This musician living with a rare muscular disorder is inspiring others to chase their dreams

Beating the Odds profiles people who despite their physical and health challenges, have pushed on to pursue their dreams and accomplish some incredible things. 

James Ian was born with spinal muscular atrophy, a rare condition that effects the body's ability to build muscle. His health has made daily tasks like driving, walking, or even playing the guitar a difficult feat, but singer-songwriter James, has never let his physical limits dictate the lengths to which he'll go to achieve his dreams! Learn more about his inspiring story on this episode of "Beating the Odds!"

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The Health Benefits of 10 Fall Foods
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The Health Benefits of 10 Fall Foods

Read on to learn all about the health benefits of fall foods.


Besides being delicious and fun to pick, apples can help to regulate blood sugar levels and have a lot of antioxidants.

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Pumpkin appears in just about every dish in the fall, and that's great news since they are filled with vitamin A and fiber.

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Cinnamon was used as a medicine in ancient Egypt, and it still shows some impressive benefits to this day. Studies have found cinnamon to help prevent diabetes and numerous other conditions. Add it to your hot beverages or sprinkle cinnamon on your oatmeal.

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Perfect for roasting or tossing into soup, parsnips also happen to be filled with potassium and folate, which are important for cardiovascular health.

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Thanks to their impressive fiber content, pears keep you satisfied and have been linked to a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes, breast cancer and heart disease.

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Cauliflower doesn't contain a lot of calories, and it boasts an impressive array of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients.

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Butternut Squash

With more vitamin A than a pumpkin, butternut squash also contain B-complex vitamins like folate, riboflavin and niacin. Foods high in vitamin A are essential to maintain eyesight. Try roasting butternut squash for a lovely fall side dish.

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Sweet Potato

Sweet potatoes are filled with beta-carotene, which makes them a beneficial addition to make healthier mashed potatoes.

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Tangerines may be small, but they are loaded with vitamin C, vitamin A and fiber. They also make a lovely to-go fall snack.

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Brussels Sprouts

Brussels sprouts are wonderful fall vegetables to roast, which is great news since they are chock full of fiber, vitamins and minerals.

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