Category Archives: Wellness

What is Prediabetes?

Diabetes is a condition in which the body cannot properly regulate blood sugar levels.  Type 1 diabetes is generally diagnosed in children or young adults and is caused by  low production of insulin, which is needed to convert sugar to … Continue reading

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The best part of waking up: Small ideas to enact change in your life

It was the first day of spring, and it snowed. I sat in my dining room in Maryland with my mother, talking about whatever was in the news that morning. The big, clumpy snowflakes seemed to fall down with relish … Continue reading

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How to help someone who self-injures

Self-injurious behavior is one of those topics most people prefer to steer clear of. There can be a sense of mystery and misunderstanding about it, and uncertainty about where to turn for answers. What is SIB? Who self-injures? Why would someone choose to physically harm themselves? What can I do to help them?

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Not a Replacement

This year Kick Butts Day is focusing on a campaign, Not a Replacement Kick Butts Day was March 18, but the campaign is still going on. This campaign is directed toward teens because less than one-third (31%) of smokers start … Continue reading

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Living stronger

LIVESTRONG at the YMCA participants improve cardio endurance, muscular strength, flexibility and balance.      Photo credit: Seth Nenstiel Derek, age 41, was diagnosed with cancer a few years ago.  His aggressive treatment protocol killed the cancer, but at the same time severely … Continue reading

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The devil’s in the details: Breaking down common food misconceptions

We’ve all heard that brown sugar is the best and gluten will kill you as we’ve dawdled under the fluorescent lights of a grocery store. But while these ideas might be spoken in earnest, they’re often full of misconceptions. Do you quake at … Continue reading

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Why I’m dressing in blue today, and why you should, too

Today is Dress in Blue Day, as so deemed by the Colon Cancer Alliance. I will be wearing blue today, and here is why: One month before my father was set to walk me down the aisle, he had to … Continue reading

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10 Reasons to Drop the Cigarette

In honor of Kick Butts Day this month (March 18), here are a few reasons as to why you should quit smoking: Smell Let’s face it, the smell of smoke on your clothes, breath and hair is not welcoming. Whether you … Continue reading

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Market Basket of the Month

Market Basket of the Month is an educational program that was developed to create healthy habits for students. Each month, a different produce item is featured.  Educational resources developed by WellSpan Health Community Health and Wellness educators are supplied to … Continue reading

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Great American Spit Out

Guess what day it is? Great American Spit Out! Many of you have probably heard of Great American Smoke Out, which is similar. However, instead of quitting smoking tobacco for the day, the Great American Spit Out is a day … Continue reading

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