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4 Immunization Myths Busted

The recent measles outbreak in North Carolina has reminded us all of how important vaccinations are when it comes to disease prevention. Highly contagious, measles is an airborne disease that can be spread through coughing or sneezing.

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Serving Those Who Serve Durham

What makes Durham a great place to live and work? You could name a lot of things, but the most important is that Durham is a community that cares. Durhamites look out for one another and the city boasts a network of churches and nonprofits that extend a hand – or food or clothing or shelter – to those in need.

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7 Tips to Avoid Gaining Weight in the Office

Everyone’s familiar with – and fears – the “Freshman 15,” the predictable 15-pound weight gain from overindulging just a little too much that first year of college. But did you know there’s a risk of history repeating itself with the “Office 15” as college graduates enter the working world?

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Do the Benefits of Football Outweigh the Risks?

It’s mid-August, and parents of middle schoolers and high schoolers across the country may be having the same conversation – do we let our kid try out for a contact sport? Parents have to weigh the risk of injury against the benefits of exercise and being part of a team, particularly in that American staple of fall sports, football.

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Solution to keep kids active in the summer

It’s about that time in the summer when kids are proclaiming, “I’m soo bored, there’s nothing to do.” I found a solution for my family and want to share it with yours too! It’s time to show them the many outdoor activities our North Carolina State Parks...

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The open workspace: Is it really that bad?

Pity the open workspace. It has been criticized by everybody from The Washington Post to Fast Company magazine for creating office distractions, destroying privacy and even making employees sick. So when BCBSNC transitioned out of its well-known Chapel Hill...

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America’s Health: A Smart Investment

When I received the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association’s 2015 “Investing in America’s Health” report recently, the title struck me. Specifically, the word “investing” started me thinking. Impact across America The report outlines the combined community impact of the...

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Bringing your true self to work

Bringing your whole and best self to work is an aspirational goal for some. But for others, it’s a daunting challenge. According to a study by the Human Rights Campaign in 2014, 53 percent of the LGBTQ community concealed their sexuality at work and 35 percent lie...

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I survived running of the bulls

If you have always wanted to run with the bulls in Pamplona, but don’t have a trip to Spain planned anytime soon, consider the Bull City Running’s annual Running of the Bulls 8K.  This past weekend, 1,411 participants laced up to run a hot 4.97 miles through the...

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North Carolina History Awaits in Old Salem

When my friend Natania suggested we take a walking tour of Old Salem, my first thought was: Hmmm. Should I pretend I know what and where Old Salem is? Or should I fake it? As I usually do, I decided to fake it. I accepted the invitation and immediately went online to...

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Black Bean and Sweet Potato Soup

This is one of my favorite soups. The savory beans contrasting against the sweet potatoes is such a wonderful contrast on the palate. As a piece of advice when making this black bean and sweet potato soup: I like to mix all of my seasonings, minus the salt, together...

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Classic Southern Chicken and Dumplings

Chicken and dumplings. Chicken ‘n’ pastry. Chicken and slicks. However you say it, it’s delicious. And this recipe is packed with veggies, protein, and homemade goodness. A perfect cold-weather snack that speaks of comfort and home. This particular...

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