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Quick, Check the Freezer!

Quick, Check the Freezer!

In the hubbub of a medical emergency, could you quickly lay your hands on essential information?  Where do you keep your lists of medications and allergies? How about your advanced directive? A living will? Your power-of-attorney? Well, thanks to a new initiative sponsored by St. Luke’s University Health Network, seniors and others can stash that critical information in an... »

Going Native

Going Native

What is a native plant? Native Pennsylvania plants are ones that grew here before European settlers set foot into the state, as opposed to exotic plants that came from other countries at a later date. What are the benefits of native plants? Native plants evolved here, so they are adapted to our specific climate and thrive once they are established. Some native perennials r... »

A Stroke Can Happen At Any Time

A Stroke Can Happen At Any Time

It was pretty much an ordinary day for Diane Snyder: a busy work day, kitchen chores, and some time relaxing on the couch with her son’s girlfriend. The rest of her family was scattered throughout the house. She tried to lift a water bottle from the floor and couldn’t grasp it, and the left side of her face suddenly went slack. Fortunately, Diane’s family members recognize... »

Honey-Habanero Hummus (aka “Triple H” Hummus)

Honey-Habanero Hummus (aka “Triple H” Hummus)

From the Colony Meadery INGREDIENTS 2–3 cloves garlic, sliced 2–3 T fresh lime juice 1 T olive oil 1 small habanero, seeds and veins removed, sliced 2–3 T good quality honey + more for garnish 1 15.5 oz. can chickpeas, drained, liquid reserved 1 T tahini, plus more to taste Sea salt to taste Crushed black pepper to taste Pinch ground white pepper Fresh raspberries DIRECTIO... »

We Tried Halo Top

We Tried Halo Top

Sometimes, life is about kale salads and green juice. Fact: Other times, it’s about curling up on the couch with a pint of ice cream. Here’s another fact: An entire pint of strawberry Halo Top is only 280 calories. (For comparison, Ben & Jerry’s strawberry ice cream has a whopping 160 calories in just one scoop.) And swap any residual sweet-tooth guilt for another spoo... »

Let’s Move

Let’s Move

If you don’t have at least half an hour to devote to exercise, should you just skip the gym and make up for it later with an extra-long session on the treadmill? The answer is no, according to John Graham, Senior Network Administrator for Fitness and Sports Performance, St. Luke’sUniversity Health Network. “The bottom line is that it’s better to exercise more frequently fo... »

Grilled Salmon – Spinnerstown Hotel

Grilled Salmon – Spinnerstown Hotel

Heart-healthy diets may limit saturated fat and sodium, but they don’t have to skimp on flavor while boosting your heart heath. Spinnerstown Hotel is one of many local restaurants that serves up tasty dishes with fewer than 350 mg of sodium and 550 calories, with saturated fat making up less than 7 percent of those calories. This mouthwatering plate of Grilled Salmon meets... »

Fall in Love with Heart Health

Fall in Love with Heart Health

This Valentine’s Day, there’s even more reason to celebrate being in a loving relationship. A new study confirms that men in happier marriages have lower cardiovascular risk factors than men whose relationships are struggling. The same is true for women. There are plenty of things that married—and unmarried—men and women can do to improve their cardiovascular health. »

Mom to Mom Mindfulness

Mom to Mom Mindfulness

With my book Breathe, Mama, Breathe, I set out to help busy moms slow down, feel more joy, and cope with difficulties that I was struggling with—the wonder, trials, love, and exhaustion of parenting—by sharing the practice of mindfulness. All it takes is five minutes a day. Mindfulness meditation builds increased awareness, calm, and an overall sense of well-being. For me,... »

It’s Time to Schedule Your Annual Wellness Visit

It’s Time to Schedule Your Annual Wellness Visit

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, as the saying goes, and this old adage is especially true when it comes to an Annual Wellness Visit. During this appointment, you and your doctor will talk about a plan for preventive care in the coming year, according to Lauren E. Strohm, DO, a family medicine doctor with St. Luke’s Family Practice in Palmer. Your doctor ma... »

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