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We all know a child who only eats mac & cheese, PB & J sandwiches or chicken nuggets. Maybe that child sits at your dinner table every night.

It can seem like too much trouble to fight with kids about their limited palate and incorporate more healthy items into their diet. “I just give them this because I need them to eat something,” is frequently heard by parents of picky eaters.

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Modern-day lifestyles and busy schedules have only fueled the popularity of processed foods, or rather, heavily processed foods.

Processed foods aren’t just hot dogs, potato chips, fast-food burgers and frozen meals – they’re also homemade casseroles and soups, cheese, milk, whole-wheat bread or dried fruit.

For a food to be considered “processed,” it must have been cooked, packaged, frozen or altered with preserving, fortifying, or preparing in some fashion. When we prepare food in our own kitchen, we’re processing it.

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Colorectal cancer can develop at any age.

Colorectal cancer – cancer that begins in the colon or rectum – is the third-leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. More than 50,000 Americans are expected to die from it this year, according to the American Cancer Society.

Woman having heart attack symptoms, clutching heartDid you know that heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States? Although it’s often thought of as a man’s disease, heart disease kills roughly the same number of men and women each year.

woman doing exercises for a healthy heartWe’ll start with the bad news first: Only one in five of us get the proper amount of exercise to stay healthy.

The good news? There’s no time like the present to change that – February is American Heart Month.

woman eating healthy at a restaurant If you’re like most of us, you eat out for lunch or dinner at least once a week.

The problem? Chefs don’t always have our heart health in mind when preparing their specialties – just look at those cheese-covered appetizers or half-pound burger next to a mountain of fries.