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Staff and academics at the UC Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center (KARE) hosted the Central California Blood Center's Blood Mobile today. In all, 22 people stepped up to donate a pint.
The Central California Blood Center says more than 75 percent of Americans who reach age 72 will need blood at some point in their lifetimes; 97 percent will have a loved one or friend who will need life-saving blood. Among the most common procedures that require blood are heart surgery, accidents, organ transplants and bone marrow transplants.
Since blood is a fragile, liquid living tissue, it has a limited shelf life. Red blood cells last 42 days, platelets last 5 days, and plasma can be frozen and stored for one year. CCBC is the sole provider of blood donations to hospitals in Fresno, Madera, Tulare, Kings and Mariposa counties. It strives to always maintain a five- to seven-day supply of blood.
The Kearney blood drive was organized by KARE safety coordinator Alan Cary.
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The grills are sizzling, and the beach balls are flying; summer is officially here! As a delectable and juicy - and healthy! - treat in the summer heat, fruit salad is also one of the easier side dishes to prepare. Served along a rack of sizzling BBQ ribs or even as a mid-day snack to enjoy under the sun, this healthy fruit salad recipe can be enjoyed in minutes!
3 bananas, peeled and sliced
1 pound red and green seedless grapes
1 pound strawberries, hulled and sliced
5 peaches, peeled and and chopped
3 kiwis, peeled and chopped
1/2 cup pineapple juice
Juice of 1 lime
1. In a large bowl, combine and toss the sliced and chopped fruit; combine the dressing ingredients in a small bowl.
2. Pour the dressing over the fruit mixture and mix gently. Cover and chill before serving.