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Megy Karydes

Writer

Chicago, Illinois

Megy Karydes

Lover of food, travel, adventures and, oh yea, writing. Best part of my life is when I get to merge all of those loves together.

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Bringing the Arts to the Blind

Brett Shishkoff goes to the theater, enjoys museum exhibits, attends the opera and swims with friends. He’s also blind. “All the world’s a stage,” Shakespeare wrote in As You Like It. Until recently, however, Chicago stages didn’t make it easy for those who were blind or visually impaired. But in 2015, the Chicago Community Trust brought together Chicago arts community leaders to address accessibility for patrons with disabilities.
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The Food Science Lab is Teaching Students to Grow Food in a Chicago High School

Carl Schurz High School isn’t technically located in a “food desert,” but it might as well be. Nine out of 10 students attending this Chicago high school come from low-income households, where highly processed foods and fast food are the norm. Yet, a surprising development is unfolding within these very walls. On a particularly cold February day, with snow still on the ground, many Carl Schurz students were served fresh micro-greens as part of their Chicago Public School-provided lunch. “Wow, it’s fresh as hell,” one student declared as he tasted his salad. “It actually tastes pretty good.” For many students, it’s not only one of the first times they’ve tasted fresh greens, it’s the first time they’ve been able to trace the origin of their food. Granted, it’s easy in this case because it came from the Food Science Lab located on the first floor of their school, in a former English classroom.
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Can Space-Aged Tomato Seeds Save an American Food Desert?

Despite having three grocery stores within a mile radius, many students attending Carl Schurz High School in Chicago have never eaten a fresh piece of lettuce, much less know where their food is grown. This year, that’s changing for some with the construction of the school’s new food science lab. The lab allows them to grow everything from tomato seeds that have orbited through space to earthly micro-greens, arugula, and kale in a variety of different environments. “There’s a huge disconnect between environmental and food science education, the actual process of growing, and teaching students what that process is,” says Mitch Arsenie, an AP environmental science teacher at Shurz High School, which is located on the city’s northwest side. But he’s not starting out small. He’s starting with tomato seeds that have spent some time on the International Space Station (ISS).
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How to Master a Detox in Chicago

The new year has many people wondering how to reset their body and mind from this holiday's vices. These Chicago businesses have made it easy for anyone to take the first step. Chicago's weather doesn't do its residents any favors when it comes to health and wellness resolutions at the start of the new year, since the city is usually fighting snow or sleet and the sun sets early in the evening.
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Clarity Pill

Like many families, mine is one that requires a daily dose of medicine to keep our bodies healthy. Last year, the two prescriptions for my daughter and me cost us $200 through our family insurance plan provided by my husband’s employer. This year, his company changed our plan to a health savings account, and I entered a world of hurt and confusion.
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First step on allergies: Clean up the indoor atmosphere

Allergic rhinitis, also known as hay fever, is the fifth most common disease in the U.S. "'Hayfever' is a term I think most people use for seasonal pollen allergies (tree, grass, weed pollen)," said Dr. Sandra Y. Lin, associate professor, Department of Otolaryngology — Head and Neck Surgery, at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
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Asthma, allergies and the new hope of immunotherapy

When Lori Feeney's 7-year-old daughter, Allison, suffered a minor asthma attack while playing soccer, the mother knew her attempts at managing her daughter's seasonal allergies weren't working. In fact, she didn't even know her daughter had asthma. Since the girl was 2, Feeney had been trying to manage her daughter's seemingly innocuous symptoms — simple runny nose, itchy eyes, coughing, constant clearing of her throat, congestion and fatigue — with over-the-counter medications and nasal sprays.
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Adult diseases can strike children because of poor diet and obesity

Once seen only among an older population, adult diseases such as fatty liver disease, hypertension and osteoporosis are being diagnosed more and more in children. And you can add to that sleep apnea, Type 2 diabetes and high cholesterol levels. The culprits? Unhealthy diets and growing waistlines, experts say.
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Cycling Travel Tours Add Luxury Dining To Offerings

Climb Mount Kilimanjaro. Hike the Inca trail. Been there, done that? Why not consider cycling the legendary routes of Tour de France and devouring delicious French cuisine in the evening? Or tour the vegetable gardens with chefs as part of a luxury cycling vacation as part of your travel adventure this year?
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Ben Smith: Playing with Intention

Playing sports seriously, whether amateur or pro, includes a lot more than showing up on the field or at the rink. Mental preparation, diet, exercise and proper sleep are requirements that make up an athlete’s day, 24/7. For Ben Smith, a forward with the Chicago Blackhawks, starting young on the ice prepared him for this strenuous physical and mental regimen, including a relentless training and travel schedule.
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Healing Spices

Many people who reach for their spice cabinet while cooking are seeking to add flavor to their dishes. However, they may not realize the health benefits of including certain spices in their daily diet. Study after study shows that spices can help prevent several types of cancer, relieve pains by reducing inflammation, and provide many other benefits.
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Can local honey fight off allergies?

“One teaspoon of honey a day can help provide relief for those who suffer seasonal allergies,” says Dr. Tony Vancauwelaert, a family medicine physician with Swedish Covenant Medical Group who also happens to be the head beekeeper of two hives on the rooftop of the hospital. Vancauwelaert believes local honey is a natural remedy for pollen allergies as well as other health ailments, from sore throats to mild cuts. The wax produced by honeybees may also alleviate pain for arthritic sufferers.
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About

Megy Karydes

Megy Karydes established Karydes Consulting in 2007 to offer professional writing, marketing and public relations services to publishers, media outlets, organizations and individuals working for positive social change as well as to support women-owned businesses.