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Stevia vs Aspartame

aspartame and stevia

  As you have probably seen, the market is booming with sugar substitute—aspartame and the newer stevia being two of them. Aspartame is an FDA-approved artificial sweetener that is 200 times sweeter than sugar and used in most diet products, especially sodas. It can also be found under the name Nutrasweet read more

Is Your Teen Ready for Winter Driving?

Winter Driving - Curvy Snowy Country Road

Driver's ED 101: Winter Driving Edition Navigating icy, snowy conditions can be especially difficult for teens who are mastering the rules of the road. Before you hand over the keys, have a talk about winter driving. In addition to everyday safety tips such as always wearing a seat belt and stashing cell phones read more

SMART Goals for 2016

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When making changes, most of us have plans to make this time better than the last. But often people fall back into their old habits and don’t achieve the goal they set out to reach. Here are a few tips to help you stick to and achieve your goals for read more

Rest Easy As You Age

Dr. Esch in coat

Sleep, as the National Sleep Foundation says, should be treated as an account: It needs to be constantly maintained with deposits, and the withdrawals matter. “The common belief that those 55 and older need less sleep is really jus t a myth,” said Lindsay Esch, MD, an internal medicine physician with Centegra read more

What is causing my leg pain?

Acute pain in a woman calf

Leg pain causes are not always obvious, but that does not mean you should ignore your symptoms. Many leg pain causes are treatable with the right actions. People that are older than 50 years of age and are diabetics, smokers or have high blood pressure or cholesterol are at increased risk read more

Empower Your Kids From an Early Age

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By learning how the family works together to take care of a home and one another, children gradually develop compassion, discipline and self-esteem. According to The Center for Parenting Education, children who learn responsibility through chores are better equipped to deal with frustrations or setbacks and are more likely to read more

Blog: Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Rather than wasting the seeds from your jack-o-lantern or pie-making pumpkin, put them to good use as a tasty, on-the-go snack. INGREDIENTS *1 1/2 cups raw, whole pumpkin seeds *2 teaspoons butter, melted *Pinch of salt Preheat oven to 300 F. Rinse pumpkin seeds under running water to remove any pulp and lay out on read more

Blog: Manage Your Blood Sugars to Enjoy the Sweet Life

Hand holding meter. Diabetes doing glucose level test.

Diabetes is a disease that affects how a person’s body uses blood sugar or glucose. The body relies on glucose to obtain energy to function properly. But not everyone’s body manages the process well. Usually, the stomach changes food into glucose and from there glucose enters the bloodstream. At the same read more

Blog: Change a Life and Ask, Are You OK?


People are becoming increasingly aware that even those who appear strong, “together” or even happy on the outside may be hurting on the inside. Nationally, the suicide rate of middle-aged men has increased 27 percent since 1999 and the data from the McHenry County Coroner’s Office reflects this alarming trend. While read more