Chocolate Cranberry Pudding. This gluten-free recipes has 277 calories per serving. (Submitted)
The dessert table can be a universal destination for dietary disaster at holiday parties. With so many options to choose from, it’s tempting to try just a little bit of everything. But with a little work, you can do your part to lighten up the confectionery display with a not-so-decadent treat.
This month, Hanover Hospital is featuring gluten-free holiday dessert recipes on the Health eCooking section of its website. According to a March survey by market research firm the NPD Group, about 30 percent of American adults are trying to cut back on gluten in their diets.
Three million Americans have been diagnosed with celiac disease — an immune reaction to eating gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. However, many Americans follow a gluten-free diet because of possible health benefits.
According to a Hanover Hospital news release, the festive gluten-free recipes also are healthy and easy to make. Most ingredients can be found in the average kitchen. Desserts range from Gluten-free Meringue Cookies to Flourless Chocolate Cake to Holiday Nog.
Hanover Hospital shared this recipe for Chocolate Cranberry Pudding to accommodate gluten-free party guests. Continue reading →
Ted Ventre on the job at Hively Landscapes in Dover (Transforming Health)
By Matt Paul
Reporter/produce for Transforming Health
The Obama administration announced this week that it is delaying the launch of an online health insurance marketplace for small businesses, known as the Small Business Health Options Program (or SHOP) exchange. But employers can still choose to buy the coverage offline, and they’re still paying close attention to other provisions in the Affordable Care Act.
At Hively Landscapes in York County, late November is typically a time for planting and hardscaping jobs. But this year, its 27 employees are also making important health care enrollment decisions.
Owner Ted Ventre has opted for an early renewal on the company’s existing employer-sponsored health insurance plan. He says the good news is premiums are only increasing by 3 percent; the bad news is he won’t be permitted to provide Health Reimbursement Accounts (HRAs) next year. Continue reading →
I am not a super fast runner, but every now and then I manage to place in my age group in a smaller race. I know this only means that the fast people my age had better stuff to do that day, but it still makes me feel good.
For the last three years I have run an after Thanksgiving 5K near my parents’ home, and for the last three years I have placed in this race. This year I even won my age group. I was especially excited for this win because it will probably be my last for ten years or so.
I’m 29, which means next year I will be in a new age bracket, 30-34. You’d think that everyone would slow down as they got older, but you’d be really, really wrong. I can’t tell you what it is about 30-something year old women that makes them so freakishly fast, but they are like rockets.
Marathon shopping trips sure can tire out your legs — all the reason to build a little more muscle in those limbs. This holiday season, treat your legs to an awesome lower-body workout.
Sarah Crispo, fitness director at the Athletic Club of York, shared with No Sweat this complete leg workout. But who has time to exercise during the holidays? You do. This lower-body workout also will rev up your heart for some cardio. Continue reading →
Tip to avoid holiday weight gain: Use caution with alcoholic beverages. They can be very high in calories, disrupt your sleep, cause dehydration and stimulate your appetite. Lighter options would include a lite beer, spirit on the rocks or a spritzer. (Daily Record/Sunday News — Chris Dunn)
By Amy Watson
On the average, Americans gain about 1 to 2 pounds of weight over the holiday season.
Although it doesn’t seem like much, the extra weight tends to accumulate over the years and can be a contributor to obesity down the road.
Even though there are many extra food temptations during this time of year, there’s no reason you can’t stay on track and enjoy the holiday season.
A few “turkeys” — from left, Alli Stover of Springettsbury Township, Sara Cain of York Township and Dana Alkhas of Dallastown — try to keep warm before the Turkey Trot run in York on Nov. 28. (Kate Penn — Daily Record/Sunday News)
The YMCA Turkey Trot 5K race has become a Thanksgiving Day tradition for those living in or visiting York County. For the past 17 years, the race has grown to become much more than a running race.
It has become a signature event within York, one that exemplifies the Y mission of youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Each year, families and friends gather, some in crazy turkey attire and others in matching team T-shirts, to get a little exercise, complete a bucket-list challenge and to simply have fun. Participants include moms with strollers, dads with dogs, grandparents with grandkids, cousins, best-friends, sports teams, wedding parties and avid runners. Initially, the Turkey Trot was developed as a sporting event. But overtime, it was clear that the community viewed the race as a holiday kick-off — a way to perhaps “earn” seconds at Thanksgiving dinner as well as a heaping piece of pumpkin pie! Continue reading →
Pets give their owners motivation to get off the couch — one of several health benefits of having a furry friend. (Daily Record/Sunday News — Kate Penn)
As the holidays roll around, there will be countless kids with a puppy or kitten at the top of their wishlists, and with good reason. Furry friends are known for providing their owners — children and adults alike — with an extra dose of joy and delight.
But there’s more. A growing body of research shows that owning a pet makes people both happier and healthier. Here are just a few ways playing fetch with Fido can improve your well-being — they just might convince you to add a dog or cat to your holiday shopping list this year! Continue reading →
Kais Manoubi, of Emmitsburg, Md., crawls in the mud to find two ducks that have numbers that can equal 24 on Nov. 30. Manoubi and his wife Laurin, background, were competing in the Cerebrun race, which mixed a 5- to 7-mile run with physical and mental challenges at Rexroth Farm in Manchester Township. (Jason Plotkin — Daily Record/Sunday News)
By Jana Benscoter
For the Daily Record/Sunday News
Many people might enter a Cerebrun for fun, but one high school wrestling team had a mission on Saturday.
Before the event at the Rexroth Farms property in Manchester Township, 25 coaches, teammates, and assistants of Panther Valley High School wrestling in Lansford strategized on how they were going to run the roughly five miles. It was part of their training for the upcoming season.
The race is set up to stimulate both brain and brawn. To navigate the course, runners have to answer questions or solve puzzles as well as negotiate obstacles such as monkey bars, and a 10-foot, tiered hay bale stack. The course could be longer than five miles if runners stumble on the puzzles or questions. Continue reading →
Then-4-year-old Emma Witter, left, and then-3-year-old Matthew Miller try to skate over to instructor Adriene Petrillo during the duo’s lessons in November 2012 at the York Ice Arena. To keep up with your fitness goals during the holidays, set aside time for some fun physical activity with family and friends. (Daily Record/Sunday News — Jason Plotkin)
I see it every year. People become committed and passionate about their fitness goals, and then the crazy holiday season comes around and it totally derails them. I have even talked to people who said they just gave up sticking to their routine before Thanksgiving because they knew it was going to be too hard to maintain it over the next month.
It’s no wonder that fitness clubs are packed full in January with people trying to get back on track and fulfill those New Year’s resolutions. Don’t let the temptations of the holiday season derail the drive and commitment that you’ve established this past year on your way to achieving your fitness goals.
Yes, it can seem daunting when you look at all the parties, visits with family and friends, shopping schedules, and lots of delicious high-calorie foods that you’ll face in the coming weeks. But if you make a plan to prepare yourself for those tempting situations and circumstances, then you will be much better off. Here are some tips that can help you to enjoy the holidays and still stay on track with your fitness goals. Continue reading →
If you have ever read my posts before, you may have deduced that I’m a serious nerd when it comes to running. (You’re very cleaver). I like the gadgets, I track things, I make lists. Probably the nerdiest thing I do has also saved me from countless miserable runs.
I have a running chart for what to wear in cold weather. You’d think it’d be simple right? Oh it’s freezing out, put on all of the layers. Wrong. It may be 32 degrees out but for me, that’s not cold enough for a hat or even headband. I will absolutely sweat to death. Everyone is different so that’s why I have never found charts you can find online useful. A weather chart is something you have to create for yourself through trial and much error.
When I’m fresh out of my nice warm bed, I’m always going to want to put on the warmest running clothes I can find. And this is usually going to be a mistake. I cannot be trusted to make the right decision in the morning. Instead, I check the weather and consult my chart. Continue reading →
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