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by Rebecca Escott Extension Home Economist mm National Consumers Week National Consumers Week be gins tomorrow. For the past 13 years, the last week in October has been set aside to raise awareness of the need for consumers to be active and informed members of the local and national economy. This year’s focus is on consum er fraud. The seven most common areas of consumer fraud are auto repairs, home improvements, credit agreements, investments, mail-order business, telemarket ing and health -care. This past week I had a personal experience with consumer fraud. Actually it probably can’t be la beled “consumer fraud,” but it was consumer confusion, and I took the opportunity to express my concern and get the problem re- solved. What was the situation? I bought a tablecloth that had a sticker price of $9.99. Because it and five or six other identical ta blecloths were stacked in a wire basket with a bright yellow label of $7.99,1 assumed (incorrectly) that they must be on sale. 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The manager agreed that the display was con fusing and that their stocking staff had made a mistake. She refunded my $2. I felt pleased to get the $2, but I felt more pleased that this store was willing to recognize and recti fy, a deceptive label. In a second incident, this past week I observed a family asserting its right to complain at a local res taurant. Several times during the meal, the parents commented to their waitress about unsatisfactory items. This establishment posts a policy that if a customer isn’t pleased with the meal, they (the restaurant) will pay the bill. Well, this family took them up on that policy and had their entire meal bill waived. Now I don’t condone taking advantage of these policies without reason, but I do encourage consumers to give appropriate feedback to businesses and offi cials. Too often consumer fraud con tinues because individuals don’t speak out about their experiences. 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Overwhelming scientific evidence finds food a remarkably effective and inexpensive preven tive medicine and remedy, often equal to, or superior, to expensive and hazardous drugs,” she adds. Here are some hints from the book: • Eating a cup of yogurt a day can cut cold symptoms 25 percent. • Two daily garlic cloves cut heart attack risk in half. • Half an avocado a day improves cholesterol more than a low-fat diet. • Spinach can prevent depression. Training For Child-Care Providers LANCASTER (Lancaster Co.) —The Lancaster County office of Penn State Cooperative Extension is offering a “Better Kid Care” Training for child care providers in Lancaster County to be held on Saturday, November 13 from 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. at the Farm and Home Center. Cost of the training is $2O and includes lunch. Registered Family Day Care Home providers, Licensed Group Day Care Home providers and Group Day Care • Celery can dramatically lower high blood pressure. • Too much fat immunity. • Eating oats may help you stop smoking. • The fat found in seafood may incite cells to make chemicals that break up undesirable blood clots, fight off joint pain and frustrate cancer cells. • While your doctor is your best advisor about preventing and cur ing diseases, a healthy diet, which can be achieved with the aid of this new book, can be a tremend ous help. • Home Assistants are eligible for full reimbursement of the $2O fee following their attendance at the training through the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare, KURC-HBC Directed Training Program. Individuals will have the opportunity to earn .5 Continuing Educaiton Units for their participation. To register or for more informa tion, call the Penn State Coopera tive Extension office at (717) 394-6851.