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Katie Hoyt hosts Zumba June 16 and 23.

Katie Hoyt hosts Zumba June 16 and 23.

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Free health fair

When: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 4
Where: VFW Post 5265, 199 W First Ave Spring Grove, PA 17362

11:30 a.m. – Medicare in Plain English Presentation by Country Meadows
12:45 p.m. – Veteran Benefits Presentation by VFW State Service Officer, Christine Frederick

Information Stations:
– Free Blood Pressure Screenings by Hanover Hospital
– Free Dermascans by York Cancer Center
– Country Meadows
– Veteran Benefit Information by VFW Service Officer
– Windy Hill on the Campus Senior Center
– VNA of Hanover & Spring Grove
– VFW Post 5265

Refreshments / Giveaways / Door Prizes

Free Event – Public Welcome

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Treating your heart well

 

Minnich’s Pharmacy President Scott Miller (back row, far right) appears with the pharmacy's staff. Minnich’s is a partner of the Million Hearts initiative in York City because treatment is key to improving heart health. In a few weeks, community members will be able to track their blood pressure using a high-tech monitor, free of charge, at the shop on South George Street.

Minnich’s Pharmacy President Scott Miller (back row, far right) appears with the pharmacy’s staff. Minnich’s is a partner of the Million Hearts initiative in York City because treatment is key to improving heart health. In a few weeks, community members will be able to track their blood pressure using a high-tech monitor, free of charge, at the shop on South George Street.

By Scott Miller, President of Minnich’s Pharmacy

In the U.S., 1 in 3 adults have high blood pressure, and 1 in 3 adults have high cholesterol.

  • Only half of those people with high blood pressure have it under control
  • Only two-thirds of those with high cholesterol have it under control

Why do these numbers matter? Because untreated high blood pressure and high cholesterol significantly increases your risk of heart attack and stroke.

We’re in need of a change, and part of that change depends on treatment. That’s why we at Minnich’s Pharmacy teamed with City of York – Bureau of Health, East Side Health Center and YMCA of York to support Million Hearts, a national initiative aimed at preventing 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017.

Step No. 1 of getting your high blood pressure and high cholesterol under control is visiting your physician on a regular basis. It’s challenging to see the warning signs of high blood pressure and high cholesterol. So you need someone who can monitor and track the numbers for you, then guide you on when to make lifestyle changes and when to take medication.

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CSA Summer: Week 7, featuring roasted pepper-tomato salsa, cucumber tzatziki sauce

Last week’s CSA share from Goldfinch Farm was our most colorful yet. Check out the goods:

Roughly clockwise, from bottom left: Green bell pepper, eggplant, onion, green beans, carrots, sweet gold tomatoes, more tomatoes, hot pepper, squash, zucchini and cucumber. Photo by Chris Dunn.

Roughly clockwise, from bottom left: Green bell pepper, eggplant, onion, green beans, carrots, sweet gold tomatoes, more tomatoes, hot pepper, squash, zucchini and cucumber. Photo by Chris Dunn.

This was the first week we got carrots, although we haven’t used them up yet. All of these vegetables would go great in a pasta salad, but we opted to make two sauces and a grain-based salad instead.

First up, roasted pepper-tomato salsa:

Tomato-pepper salsa. Photo by Chris Dunn.

Roasted pepper-tomato salsa. Photo by Chris Dunn.

We’re growing a variety of peppers — Anaheim, serrano, jalapeno, mucho nacho (this plant is producing all kinds of peppers, though) — in our container garden, so we used several different types for our salsa. You can use our recipe as a rough guide, depending on how much salsa you’re making or how hot you want it to be.  Continue reading “CSA Summer: Week 7, featuring roasted pepper-tomato salsa, cucumber tzatziki sauce” »

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The unexpected perk of the gym: Beating the heat

Here's a shot of Chickies Rock on a lovely (and cooler) day than we've seen recently.

Here’s a shot of Chickies Rock on a lovely (and cooler) day than we’ve seen recently.

Summer’s in session now, and with it comes the heavy blanket of heat that so lovingly reminds me of my Florida childhood.

I’ve done so much outside this summer, and that’s something I’m really proud of. From running to yoga in the park, I’ve gotten much more than a nice tint on my legs and arms: I’ve maintained my sanity (sometimes my self-described passion gets a little out of whack).

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Flip-flop facts: Know when and how to wear them

Dr. Jeffrey Kauffman fits Kim Kauffman of Red Lion with custom orthotics recently to treat her plantar fasciitis at Premiere Ankle & Foot Specialists PC in York Township. (Kate Penn — Daily Record/Sunday News)

Dr. Jeffrey Kauffman fits Kim Kauffman of Red Lion with custom orthotics recently to treat her plantar fasciitis at Premiere Ankle & Foot Specialists PC in York Township. (Kate Penn — Daily Record/Sunday News)

Not sure why there’s pain in your heel or calves? Are there flip-flops on your feet?

What you wear on your feet matters, even during the heat of summer, when activity levels increase. A simple shoe like a thong doesn’t look like it could cause much damage, but the flat fashion can completely throw off how you walk.

No need to toss those flops just yet, though. Just know how and when to wear them to avoid injury.

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American Heart Association presents Fit-Friendly Worksite gold-level award

Wade Markel of the American Heart Association presents York Newspaper Company publisher Sara Glines with the Fit-Friendly Worksites gold-level award.

Wade Markel of the American Heart Association presents York Newspaper Company publisher Sara Glines with the Fit-Friendly Worksites gold-level award.

The American Heart Association presented the York Newspaper Company with a Fit-Friendly Worksite gold-level award Thursday.

To earn the award, a workplace must apply and carry out wellness activities such as a company walking program, available healthy food options or gym access.

What’s the next step for the York Newspaper Company? Earning the platinum-level award next year, said publisher Sara Glines.

Only one other company in York County has earned the platinum-level award which is earned by meeting all of the gold-level requirements as well as incorporating the public more and tracking progress.

It’s a bit of extra work, said Wade Markel, senior division director for the American Heart Association.

We’re up for the challenge.

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Spruce up your sleeping quarters

My bad habit is not getting enough quality sleep. I know I get a lot of sleep, but I do not feel refreshed or very energized when I wake up in the morning. In August I will be moving into a new apartment for graduate school and am so excited to start decorating! In my new bedroom I want to create an environment that is relaxing and peaceful so I am able to fall asleep more quickly and stay asleep throughout the night.  I found some tips to help transform your bedroom into a better sleeping environment. Continue reading “Spruce up your sleeping quarters” »

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Get creative and buff with this tire workout

You don’t have to be a serious athlete to beast a tractor tire workout. In the ever-agricultural York County, there’s sure to be plenty of spares to incorporate into your fitness routine.

Ron Johnson, health and fitness consultant at YWCA York and former NFL player, shared a tire workout that aims to condition the body and build endurance. He said he has female clients in their 50s who can flip 150-pound tires. Continue reading “Get creative and buff with this tire workout” »

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York resident selected as finalist for national fitness award

Submitted: Allen Houtz

Submitted: Allen Houtz

York resident, Allen Houtz, has been selected as one of the Top 10 finalists for the 2015 SilverSneakers® Fitness Richard L. Swanson Inspiration Award, for his dedication to fitness and overall well-being. The national award winner will be selected by a public vote. Now through August 7, 2015, the community is invited to vote for his inspiring story at facebook.com/silversneakers. You can vote once per day.

Houtz, who has been active most of his life, never imagined that the phrase “use it or lose it” would apply to him until he was confronted with Parkinson’s disease. After being diagnosed, he joined a nearby gym and began attending SilverSneakers classes to increase his range of motion. Exercising four to five times we week, including Tai Chi and yoga, he was able to improve his walk, and was no longer doing the “Parkinson’s Shuffle.” Houtz pushes himself and remains committed to exercise to help curb his disease and improve his balance. The SilverSneakers Fitness program has allowed him to regain what Parkinson’s tried to take away, and he and his wife celebrate each day that he keeps moving.

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