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John F. O'Hara

John F. O'Hara
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Snack Happy: 3 Tips to Eat Healthier

July 26, 2016 1:24 am


Too many of us attempting to consume a more healthy diet, feel better or lose weight have tried every regimen, with limited long-term success.

Consumer editors at Business Insider recently consulted with nutritionist Andy Bellatti to nail down the diet tips that work—and the ones that don’t. Bellatti, a registered dietician, offered three simple tips to healthier eating:

1. Eat Real Food
Swap the powders, processed substitutes and supplements for fresh veggies, nuts and whole grain foods. These “powerhouse” foods, so named by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), are not only chock full of vitamins and nutrients, but are also packed with fiber, which helps keep you full and satisfied until your next meal.

2. Look for Ingredients with Measurable Benefits
Most health guidelines are based on specific, measurable benefits—from drinking a certain amount of water each day (end goal: stay hydrated) to eating a specified amount of protein (end goal: maintain and build muscles).

While some standards depend on lifestyle factors like height, weight, gender, or amount of daily exercise, others—like eating calcium- and fiber-rich foods—apply to everyone. Stick to foods with measurable benefits and steer clear of fad products that promise to “cleanse your aura” or “give you glowing skin in 48 hours.”

3. Look to Your Lifestyle Mentors
Instead of subscribing to a specific meal plan, or banishing certain foods from your diet altogether, take a lesson from the people you know who are living a healthy lifestyle. In most cases, the people in your life who are the healthiest are taking practical steps: choosing water over soda, eating very little fast food, and exercising regularly.
 

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What Are the Benefits of a Homeowners Association?

July 26, 2016 1:24 am


Homeowners in large-scale associations enjoy a number of association-managed services, many of which are beyond those offered by municipalities. The level at which these services are provided is just one of the benefits drawing homeowners to association living, according to a recently released survey by the Foundation for Community Association Research (FCAR).

FCAR’s Large-Scale Association Survey, which evaluated associations with 1,000 or more lots (including residential, age-restricted and private club communities), found that large-scale associations offer high-caliber services, from roadway maintenance and stormwater management to recreation and security. In effect, large-scale associations act as governmental entities—an advantage for homeowners who would otherwise not receive services at the municipal level.

Large-scale associations also manage the environmental costs of development, as municipal organizations do, according to the survey’s findings. Most associations impose land use restrictions that protect conservation areas, waterways and wetlands.

Civic involvement is prevalent in large-scale associations, as well, the survey found—residents may be invited to attend community-related forums, for instance, or cast an opinion at a polling location within the association.

Community associations, which include condominiums, cooperatives and planned communities, became commonplace by the late 1960s, and, according to a Community Associations Institute statement on the survey, “now represent the greatest extension of housing ownership since the New Deal housing reforms and GI Bill after World War II.”

Source: Community Associations Institute (CAI)
 

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