbergs’ execution as “Atomic Spies” in 1953 when Richard Nixon was vice president, written in the ’70s when Nixon was president, and featuring Nixon as a major character, The Public Burning is an epic circus that mix-masters fact and fabrication. The novel closes with its superhero Uncle Sam, personification of old white-man anger, preparing Nixon to screw the American public as Sam has prepared all past presidents: by sodomizing him. Scheduled for a Bicentennial release, The Public Burning was delayed by legal challenges and one publisher’s cowardice until 1977.

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Sometimes just watching a TV show or movie isn’t enough and you really want to take a step into the world you know and love so much. Many people have begun to tour the filming locations of their favorite stories, putting themselves in the heart of the action. These places are a great way to put you in touch with much-loved works of fiction.

Game of Thrones – Northern Ireland, Iceland, Croatia

The iconic fantasy TV series Game of Thrones was shot in several places around the planet and if you want to put yourself in the dangerous backstabbing world of Westeros, you can. Many of the scenes were filmed in Northern Ireland, including Winterfell, the Iron Islands, and the world-famous Dark Hedges.

The show was not only shot in Ireland however, and the scenes beyond The Wall were captured in Iceland. There are several tours available in Iceland to take Game of Thrones fans to iconic settings, and if you’re lucky you’ll also get to see the Northern Lights.

If you don’t fancy the colder temperatures of Iceland or Ireland, you can travel to Croatia. Dubrovnik was the city where King’s Landing was brought to life, and fans can take a guided tour around the ancient city.

Harry Potter, London

The Harry Potter fantasy franchise is one of the biggest in the world. Millions of people have read the books or watched the films, and lots of the movie locations were shot in London. The movies had a big impact on the city and many of the iconic locations have been developed specifically for people on Harry Potter tours.

Head over to Kings Cross Station to see Platform 9 ¾, where you can take a picture of a trolly stuck in the wall. When Harry first speaks Parseltongue, he does so at London Zoo and you can visit the exact snake tank featured in the film. There are many locations along the streets of London, and tours can be arranged to allow the biggest Harry Potter fan the chance to walk the same path as their hero. You can even swing on by to the movie studio where the film was shot where you can see props and costumes from the franchise.

Lord of the Rings, New Zealand

From one fantasy movie to another. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy was shot in the beautiful country of New Zealand. Fans of the movies can visit many of their favorite locations including the Gardens of Isengard, Rivendell, and the Fangorn Forest.

If you want to feel like a hobbit on your own adventure, then you can check out the real-life set of Hobbiton. The houses built into the ground remain there to this day, and it’s the perfect way to be at one with the fantasy series.

If you’ve been looking to get in touch with some of your favorite movies or shows then check out these filming location tours. They are perfect for placing you right in some of film’s most famous scenes.

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You Can’t Escape Your Past, Take It From Kevin Hart

Critics have blasted Kevin Hart and all those coming to his defense over homophobic comments that the comedian made between 2009 and 2011 on Twitter. The tweets resurfaced last week after it was announced that Hart would be the master of ceremonies at the 2019 Academy Awards. The 39-year-old actor initially refused to apologize for the controversial remarks, arguing in an Instagram video that he has since “evolved” and should not be held accountable for past mistakes. He, however, later issued a public apology on Twitter and stepped down from the hosting gig.

Since then, a number of prominent high-profile black comedians have rushed to Hart’s defense, including Tony Rock, Nick Cannon, and D.L. Hughley.

“So let me get this straight, a comedian tells a joke that offends people and refuses to apologize, and people want to know what I think of that,” said Hughley. The comic then went as far as to call a transgender woman who disagreed with his opinion a sexist slur.

Although Hughley and others argue that comedians are granted a creative license to use offensive language in the spirit of telling jokes, this truth remains the same: your past can, and likely will, come back to haunt you, especially in today’s digital landscape. As a result, this can tarnish your brand and cause you to miss out on endorsement deals and other opportunities.

Here are five ways to use social media effectively and avoid a branding crisis.

1. Present Your Best Self

Like in Hart’s case, how you present yourself online could be the deciding factor for whether or not an opportunity materializes into fruition. Even if you delete a controversial social media post, nothing on the internet is truly ever erased. So keep in mind that you never know who may have taken a screenshot of your post before you publicly undermine your job or a client, rant about a colleague or boss, or document yourself while under the influence.

2. Think Before You Tweet

Many people use social media as a platform to vent and express their grievances about life and its many upsets. Although it’s perfectly OK and normal to share your gripes with others online, sometimes it’s best to avoid posting in the heat of a moment, which can cause you to say something you’ll live to regret.

3. Be Authentic

People have a low tolerance for B.S. and can oftentimes sniff out those who front for the gram, i.e., that time Bow Wow was caught lying about flying around on a private jet. Hence, it’s imperative to be true to yourself when building your social media brand—just make sure it’s your best self, as stated in point No. 1.

4. Post With Intention

Social media platforms give you the ability to control what the world thinks of you and what you represent. Be sure that you’re creating an image that you can feel proud of and posting thoughts that don’t come with a shelf life.

5. What you wear on social media matters, too

According to author and Black Enterprise contributor Gayneté Jones:

Social media wardrobe choices are etched into the minds of viewers. Employers, potential clients, contractors, romantic interests, and other concerned parties usually seek to view your social media pages in the first instance, prior to meeting you in person or giving you a call to organize an important meeting. In a brief moment of scrolling through your page, viewers have obtained a solid impression of who you are and what they believe you represent.

Style expert, Perri Furbert adds, “Your wardrobe is a form of non-verbal communication and usually acts as a deciding interaction factor. People will, unfortunately, judge you based on what they see. It’s very important to express what you want to say to the world in your apparel.”

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When a city feels good, people take more risks

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TV’s Take on the Hit Podcast Dirty John Is a Dirty Shame

True crime never goes out of style, but only in recent years has it become such a highbrow form. By embedding interrogations of identity, psychology and institutional corruption in real mysteries, the makers of Serial, The Jinx and Making a Murderer unleashed a deluge of tawdry tales with redeeming social value — or at least a veneer of it. But Dirty John, last year’s hit podcast about a California con artist written and hosted by Los Angeles Times writer Christopher Goffard, always felt different. A gripping work of nonfiction storytelling laced with chilling archival audio, it was framed more as domestic noir than as an inquiry into any larger issue.

A better TV adaptation might have excavated the story’s ample subtext about romance, faith and the failure of law enforcement to protect women from dangerous partners. But Bravo’s Dirty John, premiering on Nov. 25, leans into the salaciousness, splitting the difference between soap opera and crime re-enactments in the hysterical style of America’s Most Wanted. Directed by Jeff Reiner (The Affair), from a script by Desperate Housewives alum Alexandra Cunningham, it may be a conscious attempt at camp. But the show doesn’t even succeed at that; its incompetence isn’t entertaining.

The great Connie Britton, whose participation in this project is mystifying, plays heroine Debra Newell, a wealthy, well-preserved, churchgoing Southern California interior designer pushing 60. Though she’s been divorced four times, Debbie is still seeking her soul mate — and she finds him, or so she thinks, in hunky anesthesiologist John Meehan (Eric Bana). Fresh off a streak of bad dates, she overlooks some strange behavior on his part and shrugs off the suspicions of her daughters, Veronica (Juno Temple) and Terra (Julia Garner). As John works to isolate Debbie from her family, they dig into his murky past. The picture of a double life that emerges, bit by bit, would turn Don Draper’s whiskey-fortified blood to ice.

But this isn’t Mad Men. Goffard’s story incorporates so many elements poorly suited to a visual medium — phone calls, correspondence, the reporter’s own reflections — that they seem to overwhelm the script, which often awkwardly copies and pastes exchanges from the source material. A heated email becomes a ridiculous confrontation. Flowery phrases lifted from Goffard’s narration issue from the mouths of characters who aren’t poets.

Cunningham could’ve expanded the podcast’s intriguing but limited psychological portraits of Debbie and John. Instead, she flattens every character: Terra’s babyish utterances defy belief; Veronica is a spoiled brat; John is pure evil. Forced to imitate Newell’s high-pitched purr, even Britton does little to complicate a heroine defined by gullibility. Blandly luxurious sets and scenes that feel rushed bolster the impression that no one involved in this production wanted to spend a second longer on it than necessary.

All true-crime stories have to contend with the perennial criticism that the genre is exploitative. The best ones justify their existence by raising awareness of injustice or even, like Errol Morris’ 1988 film The Thin Blue Line, ensuring that justice is served. The worst mine real people’s pain for profit.

Goffard evidently had enough compassion for his subjects to eschew full-on schlockiness. If the creative forces behind Bravo’s Dirty John had felt the same obligation, they might have ended up with a decent show. What they’ve made instead fails as TV, sure — but it also fails the women whose lives have been affected by predatory men.


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Freeform’s newest poster for Life-Size 2 will take you right back to Sunnyvale


Freeform’s newest poster for <em>Life-Size 2</em> will take you right back to Sunnyvale

Freeform just released the first poster for the highly anticipated Life-Size 2. The film, which joins Freeform’s 25 Days of Christmas as an original feature, will premiere on Sunday, December 2nd. In the whimsical poster, Tyra Banks, who plays main character Eve, is peeking into a dollhouse.

Check out the poster for Life-Size 2 below.

Freeform captioned the photo, “Our favorite doll returns.”

Life-Size 2 is the sequel to Disney Channel’s fantasy comedy film Life-Size. The 2000 film follows teen Casey Stuart (Lindsay Lohan), who tries to resurrect her mother back from the dead with a spell book. The spell goes awry, and she accidentally brings to life a plastic toy doll, Eve (Banks), instead.

News of a Life-Size sequel first broke in December 2015. In an interview with Hollywood Life, Banks confirmed she had read many drafts for the film. She said:

“We have gotten many drafts of scripts, and the one thing I can say is that to the Disney Channel executives, Life-Size is so precious. It’s like their baby, so they just want it perfect. They keep re-doing it, and re-doing it, and re-doing the script, and we are in another round of redos.”

Fast forward to April 2017, and fans got confirmation that the sequel was officially happening. Many speculated over whether Lohan would reprise her role as Casey Stuart. And in April of this year, during an appearance on Steve, Banks confirmed that Lohan was, in fact, returning. However, the Mean Girls actress has been noticeably MIA in all the Freeform promos.

Life-Size 2 will follow Grace (Grown-ish’s Francia Raisa), a CEO of a toy company who faces struggles in her job. Grace’s old doll, Eve (Tyra Banks), awakens to help get her life back on track.

Watch the trailer for Life-Size 2 below.

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Social media influencer who lost 312 pounds has successful surgery to take off 7 pounds of skin

An Instagram star who lost more than 300 pounds now has to get rid of excess skin and she’s ready.

Influencer Lexi Reed is recovering from surgery to remove 7 pounds of excess flesh as a result of her having shed 312 lbs. in two years, according to her fatgirlfedup Instagram account.

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Garden Grown: A Fresh Take on Hospital Food

You can’t get any fresher or more local than just-picked produce from the garden. That’s why Heidi Thompson, food-and-nutrition services manager at Westside Medical Center, decided to try growing herbs and vegetables right there at the hospital.

Parsley from the garden garnishes patient trays, and the herbs and veggies enliven menu offerings at Westside Medical Center’s Courtyard Café. The experiment fits in perfectly with Kaiser Permanente’s mission of helping members choose healthful, plant-based foods.

“Being very local is cost-effective and great for the environment. It’s also very fresh, which is good for nutrients,” Thompson said. “That’s the beauty and benefit of growing your own and having it right there.”

She and her staff started with an 18-foot diameter round bed for herbs in spring 2017. They harvested $ 700 worth of herbs that season, including mint, marjoram, thyme, rosemary, sage, oregano and parsley.

Last May, staff planted 115 vegetable starts in four on-site raised beds that are roughly 12-feet-by-4-feet. Over the summer, the garden produced lettuce, beets, spaghetti squash, leeks, purple scallions, heirloom tomatoes, a variety of peppers and such edible flowers as nasturtiums. For fall, the staff planted fall crops of rainbow carrots, scallion, purple broccoli and beets.

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The Courtyard Café treats customers to creations featuring the garden’s bounty — for example, chicken marinated in herbs from the garden, grilled and served over the ultra-local Red Sails and Buttercrunch Bibb lettuces. Look for the “Garden Grown” logo on the café menus and patient tray tickets.

Westside Medical Center’s food-and-nutrition service department — like those at other Kaiser Permanente facilities — strives to provide a bulk of café choices that are lower in fat and sodium. The café does not sell any sugar-sweetened beverages.

“The menu has evolved bit by bit to offer more interesting and healthier choices,” Thompson said.

Scott Sales, Westside Medical Center chef and food and nutation supervisor harvests a spaghetti squash from the medical center’s garden.

Scott Sales, Westside Medical Center chef and food and nutrition supervisor harvests a spaghetti squash from the medical center’s garden.

She credits the ingenuity of her staff. For example, Scott Kaopua, one of the cooks, focuses on creative salads with grilled protein as his specialty. He candies nuts, toasts cornbread croutons and mixes dressings to give salads extra oomph.

Courtyard Café diners appreciate his and other staff members’ effort. Customer feedback has been 95 percent positive so far this year, Thompson said. One customer remarked, “I no longer go to out to eat. My friends and family meet me here instead.” Other customers said they go to the medical center for lunch, even when they don’t have doctor appointments there.

Now that patients are enjoying eating the ultra-local produce, Thompson would like to get them involved with growing it.

“Eventually I would like this to be an education piece for our patients,” Thompson said. Gardening not only produces fresh vegetables packed with nutrition, but the activity itself also provides many benefits including fresh air, light exercise and a feeling of accomplishment.

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