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The story behind our star: America’s Tallest Fresh-Cut Christmas Tree



The reading journey continues with local Kristine Abrams Gresh


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BUSINESS Rhapsody School of Music scores for instruments and lessons


OUTTAKES Seen in the community



Cool stuff your neighbors are selling



KIDS Logan Rauch is back from the brink with the help of the Teen Challenge program


PETS How you can help make a difference when it comes to the homeless pet population

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HOME COOKING Delicious seasonal treats to satisfy your sweet tooth

HEALTH Rise above your troubles to get healthy


BEAUTY Local beauty expert Jacqueline Starr-Hubert on holiday eye trends


INSIDE Tara Storjohann, a local pharmacist, on the risks of high caffeine consumption

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HAIR Local hair-care professional Martin Weston ruminates on the season

PARENTING Learn about a cognitive supplement to medicating children with ADHD

OUT AND ABOUT Spotlight on Rosati’s Pizza

ROOMS A peek into the Thompson family’s home

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ROOMS Home for the holidays with the Ause family

STEALS & DEALS Budget-savvy local Judy Weston offers up tips to save money

COMMUNITY The power of one can make a difference


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GET TO KNOW Anna Elizabeth Henshaw, the 12-year-old girl who’s a football player

Jim Oliveri on the history of Daisy Mountain and Gavilan Peak

Fun things to do in December


DIFFERENCE Barbara Stitzer catches up with preacher Tim Gunnells


GET TO KNOW Meet 11-year-old surfing phenom Sydney Johnson


CROSSWORD An original Myles Mellor puzzle


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PRESIDENT/PUBLISHER Adam Toren adam@85086magazine.com Matthew Toren matthew@85086magazine.com

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CONTRIBUTORS Roberta Gottlieb, Kristine Abrams Gresh, Jacque Starr Hubert, Myles Mellor, Kelli Morgan, Jim Oliveri, Logan Rauch, Michelle Steinke, Tara Storjohann, Anissa Stringer, Barbara Stitzer, Judy Weston, Martin Weston, Chris Wylie

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networking SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER Eric Twohey 85086 Magazine sets high standards to ensure forestry is practiced in an environmentally responsible, socially beneficial, and economically viable manner. Printed by American Web on recycled fibers containing 10% post consumer waste, with inks containing a blend of soy base. Our printer is a certified member of the Forestry Stewardship Council, the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, and additionally meets or exceeds all federal Resource Conservation Recovery Act standards. When you are finished with this issue, please pass it on to a friend or recycle it. We can have a better world if we choose it together.

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between neighbors It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas… It can be challenging to get into the holiday spirit when it’s 80 degrees outside and you see people running around in shorts and flipflops with nary a coat or a sweater in sight. So, we’re lucky that in our little spot in the Valley, there are residents and business owners who are valiantly working to keep the feel and flavor of a traditional Christmas alive. The Outlets at Anthem is one such busiADAM TOREN ness. For the fourth consecutive year, this popPublisher ular North Phoenix outlet shopping center is adam@85086magazine.com displaying a Christmas tree that you’re not likely to see anywhere else in the world—and certainly not anywhere else in Arizona. This behemoth fir required a 75-foot stretch flatbed trailer to bring it from the Shasta-Trinity National Forest in California and weighed around 12 tons before being decorated specifically to delight and awe our local community. The tree’s arrival last month heralds the start of the holiday season and makes it feel and look a lot like Christmas in our desert community. Read more about this signature 85086 holiday icon on page 36. Meanwhile, 85086 Magazine continues to get you in the holiday mood as we step inside the homes of two local gals who consider Christmas decorating an art form. Check out their festive abodes to get inspiration for your own displays. During the hustle and bustle of the season, it’s also nice to read about what else your neighbors have going on. In the case of two of our youth, it’s not what you’d expect. On page 32, meet Sydney Johnson, an 11-yearold from Desert Hills who’s racking up surfing awards. Next up is Anna Elizabeth Henshaw, on page 34. This 12-year-old Anthem girl not only has the heart of a football player but plays on a winning team! There’s more, of course, and we invite you MATTHEW TOREN to take a breather this season and sit back Publisher with 85086 Magazine to read what’s going on matthew@85086magazine.com in your neighborhood. Happy holidays!

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Four Party Tips!

Suggestions to keep your holiday social season fun and festive.

1. Know the Details Before heading to a party, get some info. Can you bring a guest? Is it adult only? If you are not sure, ask your host. If you’re hosting the event, make sure to list the details on the invite, especially if it’s for a specific group of people or if you have limited space.

2. Keep the Talk Light Avoid hot-button topics like politics and religion, and whatever you do, avoid talking negatively about other people. Conduct yourself and all your conversations with class.

3. Alcohol—Know Your Limits It’s perfectly fine to enjoy alcoholic beverages at a holiday party, but it’s important to know your limits! Overimbibing creates unwanted holiday behavior. Don’t be that guest whom everyone is afraid to invite next year!

4. Put Away Your Phone Holiday parties are about socializing, mingling, and catching up with people you love, not about texting or taking attention away from the fun at hand.

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A Fresh Note Rhapsody School of Music offers local musicians a nearby spot for lessons and instruments. Writer Anissa Stringer sits down with the owners to chat about what they offer. Photos by Stephen Miller

Anissa is an aspiring fiction writer and especially enjoys writing for middle school and young-adult audiences.

BRIAN AND ANGIE Benson, the owners of Rhapsody School of Music, are proud to own the only local commercial center that offers music lessons and the tools necessary to play. The Bensons acquired Dave Janssen’s School of Music (3434 W. Anthem Way) just a few months ago, and

Angie and Brian Benson

they’ve already taken the school in an exciting new direction. Now, local musicians can stay local— there’s no need to travel to Phoenix or shop online in order to purchase instruments or supplies. The Rhapsody School of Music is a newly authorized dealer for many well-known brands of instruments, including Fender, Schecter, Jackson, and Yamaha. They also sell items like print music and accessories. The school offers private and group lessons for the piano, guitar, bass, drums, violin, brass, and woodwinds as well as vocal training. For the younger set, the school offers a toddler program, and they also provide homeschool support. Approximately 14 teachers call the Rhapsody School of Music home, including Angie, who is a classically trained pianist with more than 25 years of experience. Angie studied piano at the Royal Conservatory of Music, and she’s not the only instructor with an impressive musical background. All of the teachers at the school have formal training or are working musicians. That means that students get a classical education as well as a prac-


tical one. That’s important, especially for the school’s new band program that allows students of any age to work together for a few months before putting on a concert. “The kids who play in the band can range in age from 7 to 70,” Brian says. “Age doesn’t matter because music is a unifying experience that provides a common language.” All of the classes that are offered are structured around the needs of the students. The Bensons believe that learning music should be a fun and memorable experience and also a successful one; all of their teachers focus on ensuring that students are working at an appropriate skill level. The Rhapsody School of Music may have just recently opened their doors, but they’re already reaching out to our community. Knowing the challenges that some organizations face, the Bensons are developing partnerships with local churches and schools in an effort to bring music into the lives of others. Why? Brian has the answer. “We want to help,” he says.

Rhapsody School of Music 3434 W. Anthem Way, Suite 156 Telephone: (623) 465-7060 rhapsodyschoolofmusic.com

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fresh | OUTTAKES A NIGHT AT ROSATI’S Rosati’s, 3668 W. Anthem Way, Anthem Photos by Stephen Miller

YOUTH FOOTBALL CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS Desert Highlands Jr. Jags beat Scottsdale Firebirds 24-8 Photos by Christopher Prickett

A couple enjoys a cool one.

Sean Paxton, Jessica Paxton, Connor Paxton, and Luke Paxton in the house and at the table!

The Desert Highlands Jr. Jags are headed to the National Championships in Orlando, Florida.

The Jr. Jags proudly show their medals.

The band Diversity delighted customers with their cool sounds.

Adam Muller, Kathan Muller, Ashton Muller, Jamie Miller, and Rilynn Rutledge find family dining fun and tasty!

The Prickett family celebrates the team’s win.

The team is made up of 11-to12-year-old boys (and one girl).

HEROES & ARISTOCRATS PARTY Jo London, 201 Easy St., Carefree Photos by Stephen Miller

A jazz band entertained guests.

Sondra Barr, Kim Prince, and Laura Mahoney

Roger and Lynee Petersen

An ode to the British lifestyle!

Ralph and Leslie Seligmann

Brian and Sue Malthaner

A Rolls Royce Silver Spur

Lynne A. Shapiro and Tom Gregory

If you know of any events happening in the area or have photos you would like to share with us, please submit them to events@85086magazine.com. To see outtakes of our events, visit our website at 85086magazine.com. 14 || 85086MAGAZINE.com || DECEMBER 2013

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THINGS TO DO… DECEMBER Kick off the holiday season with the seventh annual Cowboy Christmas Children’s Program at the Cave Creek Museum’s Cowboy Christmas. Activities include roping a steer with a Hula-Hoop, making chaps, making and decorating cookies, and other crafts. 1 p.m.–4 p.m. Cave Creek Museum, 6140 Skyline Dr., Cave Creek. cavecreekmuseum.org



The business holiday reception event brings both the Chamber and Anthem Community Council business networks together for one combined and rewarding night of dynamic networking. Cash bar, appetizers, and more. Two attendees per business. 5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m. Anthem Golf and Country Club, 2708 W. Anthem Club Dr., Anthem. northgatewaychamber.org/events/


Join Ranger Mark for an invigorating guided hike that departs from the Nature Center. During the hike, he’ll point out interesting flora and fauna and landmarks. Please bring plenty of water. $6 park entry per vehicle. Cave Creek Regional Park, 37900 N. Cave Creek Pkwy., Cave Creek. markpaulat@mail.maricopa.com. maricopa.gov/parks/cave_creek


Eat an early-morning pancake breakfast with Santa, and maybe he’ll tell you if you’ve been naughty or nice this year! Call for times. Outlets of Anthem, 4250 W. Anthem Way, Phoenix. outletsanthem.com. (623) 465-9500


Enjoy the sounds of the season with Celebrate the Joy, ProMusica Arizona’s tribute to the holidays, with music both grand and simple and guaranteed to touch your heart. The full orchestra and chorale will present the Christmas story, augmented by heartwarming readings and beautiful music. 7:30 p.m. Boulder Creek High School Performing Arts Center, 40404 N. Gavilan Peak Pkwy., Anthem.


Take in the fourth and final event of the yearlong drug-awareness series when Teen Challenge presents “Stay Sharp,” a hard-hitting, high-energy prevention message of substance abuse and its consequences. 6:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m. Anthem Community Center, 41130 N. Freedom Way, Anthem. onlineatanthem.com


The Ocotillo Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution are honored to have guest program speaker Marshall Trimble, official Arizona state historian, speak about our state’s Southwestern history one Arizona take at a time. Free admission. Open to members and nonmembers. 9:35 a.m. Outlets at Anthem Community Room, suite #435. ocotillo.arizonadar.org


Celebrate the holidays with a Christmas dinner and celebration at Good Shepherd Mission Church. 5 p.m.–9 p.m. Good Shepherd Mission Church, 45033 N. 12th St., New River. willow1169@gmail.com


85086 Magazine extends huge congratulations to the Desert Highlands Jr. Jags football team for their big win over Scottsdale Firebirds in Conference Championships! Their 24–8 win against the number-two-seeded Firebirds on Nov. 9 secured them a spot at the National Championships in Orlando, Florida, Dec. 7–13. The Jr. Jag Pee Wee division is made up of 11–12-year-old boys (and one girl—see page 40 to read about her) from Anthem, Tramonto, and the North Gateway area. Please help support the self-funded team (the cost for the trip to Florida is about $2,200 per person) by visiting 85086magazine.com/jags.

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Fabulous Finds Each month, we highlight the unique wares that local folks are selling. Check out some of these interesting things you can buy from your neighbors. By Sondra Barr

Irene Lingenfelter is a local artist with a studio in New River. Irene and her husband built the studio in 2007 to teach the fine art of printmaking. They also make fine-art etching presses and give private workshops on nontoxic printmaking in the studio. The space also houses Irene’s photography studio and jewelry workshop, where she creates handmade signature cuff bracelets that she sells locally and across the country. Made from nontoxic plastic, the unique bracelets are one-of-a-kind creations. jilinkstudios.com

Ingrid Bradford, an Anthem resident, designs baby items and young girls’ clothing. Her line, Ingrid B. Designs, is a children’s Etsy store for unique, stylish, and high-quality-crafted baby essentials and adorable clothing. Ingrid’s love of sewing and designing led her to start Ingrid B. Designs as a creative outlet for her talents. Her styles have gotten a lot of notice. Everything you see in her virtual store has first been tested and tried by Ingrid’s two children. etsy.com/shop/ingridbdesigns

Leigh Steele is the folk herbalist behind Desert Moon Herbal. She creates handcrafted herbal products such as salves, lip balms, deodorants, perfume oils, medicinal rubs, and creams. An Anthem resident, Leigh believes that healing plants that are ethically harvested and transformed by loving hands constitute the medicine of the people and connect us back to the Earth. Desert Moon Herbal’s all-natural products make unique gifts for anyone; prices range from $5–$48. desertmoonherbal.etsy.com

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The Power of One Local Judy Weston on how one person can touch one life and make a difference in the world. “I REMEMBER SEEING pictures of children in Africa who didn’t have very much, and I wanted to help,” says Anthem student Taylor Koeckes. “I was able to participate in the pillowcase dress project last year, and it was amazing seeing the orphans wearing their dresses. It made me feel good about myself.” Anthem schoolteacher Julie Sprague was in line at a store when she heard about pillowcase dresses for orphans. This piqued her interest, and the Power of One Club was born. Now in its fourth year, the pillowcase project is poised to make over

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1,000 dresses for orphans in India, Haiti, and Africa. Sprague, her fellow seventhgrade teachers, and an amazing group of students and parents gather twice weekly to cut, sew, iron, and embellish adorable dresses for orphans who often have nothing to wear. Sprague experienced the poverty of Haiti firsthand while on a trip to the region to train teachers. She knew the dresses would make a huge difference. She explained to me that in India, girls must have a family dowry. If too many girls are born to a family, they are often given up to

orphanages. These orphans are often left with little or no clothing, little to eat, and no hope for the future. The Power of One’s credo is that one person can make a difference, no matter how small. Carli Kaye, an Anthem student, says, “It’s amazing how much you have and how much others don’t have. You want to help. Plus, it’s a lot of fun, too.” “It’s reciprocal service learning,” Sprague says. “The students are learning a skill [sewing] and giving their accomplishments to a child in need. It is reciprocal in that they both get something out

“It’s amazing how much you have and how much others don’t have. You want to help. Plus, it’s a lot of fun, too.” of it. It’s about creating relationships with the kids that volunteer their time to help,” she adds, tearing up. Encouragement flows from Sprague’s lips to student volunteers’ hearts as can be seen in the displayed dresses.

The Power of One Club is not just about dresses, however. In January, volunteers begin their fleece tie-blanket project for the Phoenix Rescue Mission and the Globe Navajo Mission. In April and May, Anthem students pay a small fee to come to Sprague’s class to make earrings as Mother’s Day presents. All money collected goes to We Care Anthem.

Judy is an Anthem resident and a mother. She is overly involved with her children’s lives, as all good mothers are.


Julie Sprague believes it’s important to teach children that we can touch others both locally and globally. This holiday season, don’t forget that the “Power of One” can change the world. The Power of One Club meets every Monday and Tuesday until the holiday break begins. If you would like to help, the club is in need of gently used pillowcases, thread, ribbon, new irons, new ironing boards, and new sewing machines. Donations are accepted all year. Tax-credit donations can be made to the Power of One Club as well; shipping the dresses to these countries is expensive, and donations are graciously accepted and appreciated. All donations can be dropped off at the Anthem School office, 41020 N Freedom Way, Anthem.

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The 85086 Book Club The reading journey continues with local Kristine Abrams Gresh. HI, MY FELLOW 85086 readers! So, I’m enjoying Quiet (the book, not the thing you sometimes get when you hike Daisy Mountain at the right time). I hope you’re reading along and finding it interesting. Write in and let me know— next month, we discuss! Then, we’ll ring in 2014 with a new book selection. (For those who didn’t catch the first column: Welcome to our neighborhood book club! The present selection is Quiet: the Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain. Read it, spread the word around the community, and write to us!) This month, I thought I’d take a few minutes to tell you about a book I read a few years back. I find myself thinking about it often since moving to Anthem. It’s called The Know-It-All: One Man’s Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World by A.J. Jacobs. Basically, it’s the true (and comical) account of a guy who decides to read the entire Encyclopedia Britannica from A to Z. It also details his life along the way. And as a nice bonus, Jacobs shares so many of the neat, random stories and facts he picks up during his “quest” that you will feel like an information rock star at the next cocktail party you attend. It’s fun, it’s endearing, and sometimes, it’s quirky. You learn a bit. And you truly

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enjoy the ride. In what seems like an odd move at first—create a town in the middle of the desert with a water park, a train, and some top-notch schools—you soon realize it’s kind of perfect and somehow just “works.” It’s beautiful, charming, and maybe even a tad inspiring—like the task of reading encyclopedias. Lesson being, sometimes when a situation seems a bit bizarre and maybe too good to be true, jump in and give it a shot. You just might find that it works, and perhaps you’ll even make a few great friends along the way. And since we’re in the heart of the holiday season, I’ll mention that The Know-It-All makes a fun gift for a reader. But really, lots of books do. My favorite is giving books to kids. Don’t hesitate to wrap a great book, even a used copy (I find they have character—cheesy pun intended). Personalize it by writing a little something on the inside cover, like why you enjoyed the book or maybe why the book reminds you of the recipient. Even if they don’t get to it until after all the shiny “toys” that beep and move and require charging, they’ll eventually pick it up. And you just might inspire a child to become a lifelong reader—one incredible book can do that. And what better gift is there? And remember, however you take it in—Happy Reading!

Kristine Abrams Gresh has been a freelance writer and an avid reader for several years. Originally from Brooklyn, New York, she now lives in Anthem with her husband and son. She loves a good book and is determined to write one of her own someday.

I left a copy of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking in the vicinity of the fishing lake at the Anthem Community Park—a magnificent spot for taking some time to get lost in a book. If you picked it up and read it, please pass it along.

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Desert Spiritual Local Barbara Stitzer catches up with preacher Tim Gunnells.

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IN THIS WORLD of fast-paced social climbers and even-faster paced social media-a-holics, how many times can you meet someone and feel like you’re being listened to with that person’s entire being? When it comes to Tim Gunnells, the Canyon Church of Christ’s preacher for the past two years, listening is only the beginning. Gunnells was born in South Carolina, one of five children. As the son of a preacher, he was drawn to the ministry by age 14. He was a youth minister and then a college minister—he even worked a jail ministry in Tennessee. After receiving his doctor of ministry degree in 2010, he preached at a church in East Tennessee. Gunnells enjoyed the warmth of being surrounded by friends, but he felt that he needed to do more for God. He was approached by a brigadier general in the Marine Corps about being a military chaplain. It was a big decision because Gunnells, his wife, Kristen, and their three children, Emma, Ella, and Ean, thought that they’d stay in the South forever instead of moving all over the earth with the mili-

tary. However, Gunnells was diagnosed with gastroparesis, a stomach paralysis, which precluded his joining the military. He went from 215 pounds to 168 and had to change his diet and his way of looking at food. And then, he was asked to move to Anthem. “One thing I love about our church is our goal is to be faithful to God and faithful to each other,” Gunnells says. “We’re welcoming to all—we have members who drive from as far as Gilbert and Chino Valley— but we don’t want to be a big church. We just openly give what everyone needs: love, compassion, and friendship.” Rae Morue, a member of the welcoming committee at the church, appreciates Gunnells’s openness to new ideas. “I’ll say, ‘Hey, Tim, what do you think about this?’ He says ‘I love it!’ and that’s what we do!” Morue says.” With Tim, what you see is what you get!” Gunnells’s blog, desertspiritual.com, chronicles his time in Arizona. The blog also features discussions of sections of the Bible, that relate to insights his children have made

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and how they inspire him, his bout with his illness, battles with depression, and his love and admiration for his wife. He writes of having had a garden as a child not because of the popularity of working in the yard but so his family would have food to eat. The candor of his writing elicits a large response and encourages readers on their spiritual journeys as well. It’s been so cathartic for him that he says, “I almost do it more for myself.” Whether in person or via Facebook, Tim Gunnells is there when you need him. “It’s the watershed moments, dealing with people at highly emotional times—births, weddings, deaths—that are so poignant,” he says. “Dealing with people who are terminally ill, the conversations are so different—they want to talk about serious life issues. They’re rich times for me as a minister at the very deepest level.” At Thanksgiving, Gunnells’s family thinks of things that they’re thankful for, writes them on leaves, and puts them all over the house. “There is a lot of pressure around the holidays—pressure on the kids to behave, pressure on parents, and debt,” he says. “The holidays are about family. They’re about faith. Everyone should be in a better mood around the holidays. Approaching them with a spirit of thankfulness will influence your spending and your traditions. Think about the past, live in the present, and look to the future.” Recently, Gunnells took another position at Amridge University in Alabama as the director of university relations. He’ll be ministering to other ministers and “keeping them from burning out.” His kind face is one that will truly be missed in Anthem.


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Them Thar Hills! Jim Oliveri on the history of Daisy Mountain and Gavilan Peak. THE TWO MOST prominent geological features in our area are Daisy Mountain and Gavilan Peak. Although relatively close to each other, they are nonetheless vastly different. Daisy Mountain has a rolling, rounded appearance, while Gavilan Peak is steep and rocky. But what do we really know about the history of these two majestic summits that dominate our local skyline? Both Daisy Mountain and Gavilan Peak were formed by volcanic and metamorphic activity almost two billion years ago. During the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods one hundred million years before mankind appeared, dense forests covered Arizona. Albertosaurus, a smaller relative of Tyrannosaurus rex and weighing up to 6,000 pounds, was the dominant life form here. Its fossilized bones have been unearthed from southern Arizona all the way to Canada. In those days, Phoenix itself was likely little more than a one-Eohippus town.

Daisy Mountain It is believed that the Hohokam Indians settled near Daisy Mountain (elevation 3,190 feet) around AD 600. Spanish explorers visited the area during the 1500s. But permanent settlement did not begin until the mid-1800s, when a few ranchers arrived. The area was opened to homesteading in the 1930s, and some mining was done on the mountain itself during the 1940s. Small amounts of magnesium, copper, and gold were discovered there but not enough to warrant further exploration. The mines were soon abandoned, and a recent geological survey confirmed that there is no potential for future mining on Daisy Mountain. A note of caution to hikers: Many of the mine pits remain open and unprotected, so if you’re in the neighborhood, please don’t “drop in” for a visit. Keep to the trails for your own safety and enjoy the view. Just be aware that the climb can be a bit strenuous.

Gavilan Peak Gavilan Peak (elevation 2,877 feet) has an even more interesting history. Gavilan means “sparrow hawk” in Spanish, and the mountain may have been named in recognition of the area’s large hawk population. Geologists refer to the peak as a volcanic plug, a formation created when magma within the

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shaft of a volcano hardens and later becomes exposed as the surrounding softer rock erodes away. Volcanic plugs are usually steep, stony outcrops quite unlike the neighboring mountains. During the 1870s, the Desert Station Stage Line connected Phoenix with Prescott. It generally followed the route now occupied by Interstate 17. New River Station, presently the site of The Station restaurant, was the first stage stop established in the area. It was managed by the Miller family, who owned a ranch at the base of Gavilan Peak. All seven members of the family were massacred in an Indian raid, precipitating U.S. Cavalry campaigns against the Apaches. In the 1880s, a Cavalry detachment fought a pitched battle against the Apaches at the base of the mountain. The Army soon thereafter established a post at Gavilan Peak and operated a heliograph from there to communicate with Fort Huachuca and other bases to the south. Hardy souls occasionally attempt to scale the mountain, but that is a task better left to more experienced climbers. Well, there you have it, neighbors. Hopefully, you can now better appreciate the two towering mountains that for so many eons have guarded the northern approaches to this area of the North Valley.

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Holiday Shopping Tips Savvy local Judy Weston offers up ideas to align gift giving with your budget this season. DURING THE HOLIDAY frenzy, it can be overwhelming and frustrating to match our desires with our budgets. My goal for the last few years has been to shower my loved ones with gifts without regretting it on Dec. 26. Before you head to the mall and end up in debt, though, consider putting these tips into your shopping repertoire: • SET YOUR BUDGET In the past, I would randomly shop unaware of how much I was really spending until I saw my credit card bill in January. Not a good way to start the New Year! I have found that setting a strict budget at the start of the holiday season makes for a much-less stressful start in January! • MAKE A LIST Write down everyone you want to give a gift to this holiday season. Don’t forget to include household helpers (pool man, gardener, babysitter, etc.) if you give gifts to them. Next, determine how much of your budget you want to spend on each individual. Then, write down gift ideas for each person. • RESEARCH YOUR ITEMS Now that you have your gift ideas and budget set, it’s time to do some research. Retailers compete for your business during this time of year. Be sure to look at the ads that come in your newspapers, mailings from department stores, and the Internet for the best price on the items you’re planning to purchase. Many stores will price-match at this time of year if you ask them. Don’t be afraid to ask your clerk for the competitors’ prices on an item if you’re out shopDECEMBER 20133

ping. You may save yourself a trip to yet another store! • NO IMPULSE SHOPPING! You may notice that I used red ink for that! That’s because this is where most of our break-the-budget shopping happens. Do not leave your house without your list; do not shop for items not on your list. Retailers make a lot of their money during the holiday season enticing customers with great deals. They place these items in prime spots to attract our attention and cater to our weaknesses. Stay strong! Keep your eyes on your list! You can stay on budget! • LOOK FOR ONLINE SPECIALS/PROMOS/COUPONS The Internet is a great place to search for deals. If you have a favorite retailer, type the retailer’s name and the word coupon into your favorite search engine. I can almost guarantee you’ll find a

coupon or a promo code to use. But be careful—many retailers have a minimum amount you must spend for free shipping. If you cannot get free shipping, you’re probably better off buying your items at a brick-andmortar shop. • FREESHIPPINGDAY.ORG If you’re like me, you undoubtedly will forget to include someone on your list. Lucky for us, a genius named Luke Knowles invented freeshippingday.org. Free shipping day is a one-day online shopping event featuring free shipping and guaranteed delivery by Christmas Eve. This year, free shipping day occurs on Dec. 18. I’m pretty sure that Tiffany’s is not included, so if any of you husbands are planning on placing a little blue box under the tree (hint, hint), procrastination is not recommended. Following these few tips can help you have a successful, debt-free holiday season. Here’s to a season filled with warmth, laughter, and peace! See you next year!

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The true meaning of brotherhood. Can we say “Lean on Me”?

Life Changer After almost dying from his crystal meth addiction, Logan Rauch is back from the brink with the help of the Teen Challenge program. DRUGS. ALCOHOL. SEX. These are the things I allowed to consume my life, control my life, and nearly take my life away. If you’d told me a year ago that I’d die a crystal meth addict, I’d probably have believed you. If you’d told me a year ago that I’d go to a place called Teen Challenge and receive a new life free of drugs, alcohol, and sex, I’d probably have called you a liar. But since then, I’ve learned that God can take your mess and turn it into a message, and if this worked for me, there’s something out there for everyone who may need an organization like this. My story, like so many others, starts at home when I was a young boy. At age six, my parents had a drama-filled divorce, leaving me with confusion and darkness for years to come, not to mention a hole in my heart. For years, I was never able to fill that hole. Then, I was introduced to drugs and sex and found what I was looking for, or so I thought. The sex and drugs always promised to please and protect, but all they ever did was consume and imprison. It wasn’t long before it went from casual to controlling. I drank alcoholic beverages and smoked marijuana as a young teen and began abusing crystal meth at 16. By the time I was 17 and had dropped out of high school because of my addiction, I had taken my hopes, dreams, and morals and cashed them in to be a full-time drug addict.

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Logan is 19 and currently a student at the Teen Challenge Christian Life Ranch in New River, Arizona. biblical studies and other methods, such as a self-evaluation process. As a student here in Teen Challenge, I’m able to work alongside organizations such as the Anthem Community Council’s Drug Education Program to fight back the drug epidemic that’s going on in our own backyard. When given the opportunity to share my story, I jumped for joy knowing that maybe my story could impact even one person’s life and give them a hope for a future free of addiction. With programs like Teen Challenge and the Anthem Drug Education Program working together, we can attend to the needs of the addicted in our very own community.

It was around this time that a graduate of Teen Challenge who attends my home church not only told my mother of Teen Challenge but also printed her an application, knowing it would only be a matter of time before it was needed. You’d think that after I was beaten down in a fight I initiated under the influence and was left inside the door of an emergency room covered head Visit the Anthem Community Council’s to toe in my own blood, I’d have had enough web page at onlineatanthem.org/anthemand sought help. But no—the time came a drug-education-program to become inyear or so later in the form of a crystal-meth formed about drug addiction and recovery. overdose that left me within inches of carTo find out more about Teen Challenge of diac arrest and completely out of my mind. Arizona, visit azteenchallenge.org/. With nowhere else to go and thinking “This is it,” I turned to the only thing I had left: God. I wept and begged him to please save my life Drug Education Event and free me from my lifecontrolling addiction— What: “Stay Sharp” presented by Teen Challenge. Local and he did! I survived and parents and their mature 7th–12th graders are encouraged to attend “Stay Sharp,” presented by Teen Challenge. This was accepted into Teen drug-education event will take a hard-hitting, high-energy Challenge that same day. approach in the discussion of substance abuse, its For those of you asking consequences, and overall prevention. The visually dramatic “What is this Teen Chalpresentation features Teen Challenge students telling of their personal journeys toward destruction. These speakers lenge?” I’ll tell you that it’s have walked in “student” shoes and will provide relevant a worldwide program that and lasting connection to reality. focuses on helping people When: Dec. 12 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. of all ages overcome their life-controlling addictions Where: ACC Community Center, 41130 N. Freedom Way through building a relationRSVP to attend: onlineatanthem.com/anthem-family-day ship with Christ through



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Every Life Counts Local animal advocate Roberta Gottlieb on how you can help make a difference when it comes to the homeless pet population. DURING 2011, PHOENIX open-intake shelters received 93,393 homeless or abandoned animals, and 45 percent did not make it out alive. Most of the residents in metropolitan Phoenix are unaware of our overwhelming homeless pet population. The numbers are sobering, but there are numerous small and large nonprofit rescue groups doing their part to help reduce these numbers. HALO Animal Rescue has now become the leader and innovator in Phoenix in terms of lives saved. A unique collaboration was established between two animal-welfare organizations this past January in South Phoenix. It was the result of a PPP, or public/private partnership, between Maricopa County Animal Care and Control/West (MCACC) and HALO Animal Rescue, which is a private nonprofit entity. The primary goal of this partnership is to increase the adoption rate and reduce the euthanasia of homeless pets in Maricopa County. HALO, an acronym for Helping Animals Live On, was started by cofounders Michel Herstam and Heather Allen in 1994. Fast-forward through 30,000 animal adoptions to the end of 2012. HALO’s leased facility on 35th Avenue was sold, and the organization needed to find a new location. Around the same time, Dr. Silva, the director of MCACC, was looking for a way to improve customer service and live release rates by engaging an organization as an adoption partner. HALO has had a longstanding relationship with Animal Care and Control since HALO’s adoptables were rescued from the euthanasia list at the county’s shelters. In addition, during 2011, HALO assumed responsibility for the care,

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treatment, and eventual adoption of dogs with medical needs at one of the West shelter’s underutilized buildings. Not only was the timing perfect but also HALO Animal Rescue was the only group that met all of the criteria in the county’s request for proposals. Leasing 8,600 square feet in the MCACC/West shelter, HALO moved into its new headquarters on South 27th Avenue this past January. On April 1, HALO assumed the primary adoption functions for the MCACC West Shelter. According to Heather Allen, the CEO and president of HALO, the intent of this unconventional partnership is multifaceted, as follows: 1. To elevate the standard of care each animal receives until it is adopted. More animals are receiving medical treatment under HALO’s care, and basic needs such as bedding, proper nutrition, and stimulation with toys have been important additions. There are 48 additional animal-care staff members working for HALO at the West shelter location. Select HALO staff members have been divided into trained teams for behavior evaluation, intake, and daily medication/wellness rounds. HALO has constructed four turf play yards on the campus. 2. Improve customer relations/satisfaction. The HALO staff that participate in adoptions are skilled in the matchmaking of animals with families and also perform dog and cat introductions as needed. Evening hours for adoptions were extended until 7 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays to increase availability to the public. 3. Improved marketing of animals. HALO’s website is updated daily. It features

color photos and includes a brief biography of every available animal. 4. All animals are ready for adoption. Vaccinations, microchipping, and the spay/neuter surgery are all completed before the animal is listed as available. Bringing a government and a private nonprofit entity together is an ambitious endeavor with a big learning curve. However, it’s working. HALO has adopted out 5,475 animals. In the first nine months of 2013, the West shelter’s euthanasia rate has been reduced by 29.4 percent compared to the same period in 2012.

What you can do: • Support your local animal rescue organizations. • Adopt your next pet, and commit to provide a loving family for its entire lifetime. • Spay and neuter your pets. Puppies and kittens can be fixed when they weigh 2 pounds! Dogs and cats can become pregnant as young as 4 months old! (For low-cost options, call the AZ Spay Neuter Hotline at (602) 265-7729) • Always have current identification on your pets, including your cell phone number. • Microchip your dogs and cats, and remember to update your info if you move. • Spread the word! Tell everyone you know about our homeless pet problem in Phoenix.

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Sydney Johnson

Q&A Q: What advice would you give to your younger self? A: Never give up. If you get tumbled or held down by a wave, get back up and go out again. Q: What comes to you naturally? A: Making new friends. Surfing. I love the water. Q: What’s your biggest pet peeve? A: When someone drops in on me on a wave or when they don’t know what they’re doing and hit me with their board. Q: What are you most proud of? A: Winning Most Outstanding Surfer when I was 7 years old. Q: Best words of wisdom you’ve received? A: My mom and dad telling me to never give up on my dreams and keep on going. Q: What’s next? A: Becoming competitive at stand-up paddling. Maybe swim with sharks outside the cage with my dad.


or most of the year, 11-year-old Sydney Johnson resides in Desert Hills, but her heart is where she spends the rest of her time—in Honolulu, Hawaii. In the summer, that’s where you’ll find her pursuing her passion for surfing. Sydney started on a surfboard when she was 5 years old, surfing Waikiki. Since then, she’s honed her boarding skills to become quite the surfing dynamo. In 2010, she was awarded Most Outstanding Surfer by Hawaiian surf legend

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China Uemura. China holds two huge surf competitions each summer to benefit Kapi’olani Women’s and Children’s Hospital and to promote positive reinforcement in young kids. In subsequent years, Sydney’s won multiple surfboards in competitions and also participated in the Rell-Sunn Menehune Surf Contest on Makaha Beach, where waves are intensely serious—sometimes 10-to-12foot Hawaii-size waves. Not bad for a girl from the desert!

FAVORITES Escape: Hawaii Meal in Town: Sushi at Electric Eel Movie: Soul Surfer Musician/Band: Selena Gomez Annual Event: China Uemura Annual Longboard Surfing Classic

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Anna Elizabeth Henshaw Photos by Michele Celentano

Q&A Q: What advice would you give to your younger self? A: Don’t give up, and keep following your dream. If people don’t like what you are doing, don’t listen to them. Q: What comes to you naturally? A: Really, any sport with a ball. I’m really good at throwing, catching, and my timing is also very good (blocking a pass, when to react to the ball, etc.). Q: What’s your biggest pet peeve? A: I have a few, like when someone tells me how to do something and when people ignore you for no reason. But the biggest one would have to be when people are ball hogs. That really annoys me. Q: What are you most proud of? A: Playing a sport that not a lot of girls play and that my family and friends support me. Q: Best words of wisdom you’ve received? A: Keep your head up. Q: What’s next?


or 12-year-old Anthem resident Anna Elizabeth Henshaw, playing with dolls was never where the fun was to be had. She was 7 when she asked her parents if she could join a flag football team. While they were worried that she wouldn’t be accepted on the team because she’s a girl, they didn’t want to dissuade her from giving it a go. It wasn’t long before her first football coach praised her skills on the field. After three seasons playing quarterback and receiver during flag football, she wanted to give tackle football a go. Her parents were cautious. How would she handle getting hit? How

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would her male teammates treat her? After playing one season for Wolfpack and the last two seasons for the Jaguars youth football teams, it turns out that her parents have nothing to worry about. Anna plays both tight end and defensive end and is usually starting. While her teammates are now used to having a girl on the team, the reaction from the opposing team is shocked surprise when they encounter Anna on the field. But seeing as how her team won the Division Championship, it’s a pretty good bet that Anna, a beautiful young girl with the heart of a football player, will be back next year.

A: Now, the softball season is starting. After softball, basketball starts. Next, after basketball season, I go back to football, and next season will be my last year because I will be going into high school.

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TALL TALE The story behind America’s Tallest Fresh-Cut Christmas Tree By Sondra Barr

THE HOLIDAY SPIRIT is alive and well in the community, thanks in part to the Outlets at Anthem. While it can be challenging to get into the Christmas mood when it’s pushing 80 degrees outside and your neighbors are sporting shorts and flip-flops, the Outlets at Anthem team annually secures what can be titled America’s Tallest FreshCut Tree and is dedicated to keeping the feel and flavor of a traditional Christmas alive in the Valley. For the fourth consecutive year, this popular North Phoenix outlet shopping center is displaying a decorated Christmas tree that you’re not likely to see anywhere else in the world––and certainly not anywhere else in Arizona. This behemoth 112-foot-high fresh-cut white fir requires a 75-foot stretch flatbed trailer to bring it from the ShastaTrinity National Forest in California. It weighs around 12 tons before being decorated, and it’s groomed specifically to delight and awe our community. The tree’s arrival last month heralds the start of the holiday season. When you gape at it in awe, you’ll agree that it looks a lot like Christmas in our desert community. As you can imagine, the tree’s journey to its now reDECEMBER 2013

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vered spot at the Outlets at Anthem is no easy one. Indeed, it starts over a decade before its arrival. That’s when professional Christmas tree farmers identify specific trees that are beginning to show the traits necessary to meet the requirements of America’s tallest fresh-cut tree. They look for things like a straight trunk and a predominance of full, healthy branches without any bald patches. Sallyann Martinez, marketing director at the Outlets at Anthem, gave the details of the careful raising of the future holiday-star hopefuls. After the initial identification, trees are tagged and carefully monitored for a period upward of 12 years before the ideal one is hand-selected to make the perilous four-day trip from its forest home. First, the huge 27-footwide tree is cut as close to A crowd gathers for the lighting of America’s the ground as possible betallest fresh-cut decorated Christmas tree. fore a crew carefully loads it onto a flatbed trailer for the 750-mile-long journey to Anthem. Once the tree reaches the Outlets at Anthem, it takes a few weeks to prepare the white fir for its official unveiling. Says Martinez, “Safety is our first priority, but every year, I hold my breath.” She likens the process to those responsible for guiding the Macy’s Day Parade: the enormous evergreen is carefully moved, using ropes, into its final position. A crew of 14 secures the tree

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to a large strap from which a construction crane hoists it off the flatbed and rotates and lowers it into a specially designed six-foot tree well in the center court. Once the tree is set up, it’s shaped with 1,000 live branches ranging from three to 13 feet, strung with 180 strands of lights stretching a total length of three miles, and decorated with more than 6,000 ornaments and large fabric bows. It’s then topped with a three-foot star handcrafted from copper (as a tribute to the state’s mining history). Wind can pose a danger to a tree this high. “Most trees approaching this height don’t have a star,” Martinez says. However, the Outlets at Anthem commissioned a special star topper to be made that can withstand the elements, particularly strong winds. Meanwhile, all the plastic ornaments are hand-wired to the tree to secure them fully.

America’s Tallest Fresh-Cut Christmas Tree attracts not just locals but also Valley residents far and wide who come to see it in all its holiday glory. And people are not the only things that flock to experience this wonder. “I never hear a bird until the tree comes,” Martinez says. During its roughly two-month stay at the Outlets at Anthem, she says that dozens of birds make the enormous fir their temporary base and sing joyously from its branches throughout the day. Of course, while just seeing the tree in person is quite the holiday treat, the Outlets of Anthem also uses it to anchor other fun Christmas activities on the property. For a full list of December activities, visit outletsanthem.com/events.


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Seasonal Scene

Home for the holidays with the Ause family. By Sondra Barr Photos by Michele Celentano

THE MEMBERS OF the Ause family have called Anthem home since 2003. Previous to his marriage to Marsha in April 2009, Ron and his two children, Nolan, 14, and Lilah, 12, lived in the family’s current home, while Marsha lived in a home in Anthem Country Club. After their marriage, Ron and Marsha contemplated purchasing another home in Anthem that offered more designer touches and upgrades, one where they could make fresh memories. “We wanted to either extensively renovate the home to make it our own or buy another home in Anthem,” Marsha says. “Financially, it was a difficult decision, as property values were still plunging.” It was Lilah and Nolan who ultimately made the decision to stay, as neither of them wanted to leave the home they’d grown up in. “We respected their wishes and decided to make all the necessary changes, despite the cost, to make this home our own. It has been a slow process, and after five years, it is still a work in progress,” says Marsha, who’s progressively redone the home to fit the family’s changing needs and tastes. “Our favorite room is the kitchen/family room because of the fond memories we have made in this part of our home,” she continues. “Whether it’s for simple family breakfasts and dinners, impromptu dinners and parties with friends and family, or family movie night, this area is always the central location of gatherings.” During the holidays, Marsha decorates the area in shimmering shades of gold, white, and silver and creates a lavish holiday look that is the talk of the neighborhood. “The memories we share of the holidays with family and friends in our kitchen/family room are some of the fondest memories,” she says. “We look forward to celebrating many more holiday seasons with our family and friends here and feel fortunate to call this house our home.” DECEMBER 2013

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Holiday Treasures

The Thompson family creates memories by keeping traditions alive. By Sondra Barr Photos by Michele Celentano

AT THE AGE of 54, Mariah Thompson and her husband Tom decided to shed their Southern California lifestyle and seek a new life in Anthem. One of the motivating factors was their son Joseph and his wife, Rachael, along with their two kids, who live in Anthem. Meanwhile, Mariah and Tom’s other son, Eric, and his finance, Lisa Vickers, live nearby in Cave Creek along with their kids. “Grandkids make you do the darndest things,” Mariah says. “They are the true family treasures to continue family memories.” The Thompsons have embraced their home in the desert and especially love hosting holiday gatherings––Christmas in particular––where they bring their large family together for seasonal traditions. They enjoy driving through neighborhoods in search of the brightest Christmas lights, and Mariah adores taking her granddaughters for yearly Christmas tea at the Arizona Biltmore Hotel. “Family traditions continue, as our family loves to carry a certain nostalgia in baking homemade cookies with Grammy and Pappy,” says Mariah, who decorates her home for the holidays with many mementos for the same reason. Near and dear to her heart is a gem-encrusted tree that she handmade from jewelry that belonged to her mom and three siblings. “The jeweled star at the top is my mother’s brooch that I can remember as a child,” Mariah says. “She wore it every Sunday. I made the tree, my son crafted the holes for the lights, and it was given to my mom as a Christmas gift. When she passed in 1994, it was returned to me. It’s a true family treasure.”


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Alternative Therapies Local psychologist Chris Wylie offers an overview of Cogmed, a cognitive supplement to medicating children with ADHD. [Note: This article comprises research on Cogmed by the author and does not represent any opinion or endorsement by “85086 Magazine.”] ONE FREQUENTLY HEARD complaint about complementary therapies for treating attention-deficit disorder (ADD or ADHD) is that there are no controlled studies to support their claims. Not so with workingmemory training, which was developed by a company called Cogmed in conjunction with the Karolinska Institute, a medical university based in Stockholm. A 2005 study conducted by the institute indicated a reduction of symptoms of inattention and hyperactivity in juvenile subjects after five weeks of therapy. An uncontrolled study published earlier this year by the University of Notre Dame found similar results, as described farther down in the article.

What is working memory? It’s the ability to hold on to information long enough to accomplish a specific goal. You hold a phone number in your mind as you dial it, or you hold a task in mind— organizing your room, say—as you work on it. We use working memory throughout the course of a day.

How does improving this working memory help a child become more focused? When you improve working memory, you improve fluid IQ—the ability to solve problems or adapt to situations as they occur. Most kids who complete memory training become more alert to their surroundings. They are also more aware of social cues. Parents often report that their kids become more “mature” after their working memory begins to improve. They take charge of their hygiene and do chores without being nagged. They remember to bring books and materials to and from school.

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How does Cogmed workingmemory training work?

How long is the training, and how much does it cost?

A child logs on to the working-memory program, which is downloaded onto the home computer. He or she completes eight exercises, each consisting of 15 trials. The exercises are in a video-game format with colorful graphics and crisp sound. In one exercise, the player shoots down floating asteroids; in another, he or she recalls numbers in the reverse order in which they are given; in another, the sequence in which rows of lights turn on is recalled. The child uses the computer mouse to punch in the answers and earns points along the way. The program stays a step ahead of the child’s ability, making exercises increasingly harder. A trainer calls once a week to talk with the parents, troubleshoot, and encourage the child.

The training runs five weeks, five days a week for an hour a day. It ranges in price from $1,500 to $2,000, and it is not covered by most medical insurance plans.

Does the training work as well with females as with males for both children and adults?

What percentage of kids show improvement after the training? About 75 to 80 percent of kids show improvement—that is, inattention and hyperactivity are reduced. Karolinska Institute researchers did functional MRIs of the children they studied. The MRIs showed physical changes in the brain’s prefrontal and parietal regions after completing the training. At six-month and one-year follow-ups, about 80 percent of subjects maintained their working-memory gains or improved on them.

Are there any side effects?

It has been successful with young and old and with both sexes. The training is rigorous, so few children under 7 can stick with it. Children recently diagnosed with ADHD should have their medication titrated before beginning training.

There have been no observed side effects, and it doesn’t affect other therapies. Most kids who participate in the Cogmed program are also on ADHD medication.

Is working-memory training a substitute for medication? The program does not claim to replace medication. However, while many kids get good results on meds, drugs don’t usually manage all symptoms. Improving working memory can address those problems as the meds do their work.

Dr. Wylie is an educational psychologist, founder and president of the Psychological Testing Center of Phoenix. You can reach him through his website at psychologicaltestingcenter.com.



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his holiday season, delight your family and friends with a bellywarming gift that shows you care. A beautifully crafted and packaged dry mix is an economical gift that is perfect to share for the holidays. The best part about this gift is that it’s edible and can be easily thrown together, baked, and eaten in just under an hour. Plus, you can customize your gift to use just about any mix (here, we did a cookie mix). Just craft an instruction tag and you’re set.

Cranberry Oatmeal Mason Jar Cookie Recipe Yield: 1 quart dry cookie mix 1∂ cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon salt 1∂ cups rolled oats Ω cup dark brown sugar Ω cup white sugar Ω cup dried cranberries (fi ll to the top) Layer ingredients in the order listed above into a clean 1-quart Mason jar. Make sure to pack down each layer before adding a new layer. Tip: It’s easy to add ingredients into a jar if you use a wide-mouth funnel. Add a gift tag with the following directions: Preheat oven to 350˚F and melt Ω cup butter in a microwave-safe dish. Let butter cool slightly, and add 1 egg and 2 teaspoons vanilla extract. Pour in entire contents of jar and mix well. Shape into walnut size balls, space 2 inches apart on a cookie sheet and bake for about 12 minutes until slightly brown. Enjoy!

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Holiday Treats Local dietitian Kelli Morgan offers delicious seasonal treats to satisfy your sweet tooth Photos by Adam Triplett

THE HOLIDAY SEASON is in full swing! Many people throw their healthy eating habits out the window until Jan. 1, but you don’t have to abandon healthy eating to enjoy all the tasty goodness the holidays have to offer. That is why I like to give my healthy desserts a little holiday makeover so I can include them in our holiday celebrations without regret. In fact, during the holidays, I come to every party with a tray full of goodies—send all invites

to kellird2004@yahoo.com, please! And my treats are gobbled up way before the less-healthy fare. One of my family’s favorite holiday cookies to make is my brownie cookies. My daughter had the genius idea to stick a peppermint Hershey’s Kiss in the center to add what she so sweetly calls a little holiday cheer. And thanks to her, for under 150 calories, you can have a chocolate decadent cookie with no guilt!

Kelli Morgan, R.D., is a registered dietitian living in and loving Anthem. She’s also a total foodie. She completed her dietetics degree and internship at Syracuse University in New York. She loves preparing, cooking, and eating delicious foods. She shares all of her recipes on kellird.com.

Peppermint Brownie Holiday Cookies Ω cup organic refined coconut oil, melted 1Ω cups raw sugar Ω banana, mashed 2 Tsp. vanilla extract 2 cups oat flour (I grind my own by putting gluten-free oats in the vitamix) ∏ cup cocoa powder π Tsp. baking soda ∑ Tsp. sea salt 2 Tbs. milk (I used vanilla soy milk) 24 Peppermint Hershey’s Kisses Preheat the oven to 350ºF. In a large bowl, mash the banana. Add the coconut oil, sugar, and vanilla extract. With an electric beater or mixer, mix the ingredients. Add the rest of the ingredients except the milk. Mix again. Add the milk 1 tablespoon at a time until you reach a less crumbly consistency. The cookies will be a tad dry—just make sure they stick together when you pinch the dough. Drop by rounded teaspoon onto a Sil-Pad-lined baking sheet. Using a small cookie-dough scooper is the key to getting nice, round, professionallooking cookies. Bake for 8–10 minutes or until the edges begin to firm up. As soon as you pull the cookies out of the oven, place a Hershey’s Kiss in the center. Let cool, and enjoy!

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When I became a mommy, I wanted to start healthy holiday traditions. So I started a Christmas morning tradition at my house on my daughter’s first Christmas almost eight years ago: an oatmeal buffet for breakfast! The whole family loves it so much that I now make it for just about every event I host at our house: baby showers, bridal showers, and even play dates! The best part is that everyone gets to make his or her own bowl, a perfect solution for when you’re feeding people you don’t know well or people with food allergies. Feel free to put your favorite fixings on your oatmeal bar. My favorites include a variety of milks (regular, almond, soy) almond butter, peanut butter, dried fruit, brown sugar, stevia, and fruit. But my most favorite fixing is by far my cherry-pecan granola, which takes your bowl of oatmeal from good to fantastic!

Oatmeal Bar with Cherry Pecan Granola I like to make my oatmeal in my rice cooker. Simply add your oats and water, place on the quick-rice setting, and it’s done! Make sure to use whole oats, not instant. If you don’t have a rice cooker, you can also use a slow cooker. I suggest making oatmeal in your slow cooker the first time during the day so you can see how long it takes to cook, since cooking times for slow cookers can vary. I suggest making Ω cup of oats per guest. Always cook oats in a one-to-two ratio. Now for the granola:

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food | OUT & ABOUT

Spotlight on Rosati’s Pizza New owners Thomas and Jane Hill reenergize a hometown pizzeria By Sondra Barr Photos by Stephen Miller, celticserenityphotography.com

WHEN THOMAS AND Jane Hill purchased Rosati’s Pizza in February, they saw a chance to revive the concept of a neighborhood gathering place in the heart of Anthem. They had no previous restaurant experience, but as entrepreneurs and nine-year residents of the area, they recognized an opportunity to bring their business and management acumen to a local eatery that was in dire need of an overhaul. In the past 10 months, the Hills have turned Rosati’s into a welcoming pizzeria catering to a bustling neighborhood crowd that enjoys the warm atmosphere and tasty food. Featuring Chicago-style pizza, an assortment of different wings,

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and lots of other Italian delicacies, Rosati’s is the go-to spot for people looking for a place where they’re greeted with a smile and served good food. Rosati’s fulfills both counts. Unlike previous owners, the Hills have made quality and hospitality their priorities. The Hills don’t cut corners. They source top-notch ingredients and have recreated many of Rosati’s signature dishes. They’ve also added an assortment of wine and beer to the menu. It’s a place where parents can feel comfortable bringing their kids while relaxing after a weekend game or a weekday practice when it’s too much of a hassle to cook something at

Rosati’s is known for their Chicago-style pizza.

home. “The best part is, you can feed a lot of kids with pizza,” says Thomas about the many families and teams they have coming through the door. Since purchasing Rosati’s, the Hills have also totally remodeled the interior and hired pleasant, hardworking staff. “When people spend money, they want good food, good service, and a welcoming atmosphere,” Thomas says, “but most of all, they want to be acknowledged.” This is why Thomas counts his staff as one of Rosati’s integral elements. “We couldn’t run the restaurant without our great staff.”

No strangers to running a business (the couple also own Bounce Boot Camp), the one challenge they’ve experienced with the restaurant is letting the community know they’re the new owners. “We have the best pizza in town and one of the nicest spots to dine in Anthem,” says Thomas, who wants to prove it to diners.

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fitness | CHALLENGE

Making Progress Courtnie Crawford, a contestant in the SWEAT 12-Week Challenge, continues to transform her life and body in amazing ways. AS ONE OF 32 contestants in the SWEAT 12-Week Challenge, Courtnie is at the forefront of the group in losing pounds and inches. She’s lost over 20 pounds since we last checked in with her, and she’s well on her way to reaching her goal of weighing 186 pounds by Dec. 27. Meanwhile, her body fat has gone from 43 percent to 36.9 percent, and she’s determined to lose even more! According to Laura Rogers, co-owner of SWEAT, “Courtnie is making many strides physically, emotionally, and mentally. Her confidence has improved, and with Courtnie’s improved physical progress, we’ve increased the challenge given to her so that positive changes keep happening!” “Since starting at SWEAT, I have not reached any plateau because things are constantly changing and you never seem to do the same routine twice,” Courtnie says. “Before training with SWEAT, I was that person who knew I needed to lose weight but just did not know how to do it. I have gone to plenty of gyms, and to be honest, they really only care about your money. The thing I love about SWEAT is that everyone genuinely cares about you as a person and your success.” Going into the Thanksgiving holiday was a bit tough for Courtnie. But as Laura explains, a true test of knowing a habit has been changed is whether a person reverts back to old behaviors while on vacation or during a holiday. Courtnie approached Thanksgiving with the help of her SWEAT trainers. “I feel like for once, I’m not alone in my journey,” says Courtnie, who points to the smiles and constant motivation she gets from her trainers to help her combat hurdles as they come up.

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better B E A U T Y, H E A L T H , I N S I D E

Combat stress and overindulgence during the holidays with these practical tips: • Dance at the holiday party! Not only will you burn calories—but you’ll also have fun. • Throw your own party and serve only healthy food and Skinnygirl cocktails. • Get outside. A walk in the fresh air and sunshine will combat holiday stress. • Try some fun, time-efficient, calorie-blasting workouts like jumping rope, boxing, playing tag with the kids, or Rollerblading. • Skip the elevator or escalator and take the stairs. • When you find yourself carrying heavy bags fi lled with presents, use them to do a few bicep curls.


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better | HAIR

Holiday Traditions From gift giving to your twinkling tresses, local hair-care professional Martin Weston ruminates on the season. WHEN MY FAMILY and I lived in California, we developed a holiday tradition that we still remember fondly. Every year on the Sunday morning following Thanksgiving Day, we would pack up our car with snacks and hot cocoa (my wife always puts a candy cane in the mug), play some of our favorite holiday CDs, and drive from our beach community to a small, out-of-the-way town just a few hours north of us. Once there, we’d board the Christmas Train, and with a cup of hot chocolate warming our hands, we’d chug along the outskirts of the town to a remote tree farm miles away. The search for the perfect tree would take us up to two hours. Once we found it, we’d take turns sawing through its thick trunk. The tree would be loaded onto the train, and we’d head back to the station and then drive home to decorate it. Eagerly anticipated throughout the year, it was our family’s best-loved tradition.

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Unfortunately, when it comes to another holiday tradition, I’ll admit that I’m among the worst: gift buying. I know wonderful, thoughtful people who begin their holiday shopping months in advance. I am not one of them. To be honest, I feel sorry for my beautiful wife. I start out with the absolutely best Curl Secret intentions and envision Infiniti Pro by Conair her elation as she opens her curlsecret.com gifts. But it’s a well-known fact that I procrastinate, Products used on Lizeth: and my once best intention Macadamia Healing Oil—Formulated to replicate the turns to last-minute binge natural oils our scalps produce, protecting the hair strands and shopping every single year. improving its strength. Without exception, I see the same thing every Matrix Biolage Paste––Pliable with a matte finish. Helps year in the salon: the overyour hairstyle keep its shape. whelming desire to please everyone on your gift list. Big Sexy Hair Spray and Play—Provides great volume and You run from one store hold without stiffness. to another and from one long line to another only to lose the indisputable joy of giving. a new tradition this year by taking a longBefore you know it, the holidays will be overdue breath and set aside a bit of time over in a whirling blur, and you’ll be left for yourself. Sit back and grab a mug of wondering where the year went. So, make hot cocoa, and let’s start with your hair.

Recently, my straight-haired model, Lizeth, wanted to change her style for the holidays. Months ago, I’d discovered the Curl Secret iron by Conair during a training week in Dallas. Though initially skeptical about how it worked, I was impressed once I saw it demonstrated. So when I met Lizeth, I knew she was the perfect model to try the Curl Secret on. Working with another stylist named Trinity, I watched Lizeth’s beautiful hair transform before my eyes. It was quick and simple to use. The results were bouncy, flirty curls that framed her face, and she loved it! For an added touch of romantic glamour, she could secure the back of her hair up with a few pins and let her curls flow.

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better | HEALTH

A Spirit of Gratitude You don’t have to have overcome tremendous odds to be inspiring, says local fitness mentor Michelle Steinke, but you do have to decide that you will rise above your troubles. HAVE YOU EVER noticed that we’re drawn to people who make the most out of life? We look for inspiration from others, and we live vicariously through the grace and gratitude of those who rise from the ashes and make the most of the time they’ve been given, despite humongous odds. These people empower us, make us feel thankful for our many blessings, and remind us of the strength and spirit we all possess. When you live with the kind of loss that I’ve lived with, people often toss off inspirational and strong like words of the day. Truth be told, I’m no more inspiring than the next person. I’ve just survived odds. Others find this inspiring, but all I did was to simply pick up and find my way, put one foot in front of the other, and survive. Truly, what other option did I have? I guess I could have

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lain in bed and pulled the covers over my eyes and hoped against hope that it would all go away, but what good would that have done my small children? What good would that have done my friends and family? What good would that have done my soul? Rather than lie down and bide my time, I’ve opted to live the fullest and fittest life possible. I’ve been deemed “inspiring” by many who can’t and hopefully won’t ever understand my journey, but to me, I’m not that inspiring—I’m just surviving and giving my kids what they deserve—a happy and healthy mom living in circumstances she can control. Despite my never-ending positive façade, I have days that I don’t feel like being especially inspiring, I don’t feel like training in the gym, and I don’t feel like being grateful for the blessings that are all

around me. Today was one of those days when I woke up ungrateful, aggravated that it was leg day and annoyed at my upcoming workout. I was hardly the picture of gratitude, grace, and inspiration that people have come to know. So I begrudgingly drove to the gym while conducting an inner dialogue of grumbling and annoyance, wishing it were just over already. One thing I’ve learned in life is that when I need a lesson, the teacher often appears. Widowhood has taught me to look for my lessons and embrace them because if a lesson is not learned, it is surely to be repeated. As I walked to the gym front door, I noticed a familiar face in front of me. A man who is in the gym daily, always with a smile, always with a determined attitude, and always, despite tremendous odds, giving his workout his all. You see,

this man has no legs, and while his body is bound to his chair, his soul seems bound by nothing. This man to me is strong, and this man to me is inspiring. As I watch him roll through the doors of the gym, I realize that my teacher has once again appeared and my lesson is painfully obvious. While I value so much in my life, while I’ve fought with tremendous odds, while I deal with what I’ve lost, I’m reminded of what I still have. I had spent the better part of an hour complaining about a workout, and now I am slapped by the realization that I’m a healthy 40-year-old woman who is blessed with the ability to use my strong legs. I am able to hike tall mountains, explore the wilderness with my children, take my dog for a walk in the park, and run alongside my daughter as she rides her bike. I’m a 40-year-old woman who has two legs that this man lives daily without, and I feel humbled and grateful for my latest lesson.

As we look to the holidays, we should all realize that we have many more blessings in this life than we have problems. While some complain over petty and small problems, others just wish for another day with someone they love. While some complain that they don’t have the time to exercise or the desire to make healthier choices, others who have lost so much look beyond their excuses and decide to make the most of what they have. The truth is that we all hold the ability to be an inspiration to those around us simply by how we deal with our daily stresses and how we decide to live for more. You don’t have to have overcome tremendous odds or lived with great grief to be inspiring, but you do have to decide that you will rise above your troubles and make your time on this earth count. People are drawn to those with a gratefulness of spirit and a powerful will to not only survive but also to thrive!

Michelle is the founder and CEO of 1FW Training and the future One Fit Widow Foundation. After losing her husband in 2009, Michelle found a new love for fitness as a grief-coping mechanism. Learn more about her at 1fwtraining.com.


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Shimmer & Shine There’s a holiday beauty eye trend for you, and local beauty expert Jacqueline Starr-Hubert is here to help you find it. MAKE THE MOST out of your holiday look by glamming those eyes! We communicate through our eyes, so why not make them pop! One should consider the current holiday trends determined by industry experts, but let’s be honest—some runway makeup is more wacky than wearable. Over-the-top creations were put aside this year in favor of time-honored techniques recast with a fresh spin. A little sparkle goes a long way when trying to get into the festive spirit. Remember the cardinal rule: Focus on one area of your face. If you choose a dramatic eye, keep your lip color subtle, and vice versa. Breaking this rule will create an overdone look, which usually adds years to your face, and that is a big no-no!

HELPFUL TIP FOR PUFFY, TIRED EYES • Store your favorite eye cream in your refrigerator. This will also soothe tired sleep-deprived eyes. • Two tea bags moistened with cold water and patched on your puffy eyes for five to 10 minutes can reinvigorate your eyes and hold off the puffiness. Again, the cool temperature of the tea bags can help to increase circulation in your face. Furthermore, tea has tannin that can also help to tighten the skin in your eye area, thereby effectively decreasing the bulges under your eyes. • If puffiness is accompanied by irritation, home remedies like cucumbers or chamomile tea can help reduce the inflammation and swelling. Cucumbers have powerful antioxidants and flavonoids that are believed to reduce irritation. Keep the slices applied directly to your eyes for four to five minutes. The holidays are all about celebrating. Don’t be afraid to go out of your comfort zone and glam it up, whatever age you are. Keep it simple, and have fun! Happy Holidays!

If you long for the lush, full lashes seen on actresses, models, and rock queens, lash extensions are the rage, but with every new idea, there are trade-offs. Latisse from Allergan is my choice for beautiful lashes. This product does take several weeks to see measurable results and is “idiot are risks related to this product, so once again, “idi proof.” f ” There Th check with a medical provider. In the interest of time, let’s keep it simple—lash primer is the fastest and most inexpensive way to build dramatic lashes! Recommendation: Motives Lash Primer, $15.95 and L’Oreal Double Extend Primer & Mascara, $10.95

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When it comes to holiday makeup, these two shades should be your staples. Just remember, don’t overdo it. Less is more when it comes to glitter, especially on your face. Apply wet for a more intense look.

Just because your 20s are behind you doesn’t mean that shimmer is off-limits. In fact, it’s the only way to go. I suggest investing in a neutral glitter powder.

Recommendation: Motives Gem Dust, $12.

40s: SPARKLY LIDS Choose a shadow in a lighter shade with finely milled shimmer. You want light-reflecting qualities without the hard edge of metal. Recommendation: Motives Pressed Mineral Eye Shadow Pink Gold, $12; and Laura Mercier Baked Eye Color Cameo, $23.

Recommendation: Motives Bronzing Shimmer Powder, $24.50; and for your lids, Makeup For Ever Diamond Powder Shimmer White Gold, $25.

50s AND BEYOND: EMBRACE PURPLE As long as you keep it simple, there’s no reason you can’t experiment with colors this holiday season. For a pop of color, apply purple eyeliner in violet on your lower lash line. Choose a plum shade over a pastel so it doesn’t wash out your complexion. Using shimmer on your cheeks will finish the look. Recommendation: CoverGirl Liquiline Blast in violet, $7. DECEMBER 2013

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A Jolt of Java Local pharmacist Tara Storjohann on the risks of high caffeine consumption. IT’S A TYPICAL scene as I lecture to 150 pharmacy students at 9 a.m. in a large lecture hall—over half of them have either a famous-label coffee cup or a high-caffeine energy drink on their desks. I can sympathize—long nights of playing hard and studying harder tend to catch up with them. As a pharmacist, I’m aware of the implications of high-caffeine consumption, but as a busy working mom of two very active boys, I’m acutely aware of my need for a cup (or two) of joe every morning. The popularity of specialty coffee drinks and energy drinks is not lost on the average consumer. As we check out at any gas station or grocery store in Anthem, we’re surrounded by cans with stars on them and impressive advertisements. It’s the cool thing to have in your hand—a status symbol of sorts for kids and adults. We’re not alone; caffeine is the most commonly used psychoactive drug worldwide, with more than 80 percent of the world’s population ingesting it daily, according to researchers at the University of Miami and the National University of Ireland. It’s a legal over-the-counter drug that is sold to anyone of any age. While caffeine does have its perks, so to speak, it can be very dangerous in high doses, is addictive, and can cause withdrawal effects if stopped suddenly. The danger for some of us is that we have no idea how much caffeine is in our favorite drink or how much our kids consume each day. There are benefits to caffeine consumption. The same researchers at the University

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of Miami concluded that adults who consume 12.5–100 mg of caffeine per day have improved exercise endurance, cognition, Tara has resided in reaction time, and mood even with lack of Anthem for over 11 years sleep. However, in general, if your caffeine habit totals more than 400 mg a day, you and is a wife, a mom, might want to consider cutting back. Aca pharmacist, and an cording to The American Academy of Peassistant professor in the diatrics, adolescents should ingest no more than 100 mg of caffeine a day and younger College of Pharmacy at children shouldn’t drink caffeinated beverMidwestern University ages on a regular basis. in Glendale. She is a To give you an idea of how much caffeine is in some of the more popular health advocate and is drinks, see the table at the end of the arpassionate about helping ticle. Keep in mind that the actual caffeine others achieve their content of the same coffee drink can vary from day to day because of various factors wellness goals. such as roasting, grinding, and brewing time, according to Mayo Clinic research. You’ll notice that some of the more potent by reading labels carefully. Strive to obtain energy drinks contain exponentially more the daily rest your body needs, exercise caffeine per ounce than their soft-drink regularly, and maintain healthy nutrition counterparts. In addition, many come in so you don’t require those jolts of caffeine larger serving sizes than what is listed and to get you through the day. contain other stimulants in addition to caffeine Type of Coffee/Soft Serving Size Caffeine Content (and this is a topic for an Drink/Energy Drink (ounces) (milligrams) article for a future issue). Espresso, restaurant In healthy adults, say 1 oz. (30 mL) 40–75 mg style the University of Miami researchers, acute cafGeneric brewed 8 oz. (240 mL) 95–200 mg feine toxicity begins at 1 Starbucks latte 16 oz. (480 mL) 150 mg gram (1000 mg), and 5–10 Starbucks Pike Place grams (5000–10,000 mg) 16 oz. (480 mL) 330 mg brewed can be lethal. When you Coca-Cola Classic 12 oz. (355 mL) 30–35 mg look at the list of side effects of caffeine, it reads Diet Coke 12 oz. (355 mL) 38–47 mg like a prescription drug Mountain Dew 12 oz. (355 mL) 46–55 mg commercial. Common 5-Hour Energy 2 oz. (60 mL) 207 mg adverse effects include headache, anxiety, chest AMP, regular or sugar 8 oz. (240 mL) 72–74 mg free pain, flushing, agitation, delirium, dizziness, and Red Bull 8.4 oz (250 mL) 76–80 mg hallucinations. Rockstar, regular or 8 oz. (240 mL) 79–80 mg My best advice is to prosugar free ceed with caution when it Vault, regular or comes to excessive caffeine 8 oz. (240 mL) 47 mg sugar free intake and to maintain mayoclinic.com. “Caffeine content for coffee, tea, soda, and awareness of what you and more. Accessed 10/16/13. your family are drinking



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