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 to see his 60th cake unless he made a drastic change. Always a self-described “big guy,” he decided to lose the weight. Could you be next?

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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 milk. While you’re there, treat yourself to a shot—of ginger, turmeric, or wheatgrass.

Greenmouth Juice Bar and Cafe


134 N 2nd St, Easton  |  484.560.5136
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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 achieving the poses, you’ll learn a lot about yourselves as a couple along the way. Are you able to stay patient with your partner, trust that your partner will support you, and ask for help when you need it?

2. It’s a chance to play.

As we grow older, many of us leave playing in the past. This is a chance to let go, experiment, and not take yourselves too seriously. How long has it been since you lost track of time, put your phone down, and just enjoyed yourselves?

3. You’ll be active.

Yes, binge-watching Netflix is fun, but the couch will be there when you get home. Partner yoga requires no previous yoga experience and offers plenty of modifications so that you can benefit from the pose without straying too far from your comfort zone. The low-impact movements are ideal for all fitness levels.

Check out this upcoming class!

Valentine’s Partner Yoga
Saturday, February 10 at 7 p.m.
Blue Lotus Yoga & Wellness Center
12 E Park St. Nazareth

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 I take time for self-care, I am able to be the best mother, partner, and friend that I can be.”
– Katie Barbaro Mother of two, ages 10 & 7

Take that nap. Read that book. Go to that spin class. Buy that top-shelf granola. You and the people around you will be better for it.

Katie’s ABC’s of Self-Care

A: Ask. Ask yourself if you need a 5-10 minute break. If so, take it. “Productivity levels drop when we constantly push forward to meet deadlines, playdates, and appointments—and our time with friends and family suffers when we’re mentally fatigued,” Katie says.

B:  Breathe. “Take time to slow down and focus on your breath, allowing your mind and body to reconnect,” Katie says.

C:  Compassion. “Just as you would be concerned about a loved one having a healthy breakfast, drinking enough water, or overbooking her schedule, make sure that you show yourself the same compassion,” Katie says. “Evaluate yourself from the eyes of your best friend.”

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 may also:

  • Record things like your weight, heart rate, blood pressure, respiration, etc.
  • Give you a health-risk assessment questionnaire about your personal stats, medical history, lifestyle, etc.
  • Discuss your current medications.
  • Go over any risk factors you should be aware of.
  • Screen for any cognitive issues.

No matter your age, Dr. Strohm says that an Annual Wellness Visit is a great way to protect your physical, mental, and emotional health. In fact, these important check-ups are covered by Medicare for those age 65 and older. Medicare patients should keep in mind that other services a provider may recommend as a result of the wellness visit may not be covered.

Be sure to bring:

  • Any medical records you have, including screenings and shots you’ve had in the past year.
  • Your family health history.
  • A list of all prescriptions, over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and supplements you take.
  • A list of all your doctors.

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 Luke’s University Health Network. For more, go to stlukescarenow.org.


Call Your Doctor

Perfect for non-emergencies, managing chronic conditions, preventative care, refilling prescriptions, and your annual wellness visits.

Urgent Care Walk-in and Video Visits

When you need to see a doctor after hours, on the weekend, or straightaway for an issue that is not life-threatening, such as flu, poison ivy or sprains.

Emergency Room

Chest pain, difficulty breathing, severe bleeding, or head trauma are a few symptoms requiring immediate medical attention. Head straight to the closest ER or call 911.

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.

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