readers recommend the best places to volunteer

The last two years have made obvious the ways that many in our communities are struggling with basic needs, and how important it is for those who are able to lend a helping hand when they can. 
The pandemic has made it harder for some to volunteer because of fear of COVID-19 transmission, but several of our readers said they had volunteered in the last year for causes that support women’s rights, animal rights, environmental justice, housing, immigration, and more. Jennifer L. from Arlington said she and her family volunteer at Community Servings, Community Cooks, and Boston Area Gleaners because they are very focused on ‘food, health, and sustainability.

Father charged after daughter shares marijuana edibles at school

UPPER ARLINGTON, Ohio — An Ohio man is facing charges after his daughter allegedly brought his marijuana edibles to school and shared them with her friends.>> Read more trending newsScott Macre is charged with endangering children, possession of drugs and obstruction in connection with the incident at Windermere Elementary School in Upper Arlington, WNBS reported.On Friday, five students at the school were sick, showing signs of impairment ranging from nausea to an elevated heart rate, according to documents obtained by WSYX.

French Toast Sticks

When French toast sticks were on the menu when you were a kid, you knew it was going to be a good day. But when was the last time you had this iconic breakfast food? Bring back this childhood breakfast favorite with this easy-baked French toast stick recipe. This cinnamon-soaked dish can be made in only 30 minutes.
This recipe is easy, affordable and one your kids will love. After making the French toast sticks, store the leftovers in your freezer. This freezer meal will make for a perfect, 15 minute, breakfast during hectic mornings.

The 20 Best Brain-Supporting Snacks for Focus and Memory

When hunger hits and your brain needs a jolt, you need a snack that pulls double-duty. Image Credit: Creative Snack Brands What to Look For What to Avoid Just like what we eat can help or harm our heart and skin, our diets can make a big difference to our brains. Our mood, energy and memory are related to the health of (or lack thereof) our daily diet.
“What matters most is what we eat over time, and it’s more beneficial to focus on what kinds of nutrient-dense foods we can add, rather than worrying too much about what to take away,” explains Alyssa Pike, RD, a manager for nutrition communications at the International Food Information Council (IFIC) in Washington, D.

Mac and cheese gets an upgrade with wine-braised fennel

It’s hard to go wrong with macaroni and cheese. A staple comfort food, its cheesy goodness is loved by kids and adults alike, for lunch, dinner or a late-night snack. Even the blue-box variety can hit the spot in a pinch. But to really take it to the next level, you really should go all out with a rich, homemade cheese sauce.This recipe gets an elegant upgrade with the addition of fennel, an aromatic veggie with a licorice-like flavor and crunch that reminds you of celery. It gets a quick braise in Marsala wine, which makes it sweet, and the leftover cooking liquid is then used to make the creamy sauce with mascarpone and Swiss cheese instead of the traditional cheddar.

Lufthansa Cuts Free Liquor In Long Haul Economy

In early October, we learned how Lufthansa will be eliminating free liquor in economy and premium economy on long haul flights, and will also be introducing a buy on board menu, to supplement the main meals. We now have more details of what we can expect, as this new service is being rolled out on a widespread basis in about a week.
Lufthansa adjusting long haul serviceLufthansa recently eliminated complimentary food & drinks in short haul economy. This has been replaced by a new buy on board menu, known as ‘Onboard Delights.

Intuitive Eating: Cancel the Diet Culture

ORLANDO, FLA. (Ivanhoe Newswire)– No meat, no carbs, no dairy, no gluten. Did you know that it may be damaging to your health if you deprive your body of foods? A new way of honoring your body and fueling it without guilt is rising in popularity. It’s called intuitive eating. But what is this new anti-diet and does it work?Ashley Hinds RDN, LDN, CEDRD and Registered Dietitian explains that ‘Intuitive eating teaches us to listen to our internal cues and listen to our hunger fullness cues.’Intuitive eating is based on ten principles; first, reject the diet mentality, which can offer you false hope to lose weight fast.

Chef cooks meals in seniors’ kitchens to keep them healthy

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Lisa Youngquist wanted to spice up her meals.She’d loved the companionship that the Meals on Wheels volunteers brought whenever they made deliveries. And she definitely didn’t want to go back to the time before that, when for three to four years, she’d reheat a frozen, store-bought meal every day — good luck finding the veggies. She wanted to eat well. It helps her failing body parts that, at just 66, ache so much that she spends most of the day in bed, soothed by heating pads.

Cheesy Broccoli Tater-Topped Casserole

If you’re looking for a comforting dish to put on your dinner table, this recipe for cheesy broccoli tater-topped casserole is a staple the entire family can enjoy. The blend of melted cheese and perfectly crisp tots makes for an amazing kid-friendly dinner dish. Just don’t tell them it’s loaded with vegetables.
As one of the best casserole dishes around, this dish is a great way to use any leftover rice you may have from the previous night’s dinner.
To make the dish you’ll need some common pantry items like flour, salt and pepper.

The Top 12 Best Weight Loss Diet Programs That Work in 2022

Weight loss can be challenging if you have no ideal weight management program. It improves your metabolism, lowers your blood pressure, and boosts your cardiovascular health. Undertaking a suitable weight loss program can transform your life.
Weight gain can cause severe health implications and heart-related complications. However, you can balance calories and energy expenditure in your body by finding a suitable weight management program. Maintaining a proper diet and a periodic schedule in physical fitness controls your weight and optimal hormonal balance.