Memorial Day might be the unofficial start of summer, but Independence Day is when the season truly kicks into high gear. July 4 is a holiday that has something for everyone, whether you like to host (or attend) backyard barbecues, get out on the water or just hang out at home and watch the “bombs” bursting in air once the sun sets.
As you celebrate America this year, however, keep safety in mind — those fireworks aren’t the only holiday staple that can be dangerous.
Along with using plenty of sunblock and staying hydrated, follow these tips to help ensure that you, your loved ones and your friends all have a great Fourth.
Whether you’re hosting a gathering or attending one, you’ll want to make sure the food you’re serving — and eating — is safe. The following U.S. Department of Agriculture guidelines can help:
On the Road
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the July 4 holiday period ranks as the nation’s deadliest in terms of people killed by drunk drivers. So, if you’re heading somewhere to enjoy the fireworks or just driving to a friend’s get-together, plan ahead: Have a designated driver or don’t drink at all.
On the Water
Spending the holiday on a boat? Lucky you. Just make sure all the equipment is operating properly and that you have the right supplies on board. Here are two more recommendations from the Coast Guard:
Thousands of people are hurt each year by fireworks. In the month around the July 4 holiday, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, 240 people go to the emergency room daily with a fireworks-related injury. Don’t be one of them. Check out these quick tips, along with our fireworks safety post from last year, for some general guidelines:
While these tips are great, perhaps the best thing about them is this: You can follow them and still have a wonderful holiday with family and friends. Here’s to America — and to you!
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According to the Midwest Dairy Association, this cow and its peers will be milked two or three times before the sun sets. Crops will be gathered from nearby fields and, combined with animal-based dairy products produced, will be loaded on to trucks for processing and distribution. Here, these items will be packed for purchase and delivery to grocery stores, markets and school district cafeterias across the nation.
Farm-to-table eating has become a common knowledge and preferred concept, with restaurant patrons and home cooks alike favoring fresh, local and nutritious ingredients. A call to integrate better healthy eating options into schools has also been heard by the USDA. The organization set new nutritional standards for meals with implementation by the 2014-2015 school year:
Adherence to these new standards will help students put their best selves forward, with increased access to the food options they need to succeed. Below, we showcase nutritional element calcium as a critical component for bone development, the variety of food source options that bring these nutrients to growing minds and bodies, and how your farm can make small steps to provide the best produce options for consumption.
Calcium, a key element for healthy bones, is not made naturally in the body. It is a nutrient our bodies receive (or do not receive) based on the food choices we make from birth.
And those choices in our earliest years are critical. Not only is 90% of our total bone density acquired by age 18 for females and 20 for males, but our bone density begins to decline after age 35.
The more you intake in your early years, the more you will have built up for your later years, preserving overall strength longer in life.
Great calcium comes from a wide variety of sources, giving you and your loved ones many opportunities to reach daily requirements (700 milligrams for children aged 1-3, increasing to 1,300 milligrams by age 9):
Consumption of crops would not be possible without their growth and creation. It is important for farms to not only know the role that they play in providing for the masses, but the impact that access to quality crops can have on the growth and development of populations.
What could your farm regularly commit to and make sure the best crops are produced? A few suggestions:
Which farm-to-table essential does your family favor to get the nutrients needed to grow strong? Share in the comment section below.
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Bagley & Bagley Insurance is an agency who cares deeply about its roots. Opening in 1907 we have over 107 years of traditions that include some of our local traditions in Fayetteville and Lincoln County. We have been located on the Fayetteville Square since our origination in 1907. Both our exisiting location at 102 College Street East Fayetteville, TN and old location in the Pythian Building or locally known as the “KP” Building or the “Knights of Pythian Buildings” are featured in this video from JMcNeal Services and Fayetteville Main Street including local performers Daniel Harry and Jerry Taylor. We appreciate others who take pride in our downtown and in “preserving its past and preparing for its future”.
Bagley & Bagley believes a man’s worth can be measured by his work, not his words, so they continue to strive to meet their customer’s needs and expectations. Part of meeting those needs is meeting the needs of their community. Lincoln County is close to their hearts and they make arrangements to be involved in community activities whenever possible. Cary has been involved in the community in many different ways including being past President of the Lincoln County Chapter of the American Cancer Society and as coordinator for over 20 years of Lincoln County’s Fabulous Fifties Show, a musical montage and a major fund raiser for cancer victims. David serves as a board member of the First National Bank and was a former member and president of the Rotary Club. Battle Bagley was away for several years pursuing a career as a CPA, but his love for Fayetteville brought him back home over 20 years ago to Bagley & Bagley. He continually seeks educational opportunities in the insurance field to better himself for his customers. He recently completed a course giving him the title of Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC).
The Bagley family has deep roots in Lincoln County and they want you to know your insurance needs are their top priority. With four generations of service the stability of this agency speaks for itself and they expect the same from the insurance companies they represent. Bagley & Bagley Insurance is lincensed in Tennessee and Alabama.