February 20, 2015

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Bamba Iqhaza! (That’s Zulu for “Be Part of It!”)

UCare staffer to race in South Africa’s 56-mile, uphill ultramarathon. Oy! “Bamba Iqhaza,” or “Be Part of it!” says the invitation to participate in the oldest and most famous ultramarathon in the world: the 56-mile Comrades race in South Africa. “Ultras” are any distance longer than a standard marathon’s 26.2 miles. Though I’ll be a [...]

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February 6, 2015

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Fuerza Unida Amig@s (“Friends United in Strength”)

Latino communities stand against domestic violence with support from organizations like UCare  Editor’s Note: Nouns in Spanish are usually either masculine (ending in an “o”) or feminine (ending in an “a”). Because the “@” symbol resembles an a inside of an o, Casa de Esperanza uses that symbol in place of an o when referring [...]

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January 30, 2015

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Grocery-store-on-a-bus delivers health, affordability, smiles

The Twin Cities Mobile Market, with help from the UCare Foundation, brings fresh offerings closer to home A few years ago, I was on the phone with a friend who used the term “food desert.” “Food what?” I asked. I understood the concept: Many communities don’t have easy access to fresh, healthy, and affordable food. [...]

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January 15, 2015

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You are what you eat … or drink … or juice

‘How veggie and fruit smoothies — and other nutritious choices — powered my health turnaround’ Have you ever heard the saying “Your body is your temple”? I believe my minister said this many times. About four years ago, I took the idea to heart – literally. My triglycerides and cholesterol levels were on the rise [...]

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January 9, 2015

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The “no-car-for-one-year” experiment meets winter

UCare staffer Dan Sarles tells how he’s holding up since his summertime car-for-bike swap. Spoiler alert: “It’s a pretty great trade.” About every five years or so, Minnesota is treated to a particularly punctual and fierce winter. During these winters, there will be snow on the ground on or before Thanksgiving (U of M Climate [...]

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December 23, 2014

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Chemicals in baby products – what’s a parent to do?

A Minnesota public health expert provides simple tips to help protect children Every parent of a newborn wants to protect their baby from harm. So parents and parents-to-be learn about safety gates, outlet protectors, choking hazards, car seat safety and safe sleep positions. But parents might not be as aware of potential risks from small [...]

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December 15, 2014

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This biggest loser’s secrets? Group workouts, no processed food.

Last spring, UCare’s Ryan Hoffman grudgingly joined his wife in a group fitness challenge. Today, the challenge winner is 50 pounds lighter and a lot happier. But where’s that prize money, come to think of it? Last spring my wife, Lindsay (a.k.a. The Source of All Good Decisions in My Life), asked me to sign [...]

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December 3, 2014

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Reviewing “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks”

A UCare leader gives her take on the 2010 best-selling book, which tells how an impoverished black mother’s cells were taken without her permission in 1951. The specimens led to revolutionary medical advances and a multimillion-dollar industry. Decades later, her surviving family couldn’t even afford health insurance. I recently read “The Immortal Life of Henrietta [...]

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November 17, 2014

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‘Though I’m now retired, sometimes I still ask myself what I want to be when I grow up’

UCare for Seniors member and career/life coach: It’s OK if you’re still searching for passion and meaning as a senior This morning my horoscope (yes, I’m addicted to reading it each morning!) said: “It’s a gift to know what you want to do with your life. But if you don’t know, that’s kind of a [...]

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November 6, 2014

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‘Why I’m a fan of meditation’

UCare member Corey Franks tells how meditation helps him relax As a child, I had some experiences with my siblings that seemed somewhat odd to me at the time. It turned out later in life the occurrences were more than beneficial. Little did I know early on I would end up living with chronic pain [...]

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