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Put Your Vitamin Know-How to the Test

Are you up to the nutrient challenge?

Vitamins. These tiny organic compounds have been lauded and studied, sanctioned and misunderstood, but since their discovery in the early 20th century they have assumed an integral role in the way we approach the foods we eat and the illnesses we treat. Let’s break down some of the most pervasive claims and controversies surrounding these vital nutrients that have sparked debate and confusion. Based on extensive scientific research, this slideshow sheds light on what we can definitively know about vitamins. So, how informed are you? Find out here.

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Here’s to You

The best of the world’s neighborhood nooks.

Every neighborhood is a character, and you can usually note its personality on a single stroll through its streets. There’s a feeling in the air or a certain street vibe that reflects the energy and values of all those who chose to live out their lives right there. It’s those same people who frolic daily in that city’s nooks, boroughs, coffee shops or corners, distinct neighborhood spots that scream local. Who best to scout those pockets of metropolitan life than longtime residents with discerning eyes.

We found photographers around the world and asked them to profile a neighborhood hotspot based on its clientele, atmosphere, and status as a microcosm of the city itself. Take a stroll around the world and get a glimpse into the local vibe from the bustle of Brooklyn to the sunny pavilions of the Alsace region of France border.

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Pint-Sized Politicians

10 youthful trailblazers from America’s past, present, and fiction

Earlier this month, 18-year-old Saira Blair broke the record for youngest lawmaker ever elected in the state of West Virginia, after winning her seat on the state’s House of Delegates. Currently finishing her first semester of college, she may be the only elected official that had to go to class the morning after her victory. Beating out a two-year Republican incumbent for the nomination back in May (when she was only 17 years old) Blair’s story and passionate defense of her platform show that perhaps young people are not as apathetic as their cliched portrayal, whatever their political persuasions.

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Fired Up

Get a glimpse into the daily lives of Point Breezy's volunteer firefighters.

People we call upon in times of crisis, who aren’t in it for glory or fame or money, are truly the unsung heroes of today’s society. Volunteer firefighters across the nation dedicate their free time to unpaid positions, risking their lives for the good of their communities.

What does a day in their shoes look like? As part of Fire Prevention Month, in partnership with Nest, we became a fly on the wall at the Point Breeze Volunteer Fire Department, a small house with deep history, to observe the lives of these heroes, their camaraderie, and compassion for one other and their constituency.

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No longer are we confined to the traditional 9 to 5 daily grind. So what does it look like to juggle work and relaxation in the digital age? As our work life extends beyond the office, the joy of play often infiltrates our professional lives as well. It’s the equilibrium between work, relationships, technology, and hobbies that make our day-to-day world go 'round. We asked professionals from across the globe to share a glimpse of both their professional and personal lives; take a look at how the modern day professional approaches work/life balance.

Tweet and share with us on Instagram using #goodcitiesproject to share how you balance your work with your life. For more data-driven information on balancing work and play, check out our latest infographic.

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