Hot Topics

Every month in Healthy Life Magazine you'll find hot topics relating to the latest trends in health and lifestyle.  Find the latest tips and trends from the newest Healthy Life Magazine on stands.

Social media and health care

Social media and health care

By Chris Strub Social media is changing the face of customer behavior - and we're not just talking about Tweeting about Black Friday deals. From a health care perspective, the nature and speed of interactions between organizations and individuals is drastically changing - whether providers...

The Only Winter Preparedness Checklist You Need

The Only Winter Preparedness Checklist You Need

Those of us who were born and raised in the region fancy ourselves as being of fairly hardy stock. We've grown accustomed to the changing seasons and the sometimes harsh winters. We're tough; we can handle anything winter throws at us! Well, that may be...

Water cooler chat: Remember your meds!

Water cooler chat: Remember your meds!

Many of us take one type of medicine or another, so make sure that you take more medicine with you than you think you will need while traveling in case of travel delays or other mishaps. Also, make sure you write down the name of...

Can't I just stay in my warm bed?

Can't I just stay in my warm bed?

By Chris Strub Oh, the weather outside is frightful - and so is that nasty morning chill just outside of your covers.The truth is, as temperatures around the Twin Tiers drop, none of us really want to get out of bed - but there are...

Specialty Clinic Grows from Unique Partnership

Specialty Clinic Grows from Unique Partnership

By Christopher Coyne Most of us probably don't think about our pituitary glands much. It's a good thing for us that there are some forward-thinking professionals at the University of Rochester Medical Center that do. The URMC Pituitary Program is a unique interdisciplinary clinical endeavor...

Spinal surgery simplified

Spinal surgery simplified

By Christopher Coyne For decades, for those who suffered from particular back ailments, the most common option for treatment was traditional lumbar spine surgery. The procedure, although effective, and still necessary in some cases, can also be disruptive to sensitive muscles, tendons and even bones...

New Season, New Diet!

New Season, New Diet!

By Christopher Coyne You're so excited. The crocuses are coming up! It's been warm for three days in a row! Could it be that spring is finally here? So, you throw off that big, bulky sweater and...wait a minute. What's this? Where'd that little spare...

Donate Life Month

Donate Life Month

By Christopher Coyne April is National Donate Life Month, an entire month of local, regional and national activities to help encourage Americans to register as organ, eye and tissue donors and to celebrate those who saved lives through the gift of donation. Did you know...

A Healthier Home

A Healthier Home

By Chris Strub Everyone knows a balanced diet, consistent exercise and sufficient sleep are major contributors to your family's health. But have you thought about how your home itself may be adversely affecting your well-being? These simple home tips from the Center for Disease Control...

Quinoa:

Quinoa: "Miracle" Grain Raises Ethical Questions

By Christopher Coyne A few years ago, most of us had never heard of quinoa, and even if we saw the word in print, we probably had no idea what it meant, or how to pronounce it. For the record, it's pronounced ‘keen-wa', and it's...

Planning a Trip? Plan for the Unexpected!

Planning a Trip? Plan for the Unexpected!

It's fun to plan a vacation, whether it's family travel to a local park or abroad to some exotic locale. But, nothing can ruin a vacation more than something going awry, such as illness, lost or stolen money even bad weather. Avoid the pitfalls of...

Immunizations: Protect Your Child by Keeping Shots Up-to-Date

Immunizations: Protect Your Child by Keeping Shots Up-to-Date

You want to do what is best for your child. You know about the importance of car seats, baby gates and other ways to keep your child safe. But, did you know that one of the best ways to protect children is to make sure...

Give Kids Something to Smile About!

Give Kids Something to Smile About!

It's never too early to help your child have a healthy smile that lasts a lifetime. Here are some tips to keep teeth healthy and strong as children grow: Brushing and Flossing -Starting with the first tooth, parents can use a...

Warning Signs for Parkinson's Disease

Warning Signs for Parkinson's Disease

By Christopher Coyne With Parkinson's disease, a person's brain stops making an important chemical called dopamine. Dopamine helps the body to move, and regulates mood. Parkinson's is a degenerative disease that will get worse slowly over time, but if diagnosed early, and with vigilant treatment,...

A New Solution to Excessive Sweating

A New Solution to Excessive Sweating

By Christopher Coyne We all need to sweat. It's our body's way of regulating our temperature. However, there are some of us who sweat more than we need--a lot more. That's called hyperhidrosis, and it's a condition that affects men and women of all ages....

Take your Meds! The Importance of Prescription Adherence

Take your Meds! The Importance of Prescription Adherence

By Christopher Coyne 300 billion dollars a year. That's billion, with a ‘b'. That's how much the health care system in America would save if everyone took their medications as prescribed and directed. According the American Heart Association, poor medication adherence takes the lives of...

Seven steps to prevent cold and flu

Seven steps to prevent cold and flu

Winter officially arrived and the cold and flu season is already in full swing. There's good news, though: A few simple actions can greatly reduce your chances of getting a cold or the flu and help prevent your family, friends and coworkers from becoming sick...

Tips to keep your kids healthy this winter

Tips to keep your kids healthy this winter

It's the most wonderful time of the year. At least, it can feel that way when your children are in good health. All children are vulnerable to sickness during the winter months, but Fidelis Care Chief Medical Officer Sanjiv Shah, MD offers tips to help...

Real world training for health careers

Real world training for health careers

By Christopher Coyne Most people know that before becoming a fully-licensed practicing physician, medical students must complete some form of internship or residency. Residency is a multi-year process that involves working in the real day-to-day medical environment and learning more about ones chosen field of...

Cataract surgery breakthrough: Advanced technique is a game-changer

Cataract surgery breakthrough: Advanced technique is a game-changer

By Chris Coyne Cataracts are the leading cause of poor vision in adults. Over 20 million Americans over 40 are affected by cataracts and the percentages of those affected increases with age. A cataract is the clouding of the eye's lens. The lens is responsible...

Quitting smoking: A promise worth keeping

Quitting smoking: A promise worth keeping

You, or at least one person you know has vowed to quit smoking. How's it going? Why does it seem so hard?... Smoking is not only a psychological habit but it is also a physical addiction, and one that has become quite prevalent in today's...

Walk-in care optimizes options

Walk-in care optimizes options

By Chris Coyne Let's look at a hypothetical situation: you need medical attention, but it's after regular doctor's hours or on a weekend. You don't feel well, but it's not life-threatening. What should you do? In the past, a trip to the emergency room used...

Scientists link high blood sugar to dementia

Scientists link high blood sugar to dementia

By Chris Strub Physicians and scientists have long thought that the 346 million people around the world with diabetes face an increased risk of Alzheimer's Disease and other forms of dementia. But a recent study published in The New England Journal of Medicine found that...

The Finger Lakes Trail: Upstate's Hidden Gem

The Finger Lakes Trail: Upstate's Hidden Gem

By Chris Coyne There is nothing quite as invigorating as a nice walk in the woods. Experiencing the serenity of nature is good for the soul and negotiating the rugged terrain is great exercise. We are fortunate to live in one of the most visually...

Big break for Alzheimer's research?

Big break for Alzheimer's research?

By Chris Strub The search for a cure for Alzheimer's Disease, the most common form of dementia, has been frustrating scientists around the world for decades. But recently released findings from researchers at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies may represent a breakthrough several years...

No more revolving door - Can social workers reduce hospital readmissions?

No more revolving door - Can social workers reduce hospital readmissions?

Editor's Note: This is an abridged version of an article that first appeared in the Spring 2013 edition of Binghamton University Magazine. Read the full story here. By Todd R. McAdam A baby boomer turns 65 every 11 seconds. By the time you finish this...

Massage for more than relaxation

Massage for more than relaxation

A massage is a great way to soothe those aching muscles, relieve stress and provide some much needed relaxation, but in the hands of an experienced, trained professional, massage can also be a valuable asset to treatment for many medical conditions. Healthy Life talked to...

Water cooler chat: Is golf truly a 'good walk spoiled?'

Water cooler chat: Is golf truly a 'good walk spoiled?'

Studies have found significant health benefits to playing a round of golf - even if you catch yourself snapping your six-iron or pitching your putter into the drink.A study of 300,000 Swedish golfers found that a golfer who walks a 9-hole course and carries his...

Book Donation Benefits Children

Book Donation Benefits Children

ELMIRA, NY - Fidelis Care Provider Relations Representative Nicole Weltzer (left) and Outreach Specialist Joe Bassage (right) donate books to BJ Butler, Southern Tier Pediatrics Administrator, for the practice's Bright Red Bookshelf. Sponsored by the Family Reading Partnership of Chemung Valley to expose children to...

The benefits of acupuncture

The benefits of acupuncture

By Chris Strub As we age, problems associated with chronic pain can become increasingly debilitating. A growing number of people are seeking relief through acupuncture, a non-invasive, drug-free Eastern practice dating back almost 3,000 years.The conditions that can be addressed by acupuncture run the gamut...

The changing face of higher education

The changing face of higher education

By Chris Coyne Autumn is here, and for a lot us, the season brings back memories of first days of school, and the excitement that a new year brings. The parents among us may think of all that's involved in sending a child off to...

New rheumatoid arthritis test is good news

New rheumatoid arthritis test is good news

By Christopher Coyne An estimated 1.5 million adults suffer from rheumatoid arthritis in the United States. It's a condition that significantly compromises quality of life, and can increase the risk of premature death. In the past, one of the biggest stumbling blocks in the treatment...

Health care: Strengthening our community

Health care: Strengthening our community

By Christopher Coyne Healthcare is booming! Industry evolves to reflect the needs of each generation, and now that the enormous population of baby boomers is growing older, one of those needs is high-quality choices for all manner of health care. Baby boomers want to live...

Fresh summer foods from A to Z

Fresh summer foods from A to Z

By Christopher Coyne If you're a regular reader of Healthy Life, you know how often we talk about the importance of eating a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables for a healthy lifestyle. The benefits of a diet rich in fresh produce are innumerable...

A new normal of extreme weather

A new normal of extreme weather

From the tragic tornados in Moore, Oklahoma, to Hurricane Sandy, the U.S. has been struck by an unusually intense round of severe weather lately. Weather officials worry that these catastrophic events may be the onset of a "new normal" - in part due to the...

HOT TOPIC: A Healthy Gift for Area School Kids!

HOT TOPIC: A Healthy Gift for Area School Kids!

As parents, we do our best to make sure our children are eating healthy. That they're getting the right balance of foods, not snacking too much, and getting the exercise they need. But we can't watch over them all day every day. Just think about...

FROM THE VAULT: An interview with the CNY Alzheimer's Assn. (2008)

FROM THE VAULT: An interview with the CNY Alzheimer's Assn. (2008)

This story originally appeared in the Fall 2008 edition of Healthy Life Magazine. Alzheimer's Awareness in Focus this FallBy Christopher Coyne With the number of those affected now at over 5 million in the United States, chances are someone you know has experienced the effects...

FROM THE VAULT: Hope in combating Alzheimer's (2011)

FROM THE VAULT: Hope in combating Alzheimer's (2011)

This story originally appeared in the Winter 2011 edition of Healthy Life Magazine. A Dose of Hope for Combating Alzheimer's By Christopher Coyne Vitamin B12, or Cobalamin, is the most complex vitamin known to man. We're all born with an adequate supply of B12, but...

FROM THE VAULT: Life is washable! The Magic Paintbrush Project (2007)

FROM THE VAULT: Life is washable! The Magic Paintbrush Project (2007)

Healthy Life Magazine 2007 A Note from Healthy Life Magazine Editor, Emily Mancini I recently had the opportunity to attend a Magic Paintbrush Project event where children with special needs were invited to paint with the players of the Binghamton Senators. While I...

Why are some flu seasons worse than others?

Why are some flu seasons worse than others?

It's official, the Centers for Disease Control announced in January that this year's flu season had reached epidemic status. It may not come as a surprise to some of our readers who may have already struggled with though a bout of influenza already this year,...

The New York Faerie Festival

The New York Faerie Festival

June 28-30, 2013 One of the most unique Festivals of the year. Fairies, elves and fantastic creatures gather in wooded hollows of Ouguaga, NY. With enchanting music and colorful pageantry they invite you to join them in celebrating nature's wonders and the magic of imagination....

Spotting Signs of Skin Cancer

Spotting Signs of Skin Cancer

These days, a sunny weekend trip to the lake, the beach or the park wouldn't be complete without a bottle of sunscreen. Twenty years ago, that wasn't necessarily the case - and your skin may still be paying the price. Healthy Life Magazine recently spoke...

FROM THE VAULT: Fever Pitch: What to give for a fever and when? (Spring 2008)

FROM THE VAULT: Fever Pitch: What to give for a fever and when? (Spring 2008)

Healthy Life Magazine Spring 2008 - Ask the Pediatrician The next time you're in your neighborhood pharmacy, head to the children's medicine aisle and take a look at the section devoted to fever reducers. Chances are you'll be overwhelmed by the variety of products, and...

FROM THE VAULT: Intra-Ocular Lens Implants: A New Horizon (Spring 2005)

FROM THE VAULT: Intra-Ocular Lens Implants: A New Horizon (Spring 2005)

Healthy Life Magazine - Spring 2005 "There was a time when people who could not see well needed to wear glasses...and there was no such thing as television, only radio ..." Imagine the tales we could tell today's children! It hasn't been that long really...

FROM THE VAULT: CyberKnife - What a Year and a half Reveals (Spring 2007)

FROM THE VAULT: CyberKnife - What a Year and a half Reveals (Spring 2007)

Healthy Life Magazine - Spring 2007 In Fall 2005, CyberKnife, the latest in stereotactic radiosurgery systems was introduced to the Greater Binghamton region and CyberKnife Center of New York began seeing patients. Now, a year and a half later, more than 150 patients with cancer...

Brain Power for Your Grocery List

Brain Power for Your Grocery List

By Chris Strub What's for dinner? That old saying that "you are what you eat" holds deeper implications than your waistline and six-pack (or lack thereof) - your diet affects your brain's ability to function. Adding certain foods into your daily routine can help you...

FROM THE VAULT: Spotlighting 'informal' caregivers (2010)

FROM THE VAULT: Spotlighting 'informal' caregivers (2010)

Informal Caregivers: Unsung Heroes Odds are that you or someone you know is helping New York State save billions of dollars in health care costs annually. How's that you say? By being an informal caregiver. A recent report from Excellus BlueCross BlueShield states that nearly...

FROM THE VAULT: Family adventures in Watkins Glen (2011)

FROM THE VAULT: Family adventures in Watkins Glen (2011)

Family Focus: A Trek through Watkins Glen, a natural wonder in our backyardBy Carol Boughner What to do with the family this summer? Gas is expensive and vacation funds are low. Well, you don't have to drive hundreds of miles to experience awe-inspiring beauty and...

FROM THE VAULT: Joys of cooking with your kids (2006)

FROM THE VAULT: Joys of cooking with your kids (2006)

The joy of cooking with your kids Weather Report: Cloudy with rain. Planning indoor entertainment for children can be a parents' worst nightmare. Why not spend the afternoon doing something you can be sure your kids will love - making snacks. With a little guidance...

FROM THE VAULT: Diet tips from the Jackals (2004)

FROM THE VAULT: Diet tips from the Jackals (2004)

What is the proper diet I should follow prior to my workout & how far in advance should I eat? The most important characteristics of a good pre-workout meal include maintenance of a constant level of blood sugar (no highs and subsequent lows), settling of...

FROM THE VAULT: Shrimp and mango taco (2011)

FROM THE VAULT: Shrimp and mango taco (2011)

Shrimp and Mango Tacos 2 tablespoons canola oil 1 pound medium or small shrimp, peeled and deveined 2 garlic cloves, sliced 2 teaspoons cumin seeds, lightly toasted and ground 2 Serrano or bird chilies, or 1 large jalapeño, minced 1 large mango, peeled, seeded and...

FROM THE VAULT: Pear and pomegranate salad recipe (2011)

FROM THE VAULT: Pear and pomegranate salad recipe (2011)

Pear and Pomegranate Salad Mandatory credit allrecipes.com Original Recipe Yield 2 salads Ingredients• 3 cups green leaf lettuce, rinsed and torn• 1 Bartlett or Anjou pear• 1/3 cup pomegranate seeds• 1 tablespoon vegetable oil• 2 tablespoons pomegranate juice• 1 tablespoon lemon juice• 1 teaspoon prepared Dijon-style mustard• 1/2 tablespoon honey• ground black pepper to...

FROM THE VAULT: Ask the Ped (Spring 2008)

FROM THE VAULT: Ask the Ped (Spring 2008)

Healthy Life Magazine Elmira Spring 2008 - Ask the Pediatrician Fever Pitch: What to give for a fever and when? The next time you're in your neighborhood pharmacy, head to the children's medicine aisle and take a look at the section devoted to fever reducers....

FROM THE VAULT: CT Scanner (2005)

FROM THE VAULT: CT Scanner (2005)

New CT Technology At the Speed of Progress CT scans, often called "cat scans", use specialized X-ray equipment to develop images that cross-section parts of the body. This type of imaging can give radiologists a clearer view of many different types of tissue, including the...

FROM THE VAULT: Hybrid Operating Room (2010)

FROM THE VAULT: Hybrid Operating Room (2010)

Hybrid Operating Room It all comes down to improved visualization. If, for instance, you need your aorta repaired, the improved visualization that high tech imaging provides can mean the difference between open heart surgery through a large incision in your chest and, minimally invasive surgery...

FROM THE VAULT: Area women find hope after cancer (2011)

FROM THE VAULT: Area women find hope after cancer (2011)

Living With Cancer and Beyond Self love, trust, surrender, appreciation, faith...those are just some of the gifts that cancer can leave in its wake. Ask Stephanie, for whom breast cancer came out of the blue. "I was 42 years old with virtually no risk factors,"...

From the Publisher - Celebrating 10 Years

From the Publisher - Celebrating 10 Years

Just as medicine and health and wellness have progressed over the past ten years, Healthy Life Magazine has evolved, too. 'LIKE' Healthy Life Magazine on Facebook When we published our first issue in October, 2003 we covered such topics as the food pyramid guidelines established...

Are probiotics right for me?

Are probiotics right for me?

Looking for a healthy afternoon snack that provides crucial health benefits? Look no further than the yogurt aisle. Lactobacillus acidophilus is the most common lactic acid bacteria in your intestine - and, in yogurt with live cultures, the most popular probiotic bacteria on the market. ...

Ask the doctor: Chickenpox and shingles - a lifelong connection

Ask the doctor: Chickenpox and shingles - a lifelong connection

By Christopher Coyne It starts with a cough, maybe a sneeze, and then it ends up staying with you for the rest of your life. Sounds a little frightening, but we're just talking about the varicella-zoster virus; chickenpox to you and me. Even if we...

Superfood or Super Hype?

Superfood or Super Hype?

By Christopher Coyne To stave off disease, lose weight and feel better; or to have healthier joints, bones, skin, heart, lungs, hair or teeth you NEED to start eating the following foods--right away: blueberries, acai berries, quinoa, brazil nuts, Greek yogurt, coconut water, buckwheat, kale,...

Chiropractic: Adjusting Perceptions

Chiropractic: Adjusting Perceptions

By Christopher Coyne Judging by its status as one of the most rapidly growing ‘alternative' forms of healthcare in the United States, it would appear that more people are taking a serious look at chiropractic as a treatment option. You may have heard conflicting opinions...

Big belly = bad back

Big belly = bad back

You've heard of ‘The Battle of the Bulge'? And no, we're not referring to the World War II offensive. We're talking about the common phrase used to describe a struggle with one's weight. Trying to get rid of that belly that somehow crept us on...

Boom time in the Tiers

Boom time in the Tiers

The first Southern Tier baby boomers celebrated their 65th birthdays this year, and about three out of four of them and others nearing this milestone self-rate their health as good or better, even though half report having at least one chronic condition, according to a...

Tips to shake the winter blues

Tips to shake the winter blues

You know what it's like. The feeling that winter will never end. Your usually-bouncy child can't get up in the morning for school. Your teen is eating all the junk food in sight and staring out the window. This sullenness repeats itself every year. Your...

Family Focus - Bullying: What's everyone talking about?

Family Focus - Bullying: What's everyone talking about?

By Carol Boughner It's always interesting to see what catches media and research attention in particular seasons. Bullying has captured more attention over the past year. This is a good thing, as bullying is an old problem that doesn't seem to be going away. Has...

Water cooler chat: Toy safety

Water cooler chat: Toy safety

Gadgets and gizmos are bound to fill your youngsters' holiday wish lists, but parents should be cautious when picking out toys for their children this season. The U.S. Public Interest Research Group released its 27th annual ‘Trouble in Toyland' survey at the end of November....

Genetic testing and breast cancer: Consider the implications

Genetic testing and breast cancer: Consider the implications

By Lisa M. Mayers October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Healthy Life talked to area Health Professionals about some of the latest developments in the ongoing mission to help women understand and cope with the disease. As genetic research progresses, more is becoming understood...

The truth about breast reconstruction

The truth about breast reconstruction

By Lisa M. Mayers For a woman, breast cancer is about as personal as it gets. More than just an appendage, a woman's breast is part of what makes her who she is - part of her feminine being, a symbol representing her capacity to...

The Advantages of Eating in Season

The Advantages of Eating in Season

By Chris Strub As summer turns to fall, seasonal crops are quickly changing. While the sweet tastes of summertime may be comfortably familiar, continuing to eat produce that's out of season in our region may have undesirable effects on the health of you and your...

Your hearing: Use it or lose it!

Your hearing: Use it or lose it!

By Christopher Coyne Maybe you chopped wood for the first time, or played tennis for the first time in years-and you feel pain in muscles you didn't know you had? The unexercised muscles are telling you that they've been neglected. For a lot of people,...

A little family organization saves a lot of stress

A little family organization saves a lot of stress

By Carol BoughnerIt's a new school year--the perfect time to get the family organized! While you're kids are settling into their new class routines, take some time to get everyone used to some new steps you all can take to cut down on household chaos,...

Water cooler chat: To nap or not to nap

Water cooler chat: To nap or not to nap

An afternoon nap always sounds appealing...doesn't it? For those suffering from insomnia an afternoon nap may not help; in fact, it's may be counterproductive. If you don't have a problem getting sleep at night, a 30-40 minute nap can work wonders to pull you through...

Barbecue Food Safety

Barbecue Food Safety

Summertime is here and so is barbecue season! Did you know that food poisoning cases double during the summer? Although this is true, there are many ways that you can avoid it. You don't have to give up outdoor grilling, but you can take steps...

The Feldenkrais Method! Awareness Heals

The Feldenkrais Method! Awareness Heals

It was in Israel in the 1940's that Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais, a physicist, developed The Feldenkrais Method. In his younger years he had suffered a series of sports related knee injuries, which later in life left him painfully crippled. Feldenkrais chose not to undergo surgery...

Special Feature- Local Health Initiatives

Special Feature- Local Health Initiatives

Rock on Cafe If you don't have an elementary student in your household you may not have heard of the Rock on Café. The Rock on Café, led by Broome-Tioga BOCES Food Service Program and the Broome County Health Department, is a program implemented into...

Special Feature- Local Health Initiatives

Special Feature- Local Health Initiatives

Blazing a Trail for Bicycles (Pedestrians too!) It's happening all around us, though we may not have noticed. The Greater Binghamton area is becoming more and more bicycle and pedestrian friendly every day. The Binghamton Metropolitan Transportation Study in conjunction with several area municipalities, organizations...

Special Feature- Local Health Initiatives

Special Feature- Local Health Initiatives

For Parents of A Seriously Ill ChildA Little Compassion Can Go A Long Way The parents of a seriously ill child obviously have a lot on their minds. First and foremost is the comfort and care of their child; but there are other issues and...

Is it Dementia, Alzheimer's or Hearing Loss?

Is it Dementia, Alzheimer's or Hearing Loss?

  A gentleman had been putting off having his hearing tested for many years. Finally after much family frustration he went to a Hearing Specialist. It was determined that the patient was a perfect candidate for help. After being fitted with a pair of open...

Vegans in the Mainstream

Vegans in the Mainstream

Veganism in the Mainstream You've probably heard of a vegan diet, or know someone's who has ‘gone vegan', but do you know what that means? Vegan diets are plant-based and exclude all animal products including, eggs, cheese and even milk. That might seem extreme, but...

Hot Topic: Why Can't I Sleep?

Hot Topic: Why Can't I Sleep?

              Do you have trouble sleeping?  Do you feel ready for bed but can't actually fall asleep once your head hits the pillow? Do you wake up tossing and turning, just staring at the clock? Have you ever thought that you could have insomnia? ...

Keeping Kids Warm 2011!

Keeping Kids Warm 2011!

The 19th Annual KKW Coat Drive is set to kick off on Monday, October 3rd and will run through Saturday, November 19th! There are thousands of children in our area who will not have a coat this winter. With the devastation from...

Keep it Kleen!

Keep it Kleen!

  Keeping it Kleen! Spread the Word, NOT the Germs How clean is your home and how safe is your food? Without realizing it, we often contaminate our food in our own homes. While bathrooms get a bad rap when it comes to germs, it's...

NuVal, New You!

NuVal, New You!

  You may have seen a new symbol on the price marker of your favorite food items at your local supermarket; two adjoined hexagons with a number overlaid on top. But, do you know what it means? It's called NuValTM, and it's an easier, one-look...

Tai Chi- Ancient & Effective!

Tai Chi- Ancient & Effective!

  You've most likely seen Tai Chi being practiced before; its slow, deliberate, graceful movements and the palpable sense of serenity and calm they generate. The ancient art of Tai Chi is becoming a more popular form of exercise here in the United States for...

Salt Therapy, Who Knew?

Salt Therapy, Who Knew?

  When you think of salt, you're probably thinking a simple compound used to melt ice or add flavor to food. The thought of salt being an all-natural form of therapy for skin and breathing conditions probably never crossed your mind. It is a growing...

SMART Financial Ideas for Every Age!

SMART Financial Ideas for Every Age!

  Everyone, regardless of age, can take steps to shape up their finances.   Think SMART--financial goals that are Specific, Measurable, Adjustable, Realistic, and Time-oriented.   Here are some examples of financial goals for different generations:   Youth * Collect your change. Each time you...