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This Fourth of July marks 240 years since the newly formed United States of America declared her independence from Great Britain while fighting to make that declaration a reality. Early this month, people around the country will celebrate the nation's birthday with barbeques, parades and fireworks, waving their flags and sporting outfits of red, white and blue. These traditions honor America's hard-earned freedom, and they're easy to pass on to future generations. But there's so much more we should be passing on. That's what I wrote in my column this time last year, shortly after nine black men and women were shot to death by a 21-year-old gunman during a Wednesday night Bible study at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. And it's a message I'm repeating today, just weeks after 49 people were slaughtered and dozens more injured when a 29-year-old gunman attacked Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, one of the city's best-known gay clubs, in the deadliest mass

shooting in modern U.S. history. As a country, we have to do more to teach young people the value of love, tolerance and humility, not simply with our words but most importantly with our actions. We must commit each day to quashing the hatred, to quieting the evil, to drowning out the hostility. That's still what I'll be praying for this year as we celebrate our nation's independence. July cover mom Kandace Sweat is committed to teaching her own daughter, Saylor, the beauty and power that is discovered through love. Saylor was born with a cleft lip, but, as her mom says, "I will never treat my daughter as if something is wrong with her. … All I want … is for her to know that she is loved and for her to love herself and be proud of who she is." To read more about Kandace and her baby girl, whose smile can light up a room, turn to page 12. This month's Go Girl is Becky Hoover, whose desire to succeed drove her to open her own business in Statesboro 17 years ago. Through Becky's hard work and persistence, Party Impressions has excelled in the community by offering exceptional customer service, keeping up with the latest trends while also maintaining ties to the traditional. Turn to page 5 to read more of Becky's story. God bless America! advertising Director

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Go Girl..........................................5 Pound Cake Trifle..........................6 Ty's Counselor Corner...................7 Bulloch County Schools................8 The Art of Lawncare......................9 Feature.................................. 12–13 Calendar................................ 14–15 Testing Public Pool Water............16 Parks and Recreation..................17 Averitt Center..............................18 Farmers Market Recipe...............19 Get Kids to Wash Their Hands....20 'Health' Food Making You Fat......23 Kids Activity Page.......................25 Games........................................26 Coupons.....................................27

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Special thanks to our cover mom, Kandace Sweat, and her daughter, Saylor

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In the late 1990s, Becky moved to Statesboro from Ocala, Florida, for a change of pace. After she "smelled the roses" for about a year, during which she planted roots and built a home, she began looking for something to keep her busy. That's when she opened Party Impressions, a 3,000-square-foot party supply store on West Main Street. Several years into the venture, the space was expanded by an additional 1,200 square feet. Some of her inspiration for opening Statesboro's first party specialty store stemmed from her work in Ocala. "I had a very busy catering business … that I sold right before coming to Statesboro," she said. "I used the local party supply store to engrave all my napkins for the catering business and had developed a friendly relationship with the owners." During a trip back to Florida to visit Valerie and Raleigh, Becky stopped by the party supply store to say hello to the owners, who eventually suggested that Becky open a party store of her own in Statesboro. After researching the subject, she found that the area would "have a hard time supporting a party store" — but she pressed on. "I believed the community was set for a growth pattern, and the surrounding areas would help us make it work in the meantime," she said. "I knew that keeping expenses minimal would be critical. We did everything ourselves and put everything we made back into growing the business for several years. When we needed help, my sister-in-law, Wanda Scott, was always there to help and would not take any pay." After the recession in 2008 and 2009, business once again was booming, and by 2011, the need for Party Impressions to expand even further was apparent. Becky was offered a great deal on a 6,000-squarefoot retail space on South Main Street across from Georgia Southern Univer-

sity and decided to relocate. "It was not my first choice for relocation, but after those lean years of 2008 and 2009, I was very grateful for the opportunity to have more space and not overextend myself," she said. Becky said she strives for her business to maintain excellent customer service. While keeping up with the latest trends, she also stocks traditional party items and makes sure to "reinvent … depending on what customers want." In a way, she is able to experience a sense of motherhood through her store. Becky loves seeing the excitement on children's faces when they come in to buy birthday party supplies. The kids are invited to grab a child-sized shopping cart and go shopping, and they're given a free balloon to make their experience extra special. "Another very rewarding aspect of owning the business is seeing the college students who come to work with me graduate and become successful in their chosen career," Becky said. "I like to think that I am an extension of their parents at a critical time in their life. I enjoy trying to foster and encourage their success." With online sites like Pinterest coming into the mix, along with area big-box stores, Party Impressions has

had to overcome a few challenges. Becky understands that she did not come to be successful through luck but through the hard work that has been at the core of her business from the beginning. "I do not take lightly the gift of health to be able to work hard and then be able to stand back and enjoy what our hands and minds accomplished," she said. "Our work is a reflection of who we are and our values. I try to put my heart into my work and use all my abilities. "However, the hardest lesson that I have had to learn is that my work does not define me," Becky continued. "Who I am defines my work. As a result, I have learned to enjoy life outside of work. I can thank my husband … for teaching me that I can work hard and enjoy life, too!" While she now enjoys time off with Scott, her fierce personal sense of accomplishment has been a driving force behind her business. One of her personal mottos is, "The desire to succeed must be greater than the fear of failure." Taking the chance on opening a business in a small college town surely takes a huge desire to succeed. Thankfully, that's exactly what Becky had, and it was just what Statesboro needed.

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ot everyone can say that their life is a party, but Becky Hoover of Party Impressions comes closer than most. Becky, 58, opened Party Impressions in downtown Statesboro 17 years ago — and it's been a party ever since! Her husband, Scott, 57, is a senior quality engineer and facility lead at Nordson Manufacturing in Swainsboro. The two began dating after a chance meeting in the Lowe's parking lot. "I was trying to load some large bags of red mulch in the trunk of my tiny sports car. He was on his way inside," Becky said. "When he walked by and noticed that I was struggling a bit, (he) offered to help me load the mulch. Well, the rest is history!" Now in their sixth year of marriage, the two enjoy spending time together outdoors — especially riding motorcycles and sailing. "Our best trips on the bike have been the Blue Ridge Parkway, through 11 states down the … north/middle eastern coastline, and from Colorado and through the Ozarks. Our sailing adventures take us exploring Georgia's barrier islands and many times anchoring the night, cooking a steak on the grill and watching the sunset." Although she has no biological children, her former husband of 28 years brought with him two "bonus children," Raleigh and Valerie, who began living with the couple soon after they were married. "I had the privilege of being Valerie's full-time mom for several years and Raleigh's until we 'moved him out.' To this day, Raleigh and I are mom and son, best friends, confidantes — just very close," she said. "I definitely have been able to enjoy the entire spectrum of motherhood through him and do not feel like I have missed a thing!" She's also Aunt Becky to nieces and nephews and "Beck-Beck" to her great-nieces and great-nephews.


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Let the Sparks Fly with Fourth of July Pound Cake Trifle

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sense of pride fills the air in the month of July with the celebration of Independence Day. Whether going to an outdoor gathering or seeing a colorful fireworks display, one of the best ways to enjoy all of the festivities of July Fourth is with this Pound Cake Trifle. With layers of moist cake, fresh fruit and a creamy custard, this beautiful and delicious dessert is sure to be a hit with friends and family. Fourth of July Pound Cake Trifle 2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature 2 cups sugar 4 large eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla extract ž cup sour cream 2 cups cake flour 8-ounce package cream cheese, room temperature 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk 8-ounce container frozen whipped topping, thawed 2 pints fresh blueberries 2 pints fresh strawberries, stems removed Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Lightly grease a tube pan, then line the bottom with wax paper and set aside. In a large mixing bowl with an electric mixer, beat butter while adding sugar. Beat in eggs, one at a time, and vanilla extract. Beat in sour cream and then cake flour until completely combined. Pour batter into the prepared pan and bake on the third (middle) rack for around 1 hour 20 minutes or until cake is done. Remove from oven and let cool completely. In a medium-size mixing bowl with an electric mixer, beat together cream cheese and sweetened condensed milk. Fold in whipped topping and set aside. Cut the cake into cubes and layer half of the cake on the bottom of a trifle. Add a layer of blueberries, then half of the custard. Cut some of the

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strawberries in half and place them along the inside of the trifle on top of the custard. Add another layer of the remaining cake and then another layer of custard. For the topping, slice strawberries and layer them around the inside of the trifle. Place the remaining blueberries in the center. Chill in the fridge for a few hours, then serve. Azure Rountree, a wife and mother of four beautiful kids, has a love of cooking and sharing recipes. She enjoys writing for cookbooks and working as an advocate for autism. Her newest cookbook, "Kid Friendly Recipes from the Kitchen of Azure Rountree," is available for purchase locally at the Averitt Center for the Arts' Rosengart Gallery. A portion of the proceeds from every book sold will go to benefit children with special needs.


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things to go. However, in the midst of our life planning, reality sets in, and there's an awareness that life can often have its own agenda. Just as the directions are given through the guide of the GPS, we, too, may face several unexpected twists and turns and every once in a while hit a dead end. Despite the deviations that will come, I want to encourage you not to lose sight of where you are headed. Be sure to have and keep personal goals for yourself. The route toward your destination may have some unforeseen pit stops, but

never allow the detours to discourage you from reaching your destination. Keep in mind, life detours don't cancel your destiny. It's the twists and turns toward the landing place that make the story of the journey most interesting. As you go through life, listen for the subtle instructions that direct you on which way to turn. Sometimes, you may not hear the directions clearly, but that does not make you a failure. Don't beat yourself up because you make some wrong turns. Instead, reroute and try again. Remember, you are a person with great purpose. Stay focused and be intentional about maximizing your life. Ty Johnson, counselor and retention coordinator for Ogeechee Technical College, is co-founder of Refocus Counseling and Consulting Services LLC, a program that teaches people how to focus on the positive. Email her at refocus123@gmail.com.

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ave you ever entered the address of your destination into a GPS device, expecting it to lead you to the exact location, but it hasn't quite worked out? On the route, you make several turns. Suddenly, you hear the recorded voice say, "You have reached your destination," but you gaze around and quickly realize that you are nowhere near your desired location. Nothing looks familiar, and you immediately begin to panic because you realize you are lost. After you gather your composure, you try it once again, but this time you find your way to where you want to be, and you release a sigh of relief because you have arrived. This is often how the journey of life can work. We often make plans for ourselves, which include goals we would like to reach by a certain time frame. Whether they are professional or personal ambitions, all of us have expectations on how we would like

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must-have addition to gardens that are prone to hungry does and bucks. Delicate starbursts of color maintain a long lifespan, blooming for weeks at a time during the spring, summer and fall in the South. Invest in them for their complimentary blue-green foliage that pairs perfectly with blooms of red, pink, white, lavender and more. Because dianthus varieties come in a wide range of growing habits, you can choose from creeping groundcovers to tall cutting varieties and select the appropriate type for your needs. Beyond its myriad of delicious uses

in kitchens around the globe, rosemary is not quite as inviting to deer, who would rather avoid its woody, scented leaves. Because rosemary is extremely hardy and resilient, it's an excellent addition to both herb and flower gardens alike. Plant in full to partial sun in well-drained soil, making sure to water regularly. To keep rosemary more compact, plant in containers, and cut back foliage regularly. Russian sage is the ideal ornamental grass for repelling deer and is treasured for its uses as privacy screens and backdrops for

border flowers, as well as for being drought tolerant. Its silvery green foliage is stunning against the tall stalks of light purple blooms and is sure to impress everyone — except local wildlife, of course! Plant in full sun for best results, grouping plants together to encourage an upward growing trend, as stalks can be delicate. If you're tired of deer taking part of your hard-earned success with your gardens and outdoor spaces, give these varieties a try today! Erinn is part of the professional team at Ninja Lawns who seek to serve the Statesboro community and make a positive difference in the world around them. You can learn more and contact Ninja Lawns online at www.ninjalawns. com.

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A Smile That Can Light Up a Room Born with a Cleft Lip, Kandace Sweat's Daughter, Saylor, Is Nothing Less Than Perfect

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o expectant mother wants to hear that something may be wrong with her unborn baby, but that fear became reality for this month's cover mom, Kandace Sweat, during a routine ultrasound when she was just 17 weeks pregnant with her daughter, Saylor. Although all of her previous ultrasounds seemed to show a healthy baby, "the ... technician had not been able to examine Saylor's face," Kandace said about her little one, who had until then kept her hands in front of her face during the exams. That day, with the help of a 4-D ultrasound, the technician was able to view Saylor's facial features for the first time. It was then that she noticed something of concern: Kandace's daughter had a cleft lip. "I remember my whole body went numb, and my heart just dropped," Kandace said. "I remember trying helplessly to search that screen to see what she saw. I was in shock. "I remember thinking, 'Wait, what's a cleft lip?' The only time I'd ever been exposed to cleft lip was on television on one of those doctor reality shows (that) perform miracle surgeries," she said. "I just never thought, and it never registered with me, that this could happen to me." Overwhelmed with emotion, Kandace questioned herself, wondering what she had done wrong or what she could have done to prevent the condition, but her physician assured her that the diagnosis was not her fault and that research has not discovered a definitive cause, whether genetic, environmental or a combination of other factors. "At the time, I felt broken, like my little baby inside of me was broken,

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and I just wanted to fix it all but had no idea where to start," she said. "I was scared and had no idea what all of this meant or even how to care for a baby with this condition. Being young and having an unplanned pregnancy in itself is so scary, and to add a baby with special needs is something I would never wish upon a parent." So, Kandace, 25, said that she and her fiance, Andrew Hitt, did the only thing they could: "We hoped for the best but prepared for the worst." The couple reached out to others who had gone through what they were experiencing and sought the help of experienced professionals. Born July 8 last year, Saylor required feeding with special bottles designed for babies with her condition. She had difficulty swallowing and breathing during feedings, a process that usually took about an hour and a half, with frequent burping caused by all the air the cleft lip allowed her to swallow. That air intake also contributed to the development of colic and gas reflux. Kandace and Andrew knew their newborn would need multiple corrective surgeries as she grew, but they worried how they would be able to afford them — "until a huge blessing fell into our laps," Kandace said. "We'd heard that the Shriners helped children with cleft lip and palate, but we didn't know enough about them until a friend of a friend, Kerigan Mallard, reached out to us, sharing how the Quint Shrine Club of Lyons ... had helped her," she said. Kandace said the organization's president, Ramon Powell, reached out and "took Saylor, me and Andrew under (their) wings and told us everything would be OK." With help from the Shriners, Saylor's lip reconstruction surgery took

place in December, when she was just 5 months old. "It was one of the scariest moments of my life and felt like it took days to finish, but it really only took about an hour and a half," Kandace said. "No parent should ever have

to watch their baby undergo surgery at such a young age. It's absolutely terrifying." Kandace said that after the procedure, Saylor's swollen face was almost unrecognizable, and she was in a great deal of pain.


"I will never treat my daughter as if something is wrong with her. ... God made my little girl in his image, and that is more powerful than any image that anyone could ever compare her to."

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"After her wound began to heal, we often missed her little split in her lip," Kandace said. "It was and is a part of who she is, and we had grown to love her for her and that little lip. Before surgery, she could smile from ear to ear because that little split would allow her lip to stretch farther. "She has a smile that can light up a room," she said. "She doesn't just smile with her mouth; she smiles with her eyes and her nose — really her whole face!" In August, Saylor will undergo surgery to repair her cleft palate. Around the age of 5, she will have a lip and nose revision and at age 15 may require another lip revision. She could go on to need other procedures, too, like orthodontic surgery to repair her jaw. She also will need extensive speech therapy. Thankfully, the Shriners will follow and assist with Saylor's progress until she turns 18. Kandace spoke passionately about the support, both financial and emotional, her family has received from the organization. She and Andrew are also grateful for all of the help their extended families have offered since Saylor was born. "I cannot thank God enough for what he has done for my family and the people he has put in our lives to help us and Saylor," she said. Kandace said that although her daughter experienced pain from the surgery, she's thankful Saylor won't remember the ordeal. What she does worry about for her precious baby is how others might react to her as she grows older. "My fear for her is that when she gets older and starts interacting with other kids, they'll notice that she is different or speaks differently," Kandace said. "All I want for my daughter is for her to know that she is loved and for her to love herself and be proud of who she is. "I will never treat my daughter as if something is wrong with her," she said. "She is no different than any other little girl or little boy. God made my little girl in his image, and that is more powerful than any image that anyone could ever compare her to. She is no weaker; she is no less pretty. And if I want her to be strong and for her to love herself, I must put my own fears for her aside."


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Job Search Workshop: Resume Writing, Part 1 Statesboro Regional Library (Upstairs Computer Room) • 3 p.m.

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Senior Social Special: Sit and Be Fit! Statesboro Regional Library (Community Room) • 1 p.m.

Reading to Rover Statesboro Regional Library (Children's Department) • 5 p.m.

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Outdoor Movie: "The Jungle Book" free and open to the public Sweetheart Circle • 9 p.m.

Movie Matinee: "In the Heart of the Sea" Statesboro Regional Library (Community Room) • 3:30 p.m. 52 Weeks of Giving Statesboro Regional Library (Community Room) • 4–6 p.m.

Genealogy Book Sale Statesboro Regional Library (Community Room) • 5–7 p.m.

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Red Cross Blood Drive Honey Bowen Building 10 a.m.–3 p.m.

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Paranormal Book Club Statesboro Regional Library (Community Room) • 6 p.m.

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Adult Coloring Class Statesboro Regional Library (Community Room) • 6 p.m.

Job Search Workshop: Resume Writing, Part 2 Statesboro Regional Library (Upstairs Computer Room) • 3 p.m.

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Paint-N-Party! Averitt Center for the Arts $35 • 5:30–8 p.m.

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or many families, summer means water — in pools, water parks and maybe even a hotel hot tub. But before you dive in, consider the many ways H2O in public places can make you sick. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more people than ever are getting ill after swimming in public pools and water parks. Jeff Rossen, an investigative

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correspondent for NBC News and the "Today" show, collected water samples and had them analyzed to see if they're correct. A sample Rossen drew from one public pool contained enterococci — the scientific euphemism for fecal matter. Another collected from a water park contained enterococci, plus E. coli and total coliform. Although naturally occurring in the human intestinal tract, the stuff is nasty enough that if it's found in your water supply, you're supposed to boil the water. All three comprise to form "the perfect cocktail to make you sick," Rossen reported on "Today." Rossen interviewed Dr. Robert Glatter, an emergency room physician at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, who ex-

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respiratory tract and build up not only in water but also in the air if the pool area is not properly vented. Still, the CDC doesn't say we should avoid the water completely. Instead, health officials suggest testing the water at a public place with chlorine strips before plunging in. A box of 50 costs less than $15 online. The pH should be 7.2–7.8 in pools and hot tubs; the chlorine concentration should be at least 3 parts per million in hot tubs and 1 ppm in pools, and the bromine concentration should be at least 4 ppm in hot tubs and 3 ppm in pools. Also, officials recommend parents check the pool's inspection report, which should be posted publicly. Never enter a pool or hot tub with an open wound that has not been covered with a waterproof bandage. Shower before you get in, and be careful not to swallow any water. When you get out, gently towel-dry your ears, and tilt your head to allow any remaining water to drain out.

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semble with the Statesboro Chamber Orchestra and the Statesboro Youth String Ensemble. Anyone who takes a strings class will be able to rent an instrument (all sizes available) for $18 a month. Ensembles meet once a week and perform at local events. Private lessons for all ages and skill levels also will be offered Aug. 8–Dec. 12. Back with new director Bethany DeZelle, the Statesboro Youth Theater will offer drama classes for pre-K through 12thgrade students. A large part of these classes will focus on teamwork, imagination and creative play. Students will experience the joys of live theater as well. The new Junior Company is for ninth- through 12thgraders who want to experience a more advanced theater setting. Auditions for the Junior Company will be held 2–4 p.m. on July 9. At the new Roxie Remley Center for Fine Arts, two huge studios — one dedicated to ceramics, the other to drawing and painting — await visual arts students of all ages. These classes are small, and each student will get personal attention from the instructors. There are 18 courses offered for children and adults, including Wheel Throwing, Hand-building, Book and Paper Art: From Paper to Petals, Paint-N-Party and an Acrylics as Watercolor Workshop. Finally, the new puppetry arts program is located on the second floor of the Averitt Center's main building. Directed by Scott Fox, the program blends the culture of painting, sculpture and performance. Students will learn about puppet design, storytelling and mime. This course starts Aug. 15. For more information on the Averitt Center's fall classes, visit www.averitt centerforthearts.org. (All classes will be posted online no later than July 6.) To register, call Tony Phillips at (912) 2122787 or email tphillips@averittcenter forthearts.org. The deadline to register is Friday, July 29, so don't wait!


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tal in Detroit. A report they presented last week at the annual conference of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology showed that health care workers were more likely to wash their hands after they viewed magnified pictures of bacteria swarming on skin and work surfaces. Co-authors Ashley Gregory and Eman Chami call it "the yuck factor." After inspecting images of bacteria on a person's hand, a cellphone and a mouse pad, workers in

four patient-care units improved their handwashing by an average of 24 percent, and in some cases, much more than that. Presumably, health care workers are already well educated about the need to wash their hands regularly, as we've known that disease is transmitted through dirty hands since 1846, when a Hungarian doctor realized that women were dying in childbirth because of shared germs. (Unfortunately for the largely forgotten Ignaz Semmelweis, French chemist Louis Pasteur got most of the credit for developing the germ theory.) As much as we'd like to believe that hospitals are the cleanest public places, the Centers for Disease Con-

trol and Prevention says health care workers clean their hands only half as much as they should, which explains why 1 in 25 hospital patients picks up an infection from the place at which they are supposed to get well. Enter the team at Henry Ford Hospital, which is determined to improve sanitation. According to the news website Vocativ, Gregory and Chami swabbed nurses' hands and equipment, then showed them what they found under a microscope. "The nurses were horrified. But they started washing their hands," wrote Joshua A. Krisch for Vocativ. Afterward, one unit increased its compliance by 142 percent. "I think health care workers, in general, become numb to the fact that hospitals are an environment of germs," Gregory said. "Pictures go a long way to breaking that detachment and give hospitals a new tool for their hand-hygiene toolkit." It's a tool that parents can use as well.

Deseret News Hospital workers are supposed to wash their hands 100 times in a 12-hour shift. A parent's bar is not so high, but the CDC says that people should wash their hands before and after nine activities: preparing food, eating, caring for the sick, treating a wound, changing diapers, using the bathroom, blowing your nose, dealing with animals and touching garbage. Of course, some experts say today's children are too clean, sanitized to the point that their immune systems aren't functioning properly. The Washington Post has noted that children ages 6 to 11 only need to bathe once or twice a week, unless they've been playing in mud; swimming in a pool, ocean or lake; or are just exceptionally smelly. But most everyone agrees that vigorous handwashing with soap and water is important. And given the research from Detroit, parents might want to consider posting a picture of some creepy-crawly bacteria above the sink.

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Müller, which calls its high-sugar offerings "dessert yogurt," doesn't suggest we eat Crunch Corner at every meal, but the company says it can be part of a "varied and balanced diet." But health-food crusaders say the bigger problem is advertising that makes us want more of the foods we should eat the least. "Some 58 percent of advertising spent is on confectionery and convenience food, compared to only 3 percent on fruit, vegetables and pasta" in the U.K., Triggle writes. This helps create the "obesogenic environment" that contributes to weight gain and encourages sedentary behavior. Some people believe a sugar tax would help solve the problem, both in the U.K. and the U.S. But sometimes, all a family needs is a reminder to check the labels before loading the shopping cart with yogurt. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says sugar should make up no more than 10 percent of our daily

calories — meaning no more than 12 teaspoons a day in a 2,000-calorie diet. (Four grams of sugar is roughly equivalent to one teaspoon.) Of course, some of the sugar in yogurt is natural and comes from milk. It's the added sugars that are the problem, registered dietician Ellie Krieger writes in The Washington Post, which means that we should probably pass on the products that have candy and cookie pieces to sprinkle on top. She says we should eat both regular and thickened yogurt — like Greek or Icelandic Skyr — and she recommends buying nonfat or reduced-fat varieties, then adding healthy fats such as nuts or nut butter, and maybe a little fresh fruit. "Because calorie for calorie, refined sugar appears to be worse for your health than saturated fat, if faced with a choice between a sugary nonfat yogurt and an unsweetened full-fat option, go for the latter," Krieger writes.

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he United States dietary guidelines urge us to eat yogurt, but not the kind with 30 grams of sugar and a topping made of candy pieces or cookie crumbs. That such a thing even exists explains a lot about the obesity epidemic and why it's so difficult for people to lose weight, according to the BBC, which says that dessert yogurts masquerading as health foods contribute to "obesogenic" environments. Unsweetened, full-fat yogurt is, in fact, a powerfully healthful food, correspondent Nick Triggle writes for the BBC. "It can boost your immune system, is good for your bones and is great at satisfying hunger," he says. "The problem is that a great deal

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y children, admittedly, have grown up with a very thrifty mother, so it shouldn't surprise me that my sons and daughter are very mindful of what things cost. They don't like to be wasteful, and sometimes their perspectives are eye-opening. Our family room sofa has seen better days. I bought it in college, and it's been a constant in our home for more than 20 years. It welcomed my husband, three children, two dogs and two cats into our home and has hosted countless slumber parties and family movie nights. But that old couch doesn't sit as well as it used to. Cosmetically, it still looks good, but its cushions have sagged, and some of the stuffing has shifted around over the years. So, when my grandmother decided to move, she offered to give us a living room set she no longer wanted. The matching couch, loveseat and chair would give our family both newer furniture and more seating. I was excited about the opportunity to upgrade our family room for my favorite price — free! We set our old sectional's pieces and cushions by the door, ready to move to the curb. As our children watched my husband and I excitedly arranging the new-to-us furniture, we saw three sad, moping faces. "What's going to happen to it? Is it going to go into a garbage truck?" asked one of my sons. "We shouldn't just throw it away," said the other. I explained that we'd had many great years of sitting on the old couch, but the new set of furniture meant that our family would have more room to spread out. Still, the kids continued to reminisce about

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