Humidity is the Worst

I know people who love to run in the heat. 80 degrees? Full sun? No problem!

Sonya Paclob – Daily Record / Sunday News

Sonya Paclob – Daily Record / Sunday News

I am not those people. I am hands down the sweatiest person I know. I’ve been known to carry water for runs as short as 3 miles. On long runs I sport a sizable camelbak backpack and, on more than one occasion, have asked an unsuspecting stranger out gardening for a refill.

Still, I’ve got a system for the heat and it works.

But humidity is a totally different beast.

As you may have noticed, York hit levels of humidity usually reserved for jungles this week. The kind of gross when you walk outside and immediately feel damp. Breathing becomes an absolute chore. I find the best course of action these days is to immediately go back inside and eat ice cream until it all goes away. Continue reading “Humidity is the Worst” »

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CSA Summer: Corn chowder and deep-dish Portobello pizza

We just picked up our latest CSA half-share from Miller Plant Farm today, but I’ll show you that bounty tomorrow. In the meantime, here’s what we did with last week’s goods.

First, we used our corn (from this week’s share) and potatoes (from the previous week’s share) and made a corn chowder:

Corn chowder. Photo by Jeff Lautenberger.

Corn chowder. Photo by Jeff Lautenberger.

We had used Food52′s corn chowder recipe last year and absolutely loved it, but for some reason, it didn’t turn out the same when we attempted it again this year. If we make it again, we’ll either add two more ears of corn or use a little less of the other ingredients (particularly the potatoes) to make the soup more corn-centric than it turned out last week. Continue reading “CSA Summer: Corn chowder and deep-dish Portobello pizza” »

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Hanover prepares for Heart Walk

Kelly Long of Lebanon carring a torch in Honor of her Father John Fernsler of Lebanon who is a stroke suvivor, in the American Heart Association walk. FILE PHOTO

Kelly Long of Lebanon carring a torch in Honor of her Father John Fernsler of Lebanon who is a stroke suvivor, in the American Heart Association walk. FILE PHOTO

In just two months, hundreds of individuals from the Hanover area and beyond will gather to take strides against the community’s number one and number four killers, heart disease and stroke, at the 2014 Hanover Heart Walk sponsored by Hanover Hospital. The annual walk to raise awareness about heart disease and stroke prevention and raise funds for the American Heart Association will take place Sunday, Sept. 14 at Hanover Hospital. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. and the walk steps off at 1 p.m. Continue reading “Hanover prepares for Heart Walk” »

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Satisfying Mexican-inspired meal for 500 calories

tacos4I’ve flopped back and forth on tracking my calories. The one time I was consistent with it, about a year ago, I lost a few pounds to fit into one of my favorite dresses for a friend’s wedding.

But after that victory, the logging has been iffy. I might do it for a few weeks only to stop again when I don’t want to be reminded that the piece of chocolate cake will put me over my limit. Continue reading “Satisfying Mexican-inspired meal for 500 calories” »

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Rocky Mountain “way too high”… above sea level

I always thought altitude sickness was a myth—certainly not something that could affect a collegiate athlete like myself! Yet on my recent vacation to Estes Park, Colorado, I confidently strolled my 50 pound suitcase up a slight incline… and doubled over coughing like I smoked six packs a day.

Colorado BlogEmbarrassed by my lack of stamina, and left wondering if I was not, in fact, in as good as shape as I thought I was, I asked a few of the local Rocky Mountain natives about how to combat this new phenomenon. Apparently Estes Park is 7,522 feet above sea level which, if you do the math, is way over York County’s meager 400 feet.

 

Locals told my family that in order to be able to breathe properly, and to not be thwarted by a hill that my two year-old niece could easily navigate, we needed to drink several quarts of water every day. Desperate to breathe again, we did not go anywhere without our water bottles for the following two days, and the most exercise we ended up tackling was the mini-golf course. Continue reading “Rocky Mountain “way too high”… above sea level” »

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6-Exercise Leg Workout


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Heidi Parr, certified personal trainer and sports nutritionist, says having a leg day in your normal workout week is not only important for your leg muscles and muscle endurance, it’s also extremely important for joint mobility. As we get older we lose a lot of our joint mobility. Performing exercises that take you side to side, forward, and backward keeps your joint flexibility intact. Performing these exercises helps prevent loss of range of motion in your ankles, knees, and hip joints. “People thinking working out they think muscle building, but that’s not really what its all about.” Continue reading “6-Exercise Leg Workout” »

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TacFit717 moves to Dallastown gym, offers free two-week membership

TacFit 717 members work out in the old gym. Check out the larger, newer studio in Dallastown. SUBMITTED

TacFit 717 members work out in the old gym. Check out the larger, newer studio in Dallastown. SUBMITTED

TacFit 717 moved this spring to its Dallastown location after two years in a small studio on George Street.

Owner Jason Cavanaugh said the new building will allow them to grow, not only in being able to doing full pull-ups, thanks to taller ceilings, but in allowing large class sizes.

tacfitTacFit was first designed as a workout for military crisis responders who go into high stress situations that require a quick recovery, Cavanaugh said. When applying it to the everyday person, the high intensity interval training increases metabolism and muscle tone, he added.

One client tagged Cavanaugh on Facebook pictures when she was able to climb a mountain during a vacation in Hawaii. Another told him she was able to play with her kids in the pool, jumping in and out, without becoming tired. Continue reading “TacFit717 moves to Dallastown gym, offers free two-week membership” »

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York City’s Barbara Kovacs has a passion for public health

Barbara Kovacs, director of the York City Bureau of Health, works out at Gold’s Gym (Photo by Jason Plotkin)

Barbara Kovacs, director of the York City Bureau of Health, works out at Gold’s Gym (Photo by Jason Plotkin)


In the 1990s, after Barbara Kovacs attended a public health conference in Tucson, Ariz., she knew she one day wanted to direct the York City Bureau of Health.

She had been working for the department as a planner for a couple of years. She said the energy and passion she felt from others at the conference inspired her to dive more deeply into the field.

When she returned to York, she told then Director Dr. David L. Hawk — now medical director — that she aspired to run his department.
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CSA Summer: Week 5, featuring massive mushrooms and sweet corn

So, here’s the bounty of our CSA half-share from Miller Plant Farm for this week:

Clockwise, from top left: Portobello mushrooms, Swiss chard, green beans, cucumber and sweet corn. Photo by Jeff Lautenberger.

Clockwise, from top left: Portobello mushrooms, Swiss chard, green beans, cucumber and sweet corn. Photo by Jeff Lautenberger.

And here’s the catch: That’s not even half of it.

Jeff traded in our head of lettuce for another portion of portobellos, so we have maybe a dozen gigantic, gorgeous mushrooms coming out of our ears. Speaking of ears, we have six ears of corn (only three are pictured). And we have a lot more green beans than that pile shown in the photo.

Jeff weighed out the whole haul, and turns out we have nine (9!) pounds of vegetables this week. I’m really excited about this share, because a) I love portobellos, b) I’ve been excited to get sweet corn from our CSA and c) no summer squash. Last night, we used half of the portobellos to make a risotto, and we have grand schemes for the rest of the veg.

If only my mother could see for herself how excited I am about fresh vegetables.

Be sure to check back later to find out what we did/plan to do with all this amazing produce. And if you have any ideas or suggestions (we’re always open to new recipes!), feel free to contact me at cdunn@ydr.com.

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Red Lion woman to bike 150 miles to benefit Johns Hopkins Hospital

Amber Warrington trains on a stationary bike in the basement of her Red Lion home. Warrington is participating in the September Ride to Conquer Cancer, benefiting Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center, Sibley Memorial and Suburban Hospitals. She is in training for the 150-mile, two-day event in memory of her mother, Sharon Cowger, who died of lung cancer in 2012, after a three year battle. (Jason Plotkin — Daily Record/Sunday News)

Amber Warrington trains on a stationary bike in the basement of her Red Lion home. Warrington is participating in the September Ride to Conquer Cancer, benefiting Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center, Sibley Memorial and Suburban Hospitals. She is in training for the 150-mile, two-day event in memory of her mother, Sharon Cowger, who died of lung cancer in 2012, after a three year battle. (Jason Plotkin — Daily Record/Sunday News)

When Amber Warrington hops on her stationary bike in the basement of her Red Lion home, she is focused.

Head straight, eyes set ahead, she leans in to the handle bars and steadies her legs on the peddles.

The 38-year-old Red Lion woman is preparing for the Sept. 13 and 14, 150-mile Ride to Conquer Cancer benefiting Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center, Sibley Memorial and Suburban Hospitals.

“I was a mess before I ever ran my first 5K, so I’m pretty nervous for this one,” she said. “But in my heart I’ve got to do it.”

Warrington isn’t riding for her own physical benefit, although she enjoys the challenge. She’s riding for the woman she thinks would be most proud of her accomplishments: her mother. Continue reading “Red Lion woman to bike 150 miles to benefit Johns Hopkins Hospital” »

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