Wednesday Walks again canceled because of rain

wednesdaywalks-300x300Sadly, the weather didn’t hold out like we had hoped for today’s Wednesday Walk.

A combination of rain, puddles and chilly temperatures forced us to cancel the weekly walk (for the second Wednesday in a row — boo!).

Cross your fingers for sunny skies next week and join us for our last Wednesday Walk of the season at 5 p.m. at the Memorial Hospital trails on Loucks Road in West Manchester Township.

Learn more about our Wednesday Walks program here.

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Family First Health wants you to eat your apples

 

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From left, Courtney Lewis and Jess Ensminger of Family First Health cross Market Street in York Tuesday during Family First Health’s “Starts With Apples Campaign,” which encourages people to take control of their own health care through small changes like an apple a day. Several hundred apples were passed out on Continental Square. They were donated by Rice Fruit Company, Browns Orchards & Farm Market and Flinchbaugh’s Orchards. Once they passed apples out to passersby, they dropped off ‘Get Healthy at Work’ kits at area businesses. PHOTO BY PAUL KUEHNEL

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Race Recap: Chicago

My new favorite bling.

My new favorite bling.

I’m not sure I’ve mentioned on this blog that my marathon was coming up. Maybe once in passing? Or every day all the time for the last 4 months … one of those. As such, I’m sure you’ve been glued to your computer hitting refresh, refresh, refresh, waiting for the moment for me to tell you how it went, so here you go.

Absolutely. Freaking. Awesome.
Nitty gritty details – I PR’ed by 11 minutes, and finally ran my first sub-4 hour marathon. Official time 3:56:58.
Let’s just take a moment to soak that in shall we? Ahhh, that feels good.

For some of you speed demons, that finish isn’t impressive. But for me, it’s a hard-earned milestone.

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Healthy helpings: Halloween treats don’t have to be scary

Halloween candy doesn't have to rule your child's diet this season. DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS - KATE PENN

Halloween candy doesn’t have to rule your child’s diet this season. DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS – KATE PENN

By Marta Smith

Halloween is a nutritionist’s worst nightmare, and it’s just around the corner.

Many popular candies contain sugar, high-fructose corn syrup, saturated fat, trans fat and sodium.

You want the kids to have fun while trick-or-treating and you want to promote good, healthy eating habits. And you might also be concerned about your own ability to avoid sneaking some of your child’s Halloween stash — not to mention the leftover candies that trick-or-treaters didn’t snag at your house. Continue reading “Healthy helpings: Halloween treats don’t have to be scary” »

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Meatout Mondays: veganized southwestern
chili con queso pasta bake

Photo by Bethany Fehlinger

Photo by Bethany Fehlinger

Casseroles are one of my favorite dishes to make. They are usually super easy and there is no need to clean the dish after dinner is served. Just plop a lid on it, and store it away in the fridge!

With this dish, I honed my Rachel Ray skills. Rachel is an animal lover; you can tell by the many pictures of her with her pit bull, Isaboo, and the fact she has her own pet food line. However, the woman still eats meat! So, it was time to veganize one of her dishes: southwestern chili con queso pasta bake.

I made basic switches: meatless crumbles instead of beef; soy milk instead of cow’s milk; Daiya cheese instead of cow’s cheese. For the butter, I used olive oil and didn’t cook it long, since that is what I had on hand. However, you can use Earth Balance spread or another vegan butter substitute.

Now, this is what I call vegan yummo! Continue reading “Meatout Mondays: veganized southwestern <br />chili con queso pasta bake” »

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If you find me upside down, please don’t take a photo

Mountain Bikingn at Rocky Ridge Park York County PA

Rocky Ridge Park, York County, PA

I am primarily a road biker.  I know some people think riding on the road is dangerous, but I feel very comfortable on the road; it’s paved and you just have to bike in a straight line and hope you don’t get run over.  Mountain biking on the other hand is for crazy people who think they are invincible.  With mountain biking you have to watch out for trees, tree limbs, tree stumps, tree roots, rocks, boulders, thorn bushes, non-thorn bushes, wet leaves, mud, snakes, and other mountain bikers.

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Fit in 15 – Dynamic Stretching

Personal trainer Robert Williams Jr. stresses the importance of a dynamic workout.

The purpose of a dynamic warm-up is to get blood flowing through the body, and get the body ready to do work. You’re preparing your body for movement, which is why Williams adds movement with the warm-ups.
This is opposed to a static stretch, which should be done at the end of a workout. A static stretch is telling your body to relax, that the workout is over, and to return to their normal state of being.

In this video, Williams demonstrates dynamic stretches to get you ready to workout. He recommends giving yourself at least 5 yards to perform the exercises. Each exercise should be done for a minimum of 10 yards (there and back), but up to 20 or 25 yards if you have more space works as well.

You can find Rob Williams Jr. on instagram @RobWilliamsKingofFitness
Or get in touch with him via email rjwst19@mail.rmu.edu or phone at (443)797-2123

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Avoiding the seasonal flu

Follows these tips for how to avoid getting the flu. DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS - FILE

Follows these tips for how to avoid getting the flu. DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS – FILE

By Amanda Nossel

Forced to miss work or school, feeling crummy and with little energy, people can really get knocked out by flu. Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory illness that’s caused by influenza viruses; it can lead to mild to quite severe illness in people of all ages. It doesn’t discriminate!

Some people are at higher risk for developing serious disease, such as young children; older adults; pregnant women; people with chronic lung disease, heart disease, asthma, kidney disorders, and other conditions. Each season’s flu vaccine was created to protect you against the flu viruses that researchers have found will be most common that particular season. Continue reading “Avoiding the seasonal flu” »

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Today’s Wednesday Walk canceled because of rain

wednesdaywalks-300x300We regret to say we’re canceling today’s Wednesday Walk at the Memorial Hospital trails in West Manchester Township because of the weather forecast. Heavier rains are expected to move through the area this evening.

Be sure to join us next week at 5 p.m. for our Wednesday Walk.

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Check out what YDR staffers used for #brownbagyork

There’s a just a few days left to participate in the Brown Bag Challenge by either commenting on our daily posts or sharing a photo of your lunch by using #brownbagyork.

We asked some of our YDR staff members to share photos of their own packed lunches. Here’s the roundup:

You might not even scroll through the rest of the feed after this one. Our political reporter Ed Mahon's son, Ben, stopped by for lunch one day.

You might not even scroll through the rest of the feed after this one. Our political reporter Ed Mahon’s son, Ben, stopped by for lunch one day.

Editor Susan Martin really filled up on healthy items earlier this week!

Editor Susan Martin really filled up on healthy items earlier this week!

Education reporter Angie Mason has chicken casserole for a late night shift. Yum!

Education reporter Angie Mason has chicken casserole for a late night shift. Yum!

General assignment reporter Brandie Kessler had leftover taco casserole - vegetarian style!

General assignment reporter Brandie Kessler had leftover taco casserole – vegetarian style!

Day metro editor Kate Harmon showed off this tasty sandwich and grapes.

Day metro editor Kate Harmon showed off this tasty sandwich and grapes.

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