Ever wonder what defines happiness for people around the world?
Family First Health and TrueNorth Wellness Services would like to invite York County residents to find the answer during two free screenings of the documentary “Happy“ in April, according to a news release.
“Happy” takes viewers on a journey from the swamps of Louisiana to the slums of Kolkata in search of what really makes people happy. Combining real-life stories of people from around the world and powerful interviews with the leading scientists in happiness research, “Happy” explores the secrets behind our most valued emotion. Continue reading →
Homemade sweet potato chips are a healthy, affordable snack to make at home.
The new gig at work is certainly helping me in my strive to live a more fit life.
I’ve been logging my workouts and still eating what I want, but watching my portions and trying to make healthier substitutions when I can. There are a few things that tempt me more than anything else: candy and carbs.
When it comes to candy, it isn’t even the good stuff, it’s that crappy, cheap fruity-flavored stuff. Give me a package of Starbursts or those round, chewy Sweet Tarts that look like colored moth balls and I will eat the entire thing in one sitting. Continue reading →
Kristen Sheffer makes chicken at her North York home (Photos by Kate Penn)
Attempting to lose weight was nothing new for Kristen Sheffer, 31.
“I was overweight my whole life,” she said. “I tried Weight Watchers here and there, then the Atkins diet, but nothing seemed to work.”
Nothing, that is, until she connected with WellSpan Medical Weight Management. In the 15 months since her first session with the physician-guided program, Sheffer has lost 120 pounds through a combination of healthy eating, exercise and lifestyle changes.
5-year-old Brooke Jordan, left, of Mount Wolf, leads some stretches for Sandy Howard of York, center, and 6-year-old Maggie Kinsley of North Codorus Township before the Race Against Racism in 2010. DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS – KATE PENN
The annual Race Against Racism has long proved to be an event that brings the community together.
And while the race, set for April 26, brings awareness of the power of humanity, a new aspect will be introduced this year: a Splash of Color.
This untimed 5K will feature a rainbow of explosive colors as runners and walkers will come out sporting the paints thrown on them by bystanders. Humanity Fest, a multi-cultural festival featuring entertainment, crafts, free children’s activities, has also been added to the roster. Continue reading →
Dr. Lajuan Mountian, left, reassures Ahmaya Valentine, age 7, as she tries to examine her teeth. Teacher aid Verna Gaskins helps at top right. Family First in cooperation with York City Board of Health dental screening at Ferguson Elementary School. YORK DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS – PAUL KUEHNEL
TrueNorth Wellness Services and Family First Health were listed Friday as finalists for the 15th annual Nonprofit Innovation Awards, according to a news release.
Finalists for this award were required to implement a new marketing concept to attract financial support, volunteers and/or clients. Family First Health finished as a runner-up in the category and received a $1,000 grant. Continue reading →
It turns out, I like routine. 19-year-old me would be absolutely disgusted to hear me say that, but it’s true.
FILE – DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS – CHRIS DUNN
There is something very comforting and safe in keeping a certain rhythm to life. Knowing for sure when I’ll be able to get in my workout, how long and hard I need to go, this makes me feel secure. It’s a luxury that I, like everyone else, am not always afforded. But I’m grateful when I get it.
Like most runners I have certain routes I do depending on how far I’m going. I run these routes over and over again because I know exactly how long they are, whether they offer challenging hills, and if they swing by a public restroom. (Always know where the nearest bathroom is). They are a part of my safe, happy, routine.
A few weeks ago I did something crazy though. Girls gone wild crazy. I added an extra run to my week. I know what you’re thinking. “Kate, when did you become such a rebel?” “Aren’t you afraid of the running police???” Yes, a little. But it get’s even crazier. When I left my house for this totally unscheduled run, I did not plan how far I would go. I’ll give you a second to let that sink in…
How about doing something for your mental health while providing physical and creative play for your kids? This Friday, the York YMCA is offering a Fun Night just for kids! Drop your kids at the Y at 5:30 pm and then head to your favorite Downtown restaurant or store for a little “you” time.
Kids will enjoy tumbling and obstacle course games, youth sports, and open gym activities. Quiet activities include clay pot decorating, eating healthy snacks and watching an animated movie at 7pm.
YMCA Family Members – $5 per family
Non-members – $10 for 2 children; $3 per additional child
Please call to register – 717-843-7884 x260
This morning after a harrowing 3 miles running through ice, thunder and lightning, and really cold rain, I declared nature the victor once again and went to the gym to finish my workout. Soaked and freezing, I was in a pretty terrible mood and if you had encountered me, I might have accidentally punched you in the face. I’d been so looking forward to running in warmer weather and the icy hell I had encountered sucked all the happiness right out of me.
I restarted my run, this time on a treadmill. And it was like magic. The miles ticked by and my anger just melted away. No longer did I hold a death wish for those jerks who hadn’t cleared their sidewalk all winter. Nothing else mattered because I was running.
That’s me in the white. I know, I’m pretty impressive.
As though karma sensed my shifting mood, suddenly there was curling on tv! It was the first time I’ve been able to catch it these Olympics, and I was enthralled. I curled when I was a kid, from ages 6-16, and I found myself washed in waves of nostalgia.
After my run a woman started talking to me about how she had been struggling running lately, with asthma keeping her from going more than a mile. She was looking for tips on getting faster and running longer. I suddenly felt incredibly grateful for the 3 harrowing miles I had run that morning, and the 4 following on the treadmill. I’m so lucky that my body lets me run. Running takes me from a miserable hag to someone strangers want to talk to. And all it took was a treadmill run and a little curling to remind me how lucky I am.
A snowman’s face appears to react to the snow-and-ice storm Feb. 5 in Chambersburg. Have the frequent winter storms been stressing you out and bringing you down? Here’s how to hope. (Markell DeLoatch — Chambersburg Public Opinion)
This winter has been rough. Frequent snow and ice storms have left many people feeling fatigued, along with increased stress, anxiety and depression. Many have lamented that they’ve had enough.
But the weather is out of your control, as is what happens after the sky dumps 14 inches of snow or a sheet of ice on York County. Experts say a lack of control and an uptick in uncertainty breed winter angst.
Dr. Jean Pollack, a psychologist with Innovative Counseling Services Inc. in Hanover, said it’s normal to feel slightly more fatigued during winter, especially during snowstorms. She said a lack of Vitamin D from sunlight has a significant effect on tiredness. Air pressure and precipitation also play a role. She said decreased Vitamin D can lower serotonin — a neurotransmitter that regulates mood — in the brain. Continue reading →
The shoulder joint is weak naturally, so building the muscles around your shoulder joint is extremely important to make that part of your body healthier. Heidi Parr, a certified personal trainer and sports nutritionist, says building this muscle will help you in other areas that involve the shoulder, such as like playing golf or tennis.
Shoulders respond the best to higher repetitions of lower weight because it’s a smaller muscle group that can’t handle a lot. Parr recommends leaning more toward higher reps, in the 15 to 16 range using slightly lower weight.
In this video, Parr demonstrates four exercises, that when done regularly, can help build that muscle around your shoulder joints. Each exercise in the video should be repeated 10 to 16 times, followed by a 30-second break. Repeat that same exercise for two more sets of 10 to 16 repetitions before moving on to the next exercise.
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