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Heather Levin is a freelance writer based in Detroit, MI. She's passionately committed to living green, saving money, and helping others do the same in their life.

14 Tips to Save Money on Back to School Supplies & Shopping List

By Heather Levin

school supplies carts coinsThe cost to go “back to school” keeps increasing. In 2010, the National Retail Federation (NRF) estimated that the average American family would spend more than $600 on back to school supplies. That’s only for an average student; college-age students, who often require many more supplies, especially if they’re moving into a dorm, may spend even more. That also represents an 11% jump from the year before.

Does this sound like you? Many parents begin eyeing the back to school fliers and ads in August. Whether your kids start kindergarten or head off to the university this year, you can buy them everything they need without breaking your bank account. Here are several tips to help you become a savvy back to school shopper this year.

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Zero-Calorie Foods List – 21 Fruits & Vegetables to Lose Weight

By Heather Levin

eating a carrotAccording to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Trust for America’s Health, the obesity rate in America is expected to reach 44% by 2030. Obesity can be calculated by measuring a person’s body mass index (BMI), a number derived from weight and height which provides a reliable indicator for inferring potential health problems. A BMI above 25 is considered overweight, and anything higher than 30 is considered obese, both of which are at-risk categories.

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6 Indoor Plants That Can Clean & Purify the Air in Your Home

By Heather Levin

mother-in-law tongueWhen you think of air pollution, you probably envision big cities cloaked in a blanket of smog created by car exhaust and industrial factories. But did you know that the air you breathe in your house is polluted as well? In fact, according to the EPA, the air we breathe indoors is often 100 times more polluted than the air outside.

Even if you live out in the fresh air of the countryside, your indoor space is most likely full of chemicals, materials, and toxins from sources that may surprise you. For instance, that new carpeting you just installed is likely off-gassing formaldehyde and benzene, two chemicals known to the EPA to be linked to cancer. Those new cabinets in the kitchen? Same thing.

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4 Ways You Can Get More Services From Your Real Estate Agent

By Heather Levin

real estate agentEven with rock-bottom interest rates and a glut of bargain-priced homes on the market, qualified buyers are still in short supply. This is primarily because it’s hard to get approved for a mortgage loan unless you have stellar credit and a hefty down payment. But even when buyers do qualify, they often feel skittish about investing in a home. After all, the economy hasn’t yet fully recovered, and the prospect of losing a job while responsible for a mortgage is enough to scare many people away.

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15 Easy Ways to Lose Weight Fast With Healthy Lifestyle Changes

By Heather Levin

weight lossYou can barely get through a week of network news without hearing something about America’s obesity epidemic. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, two-thirds of American adults are overweight or obese – and our kids are right behind us, as one out of every three kids is now overweight or obese.

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What Is Activated Charcoal – 6 Uses & Health Benefits

By Heather Levin

activated charcoal capsuleUntil a few months ago, I’d never even heard of activated charcoal (also known as activated carbon). However, I soon learned that this substance provides a number of amazing benefits.

While some people use it to cleanse their skin or whiten their teeth, the true value of activated charcoal is in its ability to remove toxins from your body. For instance, if you’ve ingested a poisonous substance, or if you’ve been bitten by a deadly snake or spider, activated charcoal could save your life.

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7 Ways to Eat More Fruits & Vegetables as Part of a Healthy Diet

By Heather Levin

salad“Eat your vegetables” is more than just dinner table advice. The vitamins and antioxidants found in fruits and vegetables are the foundation for a healthy life. Such healthy foods can help stave off cancer, are naturally high in fiber, have a high water content to keep you hydrated, and decrease your risk for heart disease, stroke, and hypertension. The only question is, why don’t we eat more of them?

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What Is T’ai Chi – History & Health Benefits

By Heather Levin

tai chiEvery year it seems that countless new “get in shape” gimmicks rear up from the daytime talk show and infomercial void. Whether it’s a new diet paired with a book or a pill, or an exercise routine that requires a unique piece of gear, the fitness and diet industry are relentless in their promises of perfection.

While many “new” exercise routines disappear as quickly as they arrive, others show results because they have survived the test of time. Yoga, for example, was born in India 5,000 years ago, and is now more popular than ever. The treasured gymnastics and calisthenic routines of Greece are staples of today’s workout classes, and the kung fu martial arts of the Far East are popular with kids, adults, and moviegoers alike.

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4 Natural Herbal Remedies & Medications for Dogs

By Heather Levin

dog and ownerThere are many natural and herbal remedies to ease the common ailments of humans: We can take valerian root and chamomile to sleep better, St. John’s Wart to ease the symptoms of depression, and feverfew to combat migraines. Furthermore, we can use natural and herbal remedies to ease some of the symptoms from chronic pain, constipation, and bad breath. Many of these same treatments work wonders for dogs – though we can’t assume that every remedy that treats humans will work for dogs.

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Standing Desk Benefits & Options – Why You Should Make the Switch

By Heather Levin

geekdesk standing deskHuman bodies are built for work and constant movement. However, the average person now spends nearly 10 hours a day sitting down thanks to work, TV, and commuting – and that doesn’t include sleep time. Because of this rampant inactivity, our obesity rates are skyrocketing: Currently, 68% of the American population is either overweight or obese.

If you’re like most people, you likely spend the majority of your work day sitting behind a desk, in front of a computer. But have you ever thought of standing at your computer instead? The popularity of standing desks is rising as more people discover the health benefits of standing while they work. And as a computer-bound worker who uses one of these desks myself, I can tell you from experience that the benefits are real.

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How to Prevent Heart Disease – Risk Factors

By Heather Levin

heart healthAccording to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), heart disease is the number one cause of death in America. We lose almost 600,000 people to heart disease each year, and 58.8 million Americans currently have some form of this disease.

But that’s just heart disease – if you look at cardiovascular diseases as a whole (including both heart attack and stroke), the number of yearly deaths rises to 950,000, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. And because of the rising rate of obesity, which is linked to heart disease, these numbers continue to grow. Furthermore, heart disease doesn’t just strike the elderly, as many people think. One out of every 20 people in the United States below the age of 40 has heart disease.

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How to Do Yoga at Home – Tips & Health Benefits

By Heather Levin

yogaAccording to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), more than one-third of American adults are obese – and the number might even be higher than that. The BMI (body mass index) scale that’s typically used to determine whether or not someone classifies as obese might be dramatically underestimating the problem, especially in women.

According to doctors quoted in the Los Angeles Times, the 200-year-old BMI index could be misdiagnosing up to 50% of women, and up to 20% of men. Put simply, 50% more women and 20% more men could be obese and not even realize it. This means that as a nation we could be in much worse health than we had thought.

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6 Tips to Care for Dry Skin & Hair Naturally During the Winter

By Heather Levin

skincareThe shift from warm weather to cooler temperatures is enjoyable for many people. You get to dig out those sweaters and jackets, walk through fall foliage, and wake up to brisk air streaming through the still open windows. But the flip side of crisp, cool autumn – and the approaching winter – is that something else needs to change: the way you take care of yourself.

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How to Help Your Kids Prevent the Spread of Germs at School

By Heather Levin

washing handsOnce the kids head back to school, it’s time to brace yourself for the inevitable cold and flu germs that will start showing up in your home on a regular basis. Germs and viruses are rampant in classrooms, and most kids (and their families) get sick several times throughout the school year.

On average, more than 22 million school days are lost each year due to contagious illness. However, there are things you can do to limit the amount of germs that come into your home, and how often your kids are exposed to those germs.

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How to Read More Books – Benefits of Reading

By Heather Levin

readingFor some people, there’s no greater pleasure than settling into a comfortable chair, cracking open the stiff spine of a new book, and diving headlong into a different world. Books open up infinite possibilities and pleasure, but sadly, reading is a pastime that fewer people are engaging in.

If you’re like a large percentage of Americans, you haven’t picked up a book at all this year, and it’s even likelier that if you did, you didn’t finish it. Poll results released by the Associated Press and Ipsos show that one in four Americans don’t read books at all, and half of Americans read less than four each year.

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