February 2018

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... »

3 Benefits of Partner Yoga

3 Benefits of Partner Yoga

Looking for something new to do with your sweetheart? Partner yoga takes the traditionally individual practice of yoga to the next level, inviting communication, trust, and teamwork onto the mat. Here are 3 reasons why you and your partner should give it a try this February: 1. You’ll nurture communication, trust, and teamwork. While working towards the common goal of achi... »

Know Where to Go When

Know Where to Go When

The good news about getting medical attention these days is that you have plenty of choices—from scheduling an office visit, tapping an app for a video visit from your smartphone, tablet or computer, going to an urgent care center, or heading straight for the emergency room. The tricky part? Knowing where to go—and when. Here’s a quick guide. Information provided by St Luk... »

There’s Nothing Selfish About Self-Care

There’s Nothing Selfish About Self-Care

When you have a big heart, you find yourself wanting to take care of those around you. Here’s one local mom’s take on why taking care of yourself is the best place to start. “We cannot share our gifts unless we give to ourselves first. It’s like our flight attendant tells us before we take off: ‘In case of an emergency, place your mask on first before helping others.’ When... »

Strawberry Cheesecake Smoothie

Strawberry Cheesecake Smoothie

Break up with boring smoothies by heading to the blender masters at Greenmouth Juice Bar and Cafe. The organic haven for super-foodies offers frozen, creamy spins of nature’s candy like this Strawberry Cheesecake smoothie. It packs a tasty nutrient-dense punch with layers of strawberries, cashews, bananas, grass-fed whey protein, dates, goji berries, and housemade cashew m... »

Lose it Now!

Lose it Now!

Two men experienced two very different medical weight loss journeys. Christopher Ellis is half the man he used to be. He’s also twice as happy. The 34-year-old lost 331 lbs. thanks to bariatric surgery and credits St. Luke’s University Health Network’s Weight Management Center with giving him his life back. Darin Carlton knew from his family history that he wouldn’t live t... »

Sweet Eats:  Local Chocolatiers

Sweet Eats: Local Chocolatiers

Boxes of chocolates for Valentine’s Day might strike you as a cliche, but one thing is certain: It’s still a good idea. Light, dark, or white; cream-filled, caramelly, or coconutty; smooth, chewy, or crunchy—it’s a gift that will delight practically any recipient. And while it’s easy to grab a pre-selected box or two off the shelf, it’s nearly as easy to put your personal ... »

Stephen Flowers

Stephen Flowers

1 2 3 As reggae plays softly in the background of his Easton salon, Stephen Flowers settles into a chair, crosses his legs, and begins to talk about why it’s important for him to give back to those in need. “I have a young son, and I want to teach him to make the world a better place,” he says. “It seems like people are very angry at each other, and we’re so divided. When ... »

Gas House Dance Hall

Gas House Dance Hall

Do you crave to jitterbug in a haven for hepcats? Maybe you’d rather polish up your winklepickers and hit the floor for some jive with your poodle-skirted honey? You can do both—and lots more—when you drop by the Gas House Dance Hall, one of the most hoppin’ joints in the Lehigh Valley. Swing dance enthusiasts Robynn and Keith Shannon founded the Gas House in 2013. “They t... »

R&H Simon Silk Mill

R&H Simon Silk Mill

In the late 1800s and into the 1900s, the Lehigh Valley was a well-known home for two booming industries: silk and steel. This began during the end of the Industrial Revolution, and both industries were thriving, but one didn’t last as long as the other. The silk industry rapidly found itself unraveling.  At its peak, Allentown was the number one silk city in America, but ... »

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