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Dear EarthTalk: How does Canada’s newly released “Food Guide” differ from the food recommendations offered up by the U.S. government?

These days, many countries around the world produce food guidelines periodically to help improve nutrition and encourage healthy lifestyles among their populaces. The most recent update for Americans came in 2013 when the Obama administration released its MyPlate guidelines suggesting ...

NAMI hosting Aug. support meetings

NAMI of Will and Grundy Counties offers support groups for families living with mental illness.

Ask Dr. Kevin: Understanding Sickle Cell Disease

In this article, Dr. Kevin answers common questions about sickle cell disease and its impact on the community and provides tips for living with and supporting someone with the disease. What is sickle cell disease? Sickle cell disease (SCD) is ...

Dear EarthTalk: How are environmentalists using Instagram to further their causes?

Instagram, the photo-based social network which Facebook bought in 2012 for a cool $1 billion, continues to rack up new users, doubling its base to 700 million monthly active users over the last two years. Environmental groups, activists and photographers ...

Mosquitoes in Will County test positive for West Nile virus

Four recent samples collected in June and July tested positive for the virus which is spread from infected birds and mosquitoes.

Black woman develops alternative to breast cancer treatment

Breast cancer is something far too many families have a personal connection with. Many women know a mother, aunt, sister, cousin or friend who has suffered from this disease. Many of who have suffered even during the therapy. But a ...

Dear EarthTalk: What are some ways companies are using plastic waste from the ocean in their products to take a stand for the environment?

A recent study published in the journal Science estimates that there are some 86 million metric tons of plastic in the world’s oceans today—and that every year we add another eight million more. The pieces of plastic we discard break ...

Dear EarthTalk: Does Volvo’s embrace of electric cars signal the beginning of the end of the gas-powered internal combustion engine?

Volvo has announced that it will only sell hybrid and electric cars beginning in 2019, signaling a shift in the auto industry as a whole toward more fuel-efficient cars that can help reduce drivers’ carbon footprints and fuel costs. “In ...

Senior Health Fair in Plainfield

Plainfield - State Representative Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield) will host his third annual Senior Health Fair from 9:00 AM - Noon on Wednesday, July 19 at St. Mary Immaculate Parish's Cana Hall, located at 15629 South Route 59 in Plainfield. The ...

Will County grant to fund opiate overdose prevention

thetimesweekly.com Joliet – For the second year, Will County was awarded the Prescription Drug/Opioid Overdose Related Deaths grant by the Illinois Department of Human Services and funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to further its efforts ...

Dear EarthTalk: What are some ways people are using games to help reduce their carbon footprints?

Environmental advocates and organizations are increasingly employing gamification—defined by Merriam-Webster as “the process of adding games or game-like elements to something...so as to encourage participation”—to get people to learn about environmental problems and take action to reduce their carbon footprints ...

Department of Health warns of rabid bats

More than a dozen rabid bats found in Illinois so far this year.

Men and Health: How to be more proactive not reactive about your health?

The timesweekly.com Dr. Jennifer Byrd, Chief Medical Officer at the Will County Health Department Community Health Center, says the answer is a definite “Yes.” Men continue to be hesitant to go to the doctor. During this Men’s Health Month, Dr. ...

Are there any good organic beers, wines or liquors out there?

Perhaps no other industry has responded to the greening of consumer preferences quite like beverage producers. From wine to beer to spirits, greener choices made from local and organic ingredients and packaged in lighter-weight containers abound. Indeed, getting a buzz ...

Trinity Services benefit

Romeoville - Trinity Services, Inc. will benefit from talented local artists this summer through a charity art show at the Brent and Jean Wadsworth Family Gallery, located on Lewis University’s main campus in Romeoville. “Fine Arts for Finer Lives” Exhibition ...

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