Challenge Issued: The Y-TriDu5K

The swim portion of the y-tri takes place inside at York College.

The swim portion of the y-tri takes place inside at York College.

This month we’re focusing our videos on freestyle swimming, and we’ve got the perfect race for you to test your skills. The Y-TriDu5k, hosted by the York YWCA, has an event for just about everyone. (Unless you’re a dude, then sorry, this is for ladies only). The main event, a sprint triathlon, consists of a 500M indoor swim, 15 mile bike, and 5K run. Sound scary? Maybe. But it’s also totally awesome.

Full disclosure: I ran this race last year. It was my first sprint triathlon, and I had a really excellent experience the whole way through. So if I sound bias, I am. I loved this race.

The Y-TriDu5k is on June 28. You remember June, it’s that part of the year when the temperature doesn’t have a minus sign in front of it. Seems really far away but it terms of training…it’s not, especially if you’re new to the tri experience. The YWCA hosts swim/transition clinics to help build confidence for ladies just getting started, and improve times for those rock stars who have a few triathlons under their belts. Continue reading “Challenge Issued: The Y-TriDu5K” »

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February is Eating Disorder Awareness Month

York College students Jan Stephens, left, a junior, and Gayla Rackcliffe, a senior, man a table in the student union to encourage students to accept their body and donate old jeans. The members of Alpha Sigma Tau sorority were passing out information as representatives of one of the groups involved with promoting National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. - PAUL KUEHNEL- FILE

York College students Jan Stephens, left, a junior, and Gayla Rackcliffe, a senior, man a table in the student union to encourage students to accept their body and donate old jeans. The members of Alpha Sigma Tau sorority were passing out information as representatives of one of the groups involved with promoting National Eating Disorders Awareness Week in Feb. 2014. – PAUL KUEHNEL- FILE

By Julie Stefanski, clinical dietitian at WellSpan Health

At some point you may have had a friend struggling with an eating disorder too.  Mine would often talk about what she ate right before we were together or what she planned to eat after we parted.  Lies about the amount, the quantity, and the type of food she had indulged in were frequent and abundant.  Unfortunately imaginary food does little to nourish our bodies.

February is Eating Disorder Awareness Month.  Disordered eating behaviors can come in many forms.

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How to make sure your kids have great dental health

Sean Hermanns, an educator at Byrnes Health Education Center, demonstrates the proper way to brush teeth.

Sean Hermanns, an educator at Byrnes Health Education Center, demonstrates the proper way to brush teeth.

“How many times a day should we brush our teeth?”
“Two!”
How many minutes should we spend brushing our teeth?”
“Two!”
“How many times a year should we visit the dentist?”
“Two!”

Students emphatically yell the answers as an educator from the Byrnes Health Education Center quizzes them at the end of a dental health program. After the program is over the students are not only excited about taking good care of their teeth, but also have the information they need to keep their smiles safe and healthy.

February is National Children’s Dental Health month. This month-long national health observance brings together thousands of dedicated dental professionals, healthcare providers, and educators to promote the benefits of good oral health to children, their caregivers, teachers and many others.

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The Skinny on Swim Caps

Got more than a few inches of hair? You’re going to want to wear a swim cap when you’re swimming laps. Swim caps keep your hair pulled back and tucked away, and make you look hardcore.

John Nelson with York YMCA Aquatics says there are two kinds of caps, silicon and latex. Some people may be allergic to latex caps, so assessing whether or not that’s true of you is the first step in choosing a cap. Silicon caps are generally a little more expensive, but conform well to most heads.

You can buy caps at most any athletic store or online.
Some area stores that sell caps and suits are Flying Feet and Dick’s Sporting Goods.

Between uses, it’s best to store your in cap in a dry area. This will increase the life of your cap.

Want to make sure you’re doing it right? John Nelson and swimmer Leah Braswell demonstrate how to properly put on your cap.

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The “it’s all about me” workout

Megan Donely leads a Hatha/Vinyasa all levels yoga class at her studio, Lotus Moon Yoga, in York. DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS - KATE PENN - FILE

Megan Donely leads a Hatha/Vinyasa all levels yoga class at her studio, Lotus Moon Yoga, in York. DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS – KATE PENN – FILE

Yoga is an important part of my daily schedule. I practice at three different locations (four if I include my college-daughter’s empty bedroom) and am definitely “out of sorts” if I miss my “yoga-time.” I am somewhat fanatical about exercise; I love hiking, trail running, biking, rowing, strength training, group exercise, the entire gamut. I enjoy the sweat, the fatigue, the mental high, the muscle burn and the feeling of accomplishment upon completion. During all of those workouts, my mind always wanders to tasks, goals, and memories and often times, work. Enter yoga. Yoga is the only time of the day that it is “all about me”.

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Heritage Rail Trail recognized for its history and healthy influence

Kristin Titzell of York City goes for a run with her six-month-old son Kohen on the York County Heritage Rail Trail north of the Brillhart Station parking lot on Wednesday, April 9, 2014. Chris Dunn - Daily Record/Sunday News

Kristin Titzell of York City goes for a run with her six-month-old son Kohen on the York County Heritage Rail Trail north of the Brillhart Station parking lot on Wednesday, April 9, 2014. Chris Dunn – Daily Record/Sunday News

Governor Tom Wolf announced today that the Heritage Rail Trail in York County won Pennsylvania’s 2015 Trail of the Year.

“I’m excited that a trail in York County has received this special designation,” Governor Tom Wolf said in a news release. “It highlights how trails provide our citizens with nearby opportunities for affordable outdoor exercise, and play an important role in the economic vitality of nearby communities attracting visitors who stay, eat and shop.”

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resource’s Pennsylvania Trails Advisory Committee created the title to promote the local public trails. There were 21 trails nominated in the designation’s second year. Continue reading “Heritage Rail Trail recognized for its history and healthy influence” »

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How do I love thee?

run-love-1My long-term relationship with running blossomed out of an intense dislike that, some might say, bordered on hatred. Though I always played sports growing up, I only ran when someone made me. I was slow and chubby and never in a million years would have thought I could be a runner. But in my mid-twenties I got past the initial hurdles of running on purpose, and soon the sport and I became inseparable. So it’s fitting that this Valentine’s Day, February 14, the training plan for my 7th marathon has me scheduled for a 14-miler. It was meant to be.

 

And so my dear, beloved running, I dedicate this to you. These are the reasons I love you, and hope I always will.

1. You make me feel strong, both physically and mentally.
2. You help me accomplish goals I never in a million years dreamed possible.
3. You make it ok to wear neon spandex… in public!
4. You help me calm anxiety, work through stress, and forget my problems at least for a little while.
5. You are the reason strangers sometimes high-five or cheer me on. Continue reading “How do I love thee?” »

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Snack healthy on a small budget

It was sometime around my 20th bag of microwave butter popcorn for the winter that I realized: I am a terrible snacker.

I, like many people, make excuses for my junkie snacking habits; “It’s cold outside, so I’ll eat this warm cinnamon bun that’s bigger than my head,” or “I had a small lunch, so I’m just going to polish off this sleeve of Oreos.”

So I decided that I don’t have to stop snacking, I just have to lower my portion size and switch to healthier (but still tasty) snacks.

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Grapefruit and medications, not always good together

Julie Stefanski, clinical dietitian at WellSpan Health

With cold and flu season in full swing, there’s a chance you may start taking a new prescription or over the counter medication you haven’t used before.  Many people are aware that medications can interact with each other, but it’s important to be aware that some foods, beverages, and dietary supplements, even those made from natural ingredients, can have negative side effects when paired with medications.

Submitted photo of grapefruit by Julie Stefanski, clinical dietitian at WellSpan Health

Submitted photo of grapefruit by Julie Stefanski, clinical dietitian at WellSpan Health

Foods, alcohol, and dietary supplements can change the way a medication works in the body by affecting a drug’s absorption, breakdown, or intended effects.  In the most basic sense, if food will delay absorption of a medication, instructions may include to take it on an empty stomach.  It’s important to follow these guidelines, including avoiding foods that are normally harmless on their own.

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Meatout Mondays: Pumpkin chocolate chip oat bars

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Pumpkins aren’t just for fall desserts. Freeimages photo by ziptrivia

Who says we can’t eat pumpkin in the middle of winter? This is especially true if chocolate is involved.

I made these back in November for Vegansgiving, a local vegan Thanksgiving potluck. (Hence why there isn’t a photo — they were gobbled up!)

However, clocking in at 128 calories and low-fat, these are a perfect post-workout snack. I love it when I can eat a sweet treat and it isn’t sinful. I plan on making these next week in preparation for my half-marathon training.

And since it isn’t primary pumpkin baking time, there’s sure to be a can available in the grocery aisle.

Pumpkin chocolate chip oat bars
Serves: 16

Ingredients

  • 3 cups gluten free oats
  • 2 teaspoons aluminum free baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • pinch of ground cloves
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon olive or coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup vegan chocolate chips, plus 2 tablespoons for sprinkling on top

Directions

Head over to the Ambitious Kitchen. Monique did an awesome job with this recipe; I can’t take credit.

Have a recipe to share? Email bfehlinger@ydr.com.

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