Harvest Share to get fresh produce to food pantries

Stop by the community stand at Central Market York to donate your surplus. DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS - REBECCA HANLON

Stop by the community stand at Central Market York to donate your surplus. DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS – REBECCA HANLON

The York County Food Alliance created Harvest Share recently to provide fresh produce to food pantries that feed hungry families in the area.

The latest Community Health Needs Assessment for York and Adams Counties shows many adults might not be getting the necessary amount of vegetables in their diets, and organizers hope to change that.

Out of those who participated in the assessment, only 3 percent of adults reported eating the recommended vegetables the day before, while 0 percent of adults living in poverty ate the right amount.

“It’s a very basic need that if we try hard enough, we believe we can meet,” said Joe Anne Ward-Cottrell with WellSpan Community Health and Wellness. Continue reading “Harvest Share to get fresh produce to food pantries” »

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Dover Township woman battles through breast cancer on horse farm

Holly Sands has been cancer-free for four years. After a tumor was removed from her right breast, she kept active on her parents' horse farm in Dover Township, even throwing bales with her left arm to keep busy. She continues doing what she loves, such as teaching students like Ann Lehan of East Berlin, but she has a new focus on her family. (Jason Plotkin — Daily Record/Sunday News)

Holly Sands has been cancer-free for four years. After a tumor was removed from her right breast, she kept active on her parents’ horse farm in Dover Township, even throwing bales with her left arm to keep busy. She continues doing what she loves, such as teaching students like Ann Lehan of East Berlin, but she has a new focus on her family. (Jason Plotkin — Daily Record/Sunday News)

Holly Sands has never been one to take it easy.

The 53-year-old Dover Township woman never let anything keep her from her family’s horse farm, even when she battled breast cancer.

While doing a breast self-exam, she found a lump on her right breast just before she was due for an annual mammogram in 2010. When she went in for her appointment, she described to the technician where she’d felt the tiny bump, and marks were made on her films of where it was located.

But if she hadn’t noticed the lump herself, Sands said, her oncology surgeon told her they might have missed the subtle difference. Continue reading “Dover Township woman battles through breast cancer on horse farm” »

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How many calories in that Halloween parade mile?

Extravaster zombies dance to Toxic during the 64th Annual Halloween Parade in York Sunday October 27, 2013. Paul Kuehnel - Daily Record/Sunday News

Extravaster zombies dance to Toxic during the 64th Annual Halloween Parade in York Sunday October 27, 2013. Paul Kuehnel – Daily Record/Sunday News

The York Halloween parade will be one mile shorter this year.

We were wondering, how many calories do you think were burned in that stretch?

According to the calorie calculator here, a 140-pound drum major would burn 230 calories in one hour of walking.

Use the calculator to see how many calories you’d burn with different activities.

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CSA Summer: Sesame noodle salad, roasted chicken with tomatoes

Among other veg in our CSA half-share this week, we received some fresh sweet peppers. We get excited whenever we have fresh peppers, because it’s a good opportunity to make two easy salads that were among our standbys when we first started cooking together in college.

The first standby: Sesame noodle salad.

Sesame noodle salad. Photography by Jeff Lautenberger.

Sesame noodle salad. Photography by Jeff Lautenberger.

It’s a Ree Drummond (Pioneer Woman) recipe that we’ve adapted and slightly tweaked over the years. (Fun fact: We celebrated my birthday one year in college by making a four-hour roundtrip to a Pioneer Woman cookbook signing event. She asked us if we were married.)  Continue reading “CSA Summer: Sesame noodle salad, roasted chicken with tomatoes” »

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Free fitness classes with No Sweat, York a hit this summer; join us for final JCC event Tuesday night

Yoga class participants practice asanas outside the York Daily Record/Sunday News building in West Manchester Township during the month of July with Megan Donley, owner of Lotus Moon Yoga and Creative Healing Arts Center. (Photo by Kate Penn)

Yoga class participants practice asanas outside the York Daily Record/Sunday News building in West Manchester Township during the month of July with Megan Donley, owner of Lotus Moon Yoga and Creative Healing Arts Center. (Photo by Kate Penn)


Last summer, we started our No Sweat in the Park classes to engage the York community in its health and fitness initiatives offline. Throughout the months of May, June, July and August, readers came out to do Zumba, boot camp, yoga and BODYCOMBAT with area instructors and the No Sweat, York, staff.

This summer, we revived the fitness campaign and were delighted to see new faces and returning community members sweating it out with us at the York Daily Record.
Continue reading “Free fitness classes with No Sweat, York a hit this summer; join us for final JCC event Tuesday night” »

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Video: Tacfit 717 Level 1 Workout


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Jason Cavanaugh is head coach and owner of Tacfit 717 in Dallastown. In the coming weeks, we’ll be rolling out four videos with Jason. Tacfit works on a four-level system, with one being the easiest, four the most challenging. This week’s video is level one. Every two weeks we’ll post the next level.

Tacfit is a high intensity intervals program. They do mostly body weight exercises until your body is strong enough to add a weight. “We’re more about recovery. So I’m trying to get your heart rate up as high as I possibly can, and then recover during that break,” says Cavanaugh. The work rest ratio is always changing which Cavanaugh says can mess with you mentally. “It’s a cognitive challenge as well as an endurance muscular challenge. Today its 20 on, 10 off. Tomorrow is might be 90 on, 30 seconds off.”

These four exercises work on 4 degrees of movement. A push (pushup) legs (squat) Body forward (crunch) rotation (sitout). This specific order gives your body a break as it moves from one body part to the next.

When performing these exercises, do 20 seconds on, 10 off. Do all four exercises then repeat them. Then give yourself a whole minute off. You should do the circuit for a total of 8 times, equaling a 20-minute, high intensity workout.

Need help timing yourself? There’s an app for that. Tacfit Timer is available at the app store for $.99.

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Calm the chaos with healthy after school snacks

Adrianna Thompson, 6, gets off the bus as students arrive on the first day of school at Conewago Elementary School Tuesday, August 19, 2014. Kate Penn - Daily Record/Sunday News

Adrianna Thompson, 6, gets off the bus as students arrive on the first day of school at Conewago Elementary School Tuesday, August 19, 2014. Kate Penn – Daily Record/Sunday News

As York County students get back on the school bus this week, I’m sure many parents are enjoying the quiet that has settled over the house.

Just listen to the nothing for a moment.

OK. Done?

I’m not a parent myself, but I grew up in a family with six kids and I have these startling memories of us all coming home from our homeschool co-op and raiding the kitchen like we hadn’t eaten in weeks.

It was insane. No food was safe. Continue reading “Calm the chaos with healthy after school snacks” »

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CSA Summer: Week 11, featuring eggplants, golden beets, more melon

Jeff and I did a bit of arithmetic last night.

Thanks to the 10-pound bag of peaches he bought last week and to our CSA half-share, we had 31 peaches that we somehow managed to finish yesterday.

We’ve received five (!) CSA melons in the past three weeks, including this week.

And in non-CSA news, we have 35 jalapeño peppers in various stages of maturity growing on our six pepper plants. And that doesn’t include the numerous flower buds that will eventually produce more peppers.

With the incredible bounty that we’re getting via our CSA and our container garden, I’m tempted to write up a summer parody of “12 Days of Christmas.” All that said, here’s what we got yesterday from Miller Plant Farm:

Clockwise, from top left: Eggplants (purple and white), tomatoes, golden beets, corn (2 of 4), mini watermelon and sweet peppers. Photo by Jeff Lautenberger.

Clockwise, from top left: Eggplants (purple and white), tomatoes, golden beets, corn (2 of 4), mini watermelon and sweet peppers. Photo by Jeff Lautenberger.

I’m still embarrassed by how unoriginal we were with our CSA veg last week, even though half the share was fruit, so we’ve gone warp speed already this week.: In the past 16 hours, we’ve used up all the sweet peppers for two recipes, as well as three ears of corn and half the melon. The tomatoes will get their treatment tonight or tomorrow, and we’ll also take care of the beets. I’m letting Jeff do what he will with the eggplants, since I have never, ever enjoyed eggplant.

That said, if anyone sends in a cool recipe that makes eggplant taste like an edible squash, I’d be willing to try it.

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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Review: Garmin Forerunner 220

Two weeks ago I walked out of my apartment, turned on my watch, and waited for it to connect to satellites. And waited… and waited… and waited. Ten minutes later, my watch still refusing to connect, I left for my run using the stopwatch to estimate my miles. Six miles in to my 8 mile run it finally connected. Since it hadn’t connected for the first 6 miles, the end result told me my pace was something like 25min/mile. That stupid watch called me slow! It was the last straw.

garmin-1Two hours and a fair amount of internet research fueled by rage later, I had a shiny new watch. Meet my Garmin Forerunner 220.

It’s totally ok to be jealous.

This watch solves 99% of the problems I had with my old watch.

I’m not going to give  a full blown review because the only watches I have tested are ones I own. But I will give the high and low lights of this watch. SPOILER ALERT: there are very few low lights with this puppy. Continue reading “Review: Garmin Forerunner 220” »

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How to save yourself from mindless eating

Do you find yourself reaching for food even when you aren't hungry? (AP Photo/John Dunn)

Do you find yourself reaching for food even when you aren’t hungry? (AP Photo/John Dunn)

By Julie Stefanski, WellSpan dietitian

Researcher Brian Wansink, relays some important findings about how Americans eat in his book Mindless EatingThrough Wansink’s experiments (some rather funny, like the ever filling soup bowl) researchers determined that basically, if there’s food in sight – we’ll eat it, the bigger the food container, the more we’ll eat out of it, and if the food keeps coming, we’ll keep on eating.

Everyone is born a “mindful eater.”  A child normally stops eating when their stomach is full.  As we grow older we learn to eat for reasons other than hunger and to follow other cues when it comes to stopping. When we make food choices based on habits or emotions, whether it be boredom, stress, or sadness, we can end up eating more than our bodies actually need.

Food is everywhere and if you’re not skilled at passing it by sometimes, it’s bound to end up as unwanted weight gain.  Whether it’s in your office or your own home, fight back against mindless eating by setting a few rules for yourself.  Continue reading “How to save yourself from mindless eating” »

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