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Naughtiest late-night snacks

Can’t get through late-night TV without munching? Best advice says skip these:
• French fries or ice cream: their high fat content can trigger indigestion and reflux.
• Popcorn: salty foods can make you thirsty during the night.
•Potato chips: This trifecta of greasy, salty and fatty trumps them all.
• Mints: peppermint boosts alertness by activating key areas of the brain.
• Hot sauces: laying down after eating spicy dishes can trigger gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
• Steak: too much protein limits the production of the calming hormone serotonin.
• Cereal: the average adult cereal is 18 per cent sugar by weight.


Signal for Help

Launched by the Canadian Women’s Foundation, “The Signal for Help” initiative has gained traction around the world. Learning and sharing this hand sign far and wide will help spread awareness, enable victims of violence to ask for help in a safe way, and hopefully save lives.


Bring on the gumbo

Paying attention to biodiversity in your seafood choices might just be good for you. Researchers found the biggest differences in calcium, iron, zinc, EPA, and DHA were attributed to a species’ habitat, trophic position, body size, diet, and how the fish ate. The learning: Eat different seafoods together so you can eat less and get closer to the daily desired five essential microelements and fatty acids.
Source: National Academy of Sciences



Six children and youth with facial differences are featured in a two-minute public awareness video by the national charity AboutFace. Aimed at reducing stigma and building understanding of facial differences, the youth speak about their interests and future goals and ask viewers to “see beyond their difference.”


Passing the “Fries Test”

Concerned about representation of disability in culture, author and poet Kenny Fries has developed a test for the representation of disability in culture. In order to pass the “Fries Test”, a creative work needs: to have more than one disabled character; the disabled characters need to have their own narrative purpose other than the education and profit of a non-disabled character; the characters’ disability should not be eradicated either by curing or killing.
Source: Power of Disability Digest


Vegas, here we come!

SlotZilla, a new zoomline, is an exhilarating, wheelchair accessible, face down ride over Sin City’s Fremont Street. It launches from a platform 10 stories high and travels almost 1/3 of a mile (1,700 feet). Riders can transfer into a SlotZilla wheelchair at the ticket office.

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