The Perfect After-School Snack: Homemade Granola Bars

Bake a pan of these snacks and you'll never go back to the boxed stuff. They're super-easy and fun to make with kids.

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    Have you ever had one of those retail experiences that make you silently scream, "Never again! I don't need anything. Ever!"

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    Mine came last August while back-to-school shopping with my daughter in tow. The sound of screeching babies echoed down the aisles. Parents jostled each other for spiral notebooks and ballpoint pens. Ring binders? Forget about it. A hulking man holding a lit cigarette in one hand and pushing his loaded cart with the other had just snapped up the last few—and nobody was going to ask him to share. And the checkout lines? Picture advance ticket sales for a Justin Bieber concert.

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    Is there a way to avoid the madness? Short answer: Yes. Analyzing information from its more than 33 million users gathered from Aug. 1 through Sept. 30, 2012, the location-based social networking site Foursquare predicte

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    Time for a resolution. Let's clear out all of the processed unhealthy snacks from our pantries and fill them with nutritious alternatives.

    Over the last 25 years, children's lifestyles and environment have changed tremendously in a world that has become increasingly fast-paced. We know that childhood obesity is on the rise, as many children already suffer from risk factors for heart disease, which include high cholesterol, elevated blood pressure, high triglycerides, raised insulin levels, physical inactivity, and obesity. Additionally, many children now suffer from type-2 diabetes, a disease which is typically environmental, triggered by unhealthy choices. And let's not forget that technology is producing a generation of sedentary children, where physical activity becomes secondary. Furthermore, in many homes, nutritious eating is not a priority, as families are always "on the go" rushing to various time-sensitive appointments. What can a parent do to help their child get on the path t

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  • By Alyssa Goldman,

    Attention students (and parents): Discounts abound at places other than museums. Yes, even big name retailers give students a break.

    For students aged 16 and up, the $20 Student Advantage card is well worth the money. For example, cardholders instantly save 15 percent on Amtrak travel, which cuts the price for an average Washington D.C. to New York City trip by nearly $22, to $122.40 from $144. The card also nets savings on more than 70 national brands, including Armani Exchange (15 percent off online purchases), T-Mobile (10 percent off recurring charges), ($7 off $70, plus free shipping when applicable), and (20 percent discount). A complete list of national brand participants is available on the site.

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    If you're a student, learn how to get discounts.

    Student discounts unrelated to the Student Advantage card are offered by other national chains, as well. Don't be shy about flashing your student ID

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  • By Louis DeNicola,

    On July 31st the U.S. House of Representatives approved a measure that links interest rates for federal student loans to the yield on 10-year Treasury notes. This is a welcome turnabout for current undergraduates who will now pay 3.86 percent annually instead of the 6.8 percent that would have prevailed otherwise. That said, rates for future borrowers will fluctuate with the market and financial experts agree that rates will climb, likely up to the 8.25 percent cap set by Congress.

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    Whether recent graduate or new student, the reality and the prospect of thousands of dollars of debt is daunting. Keeping track of all the loans needed to finance an education and determining which to pay off first only adds to the anxiety. Whereas some former students are saddled with one or two loans and some have consolidated their loans, Student Loan Hero reports that its average user has incurred close to $60,000 in debt

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    A new study published by the journal Pediatrics warns that sugary beverages are linked to obesity in 4- and 5-year-old children, not just older kids and teens. "I see a lot of families dealing with obesity in my clinic," co-author Rebecca Scharf, MD, told Yahoo! Shine. "Parents associate food with calories and are sometimes surprised that children are getting a lot of calories from beverages."

    More on Yahoo!: Study: Sugar and Fat May Be as Addictive as Cocaine

    As every parent knows, children love eating sweets. In fact, kids are biologically programmed to crave the taste of sugar. Sweet flavors tell the brain to "eat more" (which is one reason why nutritious mother's milk is sweet). Eating more is one thing for a hunter-gatherer scouring the wilderness for sustenance, but for the average sedentary adult or child, it can be a health disaster. Obesity is linked to heart disease, diabetes, stroke, some forms of cancer, and other chronic health problems.

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