Would you still go to Memorial Hospital after bad rating?

A federal review program could reduce Medicare funds to more than 700 hospitals nationwide, including York County’s Memorial Hospital, after preliminary assessments left them with a bad rating.

The Affordable Care Act allows The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to assess hospitals’ rates of infections on a scale of 1 to 10, with the higher number representing a greater rate of patient harm, according to a report by Kaiser Health News.

Hospitals with a score above seven can be penalized, forcing them to lose 1 percent of Medicare reimbursement starting Oct. 1 and running through Sept. 30, 2015. Continue reading “Would you still go to Memorial Hospital after bad rating?” »

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What you missed at No Sweat in the Park’s free classes with Lotus Moon Yoga and Creative Healing Arts Center

Megan Donley, owner of Lotus Moon Yoga and Creative Healing Arts Center, leads an outdoor class at the York Daily Record/Sunday News in West Manchester Township (Photo by Kate Penn)

Megan Donley, owner of Lotus Moon Yoga and Creative Healing Arts Center, leads an outdoor class at the York Daily Record/Sunday News in West Manchester Township (Photo by Kate Penn)

Kudos to those who mastered York County’s latest fitness trend: Wet Yoga.

Despite the lack of sunny skies in July — I’m pretty sure there was a chance of rain every Tuesday this month — more than 100 people came out for No Sweat, York’s free yoga classes.

Megan Donley, owner of Lotus Moon Yoga and Creative Healing Arts Center, lead hour-long classes full of restorative back bends, vigorous sun salutations (even through a passing shower) and relaxing savasanas.
Continue reading “What you missed at No Sweat in the Park’s free classes with Lotus Moon Yoga and Creative Healing Arts Center” »

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CSA Summer: Week 8, featuring nectarines and cherry tomatoes

There was a point, earlier in the summer, when we struggled a bit with our CSA from Miller Plant Farm.

We were getting a lot of cauliflower, cabbage, beets, and we’re still getting a lot of squash (we’ll take zucchini over squash if we get the choice, which we did this week). While we love supporting our local farmers and not knowing what fresh produce we’ll be getting every week, it has at times been a true challenge to come up with different dishes that highlight the ingredients we’ve been receiving.

This week, though, is easy-peasy. Check out this bounty:

Clockwise, from top left: Zucchini, onions, cherry tomatoes, corn (2 of 6), nectarines (3 of 4) and a honeylope. Photo by Jeff Lautenberger.

Clockwise, from top left: Zucchini, onions, cherry tomatoes, corn (2 of 6), nectarines (3 of 4) and a honeylope. Photo by Jeff Lautenberger.

This is the first week we’ve received full onions (as opposed to spring onions), which means we don’t need to buy those separately, and cherry tomatoes, which we love having in the summer. Plus, I’ve never had nectarines, which makes for a fun adventure.

Easy-peasy.

Be sure to check back later to find out what we did/plan to do with all this amazing produce. And if you have any ideas or suggestions (we’re always open to new recipes!), feel free to contact me at cdunn@ydr.com.

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York Heart and Stroke Walk set for September

There's still time to sign up for this year's walk. FILE PHOTO

There’s still time to sign up for this year’s walk. FILE PHOTO

In just two months, hundreds of individuals from York County and beyond will gather to take strides against the community’s number one and number four killers, heart disease and stroke, at the 2014 York Heart and Stroke Walk, according to a news release. The annual will be 1 p.m. Sept. 28 at John Rudy County Park. Registration will begin at 11:30 a.m.

Individuals or teams interested in participating in the 2014 York Heart and Stroke Walk can register their team and walkers at www.heart.org/yorkwalk. The website provides walkers with more information and tools to help them ask for and track donations. Continue reading “York Heart and Stroke Walk set for September” »

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Balancing Fitness and Fatness on Vacation

I’m just back from a week-long vacation with my family on Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire. Like any decent human being, I spent the week eating all of the food and indulging in afternoon cocktails pretty much every day, because vacation.

Maybe I should feel guilty about the bowls upon bowls of ice cream, but I just don’t have it in me. What’s aided my lack of guilt is that in addition to being a glutton, I was super active.

My alarm clocks.

My alarm clocks.

Almost every morning I got up before most of the boardwalk was awake and went for a run with my sister. Getting up early on vacation is not really my style, but niece (2) and nephew (5), are basically sticky, loud, adorable human alarm clocks that go off around 6am. The hills surrounding our rental house were huge, and with each climb I mentally added another pancake to the plate I was going to destroy once back. Continue reading “Balancing Fitness and Fatness on Vacation” »

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Four WellSpan practices write “prescriptions” for fruits and vegetables

Adults in the area don't eat enough fruits and vegetables, according to a study. FILE PHOTO

Adults in the area don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables, according to a study. FILE PHOTO

It might sound like a message on repeat: Eat your fruits and vegetables. But according to a Community Health Needs Assessment for York and Adams counties, a large percentage of adults may not be consuming an adequate amount of vegetables, according to a news release.

Only three percent of adult respondents ate the recommended servings of vegetables the day before. Among those adults who are living in poverty, no one reported eating the recommended amount of vegetables the day before.

Track it for yourself: Do you meet the daily requirements for fruit and vegetables? FILE PHOTO

Track it for yourself: Do you meet the daily requirements for fruit and vegetables? FILE PHOTO

WellSpan Community Health and Wellness aims to increase consumption of fruits and vegetables through a two-part pilot program involving staff members and patients from Gettysburg Adult Medicine, Stony Brook Family Medicine, Thomas Hart Family Medicine and Yorktowne Family Medicine.

From June through September, the four participating practices are distributing Fruit and Veggie RX “prescriptions” which prompt patients to eat the recommended daily amount of fruits and vegetables, the release states. The back of the “prescriptions” also provide useful links to online recipes and local farmers’ markets. Continue reading “Four WellSpan practices write “prescriptions” for fruits and vegetables” »

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How to get fit in 30 minutes a day

Gone are the days when you could spend hours at the gym. Read up on how 30 minutes might just be enough. LEBANON DAILY NEWS - FILE

Gone are the days when you could spend hours at the gym. Read up on how 30 minutes might just be enough. LEBANON DAILY NEWS – FILE

There was a time when I believed the only way to get in shape was to dedicate at least an hour per day to exercise.

While I may have been able to swing that in my former life (otherwise known as life before children and full-time employment), it just isn’t in the cards anymore. But that certainly doesn’t mean I can or should neglect working out completely. When I resumed exercising regularly after giving birth to my son, I did so with the mindset that a little bit of movement is always better than no movement at all.

To my surprise, I’ve managed to get into pretty decent shape with only intentionally exercising for 30 minutes a day. Continue reading “How to get fit in 30 minutes a day” »

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Yum! Berries!

York YMCA school aged child care students share their love of a tasty, nutrient-rich snack…Berries! White Rose Community TV has been working with the Eat Play Breathe York movement for the last year, creating videos that encourage healthful eating, fun and safe physical activity and a decrease in exposure to tobacco products.  This video is the 3rd in the Yum! series and the first to include a spanish version.

 

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Healthy ways to take Meatless Monday through the week

Are you trying to add more vegetables to your diet or go all out vegetarian? There's a healthy and a not-so-healthy way to do it. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

Are you trying to add more vegetables to your diet or go all out vegetarian? There’s a healthy and a not-so-healthy way to do it. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

By Julie Stefanski

Sometimes it starts with just an occasional “Meatless Monday,” or maybe you’ve heard about the plus side of a vegetarian diet and you’re going without meat most days of the week. A nutritionally balanced plant based diet has been shown to have numerous benefits

Julie Stefanski

Julie Stefanski

including lowered grocery costs, a decreased impact on the environment, and a lowered risk of heart disease, cancer, and Type 2 diabetes. As a nutritionist though, I’ve encountered those individuals who call themselves vegetarian, but won’t even touch a green vegetable (gasp!).

The individual foods a vegetarian may eat or not eat covers a wide variety of eating styles including people who choose no foods of animal origin to others who will include milk, eggs, and even fish. The more restrictive a vegetarian or vegan diet, the more challenges there are in meeting all of the body’s vitamin and mineral needs, especially for growing children and teens. Continue reading “Healthy ways to take Meatless Monday through the week” »

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CSA Summer: Fresh pasta salad, corn risotto, cherry soda

I love a good pasta salad. I know some people who are fundamentally opposed to the idea of cold pasta, but as long as the dressing has a bite and the vegetables have a crunch, I’m all in. So that’s how we ended up using many of the veg from our CSA half-share this week to make a pasta salad:

Pasta salad. Photo by Jeff Lautenberger.

Pasta salad. Photo by Jeff Lautenberger.

A few things about pasta salad: You need to salt the water, a lot. (If you already salt your pasta water for regular dishes, you’ll want to add a lot more than you’re used to.) You should also go for a variety of vegetables that will individually add sweetness, crunch, structure and saltiness — much like you would for a regular leaf salad. Finally, go crazy with the herbs, which will provide an extra layer of flavor. Continue reading “CSA Summer: Fresh pasta salad, corn risotto, cherry soda” »

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