Be Well

7 Ways to Shape Up for Summer

7 Ways to Shape Up for Summer

This just in: for the thousandth year in a row, “diet and exercise” is—and will always be—the best way to stay svelte year-round. We know the solution, of course, but getting there isn’t always as simple. How do we create nutritious meals around obstacles like diabetes and gluten sensitivities? What kind of exercises can we do when we have arthritis or we’re recovering fro... »

HomeBody Challenge

HomeBody Challenge

Ten pounds. Thirty pounds. A new backyard patio. More kitchen counter space. Time, money, and energy. These are the things standing between you and your ideal body, between you and your ideal house—perhaps between you and your ideal life. Certified strength and conditioning specialist Joe Arangio—“Coach Joe” as he’s known in the gym—and his wife Sharon, a health coac... »

The Power of Being Present

The Power of Being Present

I am driving home from work, going the same way that I’ve always gone. My hands instinctively know by now to tilt the wheel a little bit to the right as I rumble over the first set of railroad tracks, to the left when I hit the second. I know which yellow lights are forgiving, where the potholes are, the construction schedule. Memory chauffeurs me home while I alternate be... »

Floating Stress Away

Floating Stress Away

Sometimes I feel less like a human and more like anxiety personified, as if my existence is merely a three-dimensional expression of stress and neurosis. If there’s something to worry about, I’m on it. When I call someone and they don’t pick up, for example, I naturally assume it’s because they have died. So when I found out there was a place called Metta Relaxation Co. in... »

10 Fall Superfoods

10 Fall Superfoods

Fall is a time for scenic amber foliage, finally busting out those adorable sweaters you bought on clearance last spring, and the onset of the annual panic attack about your looming holiday shopping list. It’s also a time for saccharine logic to convince you that if you eat all the leftover Halloween candy in one sitting, you’re saving yourself from eating fun-sized sweets... »

Text Neck – Is You Cell Phone Ruining Your Posture?

Text Neck – Is You Cell Phone Ruining Your Posture?

Add “text neck” to the list of digital-age maladies, a condition caused by the unnatural position of the head as we look down repeatedly at cell phones, tablets and laptops. In a chat, Harry Jenkins, outpatient orthopedic physical therapist at Lehigh Valley Health Network’s Cetronia Road clinic, discussed conditions caused by poor posture, their effect on overall health an... »

Healthy Aging

September is Healthy Aging Month

September is Healthy Aging Month, a time to consider the positive side of growing older and celebrate the steps older adults, often in collaboration with health care professionals, take to stay healthy, happy, and independent. In a wide-ranging conversation with Jason Meixsell, Area Rehabilitation Manager, HCR-ManorCare, he discussed why people are living longer, emerging ... »

Golf

Why Playing Golf is Good for Your Health

A round of golf means being outside for four or five hours and briskly walking several miles in the great outdoors over rolling terrain. All while building core strength with every swing and by carrying or at least pulling a weighty set of clubs and along the way. Throw in some invigorating conversations with a foursome of friends or family, and you have a recipe for a ben... »

Barre3

Barre3 – Stronger in Mind & Body

When my editor asked me if I wanted to take a bar class, I got giddy. My head was spinning with the possibilities. Would I learn how to juggle vodka bottles? Would I learn how to muddle mint? Would I learn to stick my nose in a wine glass, sniff with exuberance, and be able to identify what region the wine was from? By the time my brain stopped, I pictured myself being a s... »

Everything You Need to Know About the Zika Virus

Everything You Need to Know About the Zika Virus

Ever since the first headline of a rapidly spreading virus hit news channels and Twitter feeds, all we’ve been worried about is Zika – especially with mosquito season right around the corner. We chatted with Dr. Jeffrey Jahre, Chief of Infectious Disease and the Senior Vice-President of Medical and Academic Affairs at St. Luke’s University Health Network, to learn the fact... »

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