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Tips for Eating Right During the Holidays When You Have Diabetes

The holidays can be a challenging time for people with diabetes when it comes to eating right. The many holiday food choices can make staying on a food plan seem difficult. In addition, traveling and eating away from home can disrupt regular schedules and menu options.

The American Dietetic Association Guide to Eating Right When You Have Diabetes, by Maggie Powers, PhD, RD, CDE, of International Diabetes Center, offers some suggestions for making confident food choices during the holidays and special occasions. Here are some tips:

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ABC News' Jon Garcia reports: First she re-introduced much of America to backyard gardens. Then she prodded our quickly plumping kids to get outside and run around. Now, first lady Michelle Obama is helping roll out another tool to fight America’s obesity epidemic: ChooseMyPlate.gov, the new food icon and website that Obama administration officials say is a lot easier to understand and follow than the old food pyramid from which we’ve learned for nearly two decades.

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An adult bed bug is the size of an apple seed (3/8”) and thin as a credit card. They are brown to reddish brown, have six legs and no wings.

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Alleviating Stress from the Bedtime Ritual
Welcome to the club! Bedtime can be one of the most challenging times of the day for families. Kids seem to have never-ending energy, which sometimes goes into overdrive at the end of the day. At the same time the parent’s battery is draining fast, and getting the kids to bed becomes an obsessive, urgent (and sometimes desperate) need.

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