York resident selected as finalist for national fitness award

Submitted: Allen Houtz

Submitted: Allen Houtz

York resident, Allen Houtz, has been selected as one of the Top 10 finalists for the 2015 SilverSneakers® Fitness Richard L. Swanson Inspiration Award, for his dedication to fitness and overall well-being. The national award winner will be selected by a public vote. Now through August 7, 2015, the community is invited to vote for his inspiring story at facebook.com/silversneakers. You can vote once per day.

Houtz, who has been active most of his life, never imagined that the phrase “use it or lose it” would apply to him until he was confronted with Parkinson’s disease. After being diagnosed, he joined a nearby gym and began attending SilverSneakers classes to increase his range of motion. Exercising four to five times we week, including Tai Chi and yoga, he was able to improve his walk, and was no longer doing the “Parkinson’s Shuffle.” Houtz pushes himself and remains committed to exercise to help curb his disease and improve his balance. The SilverSneakers Fitness program has allowed him to regain what Parkinson’s tried to take away, and he and his wife celebrate each day that he keeps moving.

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Free Zumba session

When: Monday, Aug. 17  6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Where: Dover Area Community Library, 3700 Davidsburg Road, Dover, PA 17315

What: Free Zumba session in the library parking lot (in case of rain, held in community building).

For those of you looking for a new way to jump-start your fitness program in 2015, or add a little something to your current routine, come and give it a try. Zumba is a Latin-inspired, dance fitness program suitable for all ages, body shapes/sizes and genders. Get ready to shake your booty to some of your favorite tunes, as well as the Zumba-inspired Salsa, Merengue and Reggae beats. My goal is to motivate and inspire you to be the best that you can be, all while encouraging you to work at your own fitness level. Whether Zumba is something totally new to you, or you’re a seasoned Zumba participant that does Zumba every night of the week, come and join us for an energetic, sweat-inspired hour of fun. If you enjoy dancing, you will love this class! The Zumba instructor will be Jennifer Miller.

For more information about weekly classes, click here.

Also, join us to check out The Digital Bookmobile, open from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., to check out our interactive computer stations and learn how to browse, borrow, and enjoy electronic materials from York County Libraries.  You have devices! We have eBooks!

By Karen Hostetter

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Running gear worth swooning over

A serious chunk of my expendable income goes to running. New clothes, water bottles, watches, tunes, sneakers, races, it adds up. If I told you how much I spent on these things, you’d judge me. So I’m not going to tell you.

I think most people have that one thing, the thing they spend money on. For parents, well it’s probably your kids. But for those of us who have yet to procreate, there is usually a hobby that sucks up all that extra cash. Basically running is my screaming infant.

The problem with a lot of running gear is that you don’t know how well it will work for you until you buy it and use it on a run. And post run, most gear is not returnable. Take, for instance, the $35 Nike sports bra I bought a few weeks ago. I’ve got a few Nike sports bras I like a lot. This one was a different cut, and felt fine in the dressing room. It felt fine all the way until mile 3 when I realized it was chopping into my chest, leaving me with a low hanging necklace of scratches. I was reminded for the next week as the scratches turned to little scabs just how much that particular sports bra sucked.

It’s for this reason that I like to shout it from the rooftops when I find gear I like that does not injure me. It’s hard to know what will work for you and what won’t.  But I bought 3 things recently that I’m swooning over.

Thing #1

The Camelbak Circuit sits well on my frame without feeling too binding in the chest.

The Camelbak Circuit sits well on my frame without feeling too binding in the chest.

Camelbak Circuit

I’m a sweaty girl. As such, I need a lot of water on long runs. I’ve run with a camelbak backpack before but this is more like a vest. It sits much better on my frame than the backpack, but still lets me carry a lot of water plus phone and fuel. Bonus for the ladies, this didn’t cut into my chest at all and distributed the weight really well. Big improvement. Continue reading “Running gear worth swooning over” »

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Where does Diabetes start?

By Julie Stefanski, Clinical Dietitian at WellSpan Health, Twitter: @foodhelp123

It’s July 21, 2025.

You sit back in shock as your doctor tells you what you just didn’t want to hear, “You have diabetes.”

You have now joined a club of over 29 million Americans that have Diabetes. You’re actually in a somewhat better position than the 8 million people who have diabetes and don’t even know it. By 2025, Diabetes is expected to reach epidemic proportions and that club will have even more members.

When blood sugar levels start rising above normal we don’t even feel a change at first. Daily damage from sugar in the blood when it’s too high isn’t typically felt or noticed until it gets to really dangerous levels. It sneakily leads to damage to the heart, eyes, kidneys, and feet over years of high sugar levels even before someone may have a true Diabetes diagnosis.

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Free fitness classes continue in August

About 100 people kicked and punched along with Jen Kuhn as she led a kickboxing class during No Sweat in the Park at the York Daily Record/Sunday News in West Manchester Township Tuesday, May 19, 2015. Kate Penn — Daily Record/Sunday News

About 100 people kicked and punched along with Jen Kuhn as she led a kickboxing class during No Sweat in the Park at the York Daily Record/Sunday News in West Manchester Township Tuesday, May 19, 2015. Kate Penn — Daily Record/Sunday News

It’s not too late, we have two months left of free fitness classes this season, which gives plenty of time to burn more calories and gain strength.

The York Daily Record is committed to helping our community get stronger and feel better and we do that together with our No Sweat, York initiative.

A bootcamp class will be held on Aug. 11 and 18 and a fun circuits class will be Aug. 25 and Sept. 1. We will also have yoga for kids during the Sept. 1 session. Each class will be held at 6 p.m. on our back lawn at 1891 Loucks Road in West Manchester Township.

Don’t be shy, these are open to all fitness levels and we encourage everyone to come and move as much as possible. We’re all in this together!

So, here’s what’s up next.

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CSA Summer: Week 6, featuring zucchini butter, tomato tart

Jeff was out of town for another four days this past week, so before he left, he spent two days cooking up a storm to make sure I’d eat healthily during his absence. Thank goodness for husbands, and thank goodness for this past week’s CSA bounty from Goldfinch Farm:

Roughly clockwise, from bottom left: Onions, cucumbers, broccoli, scallions, green beans, zucchini, tomatoes, sweet gold tomatoes, green bell pepper. Photo by Chris Dunn

Roughly clockwise, from bottom left: Onions, cucumbers, broccoli, scallions, green beans, zucchini, tomatoes, sweet gold tomatoes, green bell pepper. Photo by Chris Dunn

First, Jeff made a cucumber and charred onion salad that he found in the June edition of Bon Appétit:

Cucumber and charred onion salad. Photo by Jeff Lautenberger.

Cucumber and charred onion salad. Photo by Jeff Lautenberger.

You can find the magazine’s full recipe here. Below are Jeff’s alterations to the recipe:

  • Instead of using two red onions, Jeff used 1/2 red onion, 1/2 white onion and 3 scallions/green onions.
  • He added fresh oregano, mostly because our oregano is taking over the world.
  • He marinated the chile in vinegar and 1 tablespoon of sugar — but he drained the soaking vinegar before adding the chile to the salad, to reduce the heat.
  • He also added 1 tablespoon of lemon juice.

Jeff really liked the salad. It wasn’t my favorite, mostly because I don’t like onions and I thought the flavor was pretty mild. The grilled scallions were really nice, though.  Continue reading “CSA Summer: Week 6, featuring zucchini butter, tomato tart” »

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Take steps toward better heart health

Submitted: Presenters, from left, Cori Strathmeyer of the YMCA of York, Dr. Matthew Howie and Craig Walt, both of the City of York — Bureau of Health, take questions at the end of a Million Hearts Workshop open to the public Monday, July 20.

Submitted: Presenters, from left, Cori Strathmeyer of the YMCA of York, Dr. Matthew Howie and Craig Walt, both of the City of York — Bureau of Health, take questions at the end of a Million Hearts Workshop open to the public Monday, July 20.

By Cori Strathmeyer, director of Healthy Living at YMCA of York

Did you exercise 30 minutes a day for five days last week?

If you did, you’re one of the few in York County.

Only 17 percent of York Countians met this fitness goal last year, according to the Healthy York County Coalition’s 2015 Community Health Needs Assessment.

Yet exercising 30 minutes a day, five days a week, is proven to lower your risk for cardiovascular disease. When cardiovascular disease is responsible for one of every three deaths in the U.S., why wouldn’t you want to lower your risk so you can live a longer, healthier and happier life?

So what’s stopping you? Why aren’t you moving?

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Meatout Mondays: Stuffed cabbage casserole

Photo by Bethany Fehlinger

Photo by Bethany Fehlinger

In my hometown during this time a year, each weekend is filled with church bazaars. These are similar to this area’s church or township carnivals, but with one main difference — it is centered around Polish and/or Italian food.

In northeastern PA, there are a lot of Polish and Italian families, and the area is steeped in tradition. So, these bazaars feature pierogies, haluski (noodles and cabbage), potato pancakes, Italian sausage hoagies and so much more.

All these foods make me nostalgic for home, so I decided to make a vegetarian version of a traditional Polish/Italian dish: Stuffed cabbage.

We call them piggies in NEPA, and no, not the hotdogs in crescent rolls. Piggies are usually a meat-and-rice mixture wrapped in cabbage leaves and steamed in a tomato broth. However, to cut out the extra long work, I used this recipe for stuffed cabbage casserole. To make vegetarian, I swapped the ground meat for ground fake meat of the Boca variety. I also used a vegan version of Worcestershire Sauce, as the regular sauce has anchovies in it.

This recipe is super easy to make, so try it this weekend!

Stuffed cabbage casserole

Ingredients

  • 1 whole Medium Onion, Diced
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 package of Boca ground fake meat
  • 2 cups Cooked Rice
  • 1 whole Egg
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Dried Oregano
  • 1 Tablespoon vegan Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 can Diced Tomatoes, 14.5 Oz
  • 1 can Tomato Sauce (8 Oz)
  • 3 cups Chopped Cabbage

Directions

  1. Saute the onion in olive oil first and then heat Boca fake meat with it.
  2. Add seasonings.
  3. Add the rice and egg and mix it all together well.
  4. Mix diced tomatoes and sauce together.
  5. Grease a 3-quart casserole.
  6. Line bottom of casserole with 1/2 cabbage; add 1/2 fake meat mixture; salt and pepper; add 1/2 tomato mixture; top with rest of cabbage, rest of fake meat mixture and the rest of the tomato mixture.
  7. Cover, bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour; uncover and bake an additional 30 minutes.

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

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How to talk to someone who is suicidal

By Jayne Wildasin, Director of Crisis Intervention at TrueNorth Wellness Services

Suicide is the 10th-leading cause of death in the United States. One hundred and five people die by suicide each day, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and suicide is reaching epidemic proportions in the U.S.

People are frightened by the word “suicide,” let alone a comment or declaration from loved ones or friends who say they are thinking about killing themselves.

If someone you know says he or she is thinking about suicide, don’t panic. The best approach is to be straight-forward and talk about it. Don’t believe the myth that if you talk about suicide, it will give someone the idea to end his or her life. Rather, many individuals considering suicide want someone to take the time and ask them about their reasoning.

Individuals in the middle of a crisis often perceive their dilemma as inescapable and feel an utter loss of control. They may say something like, “I can’t stop the pain,” “I want this to end” or “I can’t see things any differently.”

The most important thing you can do is learn the warning signs, be direct and speak without judgment.

What else can you do?

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The best pasta-less lasagna recipe

I self-identify as a pasta connoisseur, and I say this is the best lasagna I’ve ever had. I make this recipe about every other week, it’s that good. The best part? It’s low carb, using zucchini as noodles. Don’t like zucchini? Try it anyway, it’s so good you don’t even have to like vegetables to enjoy it.

The one draw back of this recipe is that it has a lot of ingredients and it takes a bit of time. To me, that means it’s more effort than throwing a hunk of meat in the crock pot. It’s worth it though and leaves left overs.

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