Dean Hess wears a turkey decoy on his head while waiting for the start of the YMCA of York County’s Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving in 2012. (For the Daily Record/Sunday News — Jeff Lautenberger)
What’s the caloric harm in eating a little turkey, stuffing and mashed potatoes covered in a small pond of gravy?
And then there are the candied sweet potatoes, the green-bean casserole topped with those crunchy onions and the dinner rolls with butter. Don’t forget the chips and dip you snacked on before dinner, and, of course, the wedge of pumpkin pie for dessert.
Maybe you decide to go for seconds or continue munching on leftovers throughout the day.
You’ve heard the estimate before: People consume thousands of calories during Thanksgiving dinner. According to the Calorie Control Council, the average American might take in 4,500 calories from eating a traditional Thanksgiving dinner and snacking throughout the day.
The holiday season is gearing up, which means cookies, pies and holiday parties that add extra calories and pounds. Put those stretchy pants away because this year is different. Learn how to curb your eating habits and keep those 5 to 10 pesky pounds at bay. Continue reading →
Every November, the American Cancer Society hosts the Great American Smokeout, an event that encourages tobacco users to quit smoking and take steps to improve health. Eat Play Breathe York has produced its latest public service announcement in partnership with York College students as a method to encourage tobacco cessation.
I almost always run by myself. Lack of runner friends who live nearby, a weird schedule, irrational fear of slowing other runners down, and frequent need to run high miles for training makes me a neon loner. Generally, I like this. Lone wolf Penn, they call me. (No one calls me this.)
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Lot’s of running columns suggest that if you work out with a buddy, you’ll be less likely to bail. I am the TOTAL opposite. I learned this in high school when my best friend and I would frequently head to the gym and even sometimes walk through the door, only to get derailed and go for coffee (and french fries) instead. We were terrible influences on each other. It was a blast.
Armed with this knowledge of myself and a metabolism that doesn’t seem to be speeding up with age, I now log my miles on my own with my thoughts, podcasts, and terrible (amazing) pop mixes. The nice part about this is since I’m always running on my own, when I get the opportunity to run with a friend it’s actually a treat and I don’t feel the need to find a way to eat french fries instead. (Run first, then fries.) Continue reading →
Rushing through meals is pretty common in our society — probably because we tend to rush through everything — but eating quickly usually doesn’t make for a healthy experience. As I explained, those who consume their meals at a more leisurely pace tend to eat fewer calories, weigh less and have better digestion — not to mention they actually have time to enjoy their food!
Unfortunately decelerating isn’t always as easy as it sounds, especially if you’ve been a speed-eater for years or if your dining partners tend to finish their food quickly. The best way to make it happen is to be intentional about it. Get started now by utilizing one or more of these six strategies. Continue reading →
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Big cholesterol news: On Tuesday, the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology released new treatment guidelines that would assess people’s risk factors in addition to cholesterol levels. According to CNN, the new protocols could double the amount of people on medication to lower their cholesterol.
For fun: The New York Times Well blog wrote about runners who love to imbibe. According to the article, researchers found that “drinking the light beer with added salts didn’t put athletes at great risk of further dehydration.” And speaking of hydration, CNN shows off 15 foods that promote it.
Little kids love to mimic their parents. And what better behavior to mimic than exercise?
Since taking up running a few years ago, my racing partner’s two oldest children have each joined their elementary school’s running club. This past weekend they participated in a 1-mile fun run.
Photo by Kate Penn
If you’ve never seen the start line of a kids race, you are missing out. The grins on these kids faces as they sprinted was out of control. The first finisher came in under 6 minutes (!) and the rest trickled in over the next 10 minutes. Each kid got a bib with the #1 on it, a goody bag and of course, a medal.
Lots of 5K’s and some longer races have kids runs just after. It’s a great way to get your kids involved in what you’re doing and foster a love of running, or at least get them some bling.
Carter Bowman, right, watches football with his family, including his uncle Paul Brubaker, center, and aunt Beth Brubaker, left, in November at Central York High School. Carter, 15, was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor two years ago. He is now in remission and recently started a foundation to help other kids undergoing the same treatment he went through. A fundraiser benefiting the Carter N. Bowman Foundation will be held Saturday at the Out Door Country Club. (Kate Penn — Daily Record/Sunday News)
When Carter Bowman learned he had a malignant brain tumor, he thought of sick kids lying in hospital beds and people dying.
Then he chose to think about it differently.
The Central York High School freshman was 13 when he was diagnosed with a grade 3 anaplastic astrocytoma brain tumor. He had been hit while playing football for his middle school’s team in October 2011. And because his parents weren’t at the game, they took him to get tested for a concussion, just to be safe.
He didn’t have a concussion. However, the scan showed an abnormality in his brain. Continue reading →
Eat Play Breathe York, a health initiative within York City, is focused on making the healthy choice the easy choice. Partners in the initiative are working to improve access to healthy food options, increase physical activity opportunities and decrease exposure to tobacco through policies, systems and environmental changes.
Eat Play Breathe York has recently embarked on a new project: educating the community about healthy living options through one minute public service announcements. The first video, Yum! Apples! features “adorable kids,” participants of the York YMCA school-aged child care program, who proclaim their unscripted thoughts about eating apples. Continue reading →
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