<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - life >> health]]> http://gazette.com/rss/life/health Sat, 29 Aug 2015 00:09:12 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Minnesota woman gives birth to conjoined twins in Colorado]]> http://gazette.com/minnesota-woman-gives-birth-to-conjoined-twins-in-colorado/article/1558183?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/minnesota-woman-gives-birth-to-conjoined-twins-in-colorado/article/1558183?custom_click=rss

AURORA — A woman who gave birth to conjoined twins in Colorado told a TV station Thursday that one of her daughters has survived.

Amber McCullough delivered the twin girls by cesarean section on Wednesday, KARE-TV in Minneapolis reported (http://kare11.tv/1IkwlUB). The mother is a Hastings, Minnesota, native and has been talking to the station about her ordeal.

McCullough told the station Hannah is alive but in critical condition. The TV station did not report on the fate of twin Olivia, who was not expected to survive.

Children's Hospital Colorado said Thursday morning it could not confirm that the birth had happened.

The twins shared an abdomen, liver and intestinal tract. The girls had separate hearts

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Thu, 27 Aug 2015 15:39:19 -0600
<![CDATA[Hawaii officials reopen Waikiki beach after sewage spill]]> http://gazette.com/hawaii-officials-reopen-waikiki-beach-after-sewage-spill/article/feed/265245?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/hawaii-officials-reopen-waikiki-beach-after-sewage-spill/article/feed/265245?custom_click=rss

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii officials on Wednesday reopened world-renowned Waikiki beach after water quality tests showed bacteria levels there declined since a large sewage spill nearby earlier this week.

Keith Kawaoka, the deputy director of the state Department of Health, said his agency had authorized Honolulu to take down warning signs from Waikiki and Ala Moana beaches.

"The indication is that the levels have come down dramatically from yesterday to indicate that we can open at least those beach areas," Kawaoka told reporters.

Heavy rain associated with Tropical Storm Kilo caused manhole covers in Honolulu to overflow with sewage and the Honolulu Zoo to flood on Monday.

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]]> Wed, 26 Aug 2015 23:55:55 -0600 <![CDATA[Fitness Diaries: 10 exercises for when you can't get to the gym]]> http://gazette.com/fitness-diaries-10-exercises-for-when-you-cant-get-to-the-gym/article/1558023?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fitness-diaries-10-exercises-for-when-you-cant-get-to-the-gym/article/1558023?custom_click=rss

As the summer begins to wind down, the weather in the Pikes Peak region can be unpredictable. Snow and frigid temperatures are going to start creeping back into the weather forecast. The thought of getting to the gym becomes the last thing on our minds, especially if the drive could be dangerous because of icy roads or poor visibility.

Not being able to get to the gym doesn't mean you have to put your workouts on hold. There are plenty of exercises that you can do at home that don't require machines or equipment.

Here are 10 cardio and strength exercises that can be done in a small space at home. Also included is a combination of the exercises that can be done in a daily 20-minute workout.

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Tue, 25 Aug 2015 09:25:19 -0600
<![CDATA[Near death experiences at heart of Jeff Olsen's memoir, lecture in Colorado Springs]]> http://gazette.com/near-death-experiences-at-heart-of-jeff-olsens-memoir-lecture-in-colorado-springs/article/1558025?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/near-death-experiences-at-heart-of-jeff-olsens-memoir-lecture-in-colorado-springs/article/1558025?custom_click=rss

Eighteen years ago, a car accident killed half of Jeff Olsen's family and changed his life forever.

It was Easter weekend in 1997 and Olsen and his wife and two sons were traveling home to Bountiful, Utah. Olsen believes he briefly fell asleep at the wheel, then overcorrected when his eyes blinked open. The ensuing rollover instantly killed his 31-year-old wife and 14-month-old son. Olsen was badly maimed, but his 7-year-old son survived.

That accident and what happened next is the basis of Olsen's 2012 memoir, "I Knew Their Hearts," and the topic of his free lecture Saturday at Pikes Peak Community College Centennial Campus Theater. He'll also hold a Q&A and book signing.

After the accident, Olsen had his first

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Tue, 25 Aug 2015 09:07:59 -0600
<![CDATA[Author reveals food industry methods of hooking consumers on processed foods]]> http://gazette.com/author-reveals-food-industry-methods-of-hooking-consumers-on-processed-foods/article/1558021?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/author-reveals-food-industry-methods-of-hooking-consumers-on-processed-foods/article/1558021?custom_click=rss

This summer I've been listening to Michael Moss' book on tape, "Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us." Admittedly, I'm a little behind. The book was published in 2013. But now I'm hooked on it. If you eat food (and who doesn't?), you need to devour this book. Moss, a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist, has laid out how the food industry knowingly and scientifically designs products that encourage overconsumption, despite the known and well-understood risks.

He takes us on a tour of a $1 trillion processed-food industry, with staggering insights.

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]]> Tue, 25 Aug 2015 04:15:03 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs area wellness events starting Aug. 24, 2015]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-aug.-24-2015/article/1558020?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-aug.-24-2015/article/1558020?custom_click=rss HEALTH NOTES

Health Notes appears on a space-available basis, free for nonprofits. Listings appear at the discretion of The Gazette. Send information at least two weeks in advance: email carlotta.olson@gazette.com or fax 636-0202.

Bonfils community blood drive - Appointments required. - 10-11:40 a.m. and 1-3:30 p.m. Monday, East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd.; 1-800-365-0006, ext. 2, bonfils.org. - 8-9:40 a.m. and 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sept. 2, Evans Army Community, 1650 Cochrane Circle, Fort Carson; 1-303-363-2300, bonfils.org.

Diabetes Community Center Walking Club - 12:10-12:50 p.m. Thursdays through Sept. 24, Nancy Lewis Park, 2615 N. Logan Ave.; www.dcccolorado.org, email info@dcccolorado.org.

Fashion Show

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]]> Tue, 25 Aug 2015 04:15:02 -0600 <![CDATA[New larger clinics planned for Savoonga, Gambell]]> http://gazette.com/new-larger-clinics-planned-for-savoonga-gambell/article/feed/264363?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/new-larger-clinics-planned-for-savoonga-gambell/article/feed/264363?custom_click=rss ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Two of Alaska's most remote villages are getting new, larger clinics in an effort to improve health care services for residents of the island communities.

The Norton Sound Health Corp. is funding construction of the clinics at Savoonga and Gambell on Saint Lawrence Island, with $1.4 million of the $10 million construction cost in hand. The nonprofit tribal health organization has applied for several grants toward raising the remaining $8.6 million.

Foundation work is being done this summer in the Yup'ik Eskimo communities, with construction slated to begin next summer.

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]]> Sun, 23 Aug 2015 09:42:57 -0600 <![CDATA[Historic hotel named source of deadly Legionnaires' outbreak]]> http://gazette.com/historic-hotel-named-source-of-deadly-legionnaires-outbreak/article/feed/263630?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/historic-hotel-named-source-of-deadly-legionnaires-outbreak/article/feed/263630?custom_click=rss NEW YORK (AP) — A historic hotel's rooftop air-conditioning unit is the source of a Legionnaires' disease outbreak that has killed 12 people and sickened more than 100 in the Bronx, the city's health commissioner said Thursday.

After extensive sampling and testing of Legionnaires'-causing bacteria, laboratories have matched the strain found in the hotel's rooftop unit, also called a cooling tower, with the strain found in 25 patients, some of whom died, Health Commissioner Mary Bassett said.

"The outbreak is over," Bassett said, noting the maximum incubation period has passed since the last new report of someone coming down with symptoms.

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]]> Thu, 20 Aug 2015 16:52:42 -0600 <![CDATA[Georgia tourist possibly has plague, is expected to recover]]> http://gazette.com/georgia-tourist-possibly-has-plague-is-expected-to-recover/article/feed/263197?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/georgia-tourist-possibly-has-plague-is-expected-to-recover/article/feed/263197?custom_click=rss ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia tourist who visited California has a possible case of the plague but is expected to make a "full recovery," state health officials said Wednesday.

The patient might have been infected while hiking in California, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health. The patient is being treated with antibiotics, officials said.

Health officials say the Georgia patient is the second human case in less than a month as California authorities investigate an outbreak that also involves infected animals in Yosemite National Park, the Sierra National Forest, and surrounding areas.

California health officials say the Georgia patient, who they said has a "presumptive positive case," had visited areas in

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]]> Wed, 19 Aug 2015 11:56:05 -0600 <![CDATA[Health officials investigate another plague case in Yosemite]]> http://gazette.com/health-officials-investigate-another-plague-case-in-yosemite/article/feed/262999?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/health-officials-investigate-another-plague-case-in-yosemite/article/feed/262999?custom_click=rss YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — California health officials are investigating another possible case of plague in a tourist from Georgia who fell ill after visiting Yosemite National Park, the second case in less than a month.

The California Department of Public Health said Tuesday "the presumptive positive case" of plague occurred on a patient who visited Yosemite, the Sierra National Forest and surrounding areas in early August.

The federal Centers for Disease Control is testing the person, whose gender and age were not released, officials said.

U.S. Public Health Service Dr. Danielle Buttke, who is in Yosemite investigating the outbreak, says no new areas have been closed in Yosemite.

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]]> Tue, 18 Aug 2015 20:02:15 -0600 <![CDATA[Live Well: Yoga part of Mara Abbott's USA Pro Challenge training]]> http://gazette.com/live-well-yoga-part-of-mara-abbotts-usa-pro-challenge-training/article/1557575?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/live-well-yoga-part-of-mara-abbotts-usa-pro-challenge-training/article/1557575?custom_click=rss

I now have somebody to root for in the inaugural Women's USA Pro Challenge that kicks off Friday.

Her name is Mara Abbott. She's a professional cyclist and she believes in the power of yoga.

"It helps me to pause," said Abbott, 29, a Boulder native. "It's a huge aid in not being so linear and driven and focused all the time and gets me to think about my body and my mental approach to things."

She's not only a yoga student, she's also a teacher. Though she hasn't had a regular class since 2013 due to her racing schedule, she does sporadically teach at a Boulder business when she's in town and available.

But right now it's all about training for the Pro Challenge.

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Tue, 18 Aug 2015 09:16:17 -0600
<![CDATA[Minneapolis nonprofit focuses on food to train, heal]]> http://gazette.com/minneapolis-nonprofit-focuses-on-food-to-train-heal/article/1557576?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/minneapolis-nonprofit-focuses-on-food-to-train-heal/article/1557576?custom_click=rss

MINNEAPOLIS - After living with the effects of gang violence in north Minneapolis for 16 years, Princess Titus hungered to change her neighborhood.

Titus was no stranger to gang violence. Her son, Jessie McDaniel, belonged to a gang. Her other son, Anthony, had been shot and killed by a gang when he was 16.

After Anthony's murder, Titus said, her family struggled. "Jessie and I weren't doing good in grieving," Titus said. "We couldn't really look at each other, because I look like his brother to him, and he looks like his brother to me." They grew distant.

Titus felt a change was needed on the north side. She searched for a way to express her grief.

She started cooking.

She had the idea to invite her north

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Tue, 18 Aug 2015 04:10:08 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs area wellness events starting Aug. 18, 2015]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-aug.-18-2015/article/1557573?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-aug.-18-2015/article/1557573?custom_click=rss HEALTH NOTES

Health Notes appears on a space-available basis, free for nonprofits. Listings appear at the discretion of The Gazette. Send information at least two weeks in advance: Email carlotta.olson@gazette.com or fax 636-0202.

American Diabetes Association - Living with Type 2 diabetes classes, free. Registration: diabetes.org/colorado, Lauren, 1-720-855-1102, ext. 7012. - Getting Active Workshop, 5:30- 7 p.m. Thursday, Penrose Hospital.

Bonfils community blood drive - Appointments required. - 10-11:40 a.m. and 1-3:30 p.m. Aug. 31, East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd.; 1-800-365-0006, ext. 2, bonfils.org. Diabetes Community Center Walking Club - 12:10-12:50 p.m. Thursdays through Sept. 24, Nancy

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]]> Tue, 18 Aug 2015 04:10:02 -0600 <![CDATA[AROUND TOWN: A Summer Bash at Ronald McDonald House]]> http://gazette.com/around-town-a-summer-bash-at-ronald-mcdonald-house/article/1557351?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/around-town-a-summer-bash-at-ronald-mcdonald-house/article/1557351?custom_click=rss

What better place to celebrate providing a home away from home for 9,000 families with critically ill children hospitalized nearby over the years than at the spacious, homey Ronald McDonald House itself?

Volunteers, sponsors, supporters, neighbors, residents and former residents - and Ronald McDonald himself - were on hand July 18 for the Summer Bash on the home's lawn on Logan Avenue. Greeting guests was the home's resident dog Bruschi, or "Bru."

The 1912 residence is dubbed the House That Love Built.

Providing the goodies for the afternoon barbecue were cooks from Ute Pass Kiwanis Club, volunteers from Colorado Springs Kiwanis Club and Pikes Peak Club, wine from Cheers Liquor Mart, Beehive from Bristol Brewing and

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Sun, 16 Aug 2015 04:20:19 -0600
<![CDATA[Yosemite campground shutting after 2 squirrels die of plague]]> http://gazette.com/yosemite-campground-shutting-after-2-squirrels-die-of-plague/article/feed/261903?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/yosemite-campground-shutting-after-2-squirrels-die-of-plague/article/feed/261903?custom_click=rss YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — Officials at Yosemite National Park said Friday they will temporarily close a popular campsite after two squirrels died of plague in the area.

Tuolumne Meadows Campground will close from noon Monday through noon Friday so authorities can treat the area with a flea-killing insecticide. Campers had their reservations canceled at the 304-site campground so the insecticide can be sprayed into rodent "burrow holes," the California Department of Health said Friday.

Plague is carried by rodents and is spread by fleas, but transmission between people is rare.

"Although this is a rare disease, and the current risk to humans is low, eliminating the fleas is the best way to protect the publi

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]]> Fri, 14 Aug 2015 16:39:56 -0600 <![CDATA[Blood from gay donors in art exhibit protesting FDA's ban]]> http://gazette.com/blood-from-gay-donors-in-art-exhibit-protesting-fdas-ban/article/feed/261490?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/blood-from-gay-donors-in-art-exhibit-protesting-fdas-ban/article/feed/261490?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Washington museum will exhibit a sculpture that uses the blood of nine gay, bisexual and transgender men to protest the federal ban on blood donations from men who have sex with other men.

The American University Museum will showcase Jordan Eagles' sculpture, entitled "Jordan Eagles: Blood Mirror," in an exhibit opening Sept. 12. The artwork includes blood donations encased in resin.

Blood for the exhibit came from nine accomplished people who are banned from donating blood. Eagles is known for using blood in his artwork.

Showcasing blood in an exhibit may sound gruesome to some, but the piece is "quite elegant and beautiful," said Museum Director Jack Rasmussen. The artwork is a three-sided rectan

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]]> Thu, 13 Aug 2015 12:47:06 -0600 <![CDATA[Technology for better sleep]]> http://gazette.com/technology-for-better-sleep/article/1557199?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/technology-for-better-sleep/article/1557199?custom_click=rss How many hours of quality sleep did you get last night? If you’re like most people, probably less than eight hours, and most of that time was not spent in restorative, deep sleep.

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Tue, 11 Aug 2015 10:06:44 -0600
<![CDATA[St. Augustine wounded veteran uses para-cycling as outlet]]> http://gazette.com/st.-augustine-wounded-veteran-uses-para-cycling-as-outlet/article/1557179?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/st.-augustine-wounded-veteran-uses-para-cycling-as-outlet/article/1557179?custom_click=rss

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. - Anyone can exist. Frank Matzke would rather live, and do so abundantly.

For years the longtime St. Augustine resident searched for a purpose after a severe brain injury sustained serving in the Gulf War recalibrated his life. He found it in para-cycling.

"My wife found para- cycling," Matzke said. "I raced with able-bodied individuals and I was hours behind them because of my disabilities. My wife said 'There has to be something out there for you.' She did a little homework and found US para-cycling. That was my objective. I found it."

The 44-year-old is now one of the best para-cyclists in the world.

Matzke competes on the UCI Para-cycling tour and is ranked No. 21 in the

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]]> Tue, 11 Aug 2015 04:15:09 -0600 <![CDATA['Tag, you're it!' Bring back young athletes' passion for movement]]> http://gazette.com/tag-youre-it-bring-back-young-athletes-passion-for-movement/article/1557178?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/tag-youre-it-bring-back-young-athletes-passion-for-movement/article/1557178?custom_click=rss A few things I want.

I want tree climbing. I want racing to the big tree and climbing. Actually, I want racing to the big tree, climbing up and racing back.

I want a whiffle ball game that just might need a "ghostman on first!" Of course the whiffle ball has to be taped over so it goes farther when it's hit. But I also want that rule where if it goes over the fence, it's an out, and the hitter has to brave the big and scary ditch to get the ball.

I want sweat-dripping and often tear-inducing championship basketball in the driveway until dad yells "dinner time" and mom beats everybody to the sink - after, that is, she gets you a towel to dry your eyes.

I want hide-and-go-seek in the day and hide-and-go-seek at

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]]> Tue, 11 Aug 2015 04:15:07 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs' daily newspaper calling for entries for fall harvest recipe contest]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-daily-newspaper-calling-for-entries-for-fall-harvest-recipe-contest/article/1557176?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-daily-newspaper-calling-for-entries-for-fall-harvest-recipe-contest/article/1557176?custom_click=rss

Farmers markets and home gardens are overflowing with fresh produce. What to do with all the locally grown fresh fruit and veggies? Why, get in the kitchen to create a winning recipe to enter in The Gazette Fall Harvest Recipe Contest, of course.

The contest is being coordinated with the Taste of Home Cooking School during the KKTV Women's Living Expo at Mortgage Solutions Financial Expo Center, 3650 N. Nevada Ave., Sept. 12-13. Contest rules can be found at gazette.com/harvest. I will be judging the recipes through midnight, Sept. 2. Winners will be announced the week of Sept. 7.

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]]> Tue, 11 Aug 2015 04:15:05 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs area wellness events starting Aug. 11, 2015]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-aug.-11-2015/article/1557174?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-aug.-11-2015/article/1557174?custom_click=rss HEALTH NOTES

Health Notes appears on a space-available basis, free for nonprofits. Listings appear at the discretion of The Gazette. Send information at least two weeks in advance: Email carlotta.olson@gazette.com or fax 636-0202.

American Diabetes Association - Living with Type 2 diabetes classes, free. Registration: diabetes.org/colorado, Lauren, 1-720-855-1102, ext. 7012. - Getting Active Workshop, 5:30-7 p.m. Aug. 20, Penrose Hospital.

BBQ, Blues & Brews Festival - To benefit Special Kids Special Families, 4-9 p.m. Friday, Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame Outdoor Gardens, 101 Pro Rodeo Drive, $10. Advance tickets: sksfcolorado.org.

Birth and Beyond Wellness Fair - Informational booths, live speakers,

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]]> Tue, 11 Aug 2015 04:15:03 -0600 <![CDATA[Health Officials: Child camping in Yosemite contracts plague]]> http://gazette.com/health-officials-child-camping-in-yosemite-contracts-plague/article/feed/259344?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/health-officials-child-camping-in-yosemite-contracts-plague/article/feed/259344?custom_click=rss YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — California officials say a child camping in Yosemite National Park fell ill with plague and was sent to a hospital.

The state's Department of Public Health said Thursday that the family from Los Angeles County camped at Yosemite's Crane Flat Campground in mid-July and visited other places in the Stanislaus National Forest. No other family members became sick, and the child is recovering.

Plague is carried by rodents such as squirrels and spread when fleas carry the disease from a dead rodent to other animals or people.

Officials say it is not transmitted between humans, except in the rare cases. Plague can be fatal if left untreated.

Symptoms include fever, chills, nausea an

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]]> Thu, 06 Aug 2015 12:47:19 -0600 <![CDATA[Pets pick up on cues to comfort the dying, the grieving]]> http://gazette.com/pets-pick-up-on-cues-to-comfort-the-dying-the-grieving/article/feed/258908?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pets-pick-up-on-cues-to-comfort-the-dying-the-grieving/article/feed/258908?custom_click=rss

LOS ANGELES (AP) — For those who are dying, it's clear why all dogs go to heaven.

They provide comfort not just in death, but in other difficult times, whether it's depression, job loss or a move across country. Dogs know when people are dying or grieving through body language cues, smells only they can detect and other ways not yet known, experts say.

As a hospice veterinarian, Jessica Vogelsang knows how much "being there" can mean to struggling people or pets. She's director of Paws Into Grace in Southern California, a group of vets who provide end-of-life care and euthanasia for pets at home.

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]]> Wed, 05 Aug 2015 11:49:48 -0600 <![CDATA[How to find healthy eats at Florida theme parks, zoos]]> http://gazette.com/how-to-find-healthy-eats-at-florida-theme-parks-zoos/article/feed/256794?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/how-to-find-healthy-eats-at-florida-theme-parks-zoos/article/feed/256794?custom_click=rss TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Don't stress if you're trying to eat healthy while on summer vacation. Florida health officials are highlighting some guilt-free options for you at theme parks and zoos.

The Healthiest Weight Florida initiative highlights healthy choices in theme parks and zoos throughout the state on its website and provides a downloadable brochure. The project includes meal options at dozens of attractions around the state, including Gatorland, Palm Beach Zoo, Dinosaur World and Aquatica, SeaWorld's Waterpark.

For example, Legoland does not offer sodas with their children's meals and serves all children's meals with a side of fruit.


Online: www.HealthiestWeightFL.

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