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College Bound



Mary Ellen Caldwell, RD, LD, CLT

have been there with my first child, now a senior at TX A&M, and in a few years I will be there again with my daughter! The best way to care for your young adult who is off to college is to pray for them without ceasing.

Below is a daily prayer for you that may be helpful.

Lord, as he looks for a fresh start, remind him of your faithfulness every morning no matter where he calls home. As she looks for community, remind her you are always with her no matter where she may go. May he know the greatest adventures are found in your presence, the greatest love comes from your heart. When insecurity, comparison, disappointment and failure knock on her dorm room door, may she turn to you with her questions rather than run the other way. Weave your wisdom into the fibers of his soul, bearing the fruit of confidence, clarity, contentment and a light heart. May she not despise her body, rather may she learn to receive and respect her shape as a gift. May he not despise his weakness, rather may he see how weakness brings a daily reminder to trust. May they not fear failure, rather may they thrive in the midst of it. Help them to find true friends and be a true friend in turn. Help them find their voice and to use it to be an advocate for themselves and for others. Replace her shame with courage. Replace his confusion with peace. Replace her fear with a love that moves within her beyond her ability to understand. May your grace surprise them kindly. Amen.

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Don’t discount these early years as a primer for setting good scholastic habits and foundations for learning. Studies have found that high quality preschool programs can provide academic advantages into the high school years and even college. Advantages include more positive interactions with peers, greater expressiveness, and some programs have been found to foster language development.

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Dinner and a movie are great, but if you really want to keep the love alive, try something new. Research shows that couples who spend time together doing new and exciting activities are more satisfied with their relationships. Bring back the spark by simply doing something different - together. Hey, skip the babysitter and go on a date while your child is in school. If you know you have personal or sick days at work, use them, and go to your favorite restaurant for lunch and enjoy the lower lunch-time rates. Maybe head over to the local museum. It’ll be fun.

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GET A HOBBY If your only hobby is “raising kids”, you might want to dabble in a new one too. Studies show that having a hobby, specifically one that involves visual thinking, learning from doing, and art and music, may help you become more successful. Other studies show that hobbies are good for your brain as you age. Enjoyable leisure activities are associated with lower blood pressure, lower body mass, less depression and improved heart functions. And we just thought they were fun!


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Homework + Social Media The lure of social media is more than most kids can handle. And that lure results in extending the amount of time it takes to do homework. Every time your student stops studying to check on a post, he has to retrace work he has already done when he gets started again. Encourage him instead to put the phone away while he studies and see how quickly he finishes his assignments. Then he can enjoy his social media time uninterrupted as well. Getting to bed earlier would be a nice bonus too.



Samantha, mom of 2 Q. Is it true that children going into PreK need to know their numbers and alphabet before enrolling? A. When you are looking for a school, keep in mind that every school is different, just like every child is different. My first thought is to say no, requiring children as young as yours to know their numbers and alphabet before starting school, is not what you will find at most schools. But in today’s day and age, there are almost as many different types of schools available as there are types of children! Look for a school that makes you feel good about what they will learn there, regardless of what they know coming in. Kim Bacon | Sloan School Office Manager

Mary Beth, mom of 4 teens Q. Is eating gluten free an effective weight loss plan? A. Gluten free is trending, however, experts in the field of nutrition caution on jumping on a bandwagon that has little evidence to support the weight loss part of a gluten free diet. Those with celiac disease or who have been diagnosed with gluten sensitivity are directed to a diet plan that eliminates all foods that contain gluten, and there are a plethora of foods that naturally do not contain gluten. Going “no gluten” would eliminate many foods that are good for you, especially good fiber sources. And research does show that a fiber-rich diet is linked to lower body weight!

Amy, mom of teenage boy Q. My teenager seems to be a multi-tasker. How can I help him to focus more on getting a task done and then moving on to the next one. A. Well you may have part of the answer in your question. Help him to realize that multi-tasking is less effective. Research actually suggests that multi-tasking can make learning less effective because switching from one activity to another is less efficient and he may make more errors. Have him become more efficient by setting a pre-determined amount of time to study, read, explore or create. One subject at a time. Additionally, if he is using his cell phone to google information on a subject, he may be setting himself up for major distractions, like an incoming text or Instagram post alert that he just has to like. Help him recognize this. His overall test scores will also be an indication for a homework change. Mary Ellen | Editor and Registered Dietitian


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How can I tell if my child is shy or scared of other children? A. It’s important to pay attention to your child’s physical responses inside their body in these situations. Does your child exhibit a physiological change when around other children? Fear responses can create increased heartbeat, create rapid breathing, fight or flight responses, or a child can freeze up and become paralyzed with fear. A child who does not exhibit these physical changes may simply be shy and guarded around peers. A child may cling to their caregiver for emotional safety in these situations. With either the shy or frightened child, the caregiver’s role is to provide emotional support and safety for the child. Try doing a quick check in with your child. Statements like “I notice you like to be hidden or close to mom when around other children. I wonder if you feel shy or scared.” Sometimes naming the feeling can help create a better understanding for the child and parent. Robi Heath, M.Ed, LPC Registered Play Therapist

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f your child is starting a new school this year, he may be concerned about finding his classroom, getting along with his teacher or making new friends. Academic pressure increases kids’ anxieties. As a parent, you can help your child confront and conquer newschool jitters. Here are 10 ways to help kids get comfortable.


Find friends “Don’t make a kid go in cold,” says early childhood


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education specialist Maureen Taylor, Ed.D. “Spend your summer finding and introducing your child to students their age or younger who will attend the same school.” Even one familiar face can go a long way to increase kids’ confidence.


Check yourself “Sometimes kids pick up on parents’ worries about sending the child to school,” says clinical psychologist

Lawrence Levy, Psy.D. Monitor your own anxiety and be vigilant of signals you send. Talking with the principal, teacher and other parents can calm your fears and prevent them from amplifying kids’ school-related stress.


Visit the school Attend orientation or create your own self-guided tour. Walk around the buildings and grounds with your child. Give him a campus map if

one is available. If students must walk from one class to another between periods, practice the shortest route so your child knows he can get from gym to English class in the time allotted.


Talk it up The stories kids tell themselves about their new-school transition have a major impact on their emotions. Count down the days until school begins with X’s on the calendar or using a paper chain in the new school colors. Create a sense of anticipation and excitement. Use optimistic words and phrases to give her story a positive tone.


Meet the staff Head to campus before school starts to meet the principal, teachers and other personnel – including coaches, the nurse and the office staff – if possible. Many staff members go back to work several weeks before the first day of school.


Be a player Pack a picnic lunch and go to the school playground just for fun. Spend unstructured time in your child’s soon-to-be stomping grounds. Familiarity with the outdoor environment and play equipment makes recess and lunch time less intimidating for school-age kids.


Team up “Make your child a participant in back-to-school preparations, instead of doing things for him,” says Levy. Shop together for supplies, clothing and athletic gear. Let your child express his personal style and favorite hobbies with a special backpack or book covers. Kids gain a sense of control and independence when they assist with back-to-school prep.


Stack the deck Work with your child to list appropriate get-to-know-you questions and personal facts she can use during early (and sometimes awkward) peer interactions. Favorite movies, hobbies, sports and magic tricks are interesting things to share with new friends. Knowing what to say eases fears about the social scene.


Anticipate challenges. The level of difficulty, class schedule or homework load may be different at your child’s new school. Tune in to kids’ concerns. Help your child create a plan to keep track of assignments and complete work on time. Look for tutors in subjects that are most challenging for your child. An academic plan of attack can relieve the performance pressure your child may feel.


Take a token Kids feel more secure when they have a comfort object tucked away in their book bag or locker. Let your child select a small token to take with him to school – it can be his secret worry-busting weapon. A tiny toy, a favorite piece of clothing, or a silly photo of the family dog can bring a smile to a nervous new student. New school transitions are harder for some students than others – you know your child’s temperament best. “Some kids breeze into a new classroom as if they did it every day,” says Taylor. “Others are anxious and withdrawn whether they are 5 years old or 11.” Offer extra reassurance and be patient while your student adjusts. Before long, she’ll be singing the school fight song and looking forward to the upcoming carnival. SP

Heidi Smith Luedtke is a personality psychologist, former educator and mom of two. She is the author of Detachment Parenting.

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As I sit here, I can see you standing at the edge of our nest, peering down into the vast world that awaits you and my only thought is, “What if I pushed him?” That’s right. I said it. Pushed him. Oh, don’t look so surprised. Many mother birds with teenagers feel the same way. I’m just saying it out loud. Baby birds have a sense of entitlement like no other creature. You lay around the nest all day waiting for my return with today’s catch. When I am home, you snuggle under my warm wing while I face the pelting rain and wind. Do you realize how hard I work to bring home a well-balanced meal to a picky eater? We are not ducks, you know. People are not just throwing bread to us. Your father and I have to work for our food. All I hear are complaints. “Worms again? Why don’t you bring home any grasshoppers?” I’ll tell you why. The grasshoppers are harder to find. They hide in tall grasses. I’m not going in there. If something happened to me, you would have to fend for yourself. I know you think you are ready, but you are not. Have you even practiced flapping your wings on your own? When your scores at flying school were low, your father and I paid for you to have a private tutor. Yet you are still falling behind on your flying ability. Do you know what happens to birds that can’t fly? They crash into windows and get caught in garages. Do you remember what happened to the Robins? They built their nest in the Dogwood bush so their sons wouldn’t be too high off


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the ground for their first solo flight. The boys didn’t think they needed to practice and fell to the ground during their first attempt. I don’t even think they saw that Labrador coming. And flying is just a part of it. How do you plan to feed yourself? Mrs. Bluebird told me that her son Jay brought home some Japanese Beetles that were sitting on the leaves outside of their nest. Now that’s what I am talking about. He can’t fly yet, but he is still able to find something to eat. How is that possible? Ingenuity. It’s something you are lacking. You are too busy chirping to your friends across the park. Yeah, I hear you. Practicing that high pitched mating call and boasting about finding a big breasted chick. What woman in her right mind is going to want to lay her eggs in her motherin-law’s nest? No chick worth having, I’ll tell you. If you want to get the attention of the girls in the oak tree, you better start listening to what I am saying. Don’t get your feathers ruffled. We understand. We want you to leave this nest as much as you do. You are growing too big and eating us out of nest and tree. We love you, spend our time protecting you and teaching you everything we know. But now it is time for you to apply what you have learned. Find your own bugs, make your own home, stay away from the wrong side of the food chain and you will do fine. But please hurry up. Your father and I are headed to our nest in Florida this winter and there is only room for two. SP

Love, Mom

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$1 Days at the Trinity Audubon Center

Dallas Zoo Animal Adventures on GeO-Deck

9am-4pm. Ten miles south of downtown, but a world away. Explore the amazing resources of the 6,000-acre Great Trinity Forest, the largest urban hardwood in the US. Trinity River Audubon Center, 6500 Great Trinity Forest Way, Dallas 214-398-8722 www.

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All day. Show your valid military ID to get 10% off food & game play for you & up to 4 Guests (offers cannot be combined) Dave & Buster’s, 9450 N Central Expy, Dallas 214-530-1906

2 | WEDNESDAY Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed

10am-6pm. Explore the social, natural, and spiritual realms of the Maya – past and present – known for their monumental architecture, distinctive art, and intricate knowledge of astronomy and time. Perot Museum of Nature & Science, 2201 N. Field St., Dallas 214-428-5555

11am-12pm. Experience a 360-degree view of the best Dallas has to offer from 470 feet in the air. Reunion Tower, 300 Reunion Blvd. E., Dallas 214-712-7040

First Thursday Late Nights

7-9pm. Perot Museum-Nature and Science, 2201 N. Field St., Dallas 214-428-5555 www.

4 | FRIDAY Dallas Wings vs Seattle Storm

7pm. Cheer on our hometown WNBA team! Tickets start at $10. College Park Center, 600 S. Center St, Arlington. www. See ad in this issue.

Yogees Yoga 4 Kids

10:30am-11am. Ages 3-5 yrs. Bring a yoga mat and meet at NorthCourt for a literary journey through yoga breathing, stretching, story and shavasana. Presented by Bookmarks Library inside NorthPark. NorthPark Center, 8687 N Central Expy, Dallas 214-6711381

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12pm. FREE weekend of Horse Shows! The event is free admission, free parking, and concessions will be available for purchase. Fair Park Coliseum, 1438 Coliseum Drive, Dallas 214-426-3400

Late Nights at the DMA

6pm. Each Late Night offers hundreds of experiences for visitors of all ages with performances, concerts, readings, film screenings, tours, talks,

family programs, and more! Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 North Harwood, Dallas 214922-1200

5 | SATURDAY Tai Chi with El Centro College 8am. Join us for FREE Tai Chi classes in the park. Wear loose, comfortable clothing and gym shoes. Klyde Warren Park, 2012 Woodall Rogers Freeway, Dallas 214-716-4500

River Adventures with Trinity River Audubon Center

9am. Explore the Great Trinity Forest with our expert kayak guides. Trinity River Audubon Center, 6500 Great Trinity Forest Way, Dallas 214-309-5814

Crescent Court Market

10am-3pm. European-style market where you meet local farmers, artisanal food producers and craftsmen. Crescent Court, 500 Crescent Court, Dallas

Weekend Marionette Shows 11am. Fun with a few strings attached! Gepetto’s Marionette Theater, Inside the Hilton Anatole, 2201 N. Stemmons Freeway, Dallas 469-442-1925

Pop-Up Art Spot at DMA

1pm. Dress up a character, listen to songs scored by local musicians, or imagine a fantastical landscape inspired by nearby works of art. Free for all ages. Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 North Harwood, Dallas 214-922-1200

Tails 2 Whiskers Animal Rescue

1-4pm. Bring home your new best friend. Hollywood Feed Hollywood Feed, 3425 Knight St, Dallas 214-774-9488 www.

Mesquite Rodeo

7:30pm. Meet the cowboys and cowgirls before the show, enjoy free pony rides, bounce houses, stick horse barrel racing and roping demos. Enjoy the show, kids events, shopping and dining. Mesquite Arena, 1818 Rodeo Drive, Mesquite 972-285-8777

Dive-In Movies

8:30pm. Admission is $5. Bahama Beach Waterpark, 1895 Campfire Circle, Dallas 214-6710820

6 | SUNDAY Dallas Wings vs Los Angeles Sparks 3:30pm. Cheer on our hometown WNBA team! Tickets start at $10. College Park Center, 600 S. Center St, Arlington. See ad in this issue.

August Dollar Days at the Dallas Arboretum

9am-5pm. Admission is just $1, with $2 hotdogs, root beer floats, ice cream sundaes and pies. Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Road, Dallas www.

Camp Kesem at University of Texas – Dallas

10am-3pm. Camp Kesem is a national non-profit organization that offers free weeks of summer camp to children affected by a parent or guardian’s cancer. Camp Gilmont, Gilmer 224-355-6325

DFW Rescue Me Adoption at Pottery Barn

12-3pm. Give a dog a “new leash on life” by giving a loving home to lost, abused and abandoned dogs. Pottery Barn - Galleria, 13350 Dallas Parkway, Dallas 972-702-7100

7 | MONDAY Storybook Science Camp at the Dallas Arboretum

9am. Ages 1 & 2nd grade. Exciting new camp that explores the hidden science behind the story. Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Road, Dallas 214-5156615

Visit the Perot Museum

10am-6pm. Buy general admission online and save $2 per person! 2201 N. Field St., Dallas 214-428-5555 www.

8 | TUESDAY Toddler Art: Under the Sea

11am-12pm. Ages 2 & 3 yrs with adult. Dive into art to discover whether life really is better under the sea. Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N. Harwood St., Dallas 214-922-1200

9 | WEDNESDAY August Dollar Days at the Dallas Arboretum

9am-5pm. Admission is just $1, with $2 hotdogs, root beer floats, ice cream sundaes and pies. Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Road, Dallas 214-5156615

10 | THURSDAY Dallas Wings vs Phoenix Mercury

7pm. Cheer on our hometown WNBA team! Tickets start at $10. College Park Center, 600 S. Center St, Arlington. See ad in this issue.

Public Invited To Build Massive LEGO Mosaic

10am-1pm. All ages. Klyde Warren Park, 2012 Woodall Rogers Freeway, Dallas 877-818-1677 www.legolanddiscoverycenter. com/dallas

11 | FRIDAY Parents Night Out at Chamberlain Studios of Self Defense

6:30pm. Ages 4 & UP. Kids have a blast with martial arts, padded weapons, movies and a pizza dinner! Chamberlain Studios of Self Defense, 2114 Kidwell Street, Dallas 214-3515367

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Walkabout with a Chef

11am-12:30pm. Dallas’ best chefs will share their recipes, and more! The Shed - Dallas Farmers Market, 920 S. Harwood, Dallas

Mesquite Rodeo

7:30pm. Meet the cowboys and cowgirl, enjoy free pony rides and more. Mesquite Arena, 1818 Rodeo Drive, Mesquite 972-285-8777 www.

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5-7pm. FREE live acoustic music. LWCH at Unitarian Universalist Church of Oak Cliff, 3839 W. Kiest Blvd, Dallas 972-291-2710

17 | THURSDAY Visit the Perot Museum

10am-6pm. Buy general admission online and save $2 per person! 2201 N. Field St., Dallas 214-428-5555 www.

18 | FRIDAY North Texas Fair and Rodeo

1pm. Runs 18th through 26th. Professional and youth rodeos, livestock exhibitions, a premier midway and exciting exhibits. North Texas Fairgrounds, 2217 N. Carroll Blvd., Denton 940387-2632

19 | SATURDAY Dallas Wings vs Atlanta Dream

7pm. Cheer on our hometown WNBA team! Tickets start at $10. College Park Center, 600 S. Center St, Arlington. www. See ad in this issue.



National Geographic Photo Ark Exhibition at the Dallas Zoo

Putting Green at Klyde Warren Park

9am-5pm. Learn solutions to some of the most pressing issues affecting wildlife and their habitats. Dallas Zoo, 650 S R.L. Thornton Fwy, Dallas

15 | TUESDAY Children’s Park at Klyde Warren Park

8am-8pm. Free activities in Dallas. Klyde Warren Park, 2012 Woodall Rogers Freeway, Dallas 214-716-4500

10am-8pm. Bring your favorite club and enjoy the Putting Green on the East Lawn anytime of the day. Klyde Warren Park, 2012 Woodall Rogers Freeway, Dallas 214-716-4500

21 | MONDAY Teen Fugitive Summer Camp 9am-4pm. Ages 13-17 yrs. Fun fitness camp. Fugitive Fitness-Parkour Dallas, 10500 Metric Dr. #132, Dallas www.

16 | WEDNESDAY 22 | TUESDAY Flight 1549: Miracle on the Hudson

9am-5pm. Retrace the path of US Airways Flight 1549. CR Smith Museum, 4601 Texas Hwy 360 at FAA Road, Fort Worth 817-967-1560 www.


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Win Cool Prizes at Bingo on the GeO-Deck

11am. Enjoy free activities and entertainment, with your general admission ticket purchase for the GeO-Deck! Reunion Tower, 300 Reunion Blvd. E., Dallas 214712-7040

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Ages 6 & Up. Spend the night at the Zoo! Offered seasonally to organizational groups (i.e. scouts, schools, youth groups) on select Friday and Saturday nights. Dallas Zoo, 650 RL Thornton Freeway, Dallas, Texas, 469-554-7500 www.

23 | WEDNESDAY Dollar Days at the Dallas Arboretum

9am-5pm. Admission is just $1, with $2 hotdogs, root beer floats, ice cream sundaes and pies. Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Road, Dallas 214-5156615

24 | THURSDAY QuakeCon 2017

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10am. Runs through Sunday. QuakeCon is a four-day, nonstop celebration of games and the people who play them. Free to attend and open to the public, Gaylord Texan, 1501 Gaylord Trail, Grapevine 817778-1000

25 | FRIDAY USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame 1-4pm. Fun filled weekend of training with some of the greatest martial artists around. Wyndam Garden Dallas North, 2645 LBJ Freeway, Dallas 903-5694873

26 | SATURDAY North Dallas Toy Show

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9am-3pm. Find all types of collectibles. Admission is $2 (free for kids 11 and younger). Dallas Events Center, 4343 Sigma Road Suite 600, Dallas 214-358-3628 www.

27 | SUNDAY Dallas Farmers Market Open Daily!

10am-8pm. The Market con-

tains four anchor restaurants, a mixture of local specialty foods, artisanal food vendors. Dallas Farmers Market, 920 S. Harwood, Dallas

28 | MONDAY Power Hour Games

4:30-7pm. Play an entire hour of UNLIMITED video games for just $10! Dave & Buster’s, 9450 N Central Expy, Dallas 214-3615553

29 | TUESDAY Sleeping with the Fishes: Fish Food Frenzy

Sleep among thousands of fish in the galleries of the Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park. Dates Coming Soon! Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park, 1462 First Avenue, Dallas 469-554-7340

30 | WEDNESDAY When the Earth Shakes

9am-5pm. Be an engineer as you design and build structures to withstand earthquakes on the Shake Table. CR Smith Museum, 4601 Texas Hwy 360 at FAA Road, Fort Worth 817-967-1560 www.

31 | THURSDAY Big Blue Blocks

9am-5pm. Using soft blocks of different sizes and shapes, you can make objects like tractors, animals, and robot. CR Smith Museum, 4601 Texas Hwy 360 at FAA Road, Fort Worth 817-967-1560 www.

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wholesomeending lunch box bug

what’s for lunch? Packing a healthy whole food lunch is important, Research shows how our children’s attention span, concentration and memory are all impacted by the daily nutrition they receive. All it takes is a little preparation and a weekly plan. Get your grade school kids involved with the meal planning, lunchbox purchase and don’t forget to send them off with a cute and funny note from you!

My son brought a triple decker PB&J nearly daily when he was in high school. It can’t get easier than that! — Mary Ellen, Editor and Registered Dietitian

Also known as food poisoning! At home, make sure your kid’s lunchbox is well cleaned. Wash your hands before preparing lunches on your clean counter surface. Along with the lunch, pack your kid’s lunchbox with moist towelettes so they can have clean hands before eating. Invest in an insulated lunch box or double-up paper bags. Keep it simple with a supply of shelf-stable foods such as crackers, fresh fruits, packaged puddings and canned fruits. Include a high quality cold pack in the lunch box when sending perishable foods for lunch, such as hard-boiled eggs, milk, yogurt, cheese or a sandwich with meat, chicken, turkey or tuna.

tip nutrition label While it may be tempting to choose foods based on marketing phrases such as “all natural” on the label, it’s far more important to pay attention to what’s really inside. Knowing the percent daily values, calorie counts and serving sizes will help you make the best food selections for yourself and your family.


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