Free fitness classes with No Sweat, York a hit this summer; join us for final JCC event Tuesday night

Yoga class participants practice asanas outside the York Daily Record/Sunday News building in West Manchester Township during the month of July with Megan Donley, owner of Lotus Moon Yoga and Creative Healing Arts Center. (Photo by Kate Penn)

Yoga class participants practice asanas outside the York Daily Record/Sunday News building in West Manchester Township during the month of July with Megan Donley, owner of Lotus Moon Yoga and Creative Healing Arts Center. (Photo by Kate Penn)


Last summer, we started our No Sweat in the Park classes to engage the York community in its health and fitness initiatives offline. Throughout the months of May, June, July and August, readers came out to do Zumba, boot camp, yoga and BODYCOMBAT with area instructors and the No Sweat, York, staff.

This summer, we revived the fitness campaign and were delighted to see new faces and returning community members sweating it out with us at the York Daily Record.
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Video: Tacfit 717 Level 1 Workout


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Jason Cavanaugh is head coach and owner of Tacfit 717 in Dallastown. In the coming weeks, we’ll be rolling out four videos with Jason. Tacfit works on a four-level system, with one being the easiest, four the most challenging. This week’s video is level one. Every two weeks we’ll post the next level.

Tacfit is a high intensity intervals program. They do mostly body weight exercises until your body is strong enough to add a weight. “We’re more about recovery. So I’m trying to get your heart rate up as high as I possibly can, and then recover during that break,” says Cavanaugh. The work rest ratio is always changing which Cavanaugh says can mess with you mentally. “It’s a cognitive challenge as well as an endurance muscular challenge. Today its 20 on, 10 off. Tomorrow is might be 90 on, 30 seconds off.”

These four exercises work on 4 degrees of movement. A push (pushup) legs (squat) Body forward (crunch) rotation (sitout). This specific order gives your body a break as it moves from one body part to the next.

When performing these exercises, do 20 seconds on, 10 off. Do all four exercises then repeat them. Then give yourself a whole minute off. You should do the circuit for a total of 8 times, equaling a 20-minute, high intensity workout.

Need help timing yourself? There’s an app for that. Tacfit Timer is available at the app store for $.99.

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Calm the chaos with healthy after school snacks

Adrianna Thompson, 6, gets off the bus as students arrive on the first day of school at Conewago Elementary School Tuesday, August 19, 2014. Kate Penn - Daily Record/Sunday News

Adrianna Thompson, 6, gets off the bus as students arrive on the first day of school at Conewago Elementary School Tuesday, August 19, 2014. Kate Penn – Daily Record/Sunday News

As York County students get back on the school bus this week, I’m sure many parents are enjoying the quiet that has settled over the house.

Just listen to the nothing for a moment.

OK. Done?

I’m not a parent myself, but I grew up in a family with six kids and I have these startling memories of us all coming home from our homeschool co-op and raiding the kitchen like we hadn’t eaten in weeks.

It was insane. No food was safe. Continue reading “Calm the chaos with healthy after school snacks” »

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CSA Summer: Week 11, featuring eggplants, golden beets, more melon

Jeff and I did a bit of arithmetic last night.

Thanks to the 10-pound bag of peaches he bought last week and to our CSA half-share, we had 31 peaches that we somehow managed to finish yesterday.

We’ve received five (!) CSA melons in the past three weeks, including this week.

And in non-CSA news, we have 35 jalapeño peppers in various stages of maturity growing on our six pepper plants. And that doesn’t include the numerous flower buds that will eventually produce more peppers.

With the incredible bounty that we’re getting via our CSA and our container garden, I’m tempted to write up a summer parody of “12 Days of Christmas.” All that said, here’s what we got yesterday from Miller Plant Farm:

Clockwise, from top left: Eggplants (purple and white), tomatoes, golden beets, corn (2 of 4), mini watermelon and sweet peppers. Photo by Jeff Lautenberger.

Clockwise, from top left: Eggplants (purple and white), tomatoes, golden beets, corn (2 of 4), mini watermelon and sweet peppers. Photo by Jeff Lautenberger.

I’m still embarrassed by how unoriginal we were with our CSA veg last week, even though half the share was fruit, so we’ve gone warp speed already this week.: In the past 16 hours, we’ve used up all the sweet peppers for two recipes, as well as three ears of corn and half the melon. The tomatoes will get their treatment tonight or tomorrow, and we’ll also take care of the beets. I’m letting Jeff do what he will with the eggplants, since I have never, ever enjoyed eggplant.

That said, if anyone sends in a cool recipe that makes eggplant taste like an edible squash, I’d be willing to try it.

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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Review: Garmin Forerunner 220

Two weeks ago I walked out of my apartment, turned on my watch, and waited for it to connect to satellites. And waited… and waited… and waited. Ten minutes later, my watch still refusing to connect, I left for my run using the stopwatch to estimate my miles. Six miles in to my 8 mile run it finally connected. Since it hadn’t connected for the first 6 miles, the end result told me my pace was something like 25min/mile. That stupid watch called me slow! It was the last straw.

garmin-1Two hours and a fair amount of internet research fueled by rage later, I had a shiny new watch. Meet my Garmin Forerunner 220.

It’s totally ok to be jealous.

This watch solves 99% of the problems I had with my old watch.

I’m not going to give  a full blown review because the only watches I have tested are ones I own. But I will give the high and low lights of this watch. SPOILER ALERT: there are very few low lights with this puppy. Continue reading “Review: Garmin Forerunner 220” »

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How to save yourself from mindless eating

Do you find yourself reaching for food even when you aren't hungry? (AP Photo/John Dunn)

Do you find yourself reaching for food even when you aren’t hungry? (AP Photo/John Dunn)

By Julie Stefanski, WellSpan dietitian

Researcher Brian Wansink, relays some important findings about how Americans eat in his book Mindless EatingThrough Wansink’s experiments (some rather funny, like the ever filling soup bowl) researchers determined that basically, if there’s food in sight – we’ll eat it, the bigger the food container, the more we’ll eat out of it, and if the food keeps coming, we’ll keep on eating.

Everyone is born a “mindful eater.”  A child normally stops eating when their stomach is full.  As we grow older we learn to eat for reasons other than hunger and to follow other cues when it comes to stopping. When we make food choices based on habits or emotions, whether it be boredom, stress, or sadness, we can end up eating more than our bodies actually need.

Food is everywhere and if you’re not skilled at passing it by sometimes, it’s bound to end up as unwanted weight gain.  Whether it’s in your office or your own home, fight back against mindless eating by setting a few rules for yourself.  Continue reading “How to save yourself from mindless eating” »

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Help improve the PLAYABILITY of York City!

play!York has been designated a Playful City USA for the 7th consecutive year due to the renovation of playgrounds by Bring On Play, and the implementation of play events such as the BOPstacle Race, Play Streets, YMCA Healthy Kids Day and the Annual Day of Play.

Eat Play Breathe York, Bring On Play and the City of York want to “up their game” and therefore need YOUR input!  Please take the York Playability survey designed by KaBOOM! by Friday, August 29, 2014.  Your comments will help guide efforts to make “iloveyorkcity” even more fun!

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Find us during your lunch break or after work for Wednesday Walks

wednesdaywalksGetting active in the summer seems easier for most people. You don’t even have to try — jump in your community pool, head out on a trail with your family or run around the backyard with the dog.

Some of you even joined us for our free No Sweat in the Park sessions featuring yoga, boot camp and Pilates.

But what do you do once your kids head back to school and cozy sweat pants become a wardrobe staple?

Join us for Wednesday Walks. We’ll be heading out to parks and trails throughout York County so you can find us wherever you are, during your lunch break or after work, to help you add some physical activity to your day.  Continue reading “Find us during your lunch break or after work for Wednesday Walks” »

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Meatout Mondays: slow-cooker lentil soup

Flickr photo by Jessica Spengler

Flickr photo by Jessica Spengler

During the second week of the diet, my husband and I were scheduled to eat a lot of soup. And when I say a lot, I mean at least a serving every day. Normally in the winter, I wouldn’t mind a daily cup of soup, but in the middle of summer, it isn’t my ideal meal.

However, my hubby and I sought out soup, and we were shocked at the ingredients of the canned variety, even one with the word “healthy” on it. If the fat content was low, the sodium or sugar grams were high. If the sugar was low, then the fat content was high. Also, the only vegetarian-friendly varieties were not the best, as my tomato basil soup was filled with sugar.

So, after we made a few blunders, I decided to make soup at home — out came the crock pot! It was perfect for making soup in the summer heat, and I just put the crock in the fridge when the cooking was finished. I loved a recipe from Ginny at Vegan in the Freezer. Don’t be scared of the long ingredient list; most of the ingredients are spices that you probably have at home. Continue reading “Meatout Mondays: slow-cooker lentil soup” »

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John Wright Restaurant’s chef Jim Switzenberg to lead discussion at Gluten Intolerance Group meeting

John Wright Restaurant chef-owner Jim Switzenberg stands on the River Room patio overlooking the Susquehanna River. Chris Dunn - Daily Record/Sunday News

John Wright Restaurant chef-owner Jim Switzenberg stands on the River Room patio overlooking the Susquehanna River. Chris Dunn – Daily Record/Sunday News

The local branch of the Gluten Intolerance Group will host a discussion led by John Wright Restaurant‘s own Jim Switzenberg.

The 6 p.m. Aug. 19 meeting at York County School of Technology, 2179 S. Queen St. in York Township will focus on the topic, “Where has all the real food gone?”

Switzenberg said he’s implemented whole, natural foods at John Wright, which naturally appeals to people who avoid gluten in their diets. Continue reading “John Wright Restaurant’s chef Jim Switzenberg to lead discussion at Gluten Intolerance Group meeting” »

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