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Local First and smart spending.

In April, we’ll be offering tips and suggestions of how to make the most of your money. Spending locally can help your community in ways you might not know. Here’s a quick video from Local First and the impact of spending money with local businesses. Event just a small amount of your budget spent with locally can have a huge impact! It’s an easy way for us to help one another. Click Here to view:  Local First
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March is for Nutrition!

by Guest Blogger in Chief: Patricia DeJong March has arrived on time in all her lioness grandeur. It’s also national nutrition month. Eating a well-balanced diet is so important for our overall health but if it means substituting carrot sticks for potato chips, it can be hard.  There are many helpful sites  but the best one, given by a friend is: www.eatright.org/resources/national-nutrition-month.  
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S.A.D.? Fear not, the sun is on approach. In the meantime…

By Guest Blogger Patricia DeJong   Are you S.A.D.?  Take heart, the days are getting longer and spring is coming.  Seasonal Affective Disorder can happen to anyone from  children to adults.  It saps your energy and makes you feel moody.  There are ways to lessen this disorder. To learn more  here are a couple of informative videos. Go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V-HkOCebWzA http://ed.ted.com/on/3uQfwYrE Did you know that 90% all falls happen in your home?  There are things you can do to help keep you safe.  Watch for clutter on floors. Do not use your stairs for storage. Have good hand rails and
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Safe Disposal of Medications.

By Guest Blogger Patricia DeJong Have expired medications lying around? It is important to know how to properly dispose of unused or expired medications.  They can be a hazard to our environment if we flush them away, or put them down the drain, and a health risk to children and pets if they are left unattended in the home.  There are safe ways to dispose of them in your trash. Go to:    :https://www.fda.gov/Drugs/ResourcesForYou/Consumers/BuyingUsingMedicineSafely/EnsuringSafeUseofMedicine/SafeDisposalofMedicines/ucm186187.htm
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The Basics of a Budget

It’s never too soon or too late to better understand our money, and how to make the most of it. Creating budgets, opening bank accounts, planning meals, saving on a shoestring, can all be understood and practiced. And we’ve got some help for you! Here is a great series of articles, and even short quizzes to help understand budgeting basics and more. Click here
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The deadline approaches!

By Pat DeJong, UNPHC Guest Blogger April 18 – the last day to file your income taxes.  Hope everyone who files gets a refund.  Please be aware of scammers.  The IRS never asks for personal information or asks you to pay your taxes with prepaid cards.  If you get such a call, hang up. If you have any questions, or need a little help with filing, or perhaps even an extension…go here: IRS can help
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We’re launching our blog!

Did you know we are a diverse community of over 1,500 households spread across 50 properties, young and old, families and singles, musicians, chefs, artists,  teachers, students, parents, grandparents and so much more? This blog’s for you… Meet us here for health and lifestyle tips, from gardening to digital literacy, recipes for dinner and for for your finances. We’ll focus on monthly themes with short video clips from community leaders to educate, inform, and entertain. Look for monthly posts by Guest Blogger Pat DeJong, and others TBA. Join us as we learn and laugh together. Check out some of our
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What’s Cooking?

Whether your aim is cooking for one, one pot meals, meals under a couple bucks, or five ingredient masterpieces, we’ve got you covered.     You don’t have to be Martha Stewart..(although we did include a link from her).  Fire up the ovens, and lets get cooking! Budget cooking for one: http://allrecipes.co.uk/recipes/tag-5555/budget-cooking-for-one.aspx Healthy,  yummy, and less than 3$ per serving: (please cut and paste this link) http://www.bhg.com/recipes/healthy/dinner/cheap-heart-healthy-dinner-ideas/ Martha Stewart and  5 ingredient masterpieces: http://www.marthastewart.com/274332/five-ingredient-dinners#33735 One Pot Wonders: http://www.cookinglight.com/food/recipe-finder/one-pot-meals/baked-tilapia-garlicky-green-beans-roasted-tomatoes
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