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Garden your way to better health

Gardening for your healthBy Melinda Myers

Break out the tools and garden your way to a healthier mind, body and spirit. Gardeners know and research proves that getting outdoors, digging in the soil and gardening help strengthen muscles, increase flexibility, reduce stress and elevate our mood.

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Social distancing may be necessary right now, but it's taking a toll on small businesses.

By Annie Spillman

Social distancing may be necessary right now, but it's taking a toll on small businesses.

State-specific numbers aren't available, but I am the Texas director of the National Federation of Independent Business, and a recent NFIB survey found that 76% of the nation’s small business owners report being impacted in some way by the COVID-19 outbreak.

Over half say sales are down, while 23% say the coronavirus has affected their supply chain. One in five owners surveyed by NFIB said the outbreak hasn’t affected them, but most think it will eventually.

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Worried about your immune system?

Try These 5 Natural Remedies

Body aches, fever, chills and nasal congestion, common symptoms of the flu, can stop you in your tracks, leaving you bedridden for days.

“Complications arising from these illnesses can become serious,” says Dr. Suhyun An, an expert on regenerative medicine and co-author of Demystifying Stem Cells: A Real-Life Approach To Regenerative Medicine.

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How seniors can protect their health and finances during the pandemic

Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, health officials have been clear and consistent in their message to seniors: While anyone can fall victim to COVID-19, those who are 65 and older are in an especially high-risk group.

That’s why older Americans need to be especially careful and – in the case of the very elderly – family members may need to step in to make sure they are taking the right precautions, says Chris Orestis, the president of LifeCare Xchange who is known as the “Retirement Genius.”

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Gladys Porter Zoo Needs our help

20141125 Gladys Porter Zoo KO IMG 6439As many businesses are right now, businesses like Gladys Porter Zoo (GPZ) that run on funds raised through admission fees and memberships, are suffering. Due to COVID-19, many tourist attractions throughout the country have been forced to close because of disaster declarations. This puts places like zoos in a need because they have not only their employees to pay, but also grounds to take of and animals to feed.

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Mission CoC, city join forces to give small businesses a voice

Facebook page created to give small businesses promotional platform

MISSION, TX – During these trying times, small businesses in the Rio Grande Valley are already feeling the impact that the COVID- 19 pandemic is having on the local economy. The Greater Mission Chamber of Commerce and the City of Mission are working together to give small businesses the opportunity to optimize their marketing tactics and boost business via Facebook. A special page will allow them to promote their business, current operations adjustments and customer incentives. For example, while local businesses are currently limiting or closing dine-in areas, they are still trying to make ends meet by offering free food delivery or curbside pick-up.

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