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Healthy Halloween Treats

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Booger Balls
1¼ cups pecans
10 dried dates, pitted
2 tablespoons cacao powder (unsweetened)
pinch of sea salt (regular salt OK to use)
Green food coloring

Put pecans into a food processor and chop for 15-30 seconds or until nuts are in tiny pieces, but not powder. Add the dates, food coloring and the cacao powder and blend another 15-30 seconds. Roll into balls and serve. Makes 12-18 pieces

Chocolate Covered Apples Jack o’ lanterns
4 apples
1 cup dark-chocolate baking discs or chips
Parchment paper

Remove the apple stems and insert the sticks into the top of the apples. Melt a cup of dark chocolate baking discs or chips in a double boiler (or just insert metal bowl into a pot of boiling water). When the chocolate has melted, slowly rotate each apple until all sides are covered in chocolate. Place on a tray lined with parchment or wax paper and set in the fridge to cool.
Once cooled, take a tooth pick and carve out a jack o’lantern face into the apple.

Kids Oughta Be Covered!

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According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, kids who get regular medical checkups and health care, including vaccinations, have better attendance rates and get better grades.

As many parents know, back to school is also the time when kids get sick. So now is the perfect time to be prepared for those routine maladies like scrapes and cuts, colds and ear infections; as well as those chronic problems like asthma or allergies, and occasional emergencies such as broken bones.

But paying for all of that care can place a huge burden on the family budget. There are more than 17,000 uninsured children in Duval County, with more than 16,000 who qualify for low-cost health insurance through the Florida KidCare program – however, most are not enrolled because either their families are unaware of the program or that they qualify.

Free or low cost health coverage, through the state of Florida’s KidCare program, offers health insurance for children from birth thru age 18.

Even if one or both parents are working, coverage may be available for as little as $15-$20 per month per household, which will cover up to 8 children. A family of four earning $48,500 qualifies for low cost coverage.

Florida KidCare services include doctor visits & checkups, shots & prescriptions, dental, hearing & vision care, hospital care, surgeries & emergencies, mental health services and much more.

It’s now easy to add health insurance to your child’s backpack and can be even cheaper than the cost of all your children’s school supplies. And with KidCare, enrollment is open year-round. In Jacksonville, application assistance is available by simply dialing 211 or visit to find an enrollment location near you. Families may also visit or call 1-888-540-KIDS.

A Survivor’s Poem

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pinkDancing Through Life
By: Susan Bolenbaugh

It’s not an easy way,
this place called life.
Which pathway
shall I choose?
So much distracts me.
I’ve veered a bit
from time to time.
There it is . . .
over there.
now I’ll try.
one more time.

Which pathway is mine?
I choose the one of joy.
For it is full of laughter
and good cheer.
I can, at least,
bring IT to others,
see a smile upon
a downcast face.

And so it is with energy
That I dance and sing,
helping others
embrace this life
I’ve grown to love.

I’ll wear my pink shoes,
The ones made
strong and sturdy,
surely those will take me
Where I need to go . . .
Dancing down the path.
So, on the morrow
take my hand,
come with me,
dance the day away.
down the path I’ve
chosen, my path of joy,
spend your life with me.

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