April 24, 2014

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Fully-alive Living: Alarms We Ignore

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For the record, I like comic books. I often pop into random libraries to search for a superhero-infested graphic novel or another helping of The Far Side. In one particular library, I found a goldmine of books on its third floor near the media area. After sitting down in the corner, I observed: An old Read More…

Heroin use on the rise among teens and adolescents

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No parent wants to imagine his or her child engaging in recreational drug use, but suburban areas are experiencing a noticeable uptick in heroin usage among teenagers. Once deemed a “city drug,” heroin is now infiltrating suburban hamlets, where more and more children are experimenting with this potentially deadly drug. Teenagers often aspire to emulate Read More…

Many Americans improving their diet

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I met some friends for lunch, and we all realized we’re eating better than we used to. Some of us think it’s because we’re “older and wiser,” but some think everyone is eating better these days. Any idea who’s right? It’s probably a combination of both. As we age, our bodies generally need fewer calories, Read More…

Some carb choices better than others

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I recently had a physical, and the results of my blood sugar test were a little high. Since then, I started examining carbohydrate amounts on Nutrition Facts labels, and am surprised at how many carbs are in one of my favorite foods, black beans. Can I fit black beans into a lower-carb diet? You don’t Read More…

Psoriatic arthritis affects many people

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People who suffer from psoriasis or have a family history of this skin condition may be at risk for psoriatic arthritis, a serious disease that causes extensive swelling and joint pain. The Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis Education Center notes that up to 30 percent of people with psoriasis also develop psoriatic arthritis. Psoriasis is an Read More…

SNAP Ed Program and Medina Community Services Center

Join Ohio State University Extension’s SNAP Ed Program and Medina Community Services Center for a free nutrition class with a budget friendly focus: “Let’s Eat More Fruits & Vegetables.”  This class will target easy ways to add color and nutrition to meals. This free class will be held at the Medina Community Services Center, 655 Read More…

How to make flossing easier for kids

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It is well known that a combination of brushing, flossing and periodic dental checkups are essential to oral health. Some parents teach their children to brush thoroughly early on, even taking them for dental visits at young ages so youngsters can become acclimated to the dentist’s office. But flossing is one component of oral hygiene Read More…

Spring Fever leads to “Spring-itis”

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By Dr. Lisa Herbert   After a long, hard winter, the weather has finally broke and it feels like spring! People get inspired and ambitious by the warmer weather and get back into activities that they haven’t done since the fall.  Spring Fever brings about walking, running, golf, tennis…it feels good to be back outside!  Read More…

The Environment and Your Health

By Colin Johnson, Director of Environmental Health Division, Medina County Health Department     With nearly 200 countries around the world celebrating Earth Day on April 22nd, it’s surprising that many people are still unaware that a healthy environment is directly linked to their own personal health.   The World Health Organization estimates that 85 of the Read More…

Fully-alive Living: Hills Worth Dying On: Sanctuary

It’s the Easter season. Many people use it as an opportunity to jet into a local church, sing some songs, snag some communion and jet out early to beat the traffic. I apologize if that comes across as a shallow summary. I don’t apologize if it’s accurate. Others use Easter as a springboard to something Read More…