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100 Years Ago
From the Desk of the D.A.
The Healthy Geezer
Library Chitchat
Rock Doc Break The Glass, Douse The Flames
What’s Bugging You?
Dear Dolly
Earth Talk
Barnes-Kasson Corner

100 Years Ago

JACKSON: The M. E. Ladies Aid gave a chicken dinner last Thursday at 10 cents a plate. It was worth many times the price asked. ALSO C. M. Rosengrant is attending school at State College.

FRANKLIN FORKS: Miss Mary E. Downs, our teacher and several of her pupils, are entertaining the chicken pox.

SILVER LAKE: We are glad to know that the roads are in traveling condition again after the Thanksgiving blizzard. ALSO Thomas Conaty and lady attended the ball at Friendsville on Thanksgiving.

GREAT BEND: John Handrick, who is a traveling salesman for the American Chair Manufacturing Company of Hallstead, is home on a month’s vacation.

PARKVALE, DIMOCK TWP.: Nelson Smith has built a new hen house and put a concrete floor in it. ALSO Mr. and Mrs. N. B. Penny have broken up housekeeping and gone to live with their children.

ARARAT: Floyd Sartell, one of our most promising young men, left Monday for Rochester where he will enter a business college. We wish him success. A few friends and neighbors gathered at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. S. N. Sartell for a farewell visit before his departure. Refreshments were served and a pleasant evening enjoyed.

BROOKLYN: The pie social at H. W. Roper’s was a great success. Nearly 100 people enjoyed the evening and $12 was added to the S. S. treasury. Charles Jewett and Will Rozelle were the champions, each eating eleven pieces of pie.

LITTLE MEADOWS: Our school is progressing nicely under the management of Miss Belig. ALSO - Pat McNamara has gone to Parlor City where he has secured a position.

SPRINGVILLE: The team of C. E. Voss, merchant at Auburn Corners, was at Springville depot when the train drew in, Mr. Voss’s son handling the lines. The horses became frightened at the cars and sprang on the track just ahead of the engine, but were brushed aside and fell between the station platform and the train, one horse being on the ground and the other practically on its back. Singular to relate, the animals came out with only slight scratches though wedged in a space not much over 18 inches wide.

AINEY, SPRINGVILLE TWP.: Paul, the youngest son of Frank Johnson, was badly burned on the face one day last week. Much sympathy is felt for the little one.

FOREST CITY: Watts Brasso has purchased the restaurant and pool business, for several years conducted by P. F. Morrison. It has been moved from the Lyons building to the Cleary building next to the First National bank. Mr. Brasso has been employed in the business for some time, knowing the trade, and should make a success of his venture. William Lambert has accepted a position in the restaurant succeeding George Cavanaugh, who resigned.

BIRCHARDVILLE: The farmhouse on the Edward Green farm, near here, was burned to the ground Wednesday evening, the fire being discovered at about 9 p.m. It had gained such headway that all the family could do was to get out the furniture on the first floor and part of the canned goods from the cellar. Nothing could be removed from the second floor, owing too the spread made by the flames. The fire caught near the stovepipe. Much sympathy is felt for the family, as no insurance was carried. They were taken in by neighbors, while making arrangements for the future.

MONTROSE: Dr. E. R. Gardner received a handsome 22-horsepower Holsman automobile this week through the agency of H. E. Cooley. The machine is a new style for this section, being constructed on the cab principle, with high, hard rubber-tired wheels, and is well suited for a physician in making calls in all kinds of weather. Patrick Gilroy, for a number of years the doctor’s faithful driver, who prefers a team to any power vehicle, is studying up the requirements of a chauffer.

SOUTH GIBSON: A surprise party was tendered Mr. and Mrs. Will Warren recently, at their home on the Thomas Warren farm, where they have just commenced housekeeping. About fifty were present and all had a good time. They left as a reminder of their visit a full set of dishes and four dollars in cash.

SOUTH AUBURN: R. J. Carter is having a pipe laid from the creamery well to his barn to supply his stock with good water. AND Peter Benninger is having water piped into the house.

SUSQUEHANNA: A dog poisoner is at work in Susquehanna again, for the fourth time within a year. Several alleged harmless and valuable dogs have fallen victims.

OFF TO “SUNNY SOUTH:” Last week five veterans of the Civil War went to Johnson City, Tenn., where they will remain during the winter in the National Soldier’s Home. They are William H. Street, of Fairdale; George E. Woodruff, S. W. Wood, of Montrose; Charles Read, of Great Bend, and James Strange, of Birchardville. All excepting Mr. Wood have been at the home during the winter months before and like the conditions there very much. A number are already there from this county, among them B. W. Clark, William McKeeby and L. B. Decker. The climate is warm in that section and the aging veterans are given excellent treatment and good fare. They invariably like it.

NEWS BRIEF: An article in one of the trade journals says that for the year of 1910, with the combined power of all the automobile factories, there are four buyers for every machine that can be turned out. This means the fellow who waits until next summer to give his order will be obliged to wait until 1911 for the delivery of his machine. AND If you are interested in a fine, healthy, money making climate, don’t overlook the great state of Oklahoma in the sunny Southwest. For description and prices of the country, write L. B. Sawyer, Enid, Oklahoma, Lock Box 596.

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From the Desk of the D.A.
By District Attorney Jason J. Legg

In eighth grade, I opted out of the shop class rotation and joined concert choir. Admittedly, one reason for this decision was that I was asked to join by a few very cute female classmates who had been sent by the choir director to recruit male voices. The other reason was more practical - my own personal safety. Given my lack of mechanical dexterity and skill, shop classes involved far too many hazards and I would likely have injured myself as a result of my own incompetence. So, I found myself in the safe environment of the choir room where there were no saws, drills or other such power tools - and there was a very nice ratio of about 5 girls for every boy! As an added bonus, I found that I really enjoyed singing.

One of the staple events for choir was the Christmas Concert. I have a lot of fond memories of the different Christmas events that we did - not only as the whole choir, but also as a volunteer member of the Chamber Choir. We put on a Madrigal Christmas dinner, went to the local nursing home and sang Christmas carols to the residents, and also the Christmas concert itself. There was a very special tradition at the Christmas concert for a senior soloist to perform “O Holy Night,” and that part of the concert was always powerful. Looking back, there is one particular concert that I remember very well.

During my freshman year, Mrs. Follert, the choir director, decided that the choir was going to perform portions of Handel’s “Messiah” for the Christmas concert. I remember that the choir spent months working and practicing the music. It was really difficult, but, as it came together, it was simply amazing. Saint Augustine once said that singing is praying twice - and that is the closest description that I can give from my limited experience with Handel’s Messiah and the concert where we performed our few pieces of it.

Sadly, in South Orange-Maplewood School District, New Jersey, the students will never have the chance to learn such moving and powerful music. Prior to the 2004-2005 school year, the school board instituted a strict ban prohibiting religious music from the public school unless it was “presented objectively” and “neither inhibits nor advances any religious point of view.” A parent sued the school district, contending that the prohibition violated his and his children’s First Amendment rights.

The chances of any success to this challenge are pretty minimal. In order to prevail under the law, the parent would have to demonstrate that the school district instituted a complete ban on all religious music with the express purpose of sending a message of disapproval of religion. In fact, the parent lost at the district court level, but, after an appeal, the Third Circuit recently sent the case back to the district court for further proceedings. But the decision should not be viewed as a victory for the parent - it was procedural and did not deal with any alleged problem with the school policy itself.

Based upon the wording of the Third Circuit opinion, it appears fairly certain that the religious ban will survive the litigation as it does not outright prohibit religious music - it allows it under limited circumstances, i.e., where the music is “objectively presented” and does not “advance” a religious point of view. In other words, the school district specifically allows for religious music under certain circumstances.

There can be little debate that Handel’s Messiah promotes a religious point of view, i.e., lyrics such as for unto us a child is born, unto us a child is given, King of Kings, Prince of Peace, forever and ever, Hallelujah (I cannot even type the words without starting to hum the chorus with a smile!). And how would a choir director present this music “objectively?” It would be simply impossible - and any attempt would be as foolish as the school board’s policy itself, not to mention insulting to the music itself.

Perhaps, some would argue that the children of South Orange-Maplewood School District are receiving a better musical education than I received because it has been sterilized with a secular scalpel. I doubt it, and count myself blessed for the memories I have of the Christmas music I learned as a student in a public high school.

Please submit any questions, concerns, or comments to Susquehanna County District Attorney’s Office, P.O. Box 218, Montrose, Pennsylvania 18801 or at our website or discuss this and all articles at

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The Healthy Geezer
By Fred Cicetti

Q. Can you get rid of warts with duct tape?

For starters, check with your doctor before beginning any self-treatment for warts. You might mistake another kind of skin growth for a wart and hurt yourself.

The jury is still out on duct-tape therapy for warts. A recent study showed that duct tape wiped out more warts than conventional freezing did. In this study, warts were covered with duct tape for six days. Then, the warts were soaked in warm water and rubbed with an abrasive such as pumice stone. The treatment was repeated for as long as two months.

However, subsequent research has not found duct tape to be significantly effective for treating warts.

You can treat warts at home with medications from the drugstore. Get a patch or solution that contains 17 percent salicylic acid. You have to use these products daily for weeks. Two of these medications are Compound W and Occlusal-HP. Dr. Scholl makes a different product called Freeze Away that it claims removes warts “with as few as one treatment.”

Warts are benign skin growths caused by human papillomavirus (HPV). Like other infectious diseases, wart viruses pass from person to person. You can also get the wart virus by touching an object used by someone who has the virus.

Warts are usually rough and skin-colored. However, they can be dark, flat and smooth. Warts may grow one at a time or in bunches. They may bleed if picked or cut. They often contain one or more tiny black dots, which are sometimes called wart seeds. These dots are small, clotted blood vessels.

There are several kinds of warts.

Common warts grow on hands. They are more common where skin has been broken, such as where fingernails are bitten.

Plantar warts are found on the soles, or plantar area, of feet. Walking pushes plantar warts back into the skin. They can be painful. When they grow in clusters, they are known as mosaic warts.

Flat warts are small, smooth and tend to grow in large numbers. They can show up anywhere on the body. They are often found where people shave - the face on men and the legs on women. Irritation from shaving probably contributes to the development of flat warts.

Genital warts are sexually transmitted. They can appear externally or internally.

The wart virus affects people differently. Some people get warts; others don’t. The likelihood of getting warts is similar to the chances of catching a cold. If your immune system is weak, you will be more prone to getting warts.

Freezing - or cryotherapy - is one method for removing warts. Burning - or electrosurgery - is an alternative. Lasers are used when other therapies fail. There are also surface-peeling preparations such as salicylic acid. Retinoids, which are medications derived from vitamin A, are used to disrupt a wart's skin cell growth.

Another treatment is to inject each wart with an anti-cancer drug called bleomycin. The injections may be painful and can have other side effects. Immunotherapy, which attempts to use the body's own rejection system is an additional treatment method.

New warts should be treated as soon as possible to prevent them from shedding virus into nearby skin and creating additional warts.

If you would like to ask a question, please write

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Library Chitchat
By Flo Whittaker

The Susquehanna County Library is not just a library. You may forget that the full name of our organization is the Susquehanna County Historical Society and Free Library Association. While we have a main library and three branches, there is only one location in our county for Historical Society - the second floor of the main building in Montrose.

In fact, the Historical Society pre-dates the formation of the library. A group of 25, including Emily Blackman, had their initial organizational meeting in 1890 and, by 1905, was in the process of breaking ground for the building to the rear of our current courthouse. However, before construction actually began, the Cope family of Philadelphia advised the Historical Society of its desire to build a memorial library in Montrose. Through the combination of the Historical Society’s funds and the Cope donation, the present library building was erected and dedicated on November 8, 1907, the same year that the Susquehanna County Historical Society and Free Library Association was chartered.

Visitors to the Historical Society, even local residents, are often surprised with the depth of the society’s collection. Many visitors come regularly to do genealogy research. The Historical Society has Susquehanna County cemetery lists with entries of 69,662 people and so much more interesting information.

The Historical Society’s annual Christmas Open House will be held on Saturday, December 5 from 2 to 4 p.m. Santa will be paying a visit. It’s free. Please stop in and take a peek at some of the treasures on display.

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Rock Doc The Best Record Keepers
By Dr. E. Kirsten Peters

As a record-keeper, I’m pathetic. I often can’t keep track of where my checkbook is, let alone the balance in the account. The chief problem determining the balance isn’t my arithmetic skills, it’s that I don’t enter all the checks that I write for merchants in the ledger. No wonder the amount I show I have becomes a tad different from what the bank feels I have in my account.

As I say, I’m not a good record-keeper.

So I marvel at people who can keep highly ordered tax papers, favorite family recipes, instructions on how to run their appliances, notes on when they last had the furnace serviced, etc.

But in some ways Mother Nature keeps better records than we ever shall, at least when she wishes to. And she keeps them, potentially, for billions - literally billions - of years.

I’ll explain this feat by way of my favorite seasonal analogy: food.

Consider the last time you bellied up to a long and varied brunch buffet. I recently did this at church. (I may miss midnight services, but never brunch buffets.) You may have done it at a commercial establishment of the all-you-can-eat variety. In any such place, if you are lucky, you had an egg-and-bread based entry called strata.

Besides eggs and cheese, strata ingredients may be ham, Canadian bacon, a few select veggies like spinach, onions and tomatoes, or (if you are particularly lucky), all of the above.

Strata gets its name from the layers of bread in it. It’s like a layer cake, except hot and full of protein rather than sugar. What could be better, in particular as late autumn slips away toward the first day of winter?

To a geologist, each bread layer in the dish is a stratum (singular). The more strata (plural), the better. Naturally, you place the lowest stratum into the pan first. Next the middle one, finally the top one.

When Mother Nature makes sedimentary rock - the greatest of all record books on Earth - she “lays down” a single stratum first. It’s likely to be a layer of sandstone (made of sand grains) or shale (made of mud) or limestone (which may be made almost entirely of shells) or coal (made of ancient plant remains). The next stratum, of necessity, goes on top the earlier one. So the second stratum is younger than the first. Similarly, a third stratum above is younger than the first two, etc.

If you can conjure up an image of the Grand Canyon in your mind’s eye, you know that there are places on Earth where dozens of layers are piled up, one atop the next. Those places are heaven to geologists. They are strata-Meccas where we go to get inspiration - and to retire when we are just too old for any work beyond baking and eating strata (the egg dish, I mean).

It’s the basic ordering of the sedimentary layers - oldest, middle, youngest - that gave geologists our first way of fully unraveling the history of the Earth. Essentially, we dated (and named) all the sandstone and mud layers, listing them out in terms of which happened first, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh and so on, all around the whole Earth. (Yes, we did the work patiently and carefully, and it really worked. Some geologists can keep much more careful records of their work than others!)

It’s because the strata of sedimentary rocks contain fossils that we developed not just a history of mud and sand, but of swimming and crawling and even flying creatures, as well. That’s how we “got the picture” that great fishes came first in the fossil record, followed by amphibians and reptiles, then followed by dinosaurs and mammals and birds.

And that’s what impresses me so much about Earth’s strata. They taught us the grand story of life. The record of life, sometimes including delicate fossils, was maintained over epochs, eras and eons in those layers. Although the record of fossils and sedimentary rocks have to be interpreted carefully, no paper records or programming on DVDs could ever compare in full and rich complexity to what Mother Nature preserved - and that we can study whenever we wish.

Dr. E. Kirsten Peters is a native of the rural Northwest, but was trained as a geologist at Princeton and Harvard. A library of past Rock Doc columns is available at This column is a service of the College of Sciences at Washington State University.

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What’s Bugging You?
By Stuart W. Slocum

No What's Bugging You This Week

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Dear Dolly,

Dear Dolly,

I am so frustrated. We decided to post our land. Not because we don't want hunters, but because we hunt ourselves and for safety reasons want to know who else is in the woods with a loaded gun! The posters were totally ignored. In fact one person said, "I've been hunting here for 40 years, the owner gave me permission." We know the property has changed hands at least three times in the last 40 years. What can I do? -Frank

Dear Frank,

Well buddy, stand in line. As land owners we should be able to control who has access to our property and in theory we do. We work hard to earn enough money to pay the taxes every year. We keep the fences mended and put a salt block out occasionally to keep the wild life happy. We can be held legally responsible for accidents that occur on our land and have been told a "No Trespassing" sign would help our case, in the event of a law suit.

As a group, hunters are a safety conscious lot. They don't want to get shot and certainly don't want to accidentally shoot someone else. Hunters bring much needed revenue into the area and the license fees promote wildlife management. What we need is a way to educate our hunters about the landowners’ needs.

You've seen the "You Might be a Redneck" routines of Jeff Foxworthy. Well, we need to start a “Safe Hunt/Happy Landowner” promotion that goes something like this.

"You might be a rock head hunter if you've hunted on the same private property for the last 40 years and weren't invited to at least 4 weddings and 2 funerals by the landowner.

You might be a rock head hunter if you didn't pack a box of chocolates and a gift certificate to Red Lobster for your landowner, along with your blaze orange hat and fox urine sent pads.”

All joking aside, as a landowner you can do the following. Post a large sign that can be easily seen that reads: Patrolled Private Game Reserve; Hunting by written permission only. Put your name and phone number large enough to be read from the road. You're going to need at least 4 of these signs along the property lines.

Be ready for the phone call. Have your happy landowner list posted by the phone. First make a note of their name and phone number, then how many will be in their party and when they want to hunt. If your permission passes have all been taken, tell the caller, "not this year." If you are willing to allow hunting, set up a date for an appointment so you can give them the necessary "paperwork." This would be a parking pass to be displayed when they are hunting and a permission slip to be kept with their hunting license. I would also ask for them to make a donation in your name to your favorite charity. Give them an envelope with the charities name on it and set a minimum, per person, yearly donation. Be sure to have a county map on hand so you can point out the State Game Lands where they can hunt without your permission.

All Transcript readers are welcome to submit their questions to Dear Dolly at

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From the Editors of E/The Environmental Magazine

Dear EarthTalk: Is it true that military sonar exercises actually kill marine wildlife?

Unfortunately for many whales, dolphins and other marine life, the use of underwater sonar (short for sound navigation and ranging) can lead to injury and even death. Sonar systems - first developed by the U.S. Navy to detect enemy submarines - generate slow-rolling sound waves topping out at around 235 decibels; the world’s loudest rock bands top out at only 130. These sound waves can travel for hundreds of miles under water, and can retain an intensity of 140 decibels as far as 300 miles from their source.

These rolling walls of noise are no doubt too much for some marine wildlife. While little is known about any direct physiological effects of sonar waves on marine species, evidence shows that whales will swim hundreds of miles, rapidly change their depth (sometime leading to bleeding from the eyes and ears), and even beach themselves to get away from the sounds of sonar.

In January 2005, 34 whales of three different species became stranded and died along North Carolina’s Outer Banks during nearby offshore Navy sonar training. Other sad examples around the coast of the U.S. and elsewhere abound, notably in recent years with more sonar testing going on than ever before. According to the nonprofit Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), which has campaigned vigorously to ban use of the technology in waters rich in marine wildlife, recent cases of whale strandings likely represent a small fraction of sonar’s toll, given that severely injured animals rarely make it to shore.

In 2003, NRDC spearheaded a successful lawsuit against the Navy to restrict the use of low-frequency sonar off the coast of California. Two years later a coalition of green groups led by NRDC and including the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), the League for Coastal Protection, Cetacean Society International, and Ocean Futures Society upped the ante, asking the federal courts to also restrict testing of more intense, harmful and far ranging mid-frequency types of sonar off Southern California’s coastline.

In filing their brief, the groups cited Navy documents which estimated that such testing would kill some 170,000 marine mammals and cause permanent injury to more than 500 whales, not to mention temporary deafness for at least 8,000 others. Coalition lawyers argued that the Navy’s testing was in violation of the National Environmental Policy Act, the Marine Mammal Protection Act and the Endangered Species Act.

Two lower courts upheld NRDC’s claims, but the Supreme Court ruled that the Navy should be allowed to continue the use of some mid-frequency sonar testing for the sake of national security. “The decision places marine mammals at greater risk of serious and needless harm,” says NRDC’s Joel Reynolds.

Environmental groups are still fighting the battle against the sonar, lobbying the government to curtail testing, at least during peacetime, or to at least ramp up testing gradually to give marine wildlife a better chance to flee affected areas. “The U.S. Navy could use a number of proven methods to avoid harming whales when testing mid-frequency sonar,” reports IFAW’s Fred O'Regan. “Protecting whales and preserving national security are not mutually exclusive.”


Dear EarthTalk: How does the microwave compare in energy use, say, to using a gas or electric stove burner to heat water for a cup of tea?

The short answer is that it depends upon several variables, including the price of electricity versus gas, and the relative efficiency of the appliances involved. Typically, though, a microwave would be slightly more efficient at heating water than the flame on a gas stove, and should use up a little less energy. The reason: The microwave’s heat waves are focused on the liquid (or food) inside, not on heating the air or container around it, meaning that most if not all of the energy generated is used to make your water ready.

Given this logic, it is hard to believe that a burner element on an electric stovetop would be any better, but an analysis by Home Energy Magazine found otherwise. The magazine’s researchers discovered that an electric burner uses about 25 percent less electricity than a microwave in boiling a cup of water.

That said, the difference in energy saved by using one method over another is negligible: Choosing the most efficient process might save a heavy tea drinker a dollar or so a year. “You’d save more energy over the year by replacing one light bulb with a CFL [compact fluorescent lightbulb] or turning off the air conditioner for an hour - not an hour a day, one hour at some point over the whole year,” says consumer advocate Michael Bluejay.

Although a microwave may not save much energy or money over a stove burner when heating water, it can be much more energy-efficient than a traditional full-size oven when it comes to cooking food. For starters, because their heat waves are concentrated on the food, microwaves cook and heat much faster than traditional ovens. According to the federal government’s Energy Star program, which rates appliances based on their energy-efficiency, cooking or re-heating small portions of food in the microwave can save as much as 80 percent of the energy used to cook or warm them up in the oven.

The website reports that there are other things you can do to optimize your energy efficiency around the kitchen when cooking. For starters, make sure to keep the inside surfaces of your microwave oven clean so as to maximize the amount of energy reflected toward your food. On a gas stovetop, make sure the flame is fully below the cookware; likewise, on an electric stovetop, make sure the pan or kettle completely covers the heating element to minimize wasted heat. Also, use the appropriate size pan for the job at hand, as smaller pans are cheaper and more energy-efficient to heat up.

Despite these tips for cooking greener, Bluejay reiterates that most of us will hardly put a dent in our overall energy use just by choosing one appliance over another. According to his analysis, for someone who bakes three hours a week the cheapest cooking method saves only an estimated $2.06/month compared to the most expensive method.

“Focusing on cooking methods is not the way to save electricity [at home],” says Bluejay. “You should look at heating, cooling, lighting and laundry instead.”

CONTACTS: Home Energy Magazine,; Treehugger,; Michael Bluejay,

Send Your Environmental Questions To: EarthTalk, P.O. Box 5098, Westport, CT 06881; Read past columns at:

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Barnes-Kasson Corner
By Cara Sepcoskiw

National Fruits & Veggies Week November 29 - December 5

Barnes-Kasson Hospital is observing National Fruits and Veggies Week November 29 - December 5. We all know that fruits and vegetables are good for you, but did you know that they are critical for promoting a healthy body? Fruits and vegetables contain essential vitamins, fiber, and minerals, that may help protect the human body from chronic diseases.

Not only can eating fruits and vegetables help limit your risk of disease, it also can help lead to weight loss. Vegetables and fruit are low in calories, and if they are replaced with fatty foods, you will naturally loose weight. But eating fruits and vegetables on top of what you already eat will make you gain weight. While they may be low in calories, fruits and vegetables still contain calories. So if someone was to still eat fatty foods, not exercise and add fruits and vegetables, they would gain weight due to the increase in their food intake. The key is to substitute high calorie fatty foods for lower calorie vegetables and fruits.

Years ago, it was recommended that everyone received five servings of veggies, but new research has proven that is not the case. Because everybody is different, everybody needs a different amount of servings per day. For example, an average height, healthy weight female would need only 2.5 servings, whereas an average healthy weight male would need 3.5.

It is encouraged that adults get their recommended amount of fruits and vegetables, but adolescents and children need to as well. It is essential for a healthy diet to eat fruits and veggies during the growing years. Keeping your children on a healthy diet can sometimes be confusing and challenging, especially since most children are not too fond of eating vegetables or fruit. To keep your entire family healthy, try slowly adding fruits and veggies in your family’s diet. Try replacing candy with veggies in your children’s lunch boxes or when you snack at work. To make fruit seem more appealing, try adding it to basic things, like breakfast cereal.

Many schools are now participating in P.A.C.K., a program designed to encourage parents to pack healthier food options in their children’s lunch boxes. This program also helps fuel kids want for fruits and veggies by making them be more appealing and fun. P.A.C.K works by making a game and competition out of eating the necessary servings each child needs. One way is by calling certain weeks, “purple week” or “red week.” During these weeks children have to bring a fruit or veggie of that color to school for lunch. Children who have participated in this program claim that it evolved into a competition between classmates to see who could bring in the biggest or most unusual fruit or veggie.

Many children, especially teenagers, are now taking the jump toward vegetarianism. This choice has been causing a sense of fear among parents. Many are concerned that their children will become malnourished, or not intake the necessary vitamins needed for growth. The truth is however, that a vegetarian diet is a very healthy choice, but one should always consult with their doctor before changing their diet drastically.

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