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The Other Dirty Paid Sick Days Secret

Psst…here’s a dirty little secret that might be playing out in your workplace too.

Colleagues are coming to work while sick. We’re lucky enough to have paid sick days but they’re not being used.

This is a problem. While my office has paid sick days, a large percent of American private sector workers don’t get any paid leave. Meaning they have to decide between a paycheck and their health. 

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New study once again questions artificial sweeteners

A new study forces us to once again question the safety of consuming artificial sweeteners. A study published last week in the journal Nature provides evidence suggesting diet soda could negatively impact gut microbes leading to glucose resistance and ultimately Type 2 diabetes. The results of the study add weight to the theory that artificial sweeteners might trick the brain, confusing how the body processes sugar.  

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A SNAP snapshot

The good news is participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is down.  The bad news is that it isn’t even close to pre-financial crisis participation levels.  Since December 2012, the number of Americans receiving SNAP, formerly known as food stamps, has gone down to 46.2 million from a record high of 47.8 million. 

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What I love about LifeSmarts

LifeSmarts, NCL's national competition for middle and high school students, launched its 21st season this week. This program teaches students the skills they need to be successful adult consumers in the real world. Every year the national championship is hosted in a different city around the country. In April we will travel to Seattle, Washington to crown a new LifeSmarts champion. This blog was written by Lisa Hertzberg, LifeSmarts program director. 

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Better poultry practices start with consumer demand

Last week, Perdue, one of the nation’s largest poultry producers, announced the removal of antibiotics in its hatcheries.  It is the latest action in their 12 year plan to reduce antibiotics in poultry production.  Perdue has been a leader in the industry’s antibiotic reduction efforts, with 95 percent of its chickens never receiving human antibiotics and the remaining 5 percent administered human antibiotics for limited time periods, when prescribed by a veterinarian.  

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