March is here, which means that it is National Nutrition Month!
According to the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics, National Nutrition Month is an education campaign that was created to focus on the importance of making healthy, informed decisions and developing sound eating habits, as well as creating healthy physical activity routines.
Flowers are beginning to dot our area landscape again, the honking of geese has begun to be replaced by the chirping of songbirds and our clocks spring ahead an hour this weekend. Yes, one and all, it would appear that spring is starting to make its way back to our little oasis by the sea.
The release of the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) has generated a lot of interest. The DGA are used to develop federal food, nutrition, and health policies and programs, as well as education materials for schools, colleges, businesses, community groups, media and the food industry.
The impressive lists of awards and even-longer list of honors students tells us that the Indian River School Dsitrict does a very admirable job in teaching our children what they are expected to be taught.
But we all know there is more to school than the basics of arithmetic and English.
There has come a time in every recent presidential election when I’ve started to get a real feel for the candidates and their takes on the most important issues facing our nation today and it all becomes clear.
“Men are from Mars and Women are from Venus,” a best-selling book several years ago, clearly convinced women that emotionally they differed from men. Unfortunately, despite American Heart Association’s increased awareness campaign for women, 46 percent of women still don’t know their relationship to heart disease.
Anyone navigating our local roads in the “offseason” can tell that there are simply more cars on the road than before.
New developments we have seen pop up on the local landscape largely means there are more second-home owners than before, but it also translates into more year-round residents. More year-round residents means more students in our schools.
There has been a lot of talk about raising the minimum wage, and probably even more conversation about not raising the minimum wage.
I’m here to tell you that our planet is in trouble; and our watershed is in trouble.
But I’m also here to say that each of us can have a positive impact.
Why do I make these statements?
The Fort Miles Historical Association, in conjunction with Delaware State Parks, will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for an artillery park on Saturday, Feb. 20, in the historic section of the park.
So, a friend brought something up to me the other day that I’ve never really stopped to consider before.
Like a bolt of lightning, Justice Antonin Scalia’ death shocked the nation. His death left a vacancy on the Supreme Court and, at the same time, it immediately became an issue in the 2016 election. At least they could have waited 48 hours, to respect his passing.
There’s nothing but lamentations coming out of Washington these days. No elected official seems happy with anything or anyone except themselves. That is because elected officials in Washington think that the world — no, the entire solar system — revolves around them. Nicalaus Copernicus is spinning in his grave.
Reader says Dems embrace socialism
Both the Millville and Ocean View town councils voted unanimously this week to begin drafting agreements to charge every household in their respective municipalities a $35 ambulance fee, to benefit the Millville Volunteer Fire Company (MVFC).
Though, to be fair, the fees will benefit the people and businesses of those towns, as much as the fire company.
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There are weeks that I sit down at my computer, stare at the blank screen looking back at me and half-wonder if maybe the stars and gods have aligned against me.
How on earth was the Center for the Inland Bays (CIB) and the State’s Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control (DNREC) able to convince Delaware’s Legislature to unanimously vote to locate 442 acres of unsightly commercial floating cage oyster farms in the extremely shallow, environmentally unsuitable Inland Bays without the awareness of local stakeholder residents?
This New Year’s, there will have been many resolutions aimed at improving our health: eat better, move more, quit doing this, start doing that. But statistics show the majority of those resolutions will be broken, if they’re not already. Resolutions are hard to keep.
How can we improve our success? Make a resolution that is easy to keep… and fun.
If there’s one thing we’ve learned over the years of doing this, it’s that every town — every governmental body, really — goes through cycles.
“A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divine.”
So, yeah, that storm hit us pretty hard.
Many of us have grown a bit skeptical of snow and dangerous weather prognostications for the area over the years, as we have seen dire forecasts turn into little more than some wind and showers time and time again. But every now and then one hits us, and this past weekend was one of those instances.
I’m not exactly the most nostalgic person in the world. I wish I could say it’s because I’m a forward-thinking individual who leaves the past in the proverbial rearview mirror, but it’s not really that. I just don’t... care.
The New Year is a time to reflect on the past year, while making resolutions and planning for the upcoming year. The top two New Year’s resolutions are getting fit and losing weight. For both, and simply for overall health and wellbeing, exercise is a key component!