• By Jen O'Hara

Monday’s Housecall

July 13, 2015

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HEALTHY RECIPES
Beet burgers
English cucumber salad with balsamic vinaigrette
Barley and roasted tomato risotto
Mixed berry pie

HEALTH TIP OF THE WEEK
Can sit-ups flatten your stomach?
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Need practical advice on diet and exercise? Want creative solutions for stress and other lifestyle issues? Discover even more healthy lifestyle topics at MayoClinic.org.

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