October 2011

Setting Up A Home Gym

By Nancy Moffett Exercising at home has its advantages. Pros include the convenience of working out whenever you want, with privacy, and saving the expense and travel time of a gym membership. Another benefit is that you don’t need a lot of equipment to get started and you can tailor what you buy specifically to your needs. Of course, there are many treadmills and elliptic... »

Savory Grille

By Cathy Kiley Of the many pleasures I’ve had over the years writing restaurant reviews, my favorite may be the opportunity of getting to know area chefs on a more personal level. One of the most visible chefs in the Lehigh Valley is Shawn Doyle of Savory Grille. He is  active not only on the Valley’s dining scene, but also in the giving of his valuable time and skills by ... »

Urgent Care Centers

By Sara Hodon Your child has been complaining of an earache. Your spouse needs a physical for a new job. You pulled a muscle in your shoulder. You don’t want to wait in the emergency room, and your family doctor is booked solid. A trip to your nearest urgent care center can take care of everyone in a few hours. These facilities, which provide short-term medical care to pat... »

7 Minutes Could Save Your Life

By Jennifer LoConte We women eagerly spend countless hours at the hair salon having our hair straightened, permed, colored and styled. We go through the painful procedure of hair removal without even flinching. But how many women age 40 and over make time each year to get a mammogram? It takes approximately 7 minutes to screen for breast cancer and it could save your life.... »

Letter from the Editor

“When you have your health, you have everything. When you do not have your health, nothing else matters at all.” — Augusten Burroughs (Dry) Dear Readers, When I was researching quotes for this month’s letter, it seemed that many people–from a blogger’s grandmother to my father to a character in the movie The Princess Bride—had their own versions of this quote. And it... »

GI Blues: Debunking the Myths of Tummy Troubles

By Maureen Sangiorgio This time of year, after spending all week dealing with crushing deadlines, I like to treat myself to a double scoop of pumpkin ice cream at Crystal Spring Farm in Schnecksville. I’ve tried them all, and theirs is my favorite. I just have to remember to take along my Lactaid tablets. I’m lactose intolerant, and if I consume dairy products without Lact... »

On the Way to Wellness

By Andy Cook Embarking on the road to wellness can be challenging, especially if the only road you’re on is the one to and from work, or to and from your children’s school! If you’re looking for new ways to enhance your exercise and wellness routine, perhaps these tips will help: The Buddy System: One way I’ve found success is by “easing on down the road” with a friend. Pa... »

Options for Aging Parents

By Nancy Moffett With life expectancy in the United States rising, many of us will face the dilemma of how to care for aging parents. Oh course, the ideal is that they stay independent as long as possible; but what signs should you be looking for that mean your parent or parents can no longer be on their own? When they find cooking a chore, when they forget to pay the bill... »

Walk your Way to Wellness

By Andy Cook Whether you’re a walker, jogger, runner, or cyclist, we all know it can be hard to sustain your motivation to keep on going, especially as we move into the time of year where daylight gets shorter and our schedules seem busier. Excuses practically come out of the woodwork, and distractions are plentiful. Here are nine  tips—to help you “walk your way to wellne... »

Pain Management

By Sara Hodon For most of us, pain is something we only experience after the occasional muscle sprain or strain. But for roughly 76.6 million Americans, it is more than just a fleeting annoyance. According to the American Pain Foundation, more than 25% of Americans, age 20 and up, report problems with pain that lasts for more than 24 hours. A recent report by the Institute... »

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