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Cold-Brew Coffee

Cold-Brew Coffee

With soaring summer temps, it seems crazy to consume anything hot. So many of us turn to iced coffee to stay cool and provide that much needed morning buzz. But not all iced coffee is created equal. Cold brew coffee not only tends to have a superior taste, it may even be a bit healthier. For one, it’s less acidic than regular brewed coffee, which means it’s easier on the s... »

Roasted Beets

Roasted Beets

Molinari’s INGREDIENTS 4 medium or large beets  1 T sherry vinegar  2 T extra virgin olive oil  1 tsp. salt 1/2 tsp. pepper 2 sprigs thyme 2 sprigs oregano 2 fresh bay leaves DIRECTIONS Wash beets, pat dry with paper towels, and place in a large mixing bowl. Add sherry vinegar, olive oil, salt, pepper, thyme, oregano, and bay leaf. Toss to coat beets. Transfer to a b... »

Get Back on the Field Faster

Get Back on the Field Faster

In his prime, Paul Ferency of Forks Township was a 6’5”, 350-pound wall of muscle—and he knew how to use it. “I was among the top 5% of people on earth when it comes to strength,” he says. This might seem like an exaggeration, until you learn that Paul competed in 54 world championship matches to determine the world’s strongest man, played in Scotland’s Highland Games (... »

The Surprising  New Fix for Low  Back Pain

The Surprising New Fix for Low Back Pain

In his prime, Paul Ferency of Forks Township was a 6’5”, 350-pound wall of muscle—and he knew how to use it. “I was among the top 5% of people on earth when it comes to strength,” he says. This might seem like an exaggeration, until you learn that Paul competed in 54 world championship matches to determine the world’s strongest man, played in Scotland’s Highland Games (... »

Let’s Play!

Let’s Play!

Over the past half century, children’s free play time with other children has declined sharply, according to recent research. Over the same period, anxiety, depression, suicide, feelings of helplessness, and narcissism have increased sharply. It’s not hard to see the connection there. But why is play so important? “Studies dating back to 1964 suggest that exploration, self... »

Reading: It Does a Mind Good

Reading: It Does a Mind Good

Bath, book, bed: It’s a tried-and-true nighttime routine for many families—and the book part is especially key for children’s development. “No age is too early to start reading to your child—start as soon as you get home from the hospital,” says Elyse Jones, MD, pediatrician at St. Luke’s Allentown Pediatrics. “At this age, it doesn’t even matter what you’re reading—it cou... »

Say What?  How to Spot Hearing  Problems in Kids

Say What? How to Spot Hearing Problems in Kids

Two to three out of every 1,000 children in the United States are born with a detectable level of hearing loss in one or both ears, and others may develop hearing loss as they grow older, due to infections or exposure to loud noises. And this is concerning, as hearing is extremely important to a child’s development—socially, emotionally, and cognitively. That’s why childre... »

“This Surgery Changed My Life.”

“This Surgery Changed My Life.”

“Depending on what study you look at, between 60% and 70% of the U. S. population is either overweight or obese,” says Leonardo Claros, MD, FACS, Chief of Bariatric Surgery at St. Luke’s Weight Management Center. “It’s considered a pandemic, and the U. S. is the most obese nation in the world.” While being severely overweight is a health problem in itself, it can also aggr... »

Healthy Lunch Prep for Kids

Healthy Lunch Prep for Kids

Lunch is often the overlooked meal—barely a speed bump between morning and afternoon. Yet researchers have found that students who attend schools that contract with a healthy school lunch vendor score higher on state achievement tests. “A well-balanced diet provides nutrients that a child needs to supply energy for study and play, and to attain normal growth and developmen... »

11 Ways to a Happy Healthy School Year

11 Ways to a Happy Healthy School Year

As surely as night follows day, the clanging of school bells will soon replace the carefree sounds of summer. And while purchasing classroom supplies, signing up for after-school activities, and planning transportation are important, keeping kids happy and healthy at home and in the classroom should be at the top of your list. »

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