Wellness Wrap 3/22/13: York County health ranking; Burger King talks turkey; CVS asks for workers’ weight

The weekly Wellness Wrap provides links to recent health and fitness news and lists events that will help you stay fit during the weekend. Check back every Friday morning. Have an interesting health or fitness-related link or event to share? Leave a comment or email me at emccracken@ydr.com. 

YDR photo; Shauna Thomas, an employee at Whitecomb’s Produce, sets up the signs at the stand as the store opened for the season March 11.

We’re getting there: York County was recently ranked the No. 19 healthiest county in state (out of 67) despite the fact that 56 percent of all restaurants in the county serve fast food. Luckily, some chains are starting to offer healthier options, including Burger King, which announced this week that it will offer a turkey burger this spring. Get ideas for more healthy spring snacks for the whole family.

Food for thought: One Washington Post columnist ponders why food stamps — now called SNAP — pay for junk food. But locals can find fresh food for less at York County’s seasonal farmers markets. Many are opening up this time of year. (Central Market, which is open year-round, accepts SNAP.) Speaking of produce, a new study showed that, despite its sugar content, fruit might prove to be an OK food choice for those with diabetes. And even though some research has shown that light alcohol consumption might be beneficial, people shouldn’t pick up a bottle in pursuit of health.

Up for debate: This week, CVS said it will require employees to disclose their weight and other health benchmarks — or pay $600 more for health insurance. Lots of companies have wellness programs to help workers and reduce healthcare costs. But do you think CVS is going too far?

Get health updates and find weekend activities on the jump.

Updates:
– Preschool-age children are invited to learn about what is inside our bodies from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday as a health educator from Susan Brynes Health Education Center presents an All About Me health program at the Martin Library, 159 E. Market St., York. For details, call 717-846-5300 ext. 230.
Memorial Hospital’s Community Health and Wellness Department will hold Fit and Fabulous weight management and wellness program for women 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays March 27 to May 29 at Memorial Hospital. Cost is $50, which includes educational materials, a pedometer and water bottle. Class size is limited. To register, call 717-849-5492.
– The second annual York Suburban Best Buddies 5K will be held April 6 at at York Suburban High School. It will start at 9 a.m., followed by a fun run at 10:20 a.m. Cost is $25 to register the day of the race with T-shirt or $20 without. The Fun Run cost is $10. Funds raised will support the high school’s Best Buddies club, which pairs students with intellectual and developmental disabilities with other high school students. Call the school at 717-885-1270 for details.

Stay fit weekend activity:
Explore an old mine and learn about bats during the free History and Mystery of Raab Park hike 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at P. Joseph Raab county park in North Codorus Township. Challenge yourself with the 2-mile hike, which features steep terrain. Register at 717-428-1961.

About Erin McCracken

I'm a FlipSide reporter covering all things entertainment in southcentral Pennsylvania. Contact me at emccracken@ydr.com or leave a comment.
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