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    Chow Line: Eating Healthy at the Amusement Park

    My friends and I are planning to spend the day at an amusement park. Do you have any tips on how to avoid the sugar and calorie overload and eat as healthy as possible while there?
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    Chow Line: Safe, Healthier Options for Picnics

    I’m planning to pack a picnic for our 4th of July celebration in the park. To save time, can I partially cook the ribs at home and finish cooking them later on the grill during the picnic?
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    Chow Line: Tips to Pick the Best Melons

    It’s the age-old question: How do you choose the best melon?
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    Chow Line: Eating More Vegetables, Lean Proteins Could Help With Fertility

    I want to have children at some point in the near future. My mom says that the types of foods both my husband and I eat could help impact my chances of conceiving. Is that true?
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    Chow Line: Wash Fresh Produce Before Eating to Ensure Food Safety

    My boyfriend insists that we have to rinse off all fruit before eating it – even watermelon, kiwi and cantaloupe. I say fruit that I cut to eat, like melons, doesn’t need to be rinsed first, and it’s OK to just wipe off an apple or grape before popping it into your mouth. Who’s right?  
  6. Chow Line: Healthy Breakfast Choices Include Whole Grains, Protein

    I often find myself running out the door to avoid being late to work, so oftentimes that doesn’t leave me much time to eat in the mornings. What are some quick, easy breakfast ideas on a busy morning? Eating a meal in the morning helps your body fuel up for the day, especially if you make that first meal a healthy one. The best options for breakfast are those that include whole grains, protein, and fruits or vegetables, according to researchers at Harvard University Medical School.
  7. USDA advises consumers to use a food thermometer to accurately measure if meat is cooked to a high enough internal temperature to destroy any harmful bacteria. Photo: Thinkstock.

    Chow Line: Grilling this Weekend? Use Meat Thermometer to Increase Food Safety

    My dad considers himself a grill master, but I think some of his techniques are questionable, like marinating the meat in a dish on the countertop or checking the doneness of burgers or chicken by color. What can I tell him to convince him these methods aren’t safe?
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    Chow Line: Wedding Season Food Safety Tips

    My fiancé and I are getting married in June and we want to make sure our guests have a wonderful experience. But I’ve heard some horror stories about people getting sick from food during wedding receptions. What can we do to make sure that doesn’t happen at our wedding?
  9. When temperatures rise, getting enough fluids is even more important whether you’re playing sports, traveling or just outside in the sun. Photo: Thinkstock.

    Chow Line: Stay Hydrated in Warmer Weather

    Now that spring is here and the weather is warming up, I plan to be outside more doing all kinds of strenuous outdoor activities. What are some ways to keep hydrated?    
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    Chow Line: Food Safety after the Storm

    Our neighborhood lost power after a round of violent storms hit our area and some of our neighbors’ homes were also flooded. Now that the storms are over and the power is coming back on, can we still eat the food in our fridge and freezer?