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Eat Like a Greek Bookmark

Eat Like a Greek
Looking for a heart-healthy eating plan? Look to the Mediterranean. Think fruits, veggies, fish, and whole grains—with a splash of olive oil and even a glass of red wine! Research shows that a traditional Mediterranean diet reduces the risk of heart disease by lowering LDL cholesterol levels. Research shows that a traditional Mediterranean diet reduces the risk of heart disease by lowering LDL cholesterol levels. This “bad” cholesterol is a prime culprit in the formation of thick, hard plaque deposits that can clog arteries. In a meta-analysis of more than 1.5 million healthy adults, a Mediterranean diet reduced the risk of...

Preserving Greenspaces Bookmark

Preserving Greenspaces
Back in the late 1960s, 11-year-old Barbara Conley ran through the woods along Spring Creek barefoot in search of blackberries. She and her family ambled along the banks hunting for Native American arrowheads. As teenagers, she and her friends walked across a tree that had fallen in the creek to picnic on a nearby sandy bar. In the evenings, her family dined on perch and other fish caught on the trotlines Conley tended to each day. Though Conley lived along Spring Creek almost 50 years ago, not a whole lot has changed. “To this day, as you walk toward the back of Timber Lakes...

Student Turns Volunteer Opportunity into an Internship Bookmark

Student Turns Volunteer Opportunity into an Internship
Mercer’s diverse group of volunteers bloom when planted in the right place with the attention they need to grow and thrive. For years, Mercer has welcomed a different species of volunteer, botanically known as “studentaei internus,” but more commonly known as the student intern or student volunteer. Kayla House is a senior at Quest Early College High School who volunteered 40 hours at Mercer this spring.