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The gluten-free challenge

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Written by Lindsay Ducharme, For the Sun Times   
Wednesday, 15 January 2014 16:09


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The growing number of people suffering from celiac disease and gluten intolerance has prompted a greater variety of gluten-free food products on the market.

Going gluten-free has become somewhat of a craze in recent years, replacing the Atkins and South Beach diets as the “go to” healthy eating plan. While many people experiment with the “diet” as a means to get healthy and lose weight, there is a large number of people who are gluten-free not out of choice, but out of necessity.
Cases of celiac disease, a condition in which the body has problems digesting gluten, have been on the rise in North America in the past decade. While more and more people are being diagnosed with celiac, there is an even greater number of undiagnosed cases, people who are referred to as being gluten intolerant.

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Scouting for Christmas trees

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Written by Dave Sulz, Sun Times   
Wednesday, 08 January 2014 14:57


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A member of the 14th McKillop Scouts helps with the Christmas tree collection program in 2011. Members of Scouts Canada - Chinook Council have been involved in the annual campaign for most of the previous 20 years and will be taking on the task again this year.

Another Christmas has come and gone. Gifts have been opened, turkey and treats have been consumed in quantity, and all that remains is the post-Christmas cleanup. That includes undecorating the Christmas tree and, in cases where a real tree was used, disposing of it.
But that’s not always an easy matter. Christmas trees are usually larger than one can stuff into the trunk of a car.
Fear not, though. The Scouts are coming to rescue.

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Resolved to succeed

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Written by Lindsay Ducharme, For the Sun Times   
Thursday, 02 January 2014 15:13

The presents have been unwrapped, too many extravagant dinners and desserts eaten, all that remains of the holiday is season is the start to your new year’s resolution, and possibly the remnants of a New Year’s Eve hangover.
Many people view the new year as a fresh start, a clean slate, and a chance to leave bad habits in the past and lead a better, often healthier life. Setting a new year’s resolution dates back thousands of years; basically as long as people have been celebrating a new year, they have also been making resolutions.
Brad Hagen, associate professor and co-ordinator of the Health Sciences Graduate Program at the University of Lethbridge, explains that while the process of making a resolution is widespread, the act of keeping those resolutions is not.

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Family fun at the Exhibition

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Written by Judy Westcott — For the Sun Times   
Thursday, 26 December 2013 17:51


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Family Fest will once again offer plenty of fun for youngsters, including Astro Jumps, when it returns to Exhibition Park Dec. 31, providing a family-friendly way to welcome the new year.

Free family fun will be in abundance at the 18th Annual Family Fest set to go New Year’s Eve at Exhibition Park.
For the past 17 years, Exhibition Park and Visitlethbridge.com have been helping families celebrate the New Year with free entertainment and activities on the last evening of the year, says Doug Kryzanowski, manager of marketing for Exhibition Park.
“This year is no exception as we have developed, what we hope, is an entertaining evening for everyone,” he says.

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Removing barriers

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Written by Christina Scott — For the Sun Times   
Thursday, 19 December 2013 15:00


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Tim Hamilton, a long-time volunteer at Chinook Regional Hospital, hasn’t allowed the challenges of cerebral palsy to prevent him from being involved. While disabilities can make it difficult for people to take an active part in society and in the workforce, there are organizations which are working to remove the barriers.

Jan. 2, 2013: it is a date Cyrena Cameron will never forget. The previous four years had not been easy for Cameron, who endured one hardship after another in the pursuit of a fundamental right that always seemed just out of reach. Although the odds were stacked against her, the mother of three was fiercely determined. On that fateful day in January, her determination finally paid off. She found what she had always wanted: meaningful employment.
For nearly a year, Cameron has worked at Canadian Tire as a cashier; it’s a position she loves. While life is easier for her now, it wasn’t always that way.

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