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'There’s a myth that Social Security and Medicare miraculously take care of all of people’s needs in older age,' said Ramsey Alwin, president and chief executive of the National Council on Aging.

Nationally and in every state, the minimum cost of living for older adults far exceeds federal poverty thresholds, yet eligibility for Medicaid, food stamps and other safety net programs do not account for variations in cost of living or medical expenses incurred by older adults. Read more»

The shortage is affecting both regular infant formula and specialized versions.

A baby formula shortage has added to the woes of American parents already confronted with raising an infant during a pandemic in a country ranked low for family-friendly policies - so what caused the shortage, and how can it be prevented in the future? Read more»

Estudiantes plantan brócoli en Garden on the Corner de la Escuela Primaria Garfield. El programa tiene como objetivo brindar a los estudiantes de la escuela la oportunidad de desarrollar hábitos más saludables para toda la vida.

Con los niveles de obesidad creciendo en los Estados Unidos, más expertos están analizando cómo pueden prevenir el colesterol alto en la juventud para ayudar a evitar serios problemas de salud en el futuro. Read more»

The federal government boosted Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – or food stamp – benefits, but SNAP recipients will only realize a part of that increase, as a special pandemic boost in benefits ended Friday, the same day that the higher baseline benefits took effect.

More than 900,000 Arizona food stamp recipients saw an increase in their monthly benefits starting Friday, but recipients will not see the full 21% increase in their pocketbooks because it comes at the same time that a 15% pandemic-related boost in benefits is scheduled to end. Read more»

Despite being banned, piracetam is widely available—and hugely popular—as a supplement promoted as boosting cognitive ability. Unintimidated by FDA warning letters, sellers are advertising this forbidden ingredient in online bazaars. Read more»

Partially hydrogenated oils, or trans fats, show up in a number of popular foods. But the food and Drug Administration has determined their health risks outweigh their benefits and is phasing them out over the next three years.

The Food and Drug Administration said last month that it plans to ban trans fats in most foods, giving companies until 2018 to reformulate their products or petition the FDA to allow the continued use of trans fats in their foods. Read more»

The Monday Political Face-Off featureed commentators Vince Rabago and John Munger. Also, how will you handle the "Season of Sweets"? Jack Challem, the Nutrition Reporter, has some simple to follow advice. Read more»

An interview with Pima County Supervisor Ray Carroll (R-District 4). Also, nutrition reporter Jack Challem answers listeners' questions on healthy eating. Read more»

An interview with Lee Lambert, the new chancellor of Pima Community College. Also, we talked with Keith Rosenblum, Buckmaster Mexico contributor. Plus, nutrition reporter Jack Challem talks about two nutrients that make a big difference in reducing risk of heart disease. Read more»

After lunch and musical entertainment at the 'Kids’ State Dinner,' Phoenix’s Alexandra Nickle and the other 53 winners of the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge toured the White House’s kitchen garden.

Phoenix fifth-grader Alexandra Nickle wants to be a “graphic artist and dog shelter owner” when she grows up, but it was her cooking creativity that landed her in the White House on Tuesday. The "Kids’ State Dinner" included remarks from Haile Thomas, a Tucson seventh-grader who was last year’s Arizona entrant in the healthy cooking challenge. Read more»

Patrons of a taco stand in Mexico City, 2009.

Even as nearly half its people are poor and as officials launch a national anti-hunger campaign, Mexico by some accounts recently has replaced the United States as the chubbiest of the globe's larger countries. What Mexicans wryly call Vitamin T — the tacos, tamales and tostadas that anchor their diet — underlies much of the problem. Once reserved for special occasions, the carbohydrate and lard-loaded dishes now get gobbled daily. Read more»

Students at Hugh E. Laird Elementary in Tempe, in this October photo, were allowed to taste-test school lunches last year in an effort by the school district to get students to eat more healthy food.

The federal government wants to target childhood obesity with new limits for calories, sugar, fat and sodium on snacks sold in the nation’s schools via the Smart Snacks in School standards announced last week. Most Arizona school officials welcomed the change, saying the state adopted similar nutrition standards for all school foods – including snacks – in 2006. Read more»

Tucson Realtor Raj Kohli provided an update on Tucson's real estate market. Also,documentary filmmaker Daniel Buckley talked about his new film on Tucson's mariachis. Next, we chatted with George Cunningham, former state lawmaker and founder/chair of the Grand Canyon Institute. Plus, nutrition reporter Jack Challem discussed new research on Omega 3 fish oils. Read more»

Interviews included a legislative update from state Rep. Ethan Orr (R-LD9). Then we talked with Ellie Beaubien, new adoption coordinator at the Pima Animal Care Center. Also, Kevin Burnett, CFO of Sundt Companies, Inc., and nutrition reporter Jack Challem. Read more»

An interview with state Attorney General candidate Felecia Rotellini, plus the Tuesday Money Maker Report with Shelly Fishman. Also, nutrition reporter Jack Challem with his monthly report, and Tucson Weekly Arts Editor Margaret Regan with the bi-monthly Buckmaster Arts Report. Read more»

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