Oprah Winfrey’s 2020 Vision Tour: Your Life in Focus will feature high-profile guests including Tracy Ellis Ross, bringing a full day wellness event to Dallas  starting at 9 a.m., February 15, at American Airlines Arena. Doors Open at 8 a.m. Oprah will help motivate the audience to make 2020 the year of renewal and celebrate all we are meant to be. She will also sit down for an intimate one-on-one conversation with Tracee Ellis Ross, star of ABC's Black-ish.

“My hope is to make 2020 the year of transformation for you—mind, body and spirit. That’s why we’re calling the tour Oprah’s 2020 Vision: Your Life in Focus. With WW [Weight Watchers] as my tour partner, each stop features a different lineup of celebrity guests, powerhouse leaders in wellness, and people from all walks of life who took charge and created lasting change,” says Winfrey. “Say goodbye to procrastination, denial, feeling stuck and wishing for a better life. This is going to be a daylong party for everyone, celebrating all that you are—and all that you’re meant to be.”

The morning will begin with a pre-show dance party, followed by an interactive session lead by Oprah which encouraging participants to create their own 2020 action plan. Then, a speaker will motivate them with some inspired words before Julianne Hough gets everyone out of their seats with a movement workshop. Attendees will spend the day with Oprah as she shares the personal ups and downs of her wellness journey and guides them to develop their own 2020 action plan through motivating conversations, the latest in wellness research and insightful interactive workbook exercises.

The guests will share their own insights. electrifying experiences and invigorating talks. The event will also highlight inspiring individuals that took charge of their lives and created lasting change. In Dallas, Peace. Love. & Eatz, located in DeSoto, and Viridescent Kitchen, located in Plano, will be featured as go-to restaurant stops for attendees and those looking for healthy menus.

Box lunch included. Location: 2500 Victory Ave., Dallas. For tickets and more information, visit



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Along with The Recycling Partnership & Closed Loop Partners, America’s leading beverage companies will invest in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex to increase the collection, recycling and processing of recyclable plastic bottles as the first region of investment under the Every Bottle Back initiative. Launched in October by the American Beverage Association (ABA), Every Bottle Back is a coalition of Coca-Cola, Keurig Dr Pepper and PepsiCo with the World Wildlife Fund, Closed Loop Partners and The Recycling Partnership. The goal is to support the circular plastics economy by reinforcing the value of 100 percent  recyclable plastic bottles and caps and ensuring they don’t end up as waste in oceans, rivers or landfills.

Nationally, the Every Bottle Back initiative will measure industry progress in reducing the use of new plastic, invest in key regions to improve the quality and availability of recycled plastic, launch a public awareness campaign to educate consumers and leverage packaging to remind consumers that bottles are 100% recyclable. The effort includes partnering with local government and community leaders to help educate consumers on how to recycle better and decrease recycling contamination. “Our plastic bottles are made to be remade, and we are excited to work alongside communities in Dallas-Fort Worth to bolster recycling and demonstrate how innovative solutions can make a real difference for future generations,” said Katherine Lugar, president and CEO of ABA. 

At the Balcones Material Recovery Facility, Every Bottle Back will invest $2 million to upgrade the facility, including state-of-the-art technology, such as optical sorters, machinery with artificial intelligence and robotic arms that separate recyclable plastics, along with new belt configurations to improve the processing of more recyclable materials. 

Approximately 50,000 residents will benefit from expanded recycling access in multifamily housing complexes in the Dallas Metroplex as a result of upgraded recycling collection vehicles, on-site and in-unit educational signage and outreach, new containers, in-unit bins and totes for recycling. New services will be more convenient, with recycling pick-ups available at residents’ front door.

Keefe Harrison, chief executive officer of The Recycling Partnership, says, “Our efforts as part of the Every Bottle Back initiative in Texas will increase access to recycling and educate citizens about what is and isn’t recyclable.”

The North Central Texas Council of Governments public service campaign, Know What to Throw, will educate residents across 230 communities about how to decrease contamination of valuable recyclable materials like PET bottles and aluminum cans. Cart-to-cart outreach and educational materials on how to recycle and cut down on contamination of recyclable materials will be available to residents in more than 232,000 homes in Fort Worth.

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The Dallas Cowboys are leading the way in disposables and sustainability practices at AT&T Stadium. In 2019, it initiated limiting straws in beverage service. In 2020, straws will be completely eliminated from beverage service in general concessions, where the majority of disposables are eco-friendly and biodegradable. AT&T Stadium also has a permanent, venue-wide recycling program.

The stadium was built using recycled materials, water-efficient plumbing fixtures and energy-efficient systems and lighting. The stadium’s 18 custom escalators use variable frequency drives that are 50 percent more energy-efficient and can send energy back into the stadium’s power grid.

Legends at AT&T Stadium closely monitors food sales to minimize waste, tracking fan purchasing habits based on the time of the game, the time of year, the weather and the visiting team. The timing of a football game—whether it is at noon, 3 p.m., or 7 p.m., determines the quantity of food. Partnerships with local charities make sure that any and all remaining food is donated to serve community needs and not put in landfills or wasted.

An ORCA system ( processes and converts food waste into greywater that is safely discharged into the municipal wastewater system, diverting approximately 85,000 pounds annually of food waste from landfills and reducing methane gas production.

AT&T Stadium sources thousands of pounds of organic produce annually from the Paul Quinn College WE Over Me Farm, and reviews all farms for responsible and humane practices. At least five concessions carts at every event are devoted to certified USDA organic and healthier items. Vegan and vegetarian items are featured throughout the building.

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EarthX and North Lake College will host an evening to explore the idea of what makes a “smart city” smart, from 6 to 8 p.m., February 6, at the Coppell Biodiversity Center. Participants will learn how new technologies and open access to data is transforming our communities, enhancing quality of life and sustaining our resources for future generations.  

Smart cities embrace the Internet of Things (IoT), and utilize communication technologies and strategies across all community needs and daily living. The audience will hear from expert speakers from business and government about smart initiatives in our region like 5-G, autonomous vehicles, open data, building sensors, biodiversity meters and more, as well as network with like-minded individuals, meet and learn from local experts and begin to implement practical ideas. 

Other DCCCD-EarthX Sustainable U events include UN World Day of Social Justice at Eastfield College on February 20; Trees and Native Landscape at Brookhaven College on March 26 and Future of Recycling at Mountain View College on April 3. 

Admission is free with registration at Location: 367 Freeport Pkwy., Coppell. 



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Signs of cognitive disorder (doggie and kitty Alzheimer's) include altered sleep-wake cycles, barking/meowing aimlessly, staring into space, getting stuck in corners, not recognizing owners, not hearing owners, acting unaware of surroundings, altered appetite and acting confused.

There is no specific test for cognitive disorder; this is a rule-out following an exam and blood and urine tests. Other diseases can present similar signs, including age-related vision/hearing loss, thyroid disease and adrenal disease. These other conditions must be excluded, as they are easily treated/cured with different treatment than cognitive disorder. Pets with cognitive disorder tend to be middle-age and older (10 years and up; for some larger dogs, 5 years and up)

Natural therapies include phosphatidyl choline/serine, fatty acids, antioxidants and ginkgo biloba. Approximately 75 percent of affected dogs and cats showed improvement with these above therapies and closer to 98 percent improve due to earlier diagnosis.

There is probably not a cure possible for true cognitive disorder, but if pets stay on treatment, they act normal. These treatments are natural and safe when properly prescribed at the correct doses by a holistic vet.

Prevention includes early supplementation with specific supplements, depending upon the patient, and reducing inflammation in the body. Inflammation damages the brain; it is easily detected with blood testing and can be reduced with proper diet and reduced dependency on chemicals/drugs/vaccines.


Authored by Shawn Messonnier DVM, owner of Paws & Claws Holistic Animal Hospital, in Plano. He practices functional medicine, Chinese and Western herbology, homeopathy, homotoxicology, nutritional therapies and acupuncture.



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Texan by Nature, a conservation nonprofit founded by former First Lady Laura Bush, recently selected the honorees of the first-ever Texan by Nature 20 (TxN 20), an official ranking of 20 companies with Texas operations that have made a demonstrative commitment to conservation. The list recognizes the best and most innovative work in conservation from Texas businesses. Among giants like Dell, Southwest Airlines, Union Pacific and HEB, McKinney’s Harvest Seasonal Kitchen made the list.

Harvest was selected not only for its patronage of local farms and commitment to conservation in the restaurant, but also for the work they do supporting educational, agricultural and community initiatives that advance conservation and sustainability in North Texas with the nonprofit Seed Project Foundation. 

The community-to-table restaurant was created to connect diners with the local food system. Their seasonal menus are a celebration of local farmers, featuring exceptional products grown close to home. They are committed to strengthening their local community and pushing the bounds of the food movement.

The objective is not just to serve great food, but to make a long-term impact on the community by supporting the businesses of local farmers, ranchers and artisans. When a dollar is spent with a locally owned business, 70 cents of it stays in their community, and it is on this principle that the restaurant operates.

Restaurants typically generate a lot of waste, but Harvest utilizes every piece of the animal or produce. Buying locally lowers their carbon footprint and has a direct positive impact on their local economy. Co-owner Rick Wells grew up in a small farming community in Oklahoma and now lives on an organic farm in nearby Lucas called Water Boy Farms. He believes that we are servants to the environment and the world we raise our children in. The farm supplies Harvest with flowers, honey and produce.

Harvest sources almost all its food from proteins to produce, within a 250-mile radius, visiting local farmers’ markets weekly to shop and seek out new farmers. Their menu changes four times a year, based on what is seasonally available.

The Harvest Seed Project Foundation ( funds educational, agricultural and community initiatives that support sustainability. They have funded the construction or expansion of several school gardens in the county from elementary schools to high school Future Farmers of America programs.

Harvest Kitchen is located at 112 E Louisiana St., in McKinney. For more information, visit



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Acupuncture & Integrative Medical Center (AIMC) plans to open a new, larger clinic in February. Founder Dr. Carlos Chapa, a licensed acupuncturist, says the goal is to provide a true integrative center that combines Eastern medicine with Western approaches. The new 20,000 square foot space, located just a few blocks from their current location in Irving, will specialize in treating chronic pain, neurological issues such as Bell’s Palsy, eye conditions and stroke recovery. 


Chapa developed an interest in working with patients suffering from stroke and neurological conditions during college. He had the opportunity to study in China, where he worked at a hospital and saw how effective acupuncture and herbal medicine is for stroke patients. 


The new clinic was formerly occupied by Centre for Neuro Skills, which specializes in spinal rehabilitation. “It’s a turnkey operation,” Says Chapa. “We want to offer rehab services and other aspects of stroke and neurological care, all under one roof for our patients.”


Chapa, along with his associates, Dr. Elisha Kao and Dr. Miranda Liao, will welcome two doctors from Cuba that will bring nonsurgical approaches such as acupuncture and nutrition counseling. “In Cuba, there is limited access to medications, so doctors there have to learn about nutrition to help keep people well,” Chapa explains. He will also add a physical therapist and a psychologist to help patients cope with the emotional aspects of stroke aftermath. 


In addition, the clinic will expand their regular services such as acupuncture, laser acupuncture, naturopathic medicine, cupping, herbal medicine, naturopathic services and in-depth lab testing. Chapa notes that a large percentage of his patients are Spanish-speaking, so services are available in both English and Spanish. The new space also has a large community room with capacity for up to 100 people where Chapa and his staff will hold classes and events. “We will have weekly classes covering wellness topics about everything from diabetes to eye health,” he says. “


Chapa founded AIMC in 2009 with a mission of helping patients achieve total restoration of health through integrative modalities such as acupuncture. The clinic has two locations; Chapa states they will still keep their second clinic in Mesquite open to serve patients in that area. He’s excited about how the contemporary new clinic will make it easy and more affordable for patients to access all the care they need in one convenient location. 


“With the doctors all in one place, they can talk to each other and communicate effectively about the patient’s care,” he concludes. “Patients won’t have to take the time to travel to different offices and pay separate co-pays for each physician. Everyone will be working together under one roof.”


Acupuncture & Integrative Medical Center is located at 9901 Ranch Valley Pkwy., in Irving; and 18601 LBJ Fwy., in Mesquite. For more information, call 972-444-0660, email or visit



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Stone Evans, a mitigation consultant with EMF Help, LLC, in North Dallas, says, “Electromagnetic radiation exposure from wireless communication and smart devices is a relatively new, but highly pervasive threat to human health and performance. With strong WI-FI and Smart Meter signals radiating 24/7 in nearly every home and office, and a mobile smart device connecting to 3, 4 and now 5G signals in the pocket of the majority of our population, we are being continuously bathed in potentially harmful frequencies that have not been thoroughly tested for the safety of human and animal health.”

If people are experiencing redness, tingling, burning sensations, fatigue, tiredness, concentration difficulties, dizziness, nausea, heart palpitation and digestive disturbances, it is prudent to check the environment for exposure to electromagnetic fields. Reducing and eliminating exposure to the signals generated by these convenience technologies often has profoundly positive effects for the people that investigate and make changes in their environment.

A great place to begin is to read The Non-Tinfoil Guide to EMFs, by Nicolas Pineault, which provides information and research about the EMF problem, along with solutions to implement immediately to reduce or eliminate exposure. Evans provides in-home and office evaluations that will help see, measure, reduce and eliminate exposure to harmful EMFs in the environment.

For more information, call 575-363-4357 or visit




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The annual Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) Big Climb will take place at 7 a.m., January 25, at the Bank of America Plaza in Dallas. Participants will be challenged to ascend 70 flights (more than 1,500 steps) of stairs to the top of the building and raise critical funds in support of cancer research and patient support.

Teams of coworkers, families and friends will compete in a friendly competition to raise the most money for blood cancer research and patient access. In addition to the registration fee, participation in Big Climb requires a minimum fundraising commitment of $100.


LLS is the largest funder of cutting-edge work to advance cures, investing $1.3 billion in research. They are leaders in breakthroughs in immunotherapy, genomics and personalized medicine. These revolutionary new treatments originally discovered through blood cancer research are now being tested in clinical trials for other cancers.


Location: 901 Main St., Dallas. Registration is $50 until event day at




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North Lake College, one of seven colleges in the Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD), will implement the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Silver Certification Level Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) construction practices into the design of its new Construction Sciences Building,  for which they broke ground last July. LEED ratings include certification in eight categories: location and transportation; sustainable landscaping; water efficiency; energy and atmosphere; materials and resources; indoor environmental quality; innovation; and regional priority. The project is on an accelerated schedule and anticipated to take about one year. 


As the most widely used green building rating system in the world, LEED is a sought-after goal for many sustainably conscious entities. “LEED certification is important to us,” Slejko says. The college already has three LEED certified buildings, including the Silver Certified Science Building expansion. Slejko believes the new building project will further propel North Lake’s status as a leader in the community when it comes to sustainability.


North Lake worked with The Beck Group architectural firm to manage sustainable design. Through Beck, Slejko learned about the WELL Building Standard, also issued through USGBC. While LEED is about implementing green practices into the construction, WELL focuses on the health and vitality of the people that live and work in the building through exercise facilities, smart food choices, a smoke-free environment and day lighting. North Lake College couldn’t pursue both LEED and WELL due to costs, but WELL is on Slejko’s radar for future projects.


Slejko observes that people have different ideas of what sustainability means and how it is interpreted. Environmentally sound practices originally focused on being ‘green’ but have evolved over the past decade to include aspects such as social justice. “When that term ‘sustainability’ started getting thrown around, the first layer of education and awareness was that it’s more than just being green,” she says.


Several of North Lake’s goals and accomplishments go beyond their pioneering principles of the triple bottom line—environmental, economic and social goals. Slejko refers to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, which include ending poverty and hunger; quality education; climate action; peace and justice; and more. “That’s a great example of how aspects of sustainability all tie to one another,” she notes. “Social sustainability, to me, is the biggest piece of this right now at the college, and the most evolving.” 


Slejko is a signatory to the national Climate Leadership Commitment, transforming the college as a model for carbon reduction and community resilience. Making this commitment was a natural next step toward continuing environmentally sound practices that the college had already pioneered.


“We’ve been working with our facilities department to reduce utility expenses through multiple lighting projects. The lake in back of the campus is fed with rainwater and recycled water, which is used for irrigation,” she explains. “Our faculty is now used to temperature controls; it was an adjustment for people to be told that we are going to control their thermostats for them. But now everyone is used to it.”


Recycling has always been a large component to North Lake’s sustainability measures. The college has received 10 awards for recycling leadership combined, from RecycleMania, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Keep America Beautiful. “Recycling is a great place to start. We also turned a corner between recycling and waste minimization by encouraging people to not use plastics to start with. It’s one thing to recycle and say, ‘Look at all the stuff we’re recycling,’ which is great, but the next step is to focus on not creating waste in the first place.” North Lake also considers the environmental practices of vendors they do business with.


North Lake incorporates sustainability into the curriculum. The majority of the faculty collaborated to create 80 courses in 25 disciplines that incorporate sustainability topics. While there is currently no sustainability course or degree, students can achieve a green diploma with special recognition and a green SAGE Scholars Honors Cord at graduation. Slejko says the school hopes to offer a course or degree program in sustainability in the future. 


North Lake has several partners in its sustainable goals, including Keep Irving Beautiful. Slejko says they’ve also received guidance from the city of Coppell for their impressive work with community gardens concepts. “That all merges into the sustainability space in terms of economic and social sustainability. As a college, we are in the business of social sustainability through taking care of communities and bringing people out of poverty.”  


North Lake College is located at 5001 N. MacArthur Blvd., in Irving. For more information, call 972-273-3000 or visit



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