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No Sweat, York has moved to another platform on the York Daily Record’s new website, WWW.YDR.COM.

Our new address is  http://www.ydr.com/blog/nosweatyork/. So please bookmark it to see new stories and photos.

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I’m Starting on Sunday, January 3rd

Have you ever wondered why human beings have this need to start new things on a Monday, as opposed to a Wednesday, or on January 1st as opposed to January 12th (assuming of course that January 12th isn’t a Monday)?

I guess there is something about the way we are wired that is drawn to the orderliness of beginning on the first day of a new week or the first day of a new year.  I remember when I gave up smoking cigarettes thirty years ago, I picked a Monday to quit.  I didn’t even think about picking any other day.  I just knew – Mondays are the only days you can begin a new habit.

I have to wait until Monday to start my diet

I have to wait until Monday to start my diet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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We’ve Moved!

The York Daily Record has a whole new look, and so do we! Find us and bookmark at our new No Sweat York site.

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Apples – Market Basket of the Month

The goal of WellSpan Health’s Market Basket of the Month program is to “to bring together the school cafeteria, classroom, home and community through a strategic effort to promote healthy habits for students.”  For the next year, I will devote one blog per month to the produce of the month, sharing WellSpan’s literature while adding some other resources to encourage families to eat more fruits and veggies.

Apples are easy-to-grab locally grown snacks that give the body energy for play! Photo credit: Seth Nenstiel

Apples are easy-to-grab locally grown snacks that are rich in nutrients and give the body energy for play! Photo credit: Seth Nenstiel

Have you heard the old adage, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”?  Apples are nutrient-rich fruits that are high in Vitamin C and other immune-boosting antioxidants, so eating apples regularly could in fact keep you from getting sick.  Apples are free of sodium, fat and cholesterol and are considered “heart-healthy” food.  The dietary fiber in apples helps prevent the bad cholesterol in other foods from being absorbed into the body.  It also slows the release of the apple’s natural fruit sugars into the bloodstream, stabilizing blood sugar levels and decreasing hunger cravings.  The B vitamins in apples are important for healthy metabolism.  Apples are a great food for healthy weight management!

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The holidays are coming for you.

The Holidays are coming.

candyIt feels like every year, this stretches longer and longer. At this point, the holidays basically last the third week of October through New Years. Pumpkin muffins lead to Halloween candy leads to turkey dinners and then holy crap Christmas cookies!

It’s intense.

It comes out of nowhere, and it lasts forever.

It’s also getting chillier, and instead of going for brisk walks and bike rides, people just want to sit in their sweats and house some chili. I get that.

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Buy it, Cook it, Eat it!

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By Julie Stefanski, Clinical Dietitian at WellSpan Health, Twitter: @foodhelp123

1,440 minutes. Everyone gets the exact same number of minutes each day to devote to healthy pursuits that benefit your body or to waste on lost opportunities for self-improvement. We all can probably think of one person that is super busy, whether it is that teacher who also coaches basketball or your surgeon who still managed to train for a marathon last year. Believe it or not, there are super busy people that still manage to eat healthy despite a full schedule.

Eating healthy really takes a change in your mindset, not a change in your schedule. We often put major changes in our eating habits off, imagining that someday we’ll have more time, more motivation, or more money. In reality there won’t be a time where choosing healthy foods become easier. Instead of putting changes off, why not focus on how you can eat healthier today or tomorrow? If you’ve tried focusing only on what to cut out of your diet, maybe it’s time to think about what to actually include.

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CSA Summer: Week 19, featuring clam chowder, roasted chicken banh mi

With the end of this month comes the end of our CSA at Goldfinch Farm, and I’m just bracing myself for the tragedy of it all. With bounties like these, you’d feel the same way:

Roughly clockwise, from top left: Green beans, lettuce, kale, red cabbage, radishes, bell peppers, parsley, scallions, onions, garlic, sweet potatoes and red gold potatoes in the center. Photo by Chris Dunn.

Roughly clockwise, from top left: Green beans, lettuce, kale, red cabbage, radishes, bell peppers, parsley, scallions, onions, garlic, sweet potatoes and red gold potatoes in the center. Photo by Chris Dunn.

Every now and again, I’m struck by the desire to make soup. A friend of mine once produced an insanely delicious, savory, balanced vegetable soup from random produce he had in the fridge, so it’s been a dream of mine to one day be able to throw a bunch of stuff in a pot and serve a fabulous soup a few hours later.

Hasn’t happened yet. Especially when I’m not just making up some Chinese chicken broth, I still need a recipe.

So, we used four of our veg to make Southwestern clam chowder:

Southwestern clam chowder. Photo by Chris Dunn.

Southwestern clam chowder. Photo by Chris Dunn.

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Dramatic need for substance abuse prevention

By Tami Rasel, prevention specialist and student assistance program liason with TrueNorth Wellness Services

October is the season for Halloween and spooky things — right? Recently, I read some pretty scary statistics. Did you know that more people died of drug overdoses in York County in 2014 than in almost any other Pennsylvania county?

Last year, York County saw 120 deaths from drug overdoses — the highest number in our county’s history. Pennsylvania now has the 14th-highest drug overdose mortality rate in the United States.

According to Beth Berk of Community Prevention Initiative, drug deaths now outnumber traffic-related deaths in the U.S. for the first time since the government started tracking drug-induced deaths in 1979.

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Need motivation? Find a buddy!

Creating and maintaining an exercise schedule can be challenging.  Family life, work, volunteer activities and other factors can make it difficult to stay committed to “working out”.  Getting started on a new fitness regimen is often exciting and the new-ness of the workout is motivating, at least for a few days.  Sticking to the program and progressing in the workouts becomes more difficult when the excitement wears off.  One way to stay motivated is by finding an exercise buddy.

Find an exercise partner

My strength partner, Paige

Me and my awesome strength buddy, Paige

Choosing a like-minded partner with similar fitness goals will keep you motivated.  I have different exercise partners, each one focused on a particular type of exercise.  My husband, Brian, is my hiking partner.  We have a similar passion for the outdoors, we have like goals regarding our workouts and we have complimentary fitness levels.  We push each other to hike longer distances, climb higher altitudes and trek faster speeds.  My husband could care less about lifting weights because he is a cardio junkie.  My oldest daughter, Paige, on the hand, loves strength training, graduated with a minor in Kinesiology and therefore is my muscle pumping partner.  Regardless of the activity, I use my partners to push me beyond my limits and they rely on me to do the same for them.  We have agreements that we do not cancel the workouts.  Generally when one of us is feeling a bit like backing out, the other one is feeling especially excited for the session.  That energy is contagious and we both complete a great workout! Continue reading

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Free apples in Continental Square

A pop-up apple handout station in York’s Continental Square will be hosted by Family First Health from noon to 1 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 20.

The event is part of its month-long Starts with Apples campaign. Family First staff and volunteers will also be handing out information on how to take control of your health as part of October being National Healthy Literacy Month and National Apple Month.

For more information about the initiative, visit www.startswithapples.com.

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