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Tombstone has makings of fun trip for grandparents & grandkids

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‘Looks like a

movie!’

Travel back in time to Tombstone, OK Corral

Actors are seen reenacting the events that led to an 1881 shootout in the town that left three dead and became one of the most famous gun battles in the Old West in Tombstone, Ariz. AP PHOTO

Great destination for grandparents who want something their grandkids will enjoy PETER PRENGAMAN

Associated Press

Kids can “pan for silver” in Tombstone, Ariz.

TOMBSTONE, Ariz. — “Bang!” “Bang!” “Bang!” And several more “bangs!” — the gunshots in this reenacted shootout happened so quickly I couldn’t keep count. “That was it,” said the actor playing lawman Doc Holliday at the OK Corral’s several-times-aday show about what may be the most famous gun battle in the Old West. “Over before it even started.” Newcomers to Arizona, I had brought my wife and young children to Tombstone, about a threehour drive southeast of Phoenix, to learn some of the state’s history.

But the shootout was over so quickly I couldn’t help but ask myself: “Why is this a big deal?” There are numerous movies and books about this event, and the name “Tombstone” may be one of the most recognizable in the world. But only three people were killed in the 1881 shootout, which seems quaint in today’s world of mass shootings. And when you see the reenactment, you couldn’t be blamed for thinking back on those old movies, with their drawn-out gun battles and dashing horses, and concluding they were a lot of cow dung. A quick recap of the basic conflict: A group of armed outlaws, called cowboys, shoot it out with the town marshal and a handful

of other policemen, culminating a feud that was part personal, part legal, and spoke to the future of a town. Tim Christie, the actor playing Holliday, said much of the intrigue comes from digging into the characters and realizing there were no good guys. “They were all bad guys. Everybody had an agenda,” said Christie, who is also the show manager and director. Tombstone today is a mix of authenticity and tourism with a heavy dose of cheese. Besides the OK Corral show, there are other reenacted shootouts in the streets. In the old part of town, the storefronts and dirt streets look like they did when the town


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Tourists are seen visiting different stores in Tombstone, Ariz., a tourist attraction that gives visitors a taste of the Old West.

Reprinted editions of The Tombstone Epitaph are seen in Tombstone, Ariz. was founded and flourished in the late 19th century. “This all looks like a movie!” said my 9-year-old as women in long, full dresses and men with cowboy hats and spurs waddled past us. Shops sell leather boots, lassos and toy guns. Children “pan for silver” with bags of dirt mixed with shiny rocks. Large and colorful carriages whiz by, and there are several saloons to explore along with “cribs,” where prostitutes lived and worked. Jeremy Johnston, historian for the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, in Cody, Wyoming, said the glamorization of the town and shootout began in the 1930s after Stuart Lake published “Wyatt Earp: Frontier Marshal,” a largely fictional biography that cast Earp as a courageous lawman. That led to several movies and television series in the decades to come. Johnston said the shootout was big news locally at the time, but there were so many other conflicts in the area — Apache Indian wars, mining disputes, violent strikes — that it would have been one of many things. The gun battle in Tombstone

did not actually happen at the OK Corral, but in front of C.S. Fly’s Photographic Studio on Fremont Street, several doors down from the corral’s back entrance. Popular culture has turned the shooting into “a story of good, solid citizens standing up to ruffians to build a good community,’’ Johnston said, adding that it “ignores many nuances.” Dusty Escapule, Tombstone’s mayor and a fourth-generation resident, said the town is working to add attractions beyond the gun-slinging. Escapule pointed to the town’s mining exhibits, stagecoach rides and nightly ghost tours as examples of non-gun activities. That isn’t to say the town of 1,290 residents is moving away from its gun history. In some ways, it is further embracing it. In 2017, Escapule signed a proclamation declaring Tombstone “America’s Second Amendment City.” The measure was purely symbolic, as Arizona allows residents, and even visitors from other states, to carry concealed weapons. “I wanted people to know we believe in the rights of citizens to bear arms,” said Escapule.

If you go — November through May are the best months, as the summer is very hot. — If you plan on visiting with children, consider their ages. Our older boys enjoyed Tombstone. Our 3-year-old was scared by the gunshots.

Tourists are seen going on a mining tour in Tombstone, Ariz.

— Lodging options in Tombstone are limited, but many hotels are within a 30-minute drive. One attraction that gives visitors a broad view of the town is Tombstone’s “historama,” shown at the OK Corral. Narrated by the late actor Vincent Price, it explains how the town sprang up and got its macabre name: Ed Schieffelin, a silver prospector, was told by a friend something to the effect that the only rocks he would find (in a territory with Apaches) would be his own tombstone. When Schieffelin filed his first mining claim in 1877, naturally he called it “Tombstone.” Among other things, the historama recounts fires that de-

A horse-driven carriage is seen going through Tombstone, Ariz.. The town has been working to offer a wide range of attractions that allow visitors to see what life was like in the Old West. stroyed the town and the rapid rebuilding after each blaze, which led to the moniker “The town too tough to die.” If there is one thing in Tombstone that feels in line with all the Old West movies, it’s the landscape. The town, less than 50 miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border, is in the middle of a desert, with cacti, sage and dirt that

swirls up in dust. The summers are brutally hot. Visiting Tombstone, I understood why it captured the American imagination, even if its reputation was based more on imagination than history. There’s the harsh terrain, the lure of overnight riches for risk-taking prospectors, the battle against lawlessness.


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People work out in the GentleGym.

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Amy Van Arkel, left, owner and physical therapist, and Emily Mangrich, program manager, stand in the GentleGym in Cedar Falls.

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Specialized gym a step forward for those with chronic health conditions META HEMENWAY-FORBES

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CEDAR FALLS — Physical ‌ therapist Amy Van Arkel has been envisioning a highly specialized gym since she was in college studying to become a physical therapist assistant. More than 15 years later, that dream was borne out in GentleGym at 924 Viking Road. GentleGym is a wellness facility for people with chronic pain, bariatric issues, diabetes, joint replacements, pre- and post-surgery needs and other health issues that may limit their experience in a traditional gym setting. “We really wanted to make it useful for a population that really needs some TLC,” Van Arkel said. GentleGym houses equipment to enhance the body, mind and

spirit. There are treadmills, stationary bicycles and dumbbells, as well as a stretching cage that helps with mobility and balance. Unlike a traditional gym, you won’t find heavy barbells, squat racks or mirrors. “If you’re training for a marathon, this probably is not right for you,” said Emily Mangrich, GentleGym program manager. To quiet the mind, there’s the Healing Corner, which features an infrared sauna, a massage chair and a relaxing space for quiet meditation. “It’s known that anxiety, depression, trauma and grief often go hand-in-hand with chronic pain. This is a chance to connect the mind and body, to really stay on the cusp of growing research,” Van Arkel said. A comfortable seating area near the front encourages social

Manuel Garcia works with physical therapy assistant Sarah Paustian in the GentleGym heated therapy pool.

Physical therapists work with injured athletes at Agape Performance, which shares a space with GentleGym.

interaction between gym-goers. “Chronic issues can be isolating,” Mangrich said. “We want to help remove those barriers.” Workout A 7,000-gallon therequipment of apy pool, heated to The GentleGym’s Healing Corner is equipped with an varying weights a toasty 92 degrees, infrared sauna, a massage chair and a quiet table. are available at features an underwathe GentleGym in ter treadmill as well as and movement as- since 2003 and is now its execCedar Falls. current to walk, run or sessments. A FIT3D utive director. As she began reswim against. Scan machine mea- searching what the GentleGym The gym is staffed sures body fat, posture might look like, she discovered a during business hours, with and other metrics. From barren landscape. physical therapists and physical there, staff create an individual“There were almost no examtherapy assistants at the ready to ized program for each member. ples anywhere. We found a facility instruct members on equipment, GentleGym is adjacent and in Oregon that was similar, but reopen to Agape Performance, ally we’re on the frontier of this,” proper form or other issues. At the outset, GentleGym which treats patients with she said. “GentleGym is going to members receive a one-hour as- sports-related injuries. be the model for everywhere else.” sessment, which includes a health Van Arkel has been a physical For more information, go to history, fitness tests and posture therapist assistant with Agape www.thegentlegym.org.


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LOVESTRUCK: Chicken parm, raspberry brownies on menu for Valentine’s Day COURIER STAFF

Cupid will be asking for seconds when you serve this romantic dinner to your lovestruck sweetheart on Valentine’s Day. The menu features an inspired rendition of chicken Parmesan that starts with tender chicken cutlets, encrusted with Parmesan cheese and seasonings and topped with marinara sauce and mozzarella, served atop of bed of spaghetti. Roasted broccoli and tomatoes is the perfect companion, along with a crusty loaf of bread. For dessert, polish off the meal with luscious Raspberry Chocolate Brownies made using a brownie mix and prepared frosting.

Chicken Parmesan  1/4 cup plain dry bread crumbs  1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese  1/2 teaspoon garlic powder  ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning  1 pound thin-sliced boneless skinless chicken breasts  3 tablespoons oil, divided  1 cup marinara or spaghetti sauce  1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese  Spaghetti, cooked

Roasted Broccoli & Tomatoes  1 tablespoon olive oil  1 teaspoon garlic powder  ¼ teaspoon coarse ground

black pepper  12 ounces broccoli florets  1 cup cherry tomatoes  1 tablespoon white wine vinegar  2 teaspoons honey  1/2 teaspoon basil leaves  1/4 teaspoon oregano leaves Preheat oven to 425 F. Mix oil, garlic powder and pepper in large bowl. Add broccoli and tomatoes; toss to coat well. Spread in single layer on foil-lined 15x10x1-inch baking pan. Roast 13 to 15 minutes or until broccoli is lightly browned. Meanwhile, mix vinegar, honey, basil and oregano in small bowl. Drizzle over roasted vegetables; toss to coat well. Serve immediately.

Preheat oven to 350 F. Mix bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, garlic powder and Italian seasoning on plate. Moisten chicken lightly with water. Coat evenly with bread crumb mixture. Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in large nonstick skillet on medium heat. Cook 1/2 of the chicken pieces 3 to 4 minutes per side or until golden brown. Transfer chicken to foil-lined 13x9-inch baking pan. Repeat with remaining chicken, adding remaining 1 tablespoon oil if necessary. Spoon sauce evenly over chicken. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. Bake 5 to 10 minutes or until heated through and cheese is melted. Serve with cooked spaghetti, if desired.

Raspberry Chocolate Brownies

Brownies:  1 package (family-size) fudge brownie mix  4 teaspoons raspberry extract Raspberry Chocolate Frosting:  2 teaspoons raspberry extract  1 container (16 ounces) chocolate frosting Prepare brownie mix as directed on package. Stir in raspberry flavor. Spread in greased 13x9-inch baking pan. Bake and cool as directed on package. Meanwhile, for the frosting, empty frosting into mixing bowl. Stir raspberry flavor into chocolate frosting. Mix at low speed with hand mixer until fluffy, 1 or 2 minutes. Spread over cooled brownie. Cut into squares. Recipes from McCormick Kitchens


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elieve me when I tell you that aging successfully will depend on one word, “WELLNESS.” This certainty is based on 25 years of experience working in retirementlLiving in Florida and Iowa. Of course, most assume “WELLNESS” means physical health. Although that is a huge part of your overall wellness, other aspects including emotional, intellectual, spiritual and social wellness factor in heavily on the quality of your retirement life. If you can manage and improve those aspects of your life, the “Senior Years” can be a time of great joy and satisfaction. Many of the fears or anxieties I hear about come from some popular — but incorrect — notions. These myths simply don’t stand up to the truth.

Myth: Life gets boring when you are over the hill. Truth: If your career slows down, you retire, or your children leave home or move out of the area, you may have more time to enjoy activities outside of work and immediate family.

Here are some wonderful opportunities that I suggest: Pick up a long-neglected hobby — take a cooking or painting class. Learn a foreign language, a new game or a new sport. Get involved in your community. Run for office, serve at church, volunteer at a nonprofit. Travel somewhere new. Attend musical and theater shows, spend time outdoors at a local park or sporting event.

Myth: Memory loss is inevitable. Truth: As you age, you may notice that you don’t remember things as easily as you once did; memories may start to take a little longer to retrieve. However, significant memory loss is not an inevitable result of aging. Brain training and learning new skills can be done at any age and help keep your memory sharp. The sooner you start, the sooner you’ll reap the benefits.

Myth: Aging means declining health and/or disability. Truth: Some diseases become more common as we age. However, getting older does not automatically mean poor health or that you will be confined to

a walker or wheelchair. Plenty of older adults enjoy vigorous health all of their days. Preventive measures like regular checkups, healthy eating, exercising, and managing stress help reduce risks.

Myth: All my friends will be gone. Truth: Staying connected isn’t always easy as you grow older — even for those who have had an active social life. Career changes, retirement, illness and moves out of local areas can take away close friends and family members. In later life, getting around may become difficult for you or members of your social circle. These are all reasons that I love and advocate for retirement community living. It helps make staying connected and creating new friendships that much easier. What’s my message to people considering a move to a retirement community? You are stronger and more resilient than you realize — and surrounding yourself with other active seniors in a fun retirement community gives you the best chance to age successfully, live your best life, and squash those dreaded myths about retirement and aging.

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EXPERIENCE

FOR HIRE How job seekers over 50 can ace the interview

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ver the holidays, I ran into several acquaintances I hadn’t spoken with for quite some time. Given all the hype about low unemployment, I was surprised to learn that several of them had recently lost their jobs. The common denominator: Each one of them was approaching or just older than age 60. That made me wonder: How prevalent is “ageism”? And how can someone “of a certain age” launch a successful job search?

Ageism is common Unfortunately, the answer to the first question is “very,” according to Patti Temple Rocks, chief client officer at the global marketing agency ICF Next and author of “I’m Not Done: It’s Time to Talk About Ageism in the Workplace.” “We never talk about ageism as part of diversity and inclusion, ... but it is the most commonly felt and least reported form of discrimination,” says Temple Rocks, who shares the following data to support that assertion. “According to a recent report by the Society for Human Resource Management Foundation, two-thirds of older employees say they’ve seen or experienced workplace discrimination,” she says. “The AARP concurs; a shocking 64% of workers aged 45 to 75 have been discriminated against based on age. And an overwhelming 92% say that age discrimination is common, according to a 2013 study by the AARP.” Yet only 8% of respondents in Price Waterhouse Coopers’ 18th annual survey of CEOs said their diversity and inclusion strategies included a conversation around the issue of age, she adds.

Realistic confidence So, what’s an older job seeker to do? The short answer: Focus less on the amount of time you’ve spent on the job and more about the actual work you’ve

done, which means leaving college graduation dates off the resume and not setting it up in chronological order, Temple Rocks says. But you also must be realistic about your expectations. “Look at the jobs you want to apply for, and ask yourself how much you think they’re worth to the company. It doesn’t matter if you’re 35 or 65; a job is worth what a job is worth. Ask yourself if you’re willing to apply even though it’s not at the salary you think you deserve,” says Temple Rocks, who, at age 60, has been there, done that. “Maybe we need to start looking at our income like a bell curve. ... We have to get our egos out of the way.” That doesn’t mean you have to accept common stereotypes that are sure to rear their ugly heads during a later-in-life job search. “Anticipate the stereotypes, and be prepared to direct the conversation away from them or address them directly,” Temple Rocks advises.

Common stereotypes Here are a few examples of those stereotypes, along with ways Temple Rocks suggests tackling them head-on: „„ If someone says or implies you won’t be able to master new skills, let them know “older workers score high in leadership, detail-oriented work, organization, listening, writing and problem-solving,” she says. „„ If a prospective employer is afraid you aren’t creative enough, explain that “mixed-age teams have been shown to be highly productive in areas that require creative thinking like research and development and marketing.” „„ If they’re concerned the pressure of the position will be too stressful to handle, remind them that “age fosters coping skills. Experience equips older workers to put a crisis in context and ride out office

Data about older employees Older workers are the most likely to be on time, according to CareerBuilder. Only 14% of workers 45 and older reported being late at least once a month. Millennials were the least likely to be on time, with 38% saying they were late at least once a month. A SHRM survey of HR professionals lists many advantages of older workers, including greater professionalism, a stronger work ethic, greater reliability and lower turnover. Workers 50 and older are known to be the most engaged age among all generations, AARP reports, citing an Aon Hewitt Engagement Database of 2 million employees. Sixty-five percent of employees 55 and older are considered engaged, based on survey data, while younger employee engagement averages 58% to 60%. Employee engagement has implications for both retention and business results. — Kiplinger Consumer News Service

drama.” „„ If someone assumes you’re burned out or unhappy about working at your “advanced” age, assure them that isn’t true.

“‘Waiting for the gold watch’ is a very outdated cliche,” Temple Rocks concludes. “People over 65 are happiest in their work. Most older workers work because they enjoy their job.”


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Coming soon to bookshelves Six releases worth looking forward to as the year progresses LAURIE HERTZEL

Star Tribune (Minneapolis)

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ou don’t need me to remind you that this is the darkest, coldest time of year. Just scrape the frost off your window, look outside and shiver. But if you squint a little and peer into the future, here’s what you will see on the horizon: Longer days. Melting snow. And lots of great books to read. Here’s a taste of some of the books that we are most looking forward to in the first few months of 2020.

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‘The King at the Edge of the World’

By Arthur Phillips The former Minnesotan’s first novel since the 2011 “Tragedy of Arthur” (a finalist for a Dublin IMPAC award) is set at the end of the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, when the queen’s spymasters recruit the only Muslim in England to determine if her successor is worthy. (Feb. 11, Random House.)

EXPERIENCE ‘Homie’

By Danez Smith Inspired by the loss of one of Smith’s friends, the poet’s second collection with Graywolf Press is about the importance of friendship in a time of xenophobia, racism and a deeply divided country. (Jan. 21, Graywolf.)

‘Northernmost’

By Peter Geye Minnesota writer Peter Geye weaves together stories of the past and the present in this family saga set in Minnesota and Norway. (April 14, Alfred A. Knopf.)

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‘Deacon King Kong’

By James McBride In Brooklyn in 1969, an old church deacon fatally shoots a drug dealer. McBride’s first novel since his National Book Award-winning “The Good Lord Bird” examines the aftermath of the shooting and the myriad ways it affected people. But told with McBride’s signature humor and verve. (March 3, Riverhead.)

‘The Night Watchman’

By Louise Erdrich Erdrich’s new novel is based in part on the life of her grandfather. It tells the story of Thomas Wazhashk, a Turtle Mountain Ojibwe, who worked as a night watchman and fought against the U.S. government’s plans to end treaty rights with Indians. (March 3, Harper.)

American Dirt’

By Jeanine Cummins Lydia, a bookseller in Acapulco, makes friends with Javier, a customer who turns out to be the head of a violent drug cartel. When the bookseller’s husband publishes an expose about Javier, Lydia is forced to flee with her young son and try to get to safety in the United States. (Jan. 21, Flatiron.)

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COLDS AND FLU SPREAD IN WINTER Here are strategies to stay well STACEY BURLING

The Philadelphia Inquirer

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t was recently the time of year when such respiratory viruses as influenza, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and 100 varieties of cold-causing rhinovirus came out to party — just as we did. If it seems as if everybody you know is coughing and sneezing or moaning about flu aches after Thanksgiving and Christmas, you’re not imagining it, infectious disease experts said. Some of this has nothing to do with the holidays. These bugs thrive in cooler, drier winter air. ‘Tis their biological season. So a lot of us would get sick in December or January even if our friends and family weren’t giving viruses a free ride from, say, Dallas or Chicago or Paris to the airport and then into our dining rooms. But there’s little doubt that our holiday desire to reconnect helped germs spread from one regional hot spot to another more easily. Even as the holidays have passed, here are some tips to stay healthy the rest of the winter.

Protect yourself and others

The single best thing you can do to protect yourself from flu is to get a flu shot, experts agree. The shot is only about 60% effective against getting sick but it does reduce symptoms if you do catch something, which means it is better at preventing hospitalizations and deaths. Even if you’re healthy and the flu is more of a nuisance than a serious threat, getting a shot can protect babies too young for inoculation and other people whose weakened immune systems prevent a strong response to the shot. That includes people with cancer and the elderly. Yet lots of people don’t get the flu shot and there are no shots against RSV and cold viruses. RSV is underappreciated as a danger for children and older adults. All these germs are spread through droplets in the air that sick people expel with coughs and sneezes. We get sick by breathing them in or,

more often, touching something contaminated and then touching one of the viral portals on our face: the eyes, nose, and mouth. Anne Norris, an infectious-disease specialist at Penn Medicine, said that colds tend to be the lead-off hitter in the fall-winter viral onslaught. You can thank the return of young children to school for that. Kids, she said, spread the highly contagious virus through “direct contact with basically snot on the fingers.” When it comes to rhinovirus, which causes more than half of common colds, “children are clearly the vectors,” she said. Flu tends to start later, with the average flu season lasting 13 weeks between December and March. RSV and flu often coexist. (You’ll probably know you have flu because it hits fast and hard with aches and fever. The respiratory symptoms tend to be less pronounced than in a cold or RSV.) Norris said planes are not as bad for spreading germs as many fear. Ventilation systems have improved and studies have shown you’re most at risk if you are sitting directly beside or in front of someone who’s sick. Some people, she said, recommend choosing a window seat because you’re exposed to fewer passengers there than in an aisle seat. She always leaves the overhead air on to improve air circulation. Yes, that can make her seat frigid, so she also always brings socks, a sweater, and a blanket. Kevin Morgan, a nurse practitioner with MinuteClinic in Center City, Pennsylvania, goes a few steps further. He said germs can live for hours on surfaces that might not be thoroughly disinfected between flights. He recommends travel packs of disinfecting wipes to clean the tray table, arm, and headrests, and seatbelt buckles. At your hotel, wipe down the TV remote and light switches. A travel-size bottle of hand sanitizer is also a good idea, he said.

‘Rhinovirus all over the place’

This brings us to what sick people can do for the rest of us. First of all, stay home if you’re sick, particularly if you’ve got a fever over 100 degrees or so. Wait till the fever has been gone a day to interact with healthy people. People are less likely to stay home with colds, which typically don’t cause fevers, but Norris wishes they would. “They’re leaving rhinovirus all over the place for the rest of us,” she said. If your job has skimpy sick days or a culture of show-up-no-matter-howbad-you-feel, then at least try to protect the common air and surfaces by coughing into your arm

or shoulder. Throw your tissues away after one use. Use hand sanitizer every time you blow your nose. Take a cough suppressant. You could even wear a surgical mask. A new economic paper from researchers at Emory and Ball State Universities and the University of Alabama-Birmingham found that higher employment and flu transmission rates go together. A 1% increase in the employment rate correlated with a 16% increase in influenza-related doctor visits. The trend was strongest in the retail and health-care sectors, where there is a lot of interpersonal contact. (There was no change among construction and manufacturing workers.) We can all try not to touch our faces. Good luck with that. Norris said there’s no good evidence that extra vitamins will help most of us ward off infection. The best source of protection is easy and cheap: Wash your hands. A lot. Wash them after using the bathroom. After flying. After riding a train or bus. After shopping. Especially before you eat. “In every study of every kind,” Norris said, “ h a n d - wa s h i n g makes a difference.” Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.


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